Sproule: Time for action not words by Hibs

Ivan Sproule

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Ivan SPROULE has warned his Easter Road team-mates it’s time for the talking to stop and a determined effort made to kick-start Hibs’ faltering season.

Colin Calderwood’s side have spent this week trying to recover from what the Hibs boss described as probably the poorest performance during his first year in charge as they went down to Motherwell, a defeat which leaves them just one point off bottom place in the SPL table.

On Saturday they travel to St Mirren seeking revenge on the Paisley side for an earlier defeat in Edinburgh, a game which marks the start of an important period with back-to-back matches against Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup and SPL and then a visit from Dunfermline to follow.

But today Sproule admitted time was fast running out for Calderwood’s side to redeem themselves in the eyes of their supporters who have increasingly voiced their frustration at poor results.

The Northern Ireland winger said: “People always say the season is long and ther is far to go. But I think we are getting to the point now we can’t just say ‘It’s going to get better’.

“We need to start delivering and the next four games are massive. What you can’t do is keep beating yourself up after you are defeated. You have to dust yourself down and try to get it right.

“First and foremost we need to get things right for St Mirren. We made stupid mistakes at the back and that cost us last time. They are a tough team to break down but we have to concentrate on ourselves.”

* HIBS have drawn Hearts in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. The match will take place on November 12 or 13 with Hibs the home team.