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Well, what can I say, I thought this would be tough today and first half it was, Queens are a decent team. We had our chances, they had theirs and we went in at half time a little frustrated with the teams performance. Stubbsy must have went through a couple of them at half time as the second half Hibernian were, at times, a joy to watch. They were worthy winners who might have won by a few more in front of a very healthy crowd. I still feel good after a long, horrible, cold, wet and manky journey home. When we up the tempo, I love watching this Hibs team play football, I really enjoy watching Alan’s team.

The players….

Oxley – I have said before I dinnae really fancy him, but today he was pretty decent. He looks poor at crosses, but he actually got to most today, he often fumbles shots, he didn’t today. He even had time for some banter with some Hibs radges today.

Stevenson – Well Stubbsy surprised us by swapping Lewis and Callum again, but it worked, Lewis had a very good game at left back.

Fontaine – I really like the big fellae, he strolls through games and looks like the big strong centre half he is. Paul Hanlon and he make a very solid pairing. Very, very good today.

Hanlon – Paul was magnificent today, he won lots, he was strong, played some lovely passes and tidy football. He thrives beside a player like Liam Fontaine. The boxing lessons have indeed toughened him up. Very, very good today.

Booth – Again, Callum played very well, especially getting forward, given he is left footed he did not look at out place at right back.

Robertson – Scott played well, especially second half and his goal was a 25 yard corker. He is a key player for Hibs, does the dirty work well, breaks up play and supports the attack.

McGeogh – He was brilliant when in the game, invisible when not, its like he takes 10 minute rests in between magnificent challenges, great passing and skill going past players. He kens how to take a penalty n’all. Very, very good today.

Craig – Liam was rotten first half, absolutely rotten, couldnae do a thing right. However second half, after I suspect, removing a rocket from his backside, he went on to have a very decent second half, with a sublime through ball to Cummings for the penalty and some great play down the left with Lewis.

Allan – Scotty was in and out of the first half, like McGeogh, when on the ball he looked good, other times he looked like a lost laddie. Second half, he was absolutely brilliant, reverse passes, sublime cross field balls, drifting past players, all over the pitch. I think I am developing a man crush on Scotty, this laddie is a joy to watch.

Boyle – Hit the post late first half, chased a few players down but didnae inspire.

Cummings – Could and should of had a hatrick. On another day he would have. Still love his way of going about things, he works his socks off, stick in son, ya greedy wee bugger.

Subs

Stanton – Came on for his holiness, the blessed Scott Allan. Done what he had too.

Forster – On for Boyle, we went to a three at the back, which I like. Did what he had too n’all.

Handling – Got the last few minutes for Cummings.

Stubbsy and Co – The sign of good management is when you have the ability to improve things when its not working. Alan and his team have that ability. Today’s second half performance was excellent and I expect it came about because of the skills Stubbsy and his flat mates bring to our club. 5 stars Stubbsy, 5 stars.

The Hibs Fans – A large turn out, given the cold, murky day and 160 mile round trip. Those that came along know, Hibernian are going places and that was money very well spent. WE are Hibernian FC.

Queens – A good team, with a good support and a very decent set up. I can see them take points off those around us yet, although they did miss the boy who left them for Falkirk. A proper Scottish Fitba club.

Referee – An average referee who cannae hide his allegiances.

Man of the match – A tough one, Scott Allan and Dylan McGeogh were brilliant in places, Scott Robertson was very good, as were our two full backs. Liam Fontaine didnae put a foot wrong but today I am giving my man of the match to Paul Hanlon, who was great from first minute to last. Well played Paul.

Next – Raith Rovers. Bring it on.

That was for Douglas Cromb, a Hibby and a gentleman.

 

Mark

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