Jack Ross: Don’t be fooled by Kilmarnock leveller

Hibernian boss hails dominant display

Monday, 2nd December 2019, 6:00 am
Jack Ross was left frustrated

Hibs boss Jack Ross has

insisted that Kilmarnock’s

last-gasp equaliser shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow just how “incredibly dominant” his side had been for much of the game.

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The head coach admitted to being “disappointed and frustrated” at how, having been two goals to the good early in the second half, his side had allowed Killie back into the match.

Goals from Christian Doidge, his sixth in four games, and Jason Naismith, appeared to have put the club well on the way to a fourth successive Ladbrokes Premiership win and Ross’ third since taking over from the sacked Paul Heckingbottom.

But an Alex Bruce goal threw the Rugby Park outfit a lifeline, one they grabbed with both hands as his fellow defender Dario Del Fabro fired home the equaliser deep into added-on time.

Adamant that his players will give themtselves a good chance to win Wednesday night’s match away to Ross County if they learn the lessons from the weekend, he said: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing in

football.

“There’s nothing we can do to affect the last 90 seconds of the game, all we can affect now is Wednesday evening.

“It’s not dismissing this game or the last 90 seconds, it’s just making sure we do not dwell on it. If we learn from it and use that positively it means we will go on Wednesday and give ourselves a good chance to win.

“A lot of time in football we forget about the first part of the game. When you finish the game well, everyone forgets what happened beforehand.

“We don’t want to forget how good we were in the opening period because in the first half we were incredibly dominant against a good side, a side that has had a lot of plaudits in recent weeks.

“The only criticism was that we were not further ahead. So we have to take a lot of positives from that. The way we have asked them to play, they did that really well. It’s about being able to do that for 90 minutes.

“Whether it’s the intensity or tempo we will get to the bottom of that but there were lots of pleasing things.”