Just back and that was a wee bit flat....

1875

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Frankly, St Mirren gave us a first half doing, they played us off the pitch going a well deserved 2 0 up before Scottie nicked one back and Doidge scored a fine headed goal just before half time. We were lucky to go in even. I have to say I thought St Mirren played some very good football, especially first half, much better than Hibs. Whilst I am being nice, I also thought their support was excellent, through in big numbers and backed their team through out the game.

The starting eleven, well its fair to say that the end is nigh for our back four, Sir David Gray injured again, Daz was ran ragged and looked slow and frankly old, Paul was the best of the four, Lewis is Lewis. It is beyond me why Maciano rolls the ball to Hanlon, Stevenson and Daz, it disnae work. It might of worked with Efe (currently unemployed and looking for a team), but it does not work with those three and we either lose it or hoof it aimlessly. Joe Newell showed his couple of games in centre mid were an anomally, he was poor there today and hooked after an hour. Stephane however was excellent all game, even when he loses it he gets it back. Horgan created very little, Boyler set up Allan's goal but didnae get going today, whereas Scottie was much more like his old self, passing, creating and scoring. Doidge scored, its his thing. BUT there was little fluency and the midfield didnae really work out, all of this in one half of football. The introduction of new signings, Paul McGinn, Greg Docherty and Marc McNulty improved our shape and performance but no more goals came.

I think it will take a few weeks to bed in the changes, but I think they may work, although we are week down the left with Horgan and bawhair thin at the back.

So, the team

Rocky, Dracula to his friends. Good shot stopper, cannae find a Hibs player with a throw or kick other than the boring roll out to the three backies.

Sir David Gray, scorer of the header that won Hibernian the Scottish Cup, beating the Huns 3-2 on the 21st of May 2016 was targeted all game, hurt about 10 minutes before half time, he was replaced by Paul McGinn at half time.

Daz was given a torrid time by their attack and he looked his age today. Makes me sad that.

I thought Paul had a good game, although I think he lost his man at their first goal?

Lewis was fine, he cannae cross.

Joe Newell was as bad today as he has been good the last few weeks in the defensive midfield role.

Steph Omeonga was all over the pitch, he never stops trying. I love the laddie. He set up Doidges goal too.

Scottie looked more like Scottie today, scored a fine goal, cut them open with a few crisp and clever passes, looked burst with 10 to go.

Horgan brought nothing.

Boyler had a quiet game although he set up Scottie for his goal. He is very closely marked.

Christian Doidge scored another very good header. I felt he was decent first half but got very little second.

Subs

Paul McGinn made his debut replacing Sir Dave at half time. He had a good, accomplished game and looks the part, including a fine headed clearance under pressure. Decent.

Greg Docherty, can we simpy just swap this laddie for Hunberi now? A fitba player, all over the place, great passer, hard tackling, intelligent. I thought he was excellent. He capped his performance off by applauding the Hibs support in three stands as he left the field. Excellent debut, I am impressed, he played the way I thought Vela might.

Marc McNulty, well he has a bit to go, needs to get games.

The boss made an arse of the team first half, Jim Goodwin worked him out. He does react though and we came into it and might have taken all three points.

St Mirren as I said above played very well and earned a well deserved draw. Nice fitba team lacking that killer touch.

The referee took some stick from the fans, but I have seen much, much worse.

A crowd of 16,325 was decent, even with the 1000 or so Saints fans included that is decent numbers, It was a bit muted, but then we were struggling against St Mirren. Still think the gap between Since 1875 and the Old Section 43 in the East kills the atmosphere.

Man of the Match, well the sponsors gave it to Chris Doidge, I felt it was a stick on for Steph Omeonga, although Scottie ran him close and Docherty's second half was very good.

Next up is the Hundogs at the Hunnery on Wednesday night. I will be there. Bring it on.

Hibernian Forever!
 
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Wheat Hound

Radgie, Gadgie, Onion Badgie Radge
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Fair summation @1875.

Docherty does look very good. Wonder if there's any scope for a permanent swap with Florihun? Here's hoping...

Looking forward to visiting Brexit HQ on Wednesday and reminding all and hundry that they are bottling it again when it counts and their trophy cabinet is as bare as Stevie G's list of league titles.
 

1875

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Fair summation @1875.

Docherty does look very good. Wonder if there's any scope for a permanent swap with Florihun? Here's hoping...

