Michael Weir: Draw not enough to spoil Hibs’ mood

Owain Tudur Jones and Michael Nelson show their dejection
Owain Tudur Jones and Michael Nelson show their dejection
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Taking just a point from a match we were leading by two goals with only seven minutes remaining is hugely disappointing, but I don’t think we should be too downhearted about yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Tannadice.

The team have taken huge strides over the past few weeks and it has been a huge ask for the players with games coming thick and fast over the festive period.

They have certainly given their all to the cause and produced a brilliant win over Hearts as part of the resurgence under Terry Butcher.

As I have alluded to on many occasions, there is no such thing as a favourite when heading into an Edinburgh derby. Time and time again this has been proven and when looking at the odds in favour of a home victory, I sometimes have a chuckle to myself and say ‘when will we ever learn?’

The tactics were plain and simple from Butcher on Thursday evening: to exert as much pressure on the very inexperienced back-line of Hearts and see where it takes us. After a bombardment of crosses into the visitors’ penalty area from both sides of the pitch, Hibs eventually got their rewards as the strain took its toll on the Hearts youngsters.

Inevitably, there are many ways to win a match and on this occasion, you have to admit the manager got his tactics spot on by seizing the opportunity that was in front of his players. Perhaps it wasn’t the prettiest of displays but it proved very effective.

Looking at the stadium packed to the rafters in what was a wonderful atmosphere told its own story – win football matches and watch the crowds swell. There are not many better viewings than a New Year’s derby at either Easter Road or Tynecastle and Butcher will now appreciate what this fixture means to the city’s supporters.

To collect the wins we have over the festive period will go a long way to enticing more supporters through the turnstiles and returning the fear factor back to Easter Road – a feature that has been posted missing for some considerable time. Butcher has recognised very quickly the players he has at his disposal and has looked to play them in their more natural positions.