'I could have scored nine', admits Kevin Nisbet as Hibs ease to cup win against Stranraer
Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet insisted he could have scored as many as nine goals as the Easter Road side brushed past Stranraer to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
The Scotland striker got on the scoresheet with a deflected free-kick in the second half but hit the post, missed a sitter from inside the six-yard box, and had numerous other chances to find the net as the Capital club put in a commanding second-half performance to set up a last eight clash with Motherwell at Easter Road next weekend, with a league game against Livingston in midweek.
Speaking to the BBC after the game the former Dunfermline forward admitted he should have had more but was focusing on the team result.
Nisbet said: "I probably should have had three matchballs from the amount of chances I had but I’m just delighted to get on the scoresheet again.
"The most important thing is the win and me, Christian Dodge, and Martin Boyle all got on the scoresheet so I think it’s a win-win for everybody and we’re in the next round.
"We’ve played Motherwell a lot this season but it’s just about us preparing the way we usually prepare and implementing our game on them. It’s a massive week for us and we’ve got one ticked off and two to go.”
Nisbet’s strike partner Doidge scored the all-important opener to take his personal tally for the season to ten and also hit the woodwork in the second half.
He added: “As a centre-forward you always want to score and to get the first one today put us in a good place at half time.
"In the second half we managed to get a few more and it was comfortable towards the end.
"These games are obviously difficult; the grounds are a lot different to what we're used to playing in and the surface is a little bit different as well. But I thought we adjusted well; we’ve got very good professionals in the team and I think that showed today.
"We've got three games this week so it’s going to be very difficult but we’ve just got to keep the heads down, work hard, and hopefully get another good result [against Motherwell]."