Three Hibs key points after goalless draw with Motherwell

Mark Atkinson talks us through a few observations after the draw at home to Steelmen ...
Hibs stood firm against Motherwell.Hibs stood firm against Motherwell.
Hibs stood firm against Motherwell.

Caught in the middle

For the first time this season, Hibs were bossed in midfield. They came up against a unit in Allan Campbell, David Turnbull and Mark O’Hara who were a cut above anything else Hibs have faced so far. In a 4-4-2 formation, Alex Gogic and Joe Newell needed to be at their very best and in the first half, they weren’t. It got better in the second period as some tactical adjustments shored it up, but even then, the passing in the middle was erratic. What it showed is that Ross McCrorie - a transfer target for Hibs – would make a big difference when up against teams of a higher level. Hibs still need reinforcements in midfield.

Case for the defence

Hibs still haven’t conceded a goal in open play. The back four of Paul McGinn, Ryan Porteous, Paul Hanlon and Josh Doig came under a lot of pressure, but all of the defenders stood firm. Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano made one excellent save from a Callum Lang effort, while is handling and kicking were impeccable. While Hibs were blunt in the final third, one thing is for sure – opposition teams will need to work hard to break this defence down. It is well-organised, strong and stubborn.

First-class attitude

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Even if the performance level wasn't quite at the standard set in the first three matches, this Hibs team’s attitude cannot be questioned. This is a team that works hard, that doesn’t hide, doesn’t appear to creak under pressure. Jack Ross has instilled a positive mindset and that’s the sort of standard that turns losses into draws. While disappointed not to take the three points, Hibs will be pleased that one of their challengers for Europe in a good Motherwell team didn’t take the spoils back west. Previous incarnations of Hibs would have lost this match, no question. Hibs fans can have faith that this version will fight tooth and nail this season.