Michael Weir: Retaining belief is now what counts for Hibs

Falkirk's Blair Alston (right) slides in on Matthew Kennedy. Picture: SNS
Falkirk's Blair Alston (right) slides in on Matthew Kennedy. Picture: SNS
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Our narrow defeat by Falkirk on Saturday again reinforced just how competitive a division this year’s Championship is going to be.

With a great deal of football still to be played between now and next May, retaining the belief that we can mount a promotion challenge is what Alan Stubbs will be trying to instil in his players over the next few days.

The performance levels have been a lot better but you can’t hide from the frustration of failing to find the net at Easter Road at the weekend considering the opportunities Hibs created in front of goal.

The style of play has improved with a more open game being implemented, but striking the right balance between both the attack and defence seems to be problematic as the Bairns looked threatening every time they were in possession of the ball.

Patience is a virtue with the way we want to play the game not only by the players, but with the supporters as well. A complete transformation in our philosophy will not produce results overnight and may indeed require a further overhaul of personnel before the results begin to move in a positive direction.

Unfortunately for ourselves, our biggest threats to automatic promotion both picked up another three points at the weekend and we already trail Hearts by six points. We must start registering victories to keep in sight of them or our confidence will take a nosedive.

We all know how significant this season is to the club and as Alan Stubbs stressed upon his arrival at Hibs, there are no prizes for playing attractive football. Three points every weekend is what we need to achieve our goal of returning to the Premiership at the first time of asking.

I still feel we are a few players short of a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge to Rangers and Hearts at this stage. I just hope the manager has a busy week ahead in the transfer market where a couple of more additions are secured to bolster the options we have at the club.

A win against Ian Murray’s Dumbarton at Easter Road tomorrow night in the League Cup would certainly be a much-welcomed timely boost.