BBC pundit identifies area where Hibs 'slightly struggle' as questions raised over home form

Hibs inconsistent home form could be down to the team being more suited to a counter-attacking style, according to BBC Sportscene pundit Shaun Maloney.

Sunday, 28th February 2021, 5:26 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th February 2021, 5:26 pm
Devante Cole scores Motherwell's second during the 2-0 win over Hibs at Easter Road (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

During his analysis of the 2-0 defeat to Motherwell, which saw Hibs drop points at Easter Road for the 10th time this season, the former Celtic star and current Belgium assistant manager pointed to a trend of faltering in matches where they have more possession of the ball.

Hibs have lost five and drawn five of their 16 home matches this season, collecting six more points on the road despite playing two matches fewer.

Maloney said: "It's really strange because when I've watched Hibs and when they're at their very best it’s on the counter attack.

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"It's normally those games where they have a higher percentage of possession where they slightly struggle.

"But that's something they're going to figure out I think. Jack Ross is a good manager.

"They're definitely more potent on the counter attack but they'll find a solution to when they have a vast amount of the ball."

The defeat meant Hibs missed out on the chance to strengthen their grip on third place in the Scottish Premiership as nearest challengers Aberdeen also fell to a 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park.

Jack Ross’ men remain four points ahead of the Dons with a game in hand but the manager admitted it was a “frustrating afternoon”, adding: “They're incredibly soft goals. At key moments, we probably miss chances that could enable us to get back in the game.”

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