Jack Ross bemoans Hibs winning run being halted by Kilmarnock's injury time equaliser

Hibs boss Jack Ross admitted to being “disappointed and frustrated” at watching his side throw away a two goal lead against Kilmarnock.

Saturday, 30th November 2019, 6:00 pm
World Super Lightweight boxing champion and Hibs fan Josh Taylor was at Easter Road to see Jack Ross' side throw away a two goal lead against Kilmarnock, the game finishing 2-2. Pic: SNS

The Easter Road outfit looked well on the way to a fourth successive Premiership win thanks to a first half header from Christian Doidge, who made it six goals in that run, and Jason Naismith’s thunderbolt soon after the interval.

But Alex Bruce threw the Rugby Park outfit a lifeline, one which they grabbed with both hands as his fellow defender Dario Del Fabro equalised deep into added on time.

Head coach Ross said: “We’re obviously disappointed and frustrated, the whole group are. To be in that position, and deservedly so from our performance in the first hour and not to see it out and get the reward of three points is disappointing.”

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The collapse echoed Hibs recent match at home to Ross County when they let a two goal lead slip while they’ve surrendered winning positions in matches on countless occasions this season.

Ross said: “It’s something I’d not paid much attention to. I’d been conscious not to pay attention to what’s gone before.

“The only thing I can affect is what’s happened since I took job. But I’d been aware there had been that scenario.

“There can be reasons for it and I can only look at this game and that little last part of the game when we’d probably weathered the worst of it and decision-making cost us.

“People talk about bravery to play and we showed that but you need bravery to make those ugly decisions that win you matches.

“I’ve told the players there’s nothing we can do now to affect the last 90 seconds, it’s not about dwelling on it and it’s about affecting Wednesday (away to Ross County).”

Killie boss Angelo Alessio admitted his side had been so poor in the first half he didn’t recognise his players but insisted Bruce’s goal had given them belief they could take something from the game.

He said: “It was a bad first half for us and we started the second half in the same way, I didn’t recognise by team, my players what has happened?

“But then we played. We had chances to equalise before we did. It happened late, but sometimes that’s football. It was a good reaction.”