Jack Ross happy to see Hibs take a point at Motherwell

Hibs boss praises goalkeeper Ofir Marciano for stunning save which earned his side a draw

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 5:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 6:01 pm
Hibs head coach Jack Ross encourages his players from the sidelines at Fir Park. Pic: SNS

Hibs head coach Jack Ross admitted he was delighted to see his side keep a clean sheet as they held out to draw with third placed Motherwell at Fir Park.

He said: "The way the game panned out I don't think there was a huge amount of opportunities for either side. Motherwell had more territory and this is a difficult place to come against a team that's enjoying a really good season.

"We came to try and win the game, I think you could see that by the starting line-up. But it's another point in the right direction for us."

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Hibs striker Flo Kamberi hit the post with a diving header before Easter Road goalkeeper Ofir Marciano pulled off a brilliant save to touch Christy Manzinga's deflected shot on to the bar, a stop described by Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson as "incredible."

Ross said: "Ofir has not had a huge saves to make in recent weeks so the pleasing thing for us that we got a tangible reward with a clean sheet. There have been games where he has not had a save to make but that,'s arguably his biggest strength, his shot-stopping. It was an important one so late in the game.

"Our defensive performances in recent times, in the main, have been good, we just haven't had that reward of a clean sheet. We've had to make a lot of changes, there's not been much continuity with the two serious injuries while David Gray was ill today. IIt is testament to the character of the group but also to players like Adam Jackson and Tom James, the way they have trained in the interim period. They have been ready to go and have produced good performances that have helped us to pick up a win during the week and a point today."