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Just thawing out thanks to the heating in the hoose and a warming glass of shiraz. I enjoyed that today, it was 4 coming on a dozen. Some lovely fitba played, debuts, returns and a much better way of playing football. All eyes were on Ryan Gauld, and rightly so, new boy Tommy Block must have been fair chuffed to be on the bench and Marv was back in the team with both Sir Dave and Big Ryan on the bench. Elgin brought more fans than Hamilton, and possibly Dundee, St Johnstone and Motherwell and made more noise than the Hibs fans. They appeared to enjoy their day out in the big City, by the state of a few of them before the game. Good, because their team did them proud.

I did hear a few stories today, which include young Flo behaving as a Billy Big Baws in the changing room and needing a word from a defender who never gives the ball away, and an Australian who hasn’t settled in Scotland and may end up going home sooner than we expected? I do know that Stephane Omenonga has signed too.

Starting with Bogdan, a flat four of Whitts, Daz, Paul and Sackie, Barts sitting in front of them and freedom given to Mallan, Slivka, Horgan and Gauld and Flo up front, we simply passed Elgin City of the pitch. In the end it might have been double figures, but for a decent keeper and some bad misses from Hibs. Still we are in the next round and that is what matter most.

The Team

Bodgan had very, very little to do. He was hurt with around 10 minutes to go after a 50 50 with the City striker and took a sore one. I hope he was taken off as a precaution. The good thing is we bring on Rocky as a replacement. When was the last time Hibs had two such excellent keepers?

Whitts started poorly with 4 or 5 poor passes in quick succession. He settled down and had a decent enough game.

Daz enjoyed himself, although I felt his headers were awfy today. Mibbee had his heed on squint today.

Paul strolled through the game as he can and does regularly.

Sackie ( I am told that is his nickname, might be baws?) has slipped into our Lewis’s position like he has been there for years, I think he is a smashing player.

Marv enjoyed his day, bit of work needed with the hard working midfield of Elgin all trying it on with him. I enjoyed watching Marv today, he played well. SHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTT man!

Stevie Mallan had a game much more like the type we expect from him. I put it down to having Marv there to mop up, having other fitba players beside him in Horgan and Gauld and his desire to get a goal. He got one from a well taken penalty, one in the eye of the too quick to moan Hibs fans. Well played son.

Slivka had a quietly excellent day and was involved in a lot of what was good from Hibs today. I wish he would fucking shoot though!

Daryll Horgan was a buzzbomb today, scored two, wanted the ball, linked up well with the front men and gave an excellent 80 minutes, the first 70 and the last 10. He took 10 minutes rest which he earned but couldnae do against better opposition. Two goals, one a weird heeder, one after a great ball from both Gauld then Whitts.

I know, I know, you are all bursting to see what I though of Ryan Gauld. Frankly, I thought he was magic. His introduction has changed the way we play, has improved the performances of the ballers like Horgan and Mallan and links up the front man like Scott Allan’s wee brother. He lasted 70 minutes but had tired by 60. This is the type of player we need, I would pay to watch Ryan every week. His ball to Flo for his goal was immaculate, a joy. I cannot wait for Scott Allan to join him, Hibs need to get that one sorted pronto, as the fans will flock back with Ryan and Scott on the pitch together. Magic.

Flo scored a stoatir, had a reasonably taken penalty well saved by the decent laddie in the Elgin goal. He looked hungry and if we have Gauld and Allan, he will need a rest by the end of the season, with the running he will have to do after those fantastic through balls. Arrogant, aggressive, a baw bag, ayes maybe, but the laddie is a goalscorer.

Subs

Shaw replaced Kamberi and done nothing to say he is the future, sorry son.

Fraser Murray replaced the excellent Ryan Gauld and it was good to seem him back. He has built his upper body up a bit and I think he will become a regular.

Sir David Gray, captain of Hibernian on the day he scored the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final on May 21st 2016 was stripped and ready to come on with 10 to go when Bogdan was injured and Rocky had to come on instead.

The Management Team

I though the bench got it right today. Putting young Tommy Block on the bench was a clever, i am sure the laddie is chuffed. Right team for the tie. We are through.

