Michael Weir: Hibs cup wins kept momentum going but changes to team unlikely

It was good for Jack Ross to be able to give his fringe players game time in the Betfred Cup but I don't think there will be much change to the Hibs team that has been playing in the Premiership.

By Michael Weir
Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:00 am
Hibs' Stevie Mallan (left) tussles with Forfar's John Robertson during a Betfred Cup match at Station Park, on October 13, 2020. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Hibs' Stevie Mallan (left) tussles with Forfar's John Robertson during a Betfred Cup match at Station Park, on October 13, 2020. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

He's got a unit that he trusts and that he is hopefully going to ask more of so they can push on to better things.

He's shown he trusts the others in the squad but they will just have to keep going and hope they get a chance - and when they do they have to take it. The group who have got Hibs to third place in the league deserve to stay in but he knows he has got alternatives if required, which is important because they're all going to be needed and that's what a squad is all about.

Competition for places is great at any club, as is players who can play in a number of positions. That's vital within a squad as we saw with the makeshift team at Forfar. People underate that. You need players who can play different positions so if there's an injury they can step in and play centre-half or centre-midfield. For me that's a strong squad. If you just go for players who can only play one position, when they get injured that's when the problems start.

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It doesn't matter what level, be it cup games or league games, if you're winning consistently as a group of players then that just travels. The momentum just keeps going. You can't underestimate these type of games at Forfar and Cove Rangers. These still have to be won, and nothing beats the winning feeling.

We've been very consistent, maybe not playing well at times but still winning. That's key and something we've maybe lacked previously. Getting into the winning habit and, whatever the competition, you want to do your best in.

We've not had any slip ups and hopefully Saturday at Ross County is another one where we can get another three points and keep going forward. These are the games we need to win if we've got any ambition to be in Europe or close to the top of the table.