Jack Ross delighted with one Hibs player in particular after win over Dundee
The winger raced half the length of the pitch to net his 44th-minute effort, and the calibre of the finish, and, ultimately, the importance of the goal earned him the plaudits from a gaffer who has seen his on-loan Rangers player getting closer to his best in recent games.
“It was an excellent goal from Jamie,” said Ross. “We showed a few moments of quality in the game and that was one of them.
“He showed what he can do and he’s getting the benefit of playing consistently.
“He was ineligible against Rangers and then had a little injury, so this is the first time he’s really had a consistent run of games. But, his career history points to him handling that because he’s played in England where you have to churn out a lot of matches.
“We have challenged him to produce assists and goals, which he has been doing lately.
“He’s looking better and better in recent weeks. It’s good for me because he’s improving with each passing match.”
Although the margin of victory was close, Ross said that when it came to cup football, the primary objective is just to ensure progression.
“The most important thing in these games is to get through because it’s not easy to win these games. So to get through to another quarter final is great for the club and for this group of players.”
And, he was pleased with they way they dealt with the high expectations which came with facing up to James McPake’s side so soon after thumping them 4-1
“When you play a team again so quickly, especially after beating them so comfortably before, the next game is harder. That’s the way it worked out so I’m happy to get through.
“We have had a lot of games lately and won a lot of matches, so it’s demanding to keep producing - both physically and psychologically.
“It’s a cliche but cup competition is all about getting to the next round. It was difficult but I felt we deserved to go through.”