A good result was needed on Saturday to put the previous weekend’s disappointing draw with Falkirk to bed and the players duly delivered against Cowdenbeath.
In truth, the margin could have been far greater had we retained the same intensity the players had shown in the opening ten to 15 minutes. But the opposition never posed any significant threat to Mark Oxley in goal and the gulf in class was evident from the off.
Nonetheless, I’ve spoken all along of the need to treat these type of games with the utmost respect as matches against the likes of Rangers and Hearts will always take care of themselves.
It is imperative you win the bread and butter games of the division and with the top two’s eagerly-anticipated match in Govan on Friday night falling foul of the weather, Hibs were able to take advantage with a convincing win on home soil.
It was nice to see five different goalscorers on Saturday, all coming from different areas of the park.
It must be pleasing for Alan Stubbs that he can rely on others to chip in with the goals – Saturday’s tally of five taking it to 13 in our last four matches, which is a good return for any team.
The likes of Scott Robertson seems to be enjoying his football again and is thriving in the engine room alongside Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch.
The manager has found the correct system to deploy and that appears to be bringing the best out of the players he has at his disposal.
We now face a huge test with a trip to Dumfries to tackle one of our play-off rivals, Queen of the South. With the Doonhamers having to settle for a point against Falkirk at the weekend, we opened up a three-point gap on Queens ahead of this Saturday’s clash.
Wouldn’t it be nice to extend that deficit to six with another three points in the bag and make amends for the defeat we encountered there earlier in the campaign?
Alan Stubbs has reiterated his desire to add both a defender and goalkeeper during the transfer window this month – two positions, I believe, you can never afford to be short on numbers.