There have been times throughout the season when we have played some good football but have come away with nothing to show for it.
It was somewhat pleasing then that despite an improved second-half showing on Saturday in Dumfries, it was far from a vintage performance from the Hibs players who still managed to grind out a very important win.
Putting three points on the board at this stage of the season is what ultimately counts. Alan Stubbs appeared to be far from happy over his players’ opening half display and rightly so. Having been on many a half-time rollicking myself, I can appreciate how important it is to up your game after the interval, both personally and as a unit. We cannot afford to let standards slip when the chase for the play-off spots is really starting to heat up. Queens have a decent home record on what can be a difficult surface to play on so that will have pleased the large travelling support who made their way back to Edinburgh.
There is still a substantial amount of football to be played and if we can keep this good run of form in motion, we will be well-placed for a play-off spot at the very least. The Championship is really beginning to get interesting both at the top and bottom end of the table. Falkirk have shown their hand with a fine display at Tynecastle and, by all accounts, thoroughly deserved their win over the league leaders.
I read towards the end of last week of the manager’s desire to keep hold of on-loan Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch. He is one player I have been hugely impressed by and has shown what a talented footballer he is. To tie him down permanently would be a step in the right direction and a player, I believe, we can build the team around. Our midfield four of McGeouch, Scott Allan, Liam Craig and Scott Robertson is arguably the strongest in this season’s Championship, all four able to complement one another in the heart of the pitch.
Raith Rovers are the visitors to Easter Road on Saturday and will provide some stern opposition. However, I believe our superiority will be reflected with another three points.