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What a difference a week makes, today we played nice, passing football, were inventive and good to watch. We did the same last Saturday at Hampden, however today the difference was we put the ball in the net. We are good to watch on that form, a joy on occasion, and as a Hibs man of many years, I like that. We had five or six potential Man of the Matches, players that had lost their way came back and did very well, given Alloa tried to kick us out of the game and the referee failed to control them. I thought we did well, given McGeogh and Fyvie were rested with minor injuries and David Gray and Watson remain out. Falkirk also helped us in drawing with the Huns, although the Huns second goal in the 192nd minute was guaranteed.

So to the players…

Oxley – Should have had an easy day, but made an arse of the Alloa goal.

Forster – I thought he had a smashing game and looked the part. I am glad he is back in the team.

Hanlon – Never lost a ball all game, Paul was at his best today.

Fontaine – After a few shaky weeks, I thought Liam was back to his best.

Stevenson – Another player who may have been running on empty for the past few weeks, had a fine game, linking up with Malonga well though out the game.

Robertson – Strolled through the game doing what he does best, breaking up play, and playing the simple pass

Craig – I am hard on Liam Craig, but I will say it’s built around my disappointment at what might have been. Today we saw what I thought we were signing. Liam was very good, he played the ball forward, scored a proverbial stoatir, and might have had a couple more. He also worked hard to win the ball back. Best I have seen him in a Hibs shirt.

Scott Allan – Scott is a reason to go to football, a clever, accomplished player, who loves to play football the good way. He was given Man of the Match by the 12th man, maybe he deserved it. He looked puggled at 70 minutes though and signaled to come off for I think Stanton.

Boyle – Happy Birthday pal, you looked like a player today. Martin has pace, some skill and plenty effort. He took his goal very well and never stopped the whole match, best game in a Hibs shirt.

Cummings – Scored as ever, but otherwise he was not at his best. I know its a poor comparison but I see Jason as similar to the fat Jambo Robertson, he is a six yard box player and gets goals, but he is not good to watch. It does me just fine, keep knocking them in son.

Malonga – Dom is an enigma, and since the African Nations he has looked slow, distracted and unhappy. His celebration on Wednesday night summed that up. Today, the Dom Malonga stood up. He was excellent, his movement, he work rate, his link up play with Liam Craig and especially Lewis Stevenson and he created one goal, and took his own well. I reckon that is the best Dominic has played for Hibernian and there is more to come.

Subs

Stanton – On for Cummings and Sam did well, he wants the ball and covered plenty grass when he was given the ball.

Handling – Danny did enough, although he disnae look good enough I am afraid. Came on for Scott Allan I think?

Martin – Came on for a last five cameo for Scott Robertson and done fine, breaking up one Alloa attack.

Stubbs and the Gang – I like that Alan, I like it a lot. Nice football, a clever early change of tactics from a 3 5 2 to 4 4 2, the introduction of the young lads as subs before the play offs, the resting of Fyvie, McGeogh and Farid was intelligent. Alan, when your team get it right, they are good to watch. Football is entertainment, I went home feeling entertained and quite impressed. Good work La.

Referee – Could have had more Alloa players in the book and confirmed my thoughts that the refereeing in Scotland is piss poor.

Alloa – Poor. I have seen all the teams in our league this season, Alloa, along with Cowdenbeath are the poorest by far. I liked their ginger midfielder, hard working, skillful player and the keeper had three or four very good saves. You have your work cut out Danny, pal.

Overall, a good performance by Hibernian, some fine individual games and clever tactical approach from Stubbs and his team.

Man of the match – Could have been Paul Hanlon, might have been Liam Craig or Lewis Stevenson, Scott Allan was given it by the 12th man, Malonga had his best game in a green shirt, but for me, Man of the Match was birthday boy, Martin Boyle, he never stopped the whole game and took his goal well.

Well done to everyone who donated to the foodbank, hope no one noticed me “wearing” the Hearts satchel full of scran kindly donated by my Gunt supporting neighbour. Well done all the Hibbies who donated and well done Hibs for supporting this effort.

Finally, Hibs fans, get yourselves to Falkirk, get behind the lads and see us over the line, remember is £6 for under 18’s and free for under 12’s. Support the team if you can, let’s get us back up.

Mark

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