Hibs set up to win today, and win they did, well without really getting out of second gear. Many of us mump and moan about the artificial pitches, but for me, Hibs thoroughly enjoyed playing on that pitch today, first half particularly, the players played a number of nice, crisp passing moves and I would say all three goals and a few opportunities more came for good, fast passing moves.
A large Hibs support turned out, on a warm sunny day in south west Scotland, with one particular banner remembering Hibs boys no longer with us. A fine tribute to fellow members of the Hibernian Family. RIP brothers.
I mumbled last week about how teams sit in, credit to Queens, they tried to play open attacking football, all be it with a dirty edge. They are not a patch on the Queens team of last season, but I admire the 1000 or so locals who stick with them. We popped into their centre pre match, indoor fitba for kids, well priced café, club shop all under one roof. I liked that, proper football club.
Main changes onfield for Hibs were Darren McGregor in for the injured Fontaine and a straight swap of Boyle for Dom Malonga. More on both later.
In one of the easier parts of remembering what I see every week, we have consistently good performers, today, it was the usual David Gray and Dylan McGeogh, joined by the strong and confident Darren McGregor and the hardest I have seen working Dominique Malonga.
I felt we let the game dip second half and Alan took too long to make changes, learn Alan, we are simple punters and we see it, you must do too?
Oxley had a good game, a clean sheet and other than the dodgy moment where you managed to get the QOS guy booked after you hesitated. Definitely improving.
David Gray had a good game, he has been doing so for a few weeks now. See what I did there?
Darren McGregor came in for the injured Fontaine and had a fine match, I like him, he is a no nonsense football player with a nice touch. First Class Performance, you have won your place son.
Hanlon, made more errors than I have seen Paul make in years. You had a new partner and you are allowed to have the odd average game, you are still our most improved player son.
Stevenson done well today, first 15 he was too far off his man and he made one boob but his fitba for the third goal was first class.
Bartley’s job is to spoil and break up play normally. Whilst he did that quite well, we saw a new side or two to his game today, he played a bit more football and rather weirdly, he runs funny and no very quickly.
John McGinn played, for me, out of position today in that funny diamond. Him and Dylan looked out of sorts so wide on left and right until we narrowed a bit second half. Was unlucky to hit the bar with a 22 yard free kick, unluckier to be taken off whilst Henderson stayed on tired.
Dylan McGeogh worked very very hard, didnae shine as much as he normally dooes, but he makes Hibernian tick. I like Dylan, he is good, very good.
Want Liam Henderson to be a star, he is a fellow West Lothian Hibby now. First half he played well first 15 and last 15, scored a fine, well worked goal. He disappeared after 60 minutes tired, I would have taken him off at that point, he had earned his corn. Alan left it much longer? Smashing first half pal.
Jason got us an early goal, and did well right up until his petulance nearly got him sent off. Stubbs correctly hooked him before the incompetent dobber of a ref did it for us.
Malonga – For me, Dom had his best 90minutes in a Hibs shirt, he didnae score, but did everything but. Shimmies, flicks, brains, runs through the channel, winning balls deep, its clear there is a good footballer in there bursting to get out. Well played Dom.
Boyle – Came on, at first as a striker but quickly as a left winger, scored a fine goal after the hard work was done by Stevenson. Good goal Squirrel.
Carmichael – On for John McGinn, Danny done well against Aberdeen, he looked like a wee laddie again today on the left as we dabbled with two wingers for two minutes. Dinnae let the big city get in the way of obvious ability son, we want you to do well.
Stanton came on late for Liam Henderson, no time to do much.
Stubbsy got it completely wrong last week, today’s job on Queens was very professional, clever team set up, good changes, if a little late, that was good Alan, the heather was not on fire as I drove home a Happy Hibby, but it was a job well done. See you at Goodison tomorrow lad, COYB.
The referee was useless, its became my by-line. Today, and I hate to say this, that referee looked like he was cheating, those there know what I mean.
Queens did their best, but they are not a patch on last season, their fans are dribbling away too, which is a pity given their excellent pricing structure.
My man of the match was not easy, not many shone, but a couple looked good. Today it was between the return of the prodigal son, Darren McGregor or the appearance of the unpredictable chap, Dominique Malonga. I am giving it to Dom for his best 90 minutes in a Hibernian shirt.
1500 Hibs fans in a questionable 2745 crowd, well played Hibernians.
That was better Hibs, this is for Sydney Gary, who goes back to Oz having seen Hibs unbeaten on his trip home. Ripper mate.