Its not often you leave the fitba thinking we won when we didnae, but Hibernian today won the battle, had we scored that elusive goal, we would have beaten the Gorgie gash. Not only did we match them, we bettered them. Ok Rocky had a couple of great saves, the Jambos did have 10 minutes first half and the same second, otherwise it was Hibs, Hibs, all the way.
The Hibernian support were magnificent, it was like a noisy Hibs home game, joined by Liam Henderson deep in the Hibs end. The Jambo songbook is reduced to some shite about Europe, some 5-1 squeaks and two songs to the tune of the Auld Orange Flute and the Billy Boys. Hibs on the other hand, sang about Runaround Sue and ramming 1902, Earth Wind and Fire’s September about the magnificent Darren McGregor and Boney M’s Daddy Cool in honour of Captain David Gray. That is the difference, we support our team, they obsess about us.
Usual rules apply, I was lucky enough to get a seat in that dump with Shrink, remember you guys who saw the game on the box had the benefit of better angles and replays. I was not surprised about today’s line up, Marciano’s great saves underlined his selection and Fontaine’s poor game last week saw him replaced by Forster, which had me worried with his favoured right foot, it showed a little in the game, but not enough to matter. I often suggest Fyvie and Marv cannae play together, it proved true today with Marvin being magnificent and Fraser having a distinctly average game on the right of midfield. Holt up with Cummings was expected, I thought they worked well together and both might have scored.
So we survive to fight another day, we deserved to, we are better than them, we play football, not hoofball, our pitch is far better, theirs is a tattie field. Well played Hibs you deserved that, I feel like we won as I write this, we beat them 0-0 .
Marciano had a couple of magnificent saves. Isn’t it nice to have two good keepers in the squad, what a difference.
I thought Captain David had a great game today, a couple of fantastic tackles that hammered the Jambo players and he drove on well after sussing their left back was poor. David scored the winner in last years final, he will not let this trophy go lightly.
Darren McGregor played like a good Hibs man should, he took no prisoners, he was immense. He never gives the ball away.
Forster did well, although a couple of times he struggled to get the ball to his better foot. I was a bit surprised he pulled up with what looked like a hamstring pull on the hour.
Lewis Stevenson had a great game today, like captain David, he nailed the Jambos often and hard. He got up and down that line well and had an all round smashing game.
Marvin Bartley sat in the hole in front of the back four. Marvin was absolutely magnificent, he played like a man possessed, he clattered, battered, tackled, barged, push, pulled and kicked them. What a performance from the Big Fellae.
Fraser Fyvie had a poor game by his standards, really didnae get his game right until late on in the match. I don’t think he plays as well on the right side of midfield.
SJM drifted in and out of the game, brilliant in bits, losing the ball to often other times. Again I think John is better through the middle driving at teams.
Keats played top of the diamond and had plenty of the ball and worked really hard. His one shot was more like something seen across the road at Murrayfield or off the boot of a gorgie hoofballer.
Holt takes stick, he is not ever going to be to many Hibs fans favourites, however I thought he did a power of work today and noised up their 77 all game, no enough for that freak Gollum right enough. Might have scored both just before halftime and had he been faster onto Jasons great cross second.
Jason got tore in, he loves winding the Jambos up, it works. He did make chances and sent over a fine ball for Holt to go close. He will score against them at the Holy Ground, I am sure of it.
Fonts came on for the injured Forster and had a fantastic half hour, well played Fonts.
Graham came on for Holt late in the game and led the line well enough, won a couple of headers.
I though Lenny and Gary set us up well, a to beat the pitch and to beat them, we almost did, we were the better team and with some luck and more shooting on target we might have all been getting steaming after beating them . I think the Management team have enough about them to put the Jambos out in ten days time.
I thought the Gorgie Gash were Gorgie Gash. Sorry, they are not very good and the football reminded me of the type of football their ‘real’ manager used to encourage when in charge of them and Scotland.
Whilst Gollum has had worse games in charge, he refused to talk to the Jambo players after they committed foul upon foul, the number 4 fouled all day long and I don’t think he seen a card. The foul on Gray at the end by the guy the band name, The Four Tops I think, might have been a straight red from my seat?
Man of the match for me was Marvin Bartley, he was brilliant. So was Darren, Captain David and Lewis, but Marv was simply a joy to watch as he clattered into the bloodied turds.
Next up, Raith, we had 3200 plus fans at the horrible Pink Bus Shelter today, lets see at least that in Fife next week as we look to seal the League up.
Well played Hibernian, well supported Hibernians, very proud of you today.
We are Hibernian FC.