Three things we learned from Hibs' defeat in Dingwall

Neil McGlade looks at three takeaways from a dismal night in Dingwall for the Hibees

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 11:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 11:04 pm
Martin Boyle was a bright spot despite defeat in Dingwall

Boyle’s a boost

The return of Martin Boyle to the starting lineup, his first of 2019, was a welcome sight for the 553 hardy fans who made the trip to Dingwall.

Although he was unable to contribute towards a Hibs victory, the 26-year-old brings another dimension to the Easter Road side’s attack.

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His pace and energy caused concern for the County defence but he could also take the pressure off his defensive team-mates by stretching the opposition.

Boyle’s performances will get better the more minutes he gets under his belt. He is certain to be a key player for the club over the busy festive period and beyond.

Another lead relinquished

It’s been well documented Hibs’ inability to see games out from winning positions this season and that again came to the fore against Ross County.

Jack Ross has reiterated since entering the building more than a fortnight ago that he can’t vouch for what has gone on beforehand.

However, having dropped five points against Kilmarnock and County in the space of four days, it’s becoming clearer by the week the players’ inability to close games out is an issue that must be addressed if Hibs are to make any inroads on the sides above them. They have now thrown away leads in seven of their last 11 matches.

Bruising schedule ahead

Things are about to get a whole lot tougher for Hibs with their next three fixtures against the Premiership’s top three sides.

Aberdeen are first to visit Easter Road on Saturday before a trip to Celtic Park the following weekend. Rangers then visit the Capital before Ross takes his side across the city to face Hearts on Boxing Day.

Seven points out of 12 from Ross’ first four games in charge hasn’t brought the return predicted following the 3-1 win over Motherwell just 11 days ago.

Hibs are going to have to raise their game considerably if they are to improve that points tally over the next few weeks.