Too often at Hibs we’ve had a decent performance but not got a result at the end of it. I’d far rather have a hard-fought win like Saturday’s at Livingston any day of the week.
For me, the performances can come later – at the moment it’s just about winning every week and staying on the heels of Rangers. Our main objective this season is to get out of this league and if it takes a couple of ropey performances to do that, you won’t find many Hibs fans complaining.
We’ve not fully hit our rhythm yet but you can’t underestimate the feeling and the confidence you get from winning regularly, and that’s what the team are starting to do. They have recovered as well as we could have hoped after the difficult start, when all the Scott Allan stuff was happening.
Apart from no longer having the Allan distraction, a big factor in Hibs’ improvement is the fact we’re now getting a consistency of team selection. The defence and midfield are starting to get a real settled look and it’s only in attack where the team has yet to properly take shape. We’ve got a lot of firepower at our disposal but Jason Cummings is the only one who has played regularly so far. Once the new strikers get up to speed and start playing regularly we’ll look a more dangerous outfit.
In the last couple of games we’ve needed Liam Henderson to break the deadlock for us, but he looks like he’s relishing the chance he’s been given at Hibs. For such a young boy, he’s got real assurance in his play and his goal on Saturday was excellent. You can see he’s come from a big club.
We’ve had five clean sheets in our last six games and the importance of that shouldn’t be underestimated. Last season we lost so many silly goals that cost us victories at the end or left us chasing games early on, but now we are keeping the back door shut and giving ourselves a far better chance of winning games.
We will need the back four – and the rest of the team, for that matter – to be on their toes against Aberdeen on Wednesday. Hibs have a decent chance of causing an upset with the strong squad that’s been assembled.