Any victory away from home in the Scottish Premiership must be taken with open arms, especially since we have not hit peak form since the season kicked off last month.
Two wins on the road so far have undoubtedly helped our overall position in the table, where most managers would be more than happy to be, safe in the knowledge that their players are capable of picking up all three points at difficult venues. I am sure Pat Fenlon will be no different.
I am not too surprised our most productive performances of the campaign so far have been on our travels, which is often the case when such a large quantity of players are added to the squad over the summer. The demands placed on those individuals to set the place alight almost immediately are what the supporters expect and one or two can become a little apprehensive in their play with such expectations.
These are parts of the game every manager and coach tries to resolve day in, day out. Looking at the results we’ve gained up until now, it would appear that we are more suited when teams are asked to break us down rather than taking the initiative and being that bit more adventurous. However, with many clubs in and around us continuing to drop points, it is vital that we keep the points tally ticking over, no matter where and how we do so.
In saying that though, our home form has certainly caused great concern over the past three or four seasons, something I have consistently passed comment about. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of picking up points on home soil. It will not only entice supporters back through the turnstiles, but it can also go a long way to determining just how successful the club can be over the course of the season. There is little point in picking up the three points at McDiarmid Park if we cannot follow that up with another victory this Saturday over struggling St Mirren at home.
Such a result can only be achieved by scoring goals and it was heartening to see our strikers bulge the net in Perth. Arriving at a club with a notable reputation for scoring goals is a pressure in itself for any striker and I am sure James Collins will have felt the weight of the world lift from his shoulders when he finally opened his account for Hibs with what proved to be the winner.
Footballers often need time to bed in and become accustomed to the style or formation their manager demands before they become regular goalscorers with their new club. Now that James has got that particular monkey off his back, he will go on to prove he has been a shrewd piece of business. He certainly portrays a notable record in the goalscoring department and I am sure he would love to add to his tally this weekend.
Paul Heffernan also managed to claim his first goal for the club against the Saints, but we have seen it time again from his spell at Kilmarnock that he is a natural-born finisher.
Next weekend’s visitors St Mirren are certainly not in any good shape or form at the moment and are suffering a barren spell in the league since their League Cup victory almost six months ago. This should work in our favour, but with the relentless pressure Danny Lennon appears to be under at the moment, his players will be desperate to deliver a positive result, as time looks to be running out for my former team-mate.
We have certainly shown signs of improvement since our opening two defeats to Motherwell and Hearts. We must take the initiative and be a bit more attack-minded against the Buddies back on home soil. If we do that, here’s hoping we can stretch our record to five unbeaten on Saturday with another three points.