Manager Jack Ross hails his good fortune as Martin Boyle lifts Hibs

Boss underlines player's importance after double against Hearts

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 6:06 pm

Hibs manager Jack Ross hailed two-goal hero Martin Boyle's match-winning contribution against Hearts.

Boyle struck twice in the first half as the Easter Road side defeated the Jambos 2-0 for their second Ladbrokes Premiership win at Tynecastle this year.

Ross said: "He's been really good since I came into the job. I was fortunate that that coincided with his return to full fitness.

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Hibs match-winner Martin Boyle. Picture: SNS

"We have used him in different roles and today was the first time we have used him through the middle.

"We thought that would suit what we would come up against today.

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"He's a good player. People talk about him being quick and offering that threat, which he does, but he's also a good footballer and he's a terrific finisher and I think he showed that with his two goals as well."

Ross, whose side travel to Livingston on Sunday, added: "I think these types of fixtures are all about winning, so naturally we are pleased.

"It's a happy changing room. I think we did both sides of the game well today.

"We played well in the first half and when we got ourselves ahead we had to be resilient and defend well and I thought we did that well throughout the match."