Michael Weir: Jack Ross deserves huge credit - what he's done at Hibs is not easy

Doidge also worthy of praise after hitting goal trail

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 6:00 am
Jack Ross has won his first two matches as Hibs head coach. Pic: SNS

Hibs certainly seem to be building up a head of steam under Jack Ross and now Saturday’s match against Kilmarnock is a great game to look forward to.

I’m sure Killie won’t be looking forward to coming to Easter Road with Hibs full of confidence with three straight wins behind them, having consolidated their place in the top six by beating St Mirren and with the chance to haul themselves into joint fifth spot.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround in the club’s fortunes sparked by that win over St Johnstone before Ross came in, but he’s now overseen two more victories against difficult opposition and he deserves credit for that.

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It can be difficult to go straight into a job and get wins as we badly needed and you can’t do much better than he has done.

The Premiership is such that if you can put a run of wins together then things take on a totally different look. We’ve managed to pull ourselves away from the foot of the table, putting seven points between us and the four locked together at the bottom and now, with the chance of going level on points with Kilmarnock.

An added bonus to Tuesday night’s win was seeing Christian Doidge get another goal. Five in three games is some going for any striker but the fact he’s now got Flo Kamberi playing up alongside him is, I think, a major reason why he’s suddenly finding the net so often.

Yes, some of them might not have been the cleanest of goals, but who cares? They all count, as they say. It doesn’t matter one whit if he gets a shot away and it clips off the heel of a defender and ends up in the net and Doidge is probably getting the breaks he wasn’t enjoying earlier in the season.

The fact he’s now among the goals will also, I believe, bring an added benefit to the team in that opposition defenders will now be trying to keep an extra close eye on him and that could give others in the team that little bit more space in and around the box.

You can’t rely on just the one man, though, and a pleasing thing is the fact the goals are being shared around. Kamberi, Daryl Horgan, Scott Allan and Stevie Mallan have all got a few each which bodes well going forward.