Hibs - 24h on

Last updated : 27 September 2009 By Firparkcorner

We've had a great start to the campaign and retain our top six place. There is a healthy gap between us and the bottom of the table and we have the prospect of bouncing back when Falkirk visit next week.

It has been said often that we have to expect inconsistency with a young team which is still learning to apply the principles which our new manager advocates. Fans find it easy to cheer success but sympathy and understanding are not so easy to deliver when we see our favourites dismantled at our own patch.

David Will remembered

It was evident early on that we were going to struggle. We were pedestrian at times and often reluctant to make it easy for the player in possession to have a simple option. How often were we robbed of the ball when trying to take that extra touch? The approach was over-cautious at times and there were few free flowing moves on show.

O'Brien, again, looked the most likely man to provide the spark but the burden caused him to be over elaborate. His frustration resulted in the desperate tackle which earned him a caution and Gannon was correct to replace him. Jutkiewicz has yet to show the promise which earned him a move to Motherwell and it is not clear which position (if any) suits him best.

The manager's thoughts following the defeat suggest that he has identified a few who were not following the master plan. They could be in for a hard time this week as he bends them to his will.

Falkirk, still to find a win this season, are next up. We'll learn more about the team when we face May's team on Saturday.