Michael Weir: Home run can quell Hibs nerves

Hibs celebrate Dominique Malonga's goal. Pic: Toby Williams
Hibs celebrate Dominique Malonga's goal. Pic: Toby Williams
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Saturday turned out to be a hugely enjoyable day, having met up with a few of the old crew for our Christmas get-together before watching the current crop deliver the three points against Alloa.

It was far from our best display this season, but winning in front of our own supporters was just what we needed. However, I still believe there to be a real nervousness that has crept into our play when playing before our own fans. Putting a run of victories together at Easter Road, though, would surely see this disappear.

It has been well documented our home form has been far from perfect in recent seasons, but hopefully the weekend’s win can provide a platform to build on.

As a former footballer myself, I can relate to what the Hibs players faced on Saturday when you are expected to just brush the opposition aside with ease. This is not how football works and sometimes you just have to be grateful for the win all the same.

The scoreline might have been that bit more handsome had we been more direct as our passing, at times, let us down.

It is not uncommon to over elaborate when you have so much time on the ball where simplicity often pays the most dividends.

As the home team, the onus is always on creating chances, having shots on goal and keeping the opposition’s goalkeeper under as much pressure as possible.

Three or four sides are starting to put some results together with the Championship, as expected, turning out to be a rather intriguing 
division this year.

Falkirk are hot on our heels in fifth after their win over Livingston, and Queen of the South continue to produce week in, week out.

After this weekend’s clash against Raith, our real test will come in the form of Rangers’ visit to Easter Road, followed by a trip to Tynecastle a couple of days into the new year.

I would like to think we are capable of cutting that gap over the festive period on the teams above us and, with a home tie against Arbroath in the next round of the Scottish Cup still to come, things may just start to look promising.