Hibs are still on promotion course, insists Gray

David Gray hits the post on a day of frustration for Hibs against Raith. Pic: SNS
David Gray hits the post on a day of frustration for Hibs against Raith. Pic: SNS
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David Gray today claimed Hibs remain “well on course” for promotion despite the Easter Road outfit having lost for the second week in succession.

However, the defender admitted he and his team-mates will have to start taking the chances they create, conceding a profligacy in front of goal had resulted in defeat by Raith Rovers.

The 2-1 loss at Stark’s Park, allied to the previous week’s defeat by Rangers, one which ended a 15-match unbeaten run, now means Alan Stubbs’ players lead the Ibrox outfit only on goal difference in the race for second place in the Championship table, with the Glasgow club enjoying a game in hand.

Hibs have just six matches remaining, three of them to be played in the space of nine days, starting with the visit of Queen of the South on Saturday, a clash which will quickly be followed by a trip to Dumbarton before Hearts cross the Capital for the final Edinburgh derby of the season.

But asked if it was “fair to say” Rangers were now favourites to finish second, Gray replied: “I’m not really interested in that. We look after ourselves. We have a big game against Queen of the South, we have to make sure we win that.

“We have three big games next week, a lot can happen. Everyone is going on about a new manager going in at Rangers, things going well, a Rangers turnaround.

“Ideally we want to finish second, but at the start of the season our objective was to get promoted and we are still well on course.”

Gray, though, admitted he and his team-mates need to be more ruthless in front of goal, a string of missed chances to have the game at Stark’s Park won before half-time the obvious factor in Hibs’ latest setback.

The former Manchester United trainee, who himself saw one shot graze the post, a header drift wide and Rovers goalkeeper David McGurn save a close-range shot from him, insisted: “We have played better and won, but at the end of the day if you don’t take you chances these things can happen.

“We saw the Rangers result a just a blip. We didn’t play particularly well, but we started well against Raith, we played some really good stuff.

“But there’s been too many games like that this season, too many times we have dominated games, created chances and not turned them into goals.

“We’d had an outstanding first half, but goals win games and if you do not turn chances into goals it can come back and bite you on the bum.

“I think we responded really well to last week,” Gray went on.

“We’ll work hard this week and make sure we put it right on Saturday.”