Looking forward to visiting Brexit HQ on Wednesday and reminding all and hundry that they are bottling it again when it counts and their trophy cabinet is as bare as Stevie G's list of league titles.
Send me the words and the tunes!
 

Hibee Kev

Bounce Radge
Cheers for the report as always @1875 👍🏻Spot on. Omeonga was my MOTM too, puts in such a shift, never hides, always looking for the ball, great assist for Doidge’s goal.
 

Daddy 'O' Hibee

The Hibee Radge
Bounce Radge
Hibernian have arthritis they can't get moving till 20minutes into the game. I blame Greenmachine called it somewhere that we like to give teams a goal start. Credit for clawing it back before ht. Thought Hanlon done well, too far away and blind to see who left the player for headed goal. Agree with all you say 1875. Love to get Docherty in permanent. McGinns a steady full back. Just wasn't right today can't put my finger on it though. The Halberg situation is baffling me.
 

1875

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Hibernian have arthritis they can't get moving till 20minutes into the game. I blame Greenmachine called it somewhere that we like to give teams a goal start. Credit for clawing it back before ht. Thought Hanlon done well, too far away and blind to see who left the player for headed goal. Agree with all you say 1875. Love to get Docherty in permanent. McGinns a steady full back. Just wasn't right today can't put my finger on it though. The Halberg situation is baffling me.
Me too.
 

C4MMY

Bounce Radge
Cheers for that. As I’ve said elsewhere how we started was criminal and can’t afford to start like that on wed night. Mcginn had a good game and I’m happy he will be starting on wed.

I wouldn’t mind seeing bogdan back in goals see if that can shake up the defence a bit? Rockys reluctance to come and catch a ball or clear it is a real worry especially with the way we defend these days.

2 goals for a draw, 3 for a win is a shite way to go through a season.
 

C4MMY

Bounce Radge
Excellent report Mark. I agree with every word. Docherty was excellent. He's a starter every game.
Shame he can’t start wed, it’s exactly the type of game we need a player like him in the middle of the park
 

Daddy 'O' Hibee

The Hibee Radge
Bounce Radge
Our full backs always seem exposed. I admit to not grasping the modern shapes, set ups of teams? Teams always double up on our full backs early and rip them. Narrow midfield?
 

Hibee Kev

Bounce Radge
Could we play Docherty instead of Horgan? He looked capable down that left hand side. I’d be loathe to leave Newell out as he’s come onto a game and his delivery is excellent which we missed from the many corners we won after he went off. Scotty’s corners (apart from the one that rattled the bar) were pretty pish.
 

C4MMY

Bounce Radge
Could we play Docherty instead of Horgan? He looked capable down that left hand side. I’d be loathe to leave Newell out as he’s come onto a game and his delivery is excellent which we missed from the many corners we won after he went off. Scotty’s corners (apart from the one that rattled the bar) were pretty pish.
Tbh newells corners were pish today also he put 2 or 3 right into the keepers gloves
 

greencol

Skivin cooncil Radge
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Our full backs always seem exposed. I admit to not grasping the modern shapes, set ups of teams? Teams always double up on our full backs early and rip them. Narrow midfield?
I think it's more that the guys in front of them are more suited to going forward.
Defensively, Boyle and Horgan are not good.
It is a kind of narrowness if that makes sense.
 

jock3

Bounce Radge
Thanks for the report 1875. That was a hard watch today, but as you say we need to be thankful we equalised! we are missing Porto as it's obvious we can't expect Daz to play week in week out.
 

Hibee Kev

Bounce Radge
Tbh newells corners were pish today also he put 2 or 3 right into the keepers gloves
Yeah was thinking more back to the United game. Scotty’s outswingers are dreadful, nearly always hit the first man.

For all our changes it looks like down the left side it’s selection by default; Horgan and Lewis just ‘cos there’s nobody else.
 

C4MMY

Bounce Radge
Yeah was thinking more back to the United game. Scotty’s outswingers are dreadful, nearly always hit the first man.

For all our changes it looks like down the left side it’s selection by default; Horgan and Lewis just ‘cos there’s nobody else.
Aye Wednesday they were on the money.

Lewis has been off but i don’t think Horgan has helped the situation he leaves Lewis exposed and 2 men to deal with. Horgans just not got the engine to go up and down the wing chasing back and breaking forward he can barely complete 1 30 yard sprint a game.
 
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