Of what you may ask? Well, its simple, I am quietly confident that Neil Lennon and the backroom support team are shaping a damned fine squad and a damned fine fitba team. A blend of yoof and experience, who never looked in trouble today in the bucketing rain, again in front of as large a Hibs support as I have seen at Alloa. In Rocky we have an assured goalie, backed up with a excellent number 2 in Laidlaw, we have a choice of 8 excellent defenders who slot in seamlessly, we have skill, strength, power and guile in midfield and goals in attack.
The game itself saw the other two Hibs Murray’s, Fraser and Simon shine, both in their play, movement and goals, Marv was solid, Boyler showed the pace and today some of the passes that will win us games. Paul Hanlon returned to rousing applause and then the joy of our two Leithuanians, just wait until you see Slivka, wow. And wait until you see the size of Matu, 6 foot 3 inches of muscle, with the running style of Garry O.
Alloa offered little, indeed that idiot savant Gollum and Mother Nature had more effect on the game than the Wasps. Hibs however, well we strolled it, indeed one or two of the players probably should have given more. If the don’t, we have the quality in depth in defence and midfield to replace them.
Rocky had little to do, when he had to, he made the saves that he is paid to make.
Whitts, I thought looked out of sorts, too many short passes, a lack of match practice probably.
Darren, well, he never gives the ball away. Darren plays for Hibs in the way any Hibs daft fan would. Darren captained the team at kick off I think?
Efe was Efe, graceful, skillful, classy, with the odd wee “EfeError”.
Lewis had a pretty poor start to the game as he got used of the artificial pitch, but had a better second half.
Marv was solid, solid as a rock. I thought he was very good today.
John McGinn was good but not Super. He is Super though and John having an average game is still a very good watch. Blasted a couple over.
Dylan drifted in and out of the game. I wouldnae have played McGeouch today, that pitch won’t do his potential groin issues any good, I would have rested him.
Boyler today showed more pace and guile, with a couple of cracking balls playing out wide right first 70 minutes, and was even better on the right last twenty. Playing like that he will give the big huddies in the top League nightmares.
Fraser Murray was lovely to watch, scored one, set one up and the laddie looks like a star. Playing again in the hole between midfield and his namesake Simon. Once he has sussed out the diet regime Super John has been on over the summer, Fraser will be unstoppable. I am delighted the youth set up Hibs reinvented after relegation is now showing the fruits of their efforts. Fraser looks the real deal.
Simon Murray, well in this laddie, who has a duracell battery in his engine, is a fantastic gamble for the club. Seven goals already, its not just that he is in the right place at the right time, its down to his desire, hard work, and importantly his very good reading of the game that gets his goals. His header for his second was very, very clever. His duracell battery must have come from the watch Hibs have won when we signed this kid. I really enjoy watching his movement, very intelligent and so, so hard working.
The Subs (and it gets better!).
Sevently minutes gone and Darren gives way to return of oor Paul, who immediately pulled on the captains armband. Efe switched to the right, Paul slotted in as if he had never been away. Welcome back Paul.
At the same time, Dylan gave way to the first of our Leithuanians, Vykintas Slivka. Wow, this laddie looks a player and really does look like a player Hibernian have just signed from Juventus. I will repeat that, this laddie looks a player and really does look like a player Hibernian have just signed from Juventus. He had the big, drookit Hibs support ooing and ahhing. I cannae wait for this laddie to fit in, as I said, wow. Boyler moved over to the left, Slivka then tortured the Alloa players on the right side of midfield. Wow, just wow.
Ten minutes to go, the excellent Fraser Murray came off for “Matu” Matulevicius, all 6’3″ of a giant. Tall, strapping, who runs like Garry O. He will be difficult to mark, I tell you, the guy is a fit, athletic specimen.
I thought Hibs got it pretty much right today, truth be told, 50 minutes of the game were not great as Alloa and Gollum did everything to stop Hibs playing, but the first and last 20 minutes were very, very entertaining and in the Frasers and our Leithuanians, we have some cracking new players. Professionally done Lenny and Co.
Willie Gollum was hapless, booking Slivka for a nothing challenge amongst a number of stupid officious and often wrong decisions by the ugly wee scrote. Hapless.
Alloa were not too good I am pleased to say. There daft wee group of 20 fans signing Hearts songs, well it says it all.
The Hibernian support turned out in large numbers, given it was tropical storm ‘Boaby’ in Clackmannanshire today. The gazebo was hoachin with soaking wet but happy Hibby’s.
Man of the match, well we saw a very good performance from Boyler, Barts was big, strong and tough, tough, tough, Simon Fraser is great to watch and he scores us goals, tap ins and stoatirs, the 20 minute cameo from Slivka was also great to watch, but the 80 minutes young Fraser Murray gave us was a masterclass. This laddie has just turned 18, whilst slight, he is strong, has a lovely touch, and great skill, scoring one and setting up his namesake for another. A worthy man of the match and I cannae wait to see him develop into a star.
Now, what is missing? Probably another goal scorer, otherwise, I really do think the blend of new signings and excellent laddies coming through means we may just have a cracking team to get behind this season. If ye haven’t got your season ticket yet, get one. If you can get along to Easter Road, do so, I have a feeling we might just witness something special this year.
Thanks Hibs, I enjoyed that.
As a footnote, can I also thank those muppets from Gorgie, the laughs had in the car on the way home tonight were brilliant. Keep up the good work Agent Cathro!