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Just back, and our laddies were magnificent

Hibernian 2 St Johnstone 1

I am sitting typing this at the bunker in my kitchen, glass of red and a grin the length of Easter Road. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Easy 12-13,000 Hibernian fans turned up today to cheer our fine old club back to Hampden, and the 12th man roared on our boys to victory, a well-deserved victory. Anthony Stokes was not in the squad with the rumour being he had a bad back, but it didnae matter as our laddies, each and every one of them played St Johnstone off the pitch at times, with fast flowing fitba which is often a joy to watch. Again Liam Henderson pushed and prodded, John McGinn was the epitome of class, Dylan McGeoch is simply a magnificent midfielder, Paul Hanlon has become an excellent centre half, they were the stars, but all 13 Hibs players who pulled on those jerseys gave everything, thank you. You really had to wonder which club are in the top league. A side note, Kevin Thompson was an unused sub today.

More changes today with Dylan back in place of Bartley. Seeing him start gives me a bit of confidence I dinnae have when he is out injured. Chris Dagnall kept his place and without Tony Stokes I think it was two pretty well matched teams. I was wrong.

I felt we were the fitba team, St Johnstone have a fair few cloggers and are not the fitba team I remember a few years ago. We had more possession, when the ball was on the ground, it was Hibernian with it, when the ball was in the box, it was from clever fitba from the Hibs.

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In summary, our midfield in full flow is simply a joy to behold, Fyvie to McGeoch, McGeogh to Henderson, Henderson to McGinn, McGinn back to any of his midfield pals, its good stuff, really, really good stuff.
The players
Mark Oxley had to make a few saves today, flapped at one but all round had a good game.

Gray was very good, strong in the challenge and up and down that line all game.

Paul Hanlon strolled through the game yet again, Paul is absolute class and has become a an excellent fitba player. Never put a foot wrong all game and between him and Liam Fontaine, they should check their shorts before they head home just in case O’Halloran and Lappin are still in their back pockets. Brilliant Paul.

Liam Fontaine played well again, did everything right at the back, if only you could heider a ball properly in the opposition box.

Lewis Stevenson was very good, up and down that line and linked well with the midfield. His flaw is that he hesitates a milli-second and it lets him down. Be more direct in attack Lewis.

Fyvie is annoying, I know he covers a lot of ground, I know he does a lot of things right, I know he can do some great things with a ball, but he is certainly the fourth pick of the four midfielders for me.

John McGinn is as tough and skilful a player as I have seen in Hibernian shirt in a long, long time. I love watching John attack, direct, oozes skill, oozes even more class, he is hard as nails, never gives up on a ball and today he scored a wonderful goal and with more luck and courage to shoot might have scored a better one. I love John McGinn, I am so proud he has chosen to wear our shirt. Brilliant son.

Dylan McGeoch matches what I have said about John McGinn. Dylan is the player that makes us tick, in attack, defending in midfield, breaking up play, the incisive pass, the clever turn, the calm consideration. Like John, I am delighted that Dylan has chosen to play for my fitba team, he is regularly brilliant. Today you were the difference Dylan.

Liam Henderson is the third (or maybe fourth) of that Fantastic Four/ Tantalising Trio. Liam runs at the opposition, he draws them in, he gets penalties, he gets fouls, he can score from dead balls, he just needs to practice hitting it when moving with the ball. It was a penalty pal, ignore the moaning half a dozen Saints fans, they have tatties to plant the morns morn. Great performance son.

Chris Dagnall worked hard again, especially second half, where his ability to hold a ball up and play a simple pass came to the fore. I think he brings something different to the team and I like the cut of his jib. Learn to blooter it when defending Chris, it matters in Scotland.

Jason Cummings didnae do much sometimes, but then he scored the penalty that put us in front. Toughen up son.

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Subs

James Keatings came on with about five minutes to go for Cummings and did his job keeping the ball up their end with minutes to go.

Darren McGregor came on with a couple of minutes to go to again give Liam Henderson a well-earned applause off the pitch. I still prefer Darren to Liam Fontaine, but it’s a great place to be, where we are choosing between such a decent level of player, I said that last week too.

McLean is supposedly one of the decent refs in this country. I thought he was rotten.

Alan Stubbs and his backroom team got it right today, the shape, the set up and importantly keeping at it. We are a good football team, we know that but don’t always show it, today we did. Well done La’, as a fellow Toffee as well as a Hibby, at least one of our clubs got to the League Cup Final.

St Johnstone gave us a game but we should be beating teams that employ jessies like Wotherspoon or  Liam Craig, we did. The fat boy fi Ireland that manages them wants to shut his regularly used mouth shut and learn to accept defeat from a better team.

My man of the match is as hard to choose as it has been all season, Paul Hanlon was magnificent, Liam Henderson was excellent and won a penalty, John McGinn starred and scored a peach, Dylan McGeoch is simply class. Well given the considerations, how do you choose. Well for me, its Dylan McGeoch, that laddie makes our team tick.

Good crowd and good noise from the Since1875 lads and lassies again, I have a photo of the Pride of Edinburgh banner, it looked braw. Again you were heard through out the game, although many of the Hibs radges around me in the Westpaeado Stand fair got behind the team with some auld chants the day too.

As the Phoenix rising that is Hibernian FC, we showed Scotland just who we are and that we are back, fans, fitba, noise,

WE ARE HIBERNIAN FC.

Mark

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