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Hibs Relegation Worries Deepen After 2-0 Defeat

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Hibs are now only three points above the play off slot after a 2-0 defeat to St Mirren in Paisley yesterday.

Manager Terry Butcher was once again forced to shuffle his pack due to injuries and suspensions with Alan Maybury, Danny Haynes, Owain Tudur Jones and Kevin Thomson returning to the starting line-up.

The Easter Road men took the field to a rapturous welcome from the 1500 plus Hibs’ fans who sold out the away end and were provided with two sections of the home stand, however the travelling support were silenced when St Mirren took the lead in the 13th second, the fastest goal in Scottish Premiership history.

A long ball found Steven Thompson on the edge of the box and his headed flick on was volleyed into the net by Kenny McLean.

The Saints added a second in the 14th minute after Jordon Forster was dispossessed in midfield by Jim Goodwin who slotted the ball through to Paul McGowan and the striker slotted the ball home from 20 yards.

Thompson almost added a third before Sam Stanton, whom this week signed a new 4 year deal with the club, went close with a well struck shot which was spilled by Chris Dilo; but the goalkeeper reacted quickly to block from Haynes follow-up.

On the half hour mark St Mirren captain Goodwin was shown a deserved red card following a bad foul on Thomson although the Buddies’ fans accused the Hibs’ midfielder of exaggerating the impact, despite the evidence of blood on his leg.

Just before the break, Thomson set up Stanton but the youngster blasted over from five yards.

Hibs started the second half strongly and won a string of corners but the St Mirren defence held firm.

Tudur Jones and Harris both forced Dilo into saves as Hibs pushed forward then in the closing period both substitutes Jason Cummings and Duncan Watmore shot wide from good positions.

Cummings again went close with a stunning volley in injury time but St Mirren held on to secure the win.

Afterwards Terry Butcher said: We’ve got to get a bit of pride back in our performance, our attitude and how we go about our work. We had a great support though. We had a good opportunity when they were down to 10 men and we failed to take advantage of that. But, to be honest, I’m lost for words really.

“We have to look at the derby next week and pick a team that’s going to compete and do Hibs proud

“We have to give the fans something back in the next four games, that’s for sure, starting on Sunday. It’s a really good game to look forward to, but we’ve got to look forward to it with optimism this week and we have to build that optimism up.

“We work all week on the way we want to play. We work on a shape and a system and then we concede a goal after 13 seconds. All that work during the week is gone in 13 seconds.

“And then we’ve tried to get back into the game, no panic, no pressure let’s get on with it. Sometimes maybe it’s a good thing if you lose an early goal because it takes away the threat of conceding because you have conceded – and then we lose a second goal.

“So you’re 2-0 down and facing a mountain to climb really.

“The sending off, although it didn’t help St Mirren, it certainly galvanised them and made them defend a two-goal lead very resolutely, but we’ve had enough pressure and enough chances to put decent balls in the box.

“We pushed four men forward. We haven’t scored a goal for a long while, it’s a fifth straight defeat, and we have to look at the derby next week and pick a team that’s going to compete and do Hibs proud, but at this moment in time we’ll have to find one.”

St Mirren: Dilo, Naismith, Kelly, Newton, McGregor, McAusland, McLean, Goodwin, Thompson (Wylde 75 ‘), McGowan (Magennis 55′), McGinn (Teale 91’).Substitutes not used: Kello, van Zanten, Campbell, Djemba-Djemba.

Hibs: Williams, Maybury, Stevenson, Tudur Jones (Watmore 70′), Forster, Nelson, Harris, Thomson, Haynes, Collins (Cummings 57′), Stanton.Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Craig, Boateng, Taiwo, Handling.

Referee: Kevin Clancy.

Attendance: 5,287.

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Hibs 2-3 St Mirren: Narrow Defeat For Butcher’s Boys

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A second half double from Irish striker James Collins was not enough for Hibernian to grab a share of the points against St Mirren at Easter Road today, after the Paisley outfit went in at half time with a three goal lead.

Hibs were forced into a defensive reshuffle due to Paul Hanlon suffering a thigh strain which meant that Alan Maybury came into the side at right back with Jordon Forster moving into the centre of defence alongside Michael Nelson. Continue reading

Craig Praises Butcher As Hibs Progress In Scottish Cup

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Hibs skipper Liam Craig insists that the sending off of Paul Cairney for simulation after being brought down by Ross County keeper Mark Brown was a refereeing mistake although he accepts that it shouldn’t have been a penalty.

The former St Johnstone midfielder also paid tribute to the management style of Terry Butcher who has brought a freshness to the club following the departure of Pat Fenlon last month. Continue reading

Post Fenlon Era At Hibs Begins With Scoreless Draw

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Terry Butcher’s first game in charge of Hibs ended in a no scoring draw against on form St Mirren in Paisley today. The Easter Road side dominated possession, and should have had a penalty when James Collins was clearly brought down by Darren McGregor in the box midway through the first half, but in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.

The new manager, who succeeded Pat Fenlon over the international break, surprised a few with his selection, retaining the same back four that played against Inverness two weeks ago although he admitted that James McPake would have played but for a last minute back injury. Continue reading

Pat Fenlon Won’t Underestimate Stranraer

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Hibs’ boss Pat Fenlon insists he will take nothing for granted against League One side Stranraer in tonight’s League Cup tie at Easter Road.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the fixture, Fenlon said: “I think we have better players than we had last year to be honest and there won’t be wholesale changes to the team. We have added a little bit of quality and the ball retention has been good in the last couple of games. Continue reading

Collins And Heffernan Strike To Seal Three Points For Hibs

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Goals from on-form strikers James Collins and Paul Heffernan helped Hibs produce their best performance of the season so far to beat St Mirren 2-0 at Easter Road.

Earlier in the week Pat Fenlon backed under-fire Saints’ boss Danny Lennon to turn things round, but hopes that the Buddies’ revival wouldn’t take place this weekend were granted, as Hibs dominated from start to finish and left the field to a well-deserved standing ovation from the long suffering fans. Continue reading

Nelson Looking For Home Win To Reward Fans

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Worryingly for the fans, Hibs have won just one of their last 11 home games although six away wins during the same period has eased the pressure on Pat Fenlon.

An injury to skipper James McPake against Malmo meant an emergency call to Bradford and Michael Nelson agreed to return across the Border for a nominal fee. Since then the big Englishman has been an inspiration in the heart of the Hibs defence, and his form will give Pat Fenlon a selection headache when McPake returns to full fitness. Continue reading

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