Five things we learned from Hibs 3, Alloa 0

DAVID HARDIE gives his take on Hibs' win over the Wasps at Easter Road ..

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22nd February 2016, 2:02 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2016, 2:05 pm

Stubbs’ strength in depth

Alan Stubbs’ claim that he has terrific strength in depth proved to be no idle boast as the head coach made seven changes – only one of them forced on him – and still came away with a comfortable victory.

Dan’s the man

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Dan Carmichael showed he can be a handy option and a threat in front of goal, bagging the second yesterday. The former Queen of the South midfielder’s worth had been doubted by many as he spent the first seven months of his Easter Road career struggling against injury.

Hibs players awfully versatile

Not only can Stubbs change his team, he can switch formations at will, Sunday’s side comfortably slipping into a 3-5-2 with Martin Boyle and Carmichael providing width as they hugged their respective flanks, coming off them to great effect.

Keatings’ class

James Keatings may be struggling to get a goal at the moment but his awareness and ability to execute a telling pass led to Hibs’ second goal, a beautifully-weighted ball for Carmichael to slide home his first goal for the club.

Three goals but it should have been more

Despite scoring three, Hibs fans would again have felt their side should have claimed at least two more to emphasise their superiority. Not for the first time this season did Stubbs’ players fail to turn possession and pressure into the goals they deserved.