Michael Weir: Resurgence of Malonga is pleasing

Hibernian's Dominique Malonga takes the ball away from Chris Millar. Picture: SNS
Hibernian's Dominique Malonga takes the ball away from Chris Millar. Picture: SNS
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After the disappointment of drawing with St Mirren, it was pleasing to see us recover with such a strong performance against Queen of the South.

It’s just a bit frustrating that we are capable of getting results like that most weeks but occasionally throw in a wee costly slip-up. That type of inconsistency against sides you’re expected to beat is what separates the really good sides from the ordinary sides and it’s why we are 11 points behind Rangers. I think a lot of that is down to the fact Hibs are still a young side learning exactly what it takes to win games week in, week out.

We’ve just got to try and be as consistent as we can from now on, but we’re relying on a major collapse from Rangers. Falkirk ran them close on Saturday, but, if I’m honest, I don’t think Rangers will be caught. I think they’ll just keep going from strength to strength and we might have to settle for the play-offs. You never know in football though – we’ve still to play them three times and so far they’ve never really had to deal with any pressure.

The main thing for Hibs is that they are a team in form and are keeping themselves in with an outside chance. Jason Cummings just keeps on scoring goals. It’s a trait that shouldn’t be underestimated. He’s not really too interested in the build-up play at the moment but he’ll get better at that as he gets older. I like the fact he just wants to sniff out chances and score goals.

It’s good to see his partner, Dominique Malonga, starting to do well again. It’s been inconsistency that has let him down but it looks like his confidence has grown after the Aberdeen game. Martin Boyle’s also chipping in with goals, and we’ve still got others to come in, so we’re looking quite decent in attack now.

We’ve also got the added threat of Liam Henderson, a midfielder who always looks like he’s going to get a goal. We didn’t really have that in our midfield last season, but it looks like we can depend on him getting double figures.

After such a good performance, we’d probably rather not have a break this weekend but it will at least allow a few injuries to clear up. Dumbarton at home is a good game to come back to because we’d have to be hopeful of getting another three points.