Preview - Hibs (a)

Last updated : 15 December 2005 By Firparkcorner

The harsher critics of our side may claim it won’t matter. Hibs are enjoying a lofty league position and can play some scintillating football. However, they have lost three out the last four (including at Tannadice and home to Falkirk) so they are not invincible. They gave us a lesson at Fir Park earlier in the season and we will need to be at our best if we are to return with a point or better.

Foran scored from the spot at the last meeting

Our defence does seem to have picked up from the shambles it was previously but a lot of that is down to the wonderful form of Graeme Smith. He will need to have a good day in Edinburgh – Hibs attack is quick and strong, a combination which usually rips through our back line.

We do still score goals though and we should be confident of finding the net at least once. McDonald may benefit from the kick up the backside he got last week and hopefully he will inspire us. Jim Hamilton got back on the score sheet at Falkirk and his confidence will be up. There is hope.

Along with Skippy returning, Phil O’Donnell is in contention after his brief appearance against Falkirk. A midfield of McBride, Kerr, O’Donnell and McCormack is therefore a possibility. If so does Hammell get a seat on the bench while Quinn gets the nod? Time will tell.

It is likely we will give a good account of ourselves but if Hibs play to potential it is hard to see us putting serious resistance in their way. We may come close but we’ll leave frustrated on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.