Michael Weir: Keep winning and Hibs will keep the fans

A misplaced header from Ben Richards-Everton put Hibs ahead in front of a big crowd at Easter Road. Pic: Ian Georgeson
A misplaced header from Ben Richards-Everton put Hibs ahead in front of a big crowd at Easter Road. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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I was delighted to see such a big crowd at Saturday’s game. I’ve always said that the Hibs support respond to seeing a winning side.

We want to make Easter Road a daunting place to come. If we can get 16-17,000 regularly, that will help the Hibs players massively.

It doesn’t matter what league you’re in – if you’re going for a title, the fans will come out. We now need to make sure we keep those fans coming by winning week in, week out and getting promotion.

We’ve made the perfect start in that regard by winning our first two league games, which is something we’ve not been able to do in previous seasons. The victories haven’t been emphatic, but when you’re going for a title, it doesn’t matter how you get them.

We’ve now just got to keep the momentum going and build a run of victories. We’re already five points ahead of Dundee United and Falkirk, who were expected to be our main challengers.

If we can keep pulling away in the next few weeks while our main rivals are still trying to find their feet, I think they will struggle to keep up with us. I don’t think it’ll be easy, but I really do think the experience of the last two years will stand us in good stead.

The fact we’ve got six points out of six from two hard games against teams expected to be in the top half suggests we’re on our way to sorting out the mental side of trying to win games week in, week out, regardless of how well we’re playing. Last season we dropped far too many points in games where we played quite well, but we look to have a real steeliness about us this season.

It would have been nice to have progressed in the Betfred Cup as well, especially as we should have had Queen of the South put to bed by half-time last week, but I don’t think anyone at the club will be losing any sleep over that game, especially now that we’ve got back on the horse at the weekend and shown that it was just a blip.

The simple fact is that cups are a bonus this year. The league is our be all and end all, and right now I have real faith that we’re capable of maintaining the consistency to win it.