Elgin City

Well played Elgin, tried to play fitba, didnae come for a draw, noisy fans, a couple of decent players in the keeper, their left side midfielder and the number 10 who never gave up. Good luck with the rest of the season.

The Referee

I thought he had a very good game, let it flow and no bookings or red cards.

The Fans

7082, of which I guess around 500 came doon from Elgin. OK a small crowd but it would have raised around £100k, which will be welcome by Hamilton. I thinks we need to look at cheaper concession prices for these games. No singing section at all, either the ‘official ‘ones, or the ones in the old section 43 made for a quiet Hibs end. The pished lads and lassies from Elgin had a good day I hope.

My Man of the Match was the same as the official one, Daryll Horgan although I thought Marv was great, Mallan was much better, Mackie is a star of the future and Ryan Gauld will no doubt win the vast majority for the rest of this season once he settles, this laddie really is a player, come along and support him.

Next up, Motherwell on Wednesday night away in deepest darkest Lanarkshire. Get along and support the team if you can, I fully expect an excellent second half of the season. See you behind the goals.

Hibernian Forever!

Good eh. They Hun Fandans were cheering their empty heIds oaf, they thought Aberdeen were beating CeltIc, they thought Plug’s goal was enough for them to win, they sung about Sad Fenian Barstewards, Derry’s Walls, Leigh Griffiths mental health issues and the Irish Potato Famine, they sneaked out with 10 minutes to go thinking three points were safely in their Sports Direct Bags.
The Subway Loyal must have sh*t their Slazenger Joggies when they heard the roar of the Hibernian support as Daz headed home the late equalizer. Bedlam in the Hibs end, Silence of the Bams in all other areas of the Hunnery! Brilliant.

The day started weirdly with the Weegie Polis practicing for Celtics visit, free entrance to a car park especially set aside for Hibs fans, a Hun free walk up to the stadium, Broomloan Road closed to all but Hibs fans. It really was a Hun free zone, and kinda eerie, although the reek of bigotry was never far away.

Once inside, the 900 Hibs fans crammed in one corner gave it laldy.The Huns hate us, we hate them, so all is fair in love and war.

On the pitch, it was as near a perfect team as I would pick, 3 5 2 with my only tweak being Gray for Boyle. The Huns were frankly pretty poor, we were too. A better Hibs team would beat them easy. Hun McGregor had couple of good saves first half, Adam Bogdan a couple of crackers second, but their defence is poor, our midfield was rotten again. Positives was the return of Jamie McLaren who I felt played well, along with the return of Captain Paul Hanlon, Sean Mackie was smashing when he replaced Lewis and Bogdan needs to be signed up.

The Team:

Adam Bogdan had a great second half, a couple of fantastic saves.

Efe had a good game, couple of boobs but he did fine.

Darren McGregor made an erse of the Hun goal but more than made up for it for it crashing his header home after a great ball from Sean Mackie.

Paul Hanlon looked back to his old self, Hibs are better when Paul plays like that.

Lewis pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Mackie just before half time.

Boyle offered little again.

Hyndman I felt was missing most of game and we improved when Horgan replaced him.

Slivka drifted in and out of the game.

Mallan offered very little today, every pass was over hit and he struggled in Dylan’s position.

Flo never stopped working, Hun McGregor making a good save from a goal bound over head kick from Kamberi. He got no service from midfield, until Horgan and Mackie got involved.

McLaren had a good 70 minutes before the return of Captain Dave. It did have me wondering why he doesnt get a game?

Subs

Sean Mackie replaced Lewis and had a great game again. I think we have found the long term replacement to Lewis, Seans ball for the equaliser was perfect. His Maradona Turn on a Fugly Hun was class.

Daryll Horgan replaced Hyndman and changed the way we played, finally linking the midfield to the two front men.

David Gray, who scored the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final in 2016, captaining the club, replaced McLaren and had some good runs and headers. His appearance also got the Hibs fans singing again.

