The players could not be faulted for their efforts in Saturday’s fixture which has resulted in us facing a play-off with either Hamilton or Falkirk.
The supporters created a buoyant atmosphere in the hope that the players could find that drive and inspiration to secure our safety but, in truth, one point from our final five post-split fixtures was never going to be enough.
Kilmarnock had enough experience throughout their side to see the job through, the likes of Kris Boyd, Barry Nicholson and Alexei Eremenko providing the impetus for the Ayrshire side’s victory.
We unfortunately became very predictable in the second half as desperation set in. A host of high balls into the visitors’ penalty box were never going to trouble their back four or goalkeeper. Composure, in these kinds of games, is a vital attribute to any side looking for all three points and in truth, we carried little threat in the final third for the majority of the afternoon.
We must turn our attentions to the play-off matches. To lose and suffer the heartache of relegation could have serious implications for the long-term future of the club. We have two games to survive and reputation means nothing in these fixtures if you cannot produce the goods out on the park. Unless we change the philosophy of our great club, the name of Hibernian will lose the identity it has built up over the years.
If we are to prevail and still be part of the Scottish Premiership next season then this will represent just one small step of where the club should be. Continuing with the same style and manner that we have seen over the last few seasons cannot be tolerated any longer as the supporters deserve a whole lot better than what they are being served up.
We need to take a leaf out of our neighbours’ book and get the heart beating again at Easter Road.
We need to try and get the team over the line, however, and show them we are up for the fight just as much as they should be. The thought of having two 90-minute fixtures in order to survive is just something we have to deal with, so we must remain positive.