Michael Weir: No reason Hibs can't get back on track at St Johnstone

Players will be eager to atone for below-par performance against Motherwell, writes Michael Weir

By Michael Weir
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:30 pm
Christian Doidge scored a hat-trick on Hibs' last visit to McDiarmid Park
Christian Doidge scored a hat-trick on Hibs' last visit to McDiarmid Park

It’s the same now as it was when I was playing – when you have a bad game either individually or collectively, you know you’ve let yourself down.

It comes down to your own standards, your own performances, your own pride. After a bad game, you want to show that you're capable of better.

That’s what football’s all about; how you deal with the disappointments and how you respond to them.

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It’s a great game when you’re winning but if you hit a wee bump like Hibs have, it’s how you respond.

It’s now up to the players to show they have what it takes to respond to a setback.

With the current group of players, this is the first little hitch they’ve experienced. Performance levels have been decent; now there’s been a bad one, how do they react to it?

St Johnstone is always a difficult place to go, especially given that they've nicked a couple of results so far – last weekend against Kilmarnock, and on the opening day of the season when they lost a man but still got a draw with Dundee United.

If you look at their results, they’ve had that turn of the ball you need in some games.

It won't be an easy match; it will be a difficult trip and they’re coming into it on the back of a good win.

I don’t think it’s time for Hibs or the fans to start panicking yet; they’re still unbeaten.

Hibs have a great chance this weekend to get a result on the road. I think away games suit their style at the moment; against Motherwell they sat off them a little bit and tried to play a cagey game.

Teams away from home are usually a bit more conservative, so it might suit Hibs to try and get back on track away from home.

There might be changes if Jack Ross feels the need to freshen things up but I have no fear that Hibs can go up there and win.

The key is how they respond to the Motherwell performance but they’ve certainly got the ability and talent to win at St Johnstone.