The Hibs supporters will be concerned after three consecutive defeats – and rightly so.
It was only a couple of weeks ago the majority of fans were looking at the opportunity to wrap up the runners-up spot within the coming weeks. But, after Saturday’s loss at home to Queen of the South, our play-off aspirations have suddenly taken a turn for the worse with Falkirk and Queens now hot on our heels.
The Dumfries men must be commended for their efforts on Saturday where they nullified any threat we had going forward while looking dangerous themselves on the break. I can’t help but feel we have become all too predictable in how we are setting ourselves up both tactically and in personnel.
We simply haven’t recovered from our recent defeat to Rangers and the sooner we get back on track the better. All the hard work that Alan Stubbs and his team have put together over the course of the season will count for nothing if we can’t see the job through. The advantage we had over the other sides in eyeing up second place has now gone and the manager must move things forward quickly.
I know how demanding the supporters can be if they are unhappy with what is being served up and this is something that will never change. Confidence plays a huge role in football, an attribute that has been missing from our game these past few weeks. The dip in form could not have come at a worse time with five huge games still to come in the league as well as a Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Falkirk.
However, the one ounce of comfort we can take is the ability is there to put together another winning run between now and the end of the season. The team haven’t become bad footballers overnight and are experiencing something that every professional goes through at some point in their careers.
The players have the opportunity to put things right almost immediately with the trip to Dumbarton on Wednesday night. The Sons are a well-organised outfit under Ian Murray but I fully expect us to return to Easter Road with nothing less than all three points despite our recent slump.