HIBS 2 v 2 ST.MIRREN – 1st February 2020

Frankly, St Mirren gave us a first half doing, they played us off the pitch going a well deserved 2 0 up before Scottie nicked one back and Doidge scored a fine headed goal just before half time. We were lucky to go in even. I have to say I thought St Mirren played some very good football, especially first half, much better than Hibs. Whilst I am being nice, I also thought their support was excellent, through in big numbers and backed their team through out the game.

The starting eleven, well its fair to say that the end is nigh for our back four, Sir David Gray injured again, Daz was ran ragged and looked slow and frankly old, Paul was the best of the four, Lewis is Lewis. It is beyond me why Maciano rolls the ball to Hanlon, Stevenson and Daz, it disnae work. It might of worked with Efe (currently unemployed and looking for a team), but it does not work with those three and we either lose it or hoof it aimlessly. Joe Newell showed his couple of games in centre mid were an anomaly, he was poor there today and hooked after an hour. Stephane, however, was excellent all game, even when he loses it he gets it back. Horgan created very little, Boyler set up Allan’s goal but didnae get going today, whereas Scottie was much more like his old self, passing, creating and scoring. Doidge scored, it’s his thing. BUT there was little fluency and the midfield didnae really work out, all of this in one half of football. The introduction of new signings, Paul McGinn, Greg Docherty, and Marc McNulty improved our shape and performance but no more goals came.

I think it will take a few weeks to bed in the changes, but I think they may work, although we are week down the left with Horgan and bawhair thin at the back.

So, the team

Rocky, Dracula to his friends. Good shot stopper, cannae find a Hibs player with a throw or kick other than the boring roll out to the three backies.

Sir David Gray, scorer of the header that won Hibernian the Scottish Cup, beating the Huns 3-2 on the 21st of May 2016 was targeted all game, hurt about 10 minutes before half time, he was replaced by Paul McGinn at half time.

Daz was given a torrid time by their attack and he looked his age today. It makes me sad that.

I thought Paul had a good game, although I think he lost his man at their first goal?

Lewis was fine, he cannae cross.

Joe Newell was as bad today as he has been good the last few weeks in the defensive midfield role.

Steph Omeonga was all over the pitch, he never stops trying. I love the laddie. He set up Doidge’s goal too.

Scottie looked more like Scottie today, scored a fine goal, cut them open with a few crisp and clever passes, looked burst with 10 to go.

Horgan brought nothing.

Boyler had a quiet game although he set up Scottie for his goal. He is very closely marked.

Christian Doidge scored another very good header. I felt he had a decent first half but got very little second.

Subs

Paul McGinn made his debut replacing Sir Dave at half time. He had a good, accomplished game and looks the part, including a fine headed clearance under pressure. Decent.

Greg Docherty, can we simply just swap this laddie for Hunberi now? A fitba player, all over the place, great passer, hard-tackling, intelligent. I thought he was excellent. He capped his performance off by applauding the Hibs support in three stands as he left the field. Excellent debut, I am impressed, he played the way I thought Vela might.

Marc McNulty, well he has a bit to go, needs to get games.

The boss made an arse of the team first half, Jim Goodwin worked him out. He does react though and we came into it and might have taken all three points.

St Mirren as I said above played very well and earned a well-deserved draw. Nice fitba team lacking that killer touch.

The referee took some stick from the fans, but I have seen much, much worse.

A crowd of 16,325 was decent, even with the 1000 or so Saints fans included that is decent numbers, It was a bit muted, but then we were struggling against St Mirren. Still think the gap between Since 1875 and the Old Section 43 in the East kills the atmosphere.

Man of the Match, well the sponsors gave it to Chris Doidge, I felt it was a stick-on for Steph Omeonga, although Scottie ran him close and Docherty’s second half was very good.

Next up is the Hundogs at the Hunnery on Wednesday night. I will be there, I have a spare ticket if anyone is looking for one. Bring it on.

Hibernian Forever!

By 1875 on the Bounce

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