I think Neil and Gary went with the right team today. Our midfield in not good enough and we need a couple of new faces in there. Stick with a 5, 3, 2 and Flo and McLaren up front when this stupid Asia Cup fiasco is over.

The Huns are no very good and Slippy no doubt have some excuse ready about his pi*s poor team.

I thought Andrew Dallas had a reasonable game, not often I say that about a ref, especially a Hun ref from a family of Hun refs.

My man of the match was Adam Bogdan, he was brilliant and nothing he could do about Plug’s goal.

That is Full Fats out the way for a while, next up is the Diets at a sell out Easter Road on Saturday. Bring it on.

Hibernian Forever.

Mark

 

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By Sauzee that was frustrating. It would be easy to blame Livingston, but really it was all our own fault. Poor team selection by the Management, some piss poor performances from established players and you cannot miss a penalty in the way Flo did. Tactically Livi, like the Hun filth, came prepared and did well to earn their point, it might have been three. We chucked in too many laddies, some brilliant, some very good, some not good enough. They have an excuse, they are boys trying to do a mans job.

For me Milligan was poor, Slivka was invisible, Boyle was rotten then started trying with ten minutes to go, just not good enough. Thank Sauzee for Ryan and Efe, they are a joy to watch, Adam Bogdan is a good keeper, Daz gives his all and Hyndman has something, although upper body strength and shooting practice needs worked on and Flo cares, how he is benched in place of young Allan is beyond me. To start with the team he did start with was disrespectful to a very decent Livi. They are a fitba team, laddies playing against them is not acceptable. Too much thinking about who to rest, not enough about how we might win a game. Dropping Lewis Stevenson for example, is like cutting your nose off to spite your face.

The Team

Bogdan – Lost a goal he could do nothing about, otherwise I am comfortable when he plays, same with Ofir.

Efe at the right side of a back three, magnificent. To be our most creative attacking player from that position tells you how piss poor our midfield is.

Daz done fine, its nice to see him play for his team.

Ryan is superb, great goal, he has all the balls that Ollie hasn’t in the opposition box, his goal underlined that. Learn from it Ollie, Ryan is the real deal, the future Captain of Hibernian and Scotland. What a goal, that was a 70’s centre half’s goal if ever I seen one!

Milligan gets worse every time I see him. What is going on?

Slivka should have his match appearance money deducted, he didnae turn up. Seems to only try in TV or big games.

Mackie done his long term future no harm, a player there with lots to learn. Start by studying Lewis Stevenson son.

Boyle was sh*te for 80 minutes. He tried for 10. Personally I will be happy when he is playing in the Asia Cup or whatever the feck it is he is fixated with, we can then concentrate on not trying to fit him in to every team. Must improve.

Allan is not good enough, sorry.

Shaw is weak, lightweight and disnae get stuck in. Not good enough although I hope he starts buying protein drinks and works on his upper body strength.

Subs

Kamberi replaced the limp Shaw at half time. He should have started. OK he should NEVER miss a penalty so weakly but he has presence and works his socks off. He is ten times the player of Shaw or Allan at the moment although only a couple of years older. Support the laddie, don’t pick on him for feck sake.

Horgan replaced Hyndman. I was happy to see Horgan, wrong decisions and all but I wish he had replaced Slivka. Great ball for the equaliser.

The off form McLaren replaced Allan, neither done anything? What is that about?

The Manager changed it too much and we paid the price. Every week we do this. Make your mind up and stick with it.

The Ref did fine, despite our moaning. Our problems were not from him.

My Man of the Match was probably Efe, however Ryan was a bawhair behind and his wonder goal secures the Bounce/St. Pat’s bottle of Red Kola for me.

Next stop, the Hunnery. I have seen the plans for Hibs fans access and egress today. They are practising for Celtcs visit, its fair to say, metal cordon’s too and from the car park, police escorts to the M8, Hibs security facing and filming the Hun fans, the only time the Huns will get near us is the waft of sweat, Buckie and intolerance during the game. Not that I give a sh*te, we mastered those barstewards 30 years ago, nothing has changed.

