Terry Butcher believes patience will be the key today as Hibs go in search of the win over St Johnstone that will keep their slim chance of a top-six finish alive for at least another week.
The Easter Road boss knows victories from today’s trip to McDiarmid Park and the subsequent matches against Capital rivals Hearts and Aberdeen are a must if Hibs are to achieve that goal but is equally aware that defeat in Perth will shatter their hopes once and for all.
But, as anxious as he is for a win over Saints, Butcher will warn his players against throwing caution to the wind. He said: “We can’t go gung-ho and leave ourselves open because St Johnstone do very well on the counter-attack. We have to make sure we don’t get caught but also put enough pressure on their back four which hasn’t played a lot together. They’ve been unfortunate with injuries, Tim Clancy has been brought in and Dave Mackay has been moving around, switching positions, so we have to capitalise on that if we possibly can.”
Butcher admitted, however, there may come a stage in the game when his side are forced to gamble given their need to