David Clarkson topped a sparking performance with both goals to secure a result which will do wonders for the morale in the dressing room after the departure of Faddy. It is one of those results which could, even though it was only game five, prove to be a crucial contribution to a successful season.
Jason Dair had to be content with a place on the bench – though he had the luxury of a run out for the last ten minutes with the team already looking comfortable. Otherwise the team returned to the predictable starting eleven.
There was no clue to the eventual outcome of the match in the first fifteen minutes. Hibs started well and it looked as though they were the only team likely to score. Craigan was booked early on for a foul just outside the box but
Having survived the opening pressure we produced a fantastic performance for the last half hour of the half. It is no exaggeration to state that we could have been five up by the break.
Some lovely work by Clarkson freed Burns in the box with only the keeper to beat. He tried to pass the ball into the right hand corner but the goalies outstretched hand managed to turn the ball past the post. A minute later Clarkson was barged when he was about to shoot from close in.
We then had a break when Leitch carelessly lost possession in midfield. Brown ran forty yards with the ball only to blast high and wide.
Lasley had a weak shot from ten yards when scoring looked easier then Burns, showing neat anticipation, intercepted a back header and saw his fifteen yard lob over the keeper hit the post with the goal empty.
As the half began to close a wonderful passing move ended with Burns squaring to
If ever a team deserved to return to the dressing room ahead it was the Mighty ‘Well and as the clock reached forty five minutes Clarkson managed to scramble home the first goal after Lasley’s header come off the woodwork.
The expected onslaught from Hids did not materialise. They huffed and puffed but apart from one fierce shot in the second half, they did not threaten.
Instead Pearson lit up the half with several sparking runs. In one episode he covered thirty yards and set up Clarkson for a half chance then inside a minute he forced himself into the box but his weak shot was a disappointment.
Clarkson, who covered every blade of grass on the pitch, reacted first to a slack, square back pass in the Hibs defence and his pace allowed him to reach the ball just before the keeper. His toe poke just sneaked close in to the post with before he could slam it into the net. Three points secured and the celebrations began.
All told it was a great day in the capital and it was summed up by Terry Butcher. “That’s certainly the best performance since I came here as manager and a marked contrast to the last time we played Hibs,” said Butcher.
“Our shape and passing was excellent and we played with confidence throughout the side. I’ve always known that one day we would click and everyone would gel together, and that happened today. We have a very young team and they need to believe in themselves and if they do we can have plenty more days like this.”
Well done lads!