Can I wish each and every Hibs fan the best of Christmas holidays, I extend that to any fitba person who is not born with the joy of Hibernian but reads the Bounce and for followers of Heart of Midlothian and The Rangers 2012, I hope your next shi*te is a bunch of Holly.

Hibernian Forever.

Mark

Freddo Morelos is one ugly looking hun eh? Almost as ugly as the game tonight. They did to us what we done to Celtic on Sunday, but we nicked a point, take it and move on.

Its late, am cold, I am not long in so I will keep it short. We lost a tactical battle tonight, the huns shut us down and we had no reply. That happens, they are not great but well drilled . They are a bunch of diving cheating barstewards though, Slippy has taught them well, Stevie Wonder, who was a late replacement for Thompson, never seen a thing.

The Players

Rocky laddered his tights early, Lenny was going barmy at him as he limped off. Adam replaced him and had a stormer.

Lewis had his work cut out tonight, he took them on.

Efe had a handful in Morelos to share defensive responsibilities with Ryan on. Plug gave Efe a torrid time.

Ryan too struggled with Plug, but I felt he finally mastered him. His tackle on Billy Bluenose or whoever it was well worth the booking. I believe the scouse gangster reckons had that being a Hun he would have been sent off. There is no Hun tackles like Ryan, learn that now.

Whitts had an error strewn game but did have some lovely touches too.

Mallan was closed down first half and looked poor, improved when moved left to accomodate Milligan.

Horgan was again closed down, makes the wrong decisions too often and was hooked at half time.

Slivka blew hot and cold and did not look fully fit. He should have blasted his chance high into the net, instead he dribbled into trouble.

Hyndman was my pick of midfield, he is creative and never gave up. He is not strong enough though and his shooting is weak.

Ollie offered little tonight other than to miss two very good chances, first one was a panicky blooter, the second, he shat it and tried to tap it.

Flo ran himself into the ground, more so when passenger Boyle came on and offered little. I would like to see the foul on the acting hun at the end, was there contact at all?

Subs

Milligan replaced Horgan at half time, he still does not look as assured to me as he did when he joined?

Boyle replaced Ollie and offered little, he is a wet paper bag nowadays. Passing it back when he should be shooting, looking more tired than guys that have run their guts out for 90 minutes is not good enough. Time to get Mrs Boyle to change the nappies and feed the bairn during the night pal.

The Huns are a bunch of diving, play acting fandans, with a support who only know sectarian songs, outwith a song about a Plug Ugly Columbian to the tune of the Banana Splits, which no doubt ends in some shout of fu** the Pope or some other intolerant backward red neck inbred brother/ sister  pis*. Its fair to say I have not warmed to them.

The Hibs fans turned out in numbers, well done all. 18,600 with 1,800 Huns is 16,800 Hibernians. I just wish there was a link from the singing section to the east stand, its like have two different sets of fans in the ground.

Neil was out thunk by Slippy tonight, Dinnae let that happen again Neil eh?

The Ref is a fud, even if my oldest son felt he had a decent game. I didnae.

My man of the match was Adam Bogdan for his three wonder saves.

See you all on Saturday for another game of high press, that nulifies the life out of football.

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

Go on my Bonnie Bhoys!

Late not because I was sinking black gold in celebration, but because after over doing the cooking sherry at the works do on Friday, I was hame pronto to put up the Christmas Deckies after doing my best impression of a burst couch yesterday! Tea now in the oven, small glass of shiraz breathing, Just Back to be done.

Hibernian’s performance of the season so far. From Rocky to Flo, every one of the laddies gave their all and it might have been more than the two we scored. I know the dodgers were missing players, we were missing more, I know they had a hard game on Thursday, they have 10 times the cash we have, tough toly. We bettered them all over the pitch, the high press worked perfectly. In Efe and Ryan we have two magnificent defenders, Flo in full flight is a joy to watch, Mallan, Horgan and Hyndman all found their mojo, Slivka scored early and made them work. Wow, I knew my faith in the master, Neil Lennon would come through, what a performance Hibernian.

I thought Celtic looked disjointed and heavy legged. Nae luck eh. Them playing McGregor so deep really does leave them with only Forrest going forward. Press them and they are hopeless. We pressed them.

