Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has insisted taking second place in the Championship remains firmly in his players’ hands despite them winning just one of their last seven league matches.
As a consequence, Falkirk hold that place, six points ahead of the Capital club – but having played two games more – as they go head-to-head at Easter Road tonight.
However, as Stubbs pointed out, Hibs don’t require any favours from elsewhere in their bid to overhaul the Bairns although he insisted all wouldn’t be lost if the Capital club were to fail in their pursuit of Peter Houston’s side.
Adamant things can turn in Hibs’ favour again, Stubbs was insistent the shock defeat by relegated Alloa Athletic at the weekend was not to be dwelt upon, his focus fixed on a heavy schedule which will see his team play midweek matches throughout this month.
He said: “Yes, we have Falkirk, Dundee United and then Rangers a week tomorrow and obviously we want to win all of them. Whether we win or lose tonight then it doesn’t affect the end of the season. It may potentially affect where we are going to finish in the play-offs.
“If we finish second then we have two less games but that’s not to say if we finish third or fourth then we can’t still achieve what we want this season. We want to finish second and that’s the aim now. We still have a lot to play for. Yes, we could be in better form but it wasn’t so long ago that we were on a fantastic run.
“This run of form we are on now isn’t going to change my outlook. I’m still going to believe in the team.”
Stubbs insisted getting back to basics and continuing to believe in themselves lies at the heart of a revival, highlighting golfer Jordan Speith’s spectacular meltdown at Augusta on Sunday night which cost him a second Masters green jacket. He said: “I watched the golf and it showed that everything comes down to making the right decisions at the right time.
“It’s about having that focus and not making mistakes. The better you can do that then the less chance you have of making errors.
“I watched the best player in the world do what we all do when we play golf.
“It showed we are human beings and we can call make mistakes.
“Every average golfer would have felt some comfort from watching Jordan Speith duff a shot on Sunday night as it shows it can happen. We aren’t robots and we can’t be programmed to do everything right.
“Confidence is the one thing in football. You can’t save it in a jar because it comes and goes.
“There are varying points in a season that you go through that you can’t do anything wrong.
“There are periods that no matter what you do, you can’t do right from wrong.”