The midweek speculation about top goalscorer Scott McDonald proved to be unfounded and the same eleven took to the field at Easter Road.
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Within a minute Stevie Hammell had a shot on target deflected over the bar. The game then settled into a midfield grind with few chances at either end.
Most of our brighter moments revolved around Richie Foran. In both attack and in defence he was proving to be a threat to the opposition. Just before halftime we came close when Hibs failed to make good use of an attacking free kick. We were off on the break and Toastie, Clarkson and Quinn all played their part in setting
But the game only came to life after an hour. Corrigan broke free on the right and ran in on the goal unopposed. The keeper moved out to meet his threat and Martyn squared to the far post for the oncoming Fitzpatrick to tap home. The youngster’s composure seemed to wobble as the empty goal gaped and his attempt spun away from the target.
Hibs were stung by the attack and we had to defend a for a ferocious ten minute spell thereafter. The game was still finely balanced until
We battled hard for the equaliser but it never arrived. Yet again we get no reward for what was a reasonable performance. We missed a sitter and they managed to score with a fine header.
Life’s tough. Let’s hope for some relief in Tuesday’s cup tie.