The Team:

Rocky – Has won his place back with a safe performance, great to have to good keepers fighting over the No 1.

Whitts had a couple of poor passes but, with the help of Emerson, kept Sinclair quiet.

Efe was magnificent. Better than anything they have by a country mile.

Ryan Porteous today became a man. He is Hibernian through and through and had the game of his life. I fully expect this laddie to have many games just like that, and he will become the captain of both Hibernian and Scotland one day. I was bursting with pride for you at the end pal. Fantastic.

Lewis back where he belongs and stopped Forrest playing.

Stevie Mallan appeared to be back of the diamond and had his best game in a Hibs jersey.

Slivka scored early and did well until injured by a red card challenge by the boy with the shorts that are for too tight for him that used to play for us.

Emerson Hyndman’s return has seen Hibs improve. The laddie is a player, links up the midfield and front men and covered Whitts very well. Great game and I hope we keep him at Easter Road.

Daryll Horgan played top of the diamond and ran too tight shorts Broon into the ground. The Celtic backies must have been sick of him today he never stopped.

Ollie gave his all and had a good game, playing against people of a similar age.

I thought Flo was back to his old self today. The way he took his goal was brilliance, the roar was a joy to hear. Remember the laddie is 22 but plays like an old pro. I bet he sleeps well tonight!

Subs

Young Sean Mackie replaced Slivka at half time and had a very impressive second half. If Ollie, Ryan and Sean are the future of Hibernian. We are in safe hands.

Young Lewis Allan got five minutes at the end replacing Shaw.

Celtic, well they were well beaten.

The referee was fine, some daft decisions as ever when playing the infirm but he tried to let the game flow especially second half.

The Since 1875 guys never stopped and got a strangely quiet Holy Ground going. Nothing from the Celtc end which for me underlines the importance of selling them minimal tickets. B*gger the 1500 seats income, we could not hear them, meaning their players couldn’t, it benefited Hibs, that is all I care about.

Man of the match for me was Ryan Porteous, he never put a foot wrong. A magnificent performance.

Right, off for my tea.

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

 

Cold, wet and dreich, I sat in my car in a car park pre match wondering why I love the fitba. 2 hours later, I tell you why, because seeing your team win, in front of the die hards, away from home in some souless Lanarkshire cowp, sitting with supporters who back the team, want us to win, roar the stand roof off when we finally get that goal. It special, its fitba, its being a Hibby.

Reading the lineup on twatter at 2pm, I sat baffled, Nelom starting after his lackluster efforts last Saturday, and dropped on Wednesday, Lewis in the midfield holding role, Bogdan then injured in the warm up, och jings here we go again. And for the first half we huffed and puffed, Mavrias looking puggled, Nelom looking disinterested, Mallan looking better, Lewis struggling in the middle, Boyler all over the place without offering much, Oli and Flo slogging it out with the heifers at the back of the Accies defensive, it was sair to watch. We might have had a penalty had the ref not been that cheating Rangers barsteward Madden , Porteous was fouled in the box, nothing given. Boyler was then bundled in the box, their sub goalie landing on Boylers napper which seen him carried off. It was a blessing, Neil ran on to an affectionate cheer form the Hibs support, their second keeper was replaced by their third and Hyndman came on. Hibs came out second half like a different team.

We have struggled recently, many blame the strikers, for me its the link from midfield that is missing. The link returned second half. Stand up Emerson Hyndman. To have a player who could feed the front line properly, work hard in the opposition third and when Horgan replaced the hapless Nelom he added to that missing link. His ball for Oli Shaw’s goal was a peach, as was Ollies finish. As I said the roar of relief in the Hibs end was a joy to hear.

Hamilton are a poor team, a more confident Hibs team would have brushed them aside. How a club with around 500 fans in a 2200 crowd survives is beyond me.

The Team:

Rocky came back to replaced Adam injured in the warm up. He had little to do, when he did he dealt with it.

