Hibs head coach: I don’t look at the table

Alan Stubbs
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Alan Stubbs insists he won’t get hung up on current league positions, with the Hibs head coach adamant that if his team maintain their recent improvement, they will end up where he expects them to be come the end of the season.

Six weeks ago, following a defeat at Queen of the South, Hibs were hovering just a point above the Championship’s relegation play-off spot.

After a five-game unbeaten run in the league since then, they have climbed up to fourth and have the incentive of being able to move into third if they win their next two games – against Cowdenbeath and Queens.

However, Stubbs maintains that he is not interested in how the league table looks at the present time and is more intent on making sure that Hibs can maintain the level of performance that has allowed them to beat Ross County and Rangers and hold their own against Hearts and Dundee United. He believes that, if they continue to play in a positive manner, results will take care of themselves over the course of the campaign.

“I honestly don’t look at the table,” he told the Evening News. “I know when my team gives me a performance, I don’t need a table to tell me how well we’re doing. That’s for other people to look at. I know that if we play well, then more often than not we’ll get the result that we want.

“My main focus is on the team playing well, and at this moment in time they’re doing that. I’ve said all along that it’s not important where we are in the table just now, it’s where we are in May. I’m confident that by then, the team will be where we want them to be.”

Stubbs believes that last week’s brave display in the League Cup quarter-final clash with Dundee United, which Hibs lost on penalties after a 3-3 draw, is the perfect performance for his team to build on as they bid to turn entertaining football into “winning football”.

“It was never going to be a quick fix but I think the fans can see that what we’re trying to do is right for the club,” he added. “We want to play good football, but we also want to play winning football. Last week’s performance against Dundee United is a small insight into the brand of football that we want to bring to the football club, but it will take time.”