Nelom, I am sorry he is rotten. A fellow bouncer suggested I watch Neloms warm up, I wish I had not. It looks like he does not give one shi* of a shi*. Very poor.

Efe was magnificent. Efe is magnificent.

Ryan Porteous is future captain of both Hibernian and Scotland. If he leaves us, it will be for much more money than Super John McGinn.

Mavrias looks like a full back in the latter part of his career, nothing fancy simple passes, steady but no David Gray.

Lewis played the Milligan/ Bartley role and found it difficult but done just fine.

Stevie Mallan I felt offered a bit more today and did fine.

Slivka drifted in and out the game, a player but final ball is not what it might be.

Boyler was injured, a sair yin.

Oli worked his socks off, put himself about and showed the promise I had not recently seen, he scored a fine goal too.

Flo again worked his socks off, was unlucky with efforts and he plays better when teh fans support him. Well played son.

Subs

For me the introduction of Emerson Hyndman changed the way we played. he looks to go forward, likes to slide a pass through to the forwards and generally lifted out play. He looks like the type of Hibs player we like. Stay fit son.

Daryll Horgan also came on for Nelom and improved our attacking play, he is direct and takes a man on. Much more the Hibernian way than passing the tits off the fans and the ball without getting anywhere.

I have nothing more to say about Hamilton.

The referee is a lazy Hun barsteward. To see him tell Hibs players not to waste time celebrating after Hamilton has wasted the same time since kick off as he turned away, showed him up for what he is. Refs from the centre circle.

An emotional moment was seeing our manager, Neil Lennon run on after Boyler got hurt. The welcome he was given as he came on told Neil everything he needs to know about how we feel about him and his managerial role at our club. A poke in the eye of the erses who talked of getting rid of him. Feckin erses that they are.

Neil came to the Hibs end after the game with his players to thank us for our support and us for their efforts. Let the wobble be over Neil and lets get Hibernian back up where we belong. You are the right man for Hibernian.

My man of the match was a square go between Ryan and Ollie. Ollie gets it for the goal. Ryan won the square go.

Onwards and upwards.

Hibernian Forever.

Mark

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So, going into today, instead of looking to overtake us, they were looking to avoid being consigned by mathematical impossibility to 5th place. And we were looking to draw level with Statement FC ahead of their likely mauling at the hands of Celtic tomorrow. They won’t be able to read the script but someone will be ready with the stubby crayon in cloven hoof to write the inevitable statement.

After an outstanding outing last week it was hard to see what changes could be made but our manager is nothing but focused entirely and ruthlessly on the job in hand. A place was always going to be found for Scott Allan. And Darren. So that meant dropping Swanson to the bench and Dylan’s cheek bone break consigned him to the stands…but giving us the strongest bench in months. Stronger than the stench of mediocrity that emanates from the Bus Shelter, that much is certain.

Kilmarnock forward, The Rotund Orc Sympathizer, was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year this week. Begrudgingly, I have to say that it is justified. He’s having a career Indian Summer, scoring goals and is the main reason (on the park) why Kilmarnock have accumulated so many points. You never know, given the political mix of the other 3 contenders, he might even win. And he was to almost be the proverbial not being over till the Fat Striker scores routine again today. Almost, I said. Off the park, their manager Steve Clark has also been nominated for the PFA Manager of the Year. Again, deservedly. A dour, uncharitable sort, I find it hard to buy into the media love in with the Killie boss. No doubt he and the plastic pitch have done well this season. Not in question. But he really is a miserable, uncharismatic sod. And his teams can be Turbo Turgid Gunt at times…But it works for the Silly Killie Boys because unlike the Gunts, their Orc reject forward scores goals.

Both of these individuals are in direct competition with two of our shining lights. Our talisman, our favourite son and our manager, full of personality and passion. Today, our team won but our POTY contender was arguably not even as effective as Ordinary John McGinn. Super must have been somewhere else. Lennon must have been pulling his hair out on the sidelines and not just because of his usual pet hate (The It’s All About Me Robertson in the Middle) but his players individual nervousness, concentration lapses and decision making.

I might as well start with the Killie goals. One was a stormer but the build up to the free kick that it resulted from was poor stuff. The second had come from Kamberi and Boyle being defensively, like the Chuckle Brothers – to me, to you, a wee daft flick, and BOOM. And the opening Killie goal was just Keystone Cops. A delivery from our rhs saw the Fat Striker completely unmarked. Completely unmarked and static. And yet he still got a free go courtesy of Efe and Darren. All 3 avoidable, all 3 giving the crowd the collywobbles and Lennon grey hairs. And that was before they had a goal chalked off to make it a possible 4-4 with minutes left.

However, thankfully, we bagged 5 goals at the other end. F-I-V-E. As in 5. And it wasn’t even in the pishy league cup qualifying rounds.

Scott Allan had opened the scoring in the first half with a great near post shot. Steven Whittaker had restored our lead in the second half with a Slivka-esque sneaky run from deep to convert from close range. Jamie had put us in the lead again at 3-2 with a real penalty box strikers play. Great movement and fine strike. Kamberi was strong and imposing as he bagged a 4th but it wasn’t until a Brandon Barker mazy and shot made it 5 that we could relax. It must have been a joy for the neutral but could we do this a little less stressfully please Hibs? Nah, thought not.

Rocky – not too much to do and he had no chance with the 3rd. Distribution was patchy.

Lewis – if Dylan is our metronome, Lewis is Greenwich Observatory. Set your clocks by him. He really is that reliable. Excellent and composed. Somebody had to be

Paul – the best of the central defenders

Darren – Boyd tried to get physical and he had to stand up to it.

Efe- one moment dreaming, the next a dream

Boyle – in and out, at fault for the 2nd with Kamberi

SJM – possibly his least effective game this season

Allan – official MotM. He scored a good goal and contributed to another.

Whittaker – the other player scoring highly on the Stevenson Effort Scale. Good goal too.

Kamberi – works hard but found it a hard shift. Good goal.
Jamie – great strikers finish, sacrificed to bring on Barker

Danny – came on late or Allan. Busy 5 minutes.
Barker- other than the goal, he wasn’t great

Referee – the ignominy of having sent off Lewis once. I’ve not forgotten or forgiven. But my prejudices don’t undermine my opinion that he made it all about himself.

Man of The match – for effort between Lewy and Whittaker for me. But I am going for Lewis. Overall, nobody else came close across the entire 90 mins.

3 MAHOOSIVE POINTS. Mind the gap useless Jambo Bastards. Mind the gap, Fat Striker.

Over to You, Orcs. The pressure on you tonight must be unbearable. Un-fucking-bearable. Probably beggars belief.

 

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Dougie with Sue and LewisI am pleased to report Saturday 17th March seen another fanatic and successful Branch St Patrick’s night and Annual Achievement award. In particular a big thank you to our legendary friends, The Mad Ferret band, Bill Garriock and his late night Disco, the McLeod sister inlaws for the work in the kitchen and of course your ever hard working branch committee.

Special congratulations to our two 2018 St Patrick Branch Hibernian Achievement award winners; Sue McLernon and Lewis Stephenson.

Sues nomination for her wide ranging and hard work with the Hibernian community foundation, and Lewis recognition of his unstinting fundraising and complete generosity and charity.

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This has been a season where the active support of the club/team by fans of our grand old team has reached new highs. Such was the demand for tickets for today’s game the club opened up part of the South Stand to home supporters despite good demand for the same seats from those with a vested interest in the Dons. It is an indicator that the progress made over the last 3 years, on and off the park, is paying dividends. It is also a very tangible endorsement of Neil Lennon and his players.*19, 000 + supporters crammed into ER to see the best two sides in Scotland, outside the East End of Weegeville. They would not be disappointed with the fare. Certainly, the Hibs contingent weren’t…

Having spent the last few days in sunny Valencia, visiting the imposing Mestalla stadium in the process, it wasn’t the glamour of La Liga, Mario Kempes, Rafa Benitez or David Silva that was at the forefront of my mind. It was the feeling of relief at Manises Aeroporto when the wee departures board said my 6am flight from Spain this morning was due to take off as scheduled. I’d be back in Auld Reekie before Baynes on Easter Road would even be open. Back for the only football show in town today….

This game was an opportunity to put pressure on the Reds and make a very clear statement to every other side in the top six that we are not there just to make up the numbers, content to simply settle for mid table security in our first season back.*With the Gorgie mob in action at lunch time, we knew a win would be mighty beneficial in this natural order malarkey. (Does anyone know if they have overtaken us yet)

Earlier in the campaign, Aberdeen left Easter Road with 3 points they barely deserved. Even Dick Turpin wore a mask…This time there was to be no such injustice, with Hibs dominating the Sheep worriers from start to finish. Many of you will, by the time you have read this, watched the game online or on BBC Heuchter Teuchter. The usual rules apply here…I am only going on what I thought at the game. No telly box coverage is involved in the making of this just back. Some sheep may have been harmed though.

Today,*Hibs lined up with a central 3 of Efe, Darren and Paul. Both the latter making recovery from injuries sustained against Murderwell. Lewis and Boyler were deployed as wing backs with a midfield 3 of our Holy Trinity. Up top, Flo and Jamie partnered each other from the start. The Sheep were minus captain Shinnie – and I think it made a difference to some aspects of the game- so Kenny McLean took the armband…and was lucky to wear it for 90 minutes. Son of Dallas bottled sending him off in the 2nd half. But more of the Dons’ complete discipline breakdown later…

The first half saw Hibs take the game to the opposition and McGinn and McLaren both came close in the first ten minutes.
McLean had a shot on goal (singular) later in the first half but that was the only real action Rocky had to contend with other than the odd cross ball.

After a torrid time in Aberdeen before Christmas, some of the “culprits” that day were on their A game today. Efe and Boyler both were much, much better today and this meant a quiet afternoon for the much hyped GMS…quieter than a midnight swim in the Kelvin.

The game really came to life after the interval…and the Aberdeen team that tends to appear for games in Glasgow, finally showed itself against us. And, by Sauzee, it was a joy to behold…

McLaren, who had been playing like a clever Jason Cummings all afternoon, sitting on the shoulder of the last defender all game, making cute, quick runs onto reverse passes from such as Scott Allan, got through one on one with the Sheep World Champion keeper only to see his shot deflected, a subsequent rebound blocked…but thankfully the ball falling for Martin Boyle to nod into the net.

A few minutes later his strike partner, Flo, turned strongly in the area and directed a deserved 2nd past the keeper. It gave Hibs the confidence to go on to see the game out. Darren, Allan and others came close again and we could have run out even more comfortable winners than we did. But that’s not a criticism. This game was always under control. Make no mistake.

The same could not be said for the opposition who went on to kick everything that moved. Or push it. Or shove it. Or try to go fighting with it. Stupid boy, messing with Darren. McLean should have walked. Make no mistake. Others could have too…the Ferret Brothers, GMS and Christie, likewise.

It was a disciplinary capitulation to match the football one.

The team

Rocky- not much to do but was solid when called on
Boyle – best he has played against his own team. Good goal gave him confidence
Efe – pipe and slippers afternoon. Immaculate.
Darren – battleful best
Paul – some excellent reading of the game and fine challenges
Lewis – he will need to empty Logan from his back pocket tonight
SJM – so disciplined. He knew a booking today would put him out the derby. Polished and professional
Dylan- fine second half and official MotM
Flo – what a titan performance. He soaked up the physical barrage and went back time and time again
McLaren – a clever Jason Cummings. Deserved a goal. Great game.
Scotty Allan – sorry Dylan he was the MotM. You probably think it too. Sweet Sauzee, that was damn fine. I cannot wait for him to get in about the Gunts

Subs – Bartley and Danny came on but just to run down the clock.

The Boss – anyone still whinging about his signings in January?

Next up – The Fat Striker. On this form he won’t be singing.

Now I’m away for some black coffee and BBC Heuchter Teuchter on Sky +. It’s been a long day but travelling 1330 miles this morning to see us this afternoon was worth every beeping beep of the early morning alarm call…

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