Alloa Athletic v Hibernian

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It was a better display, but another frustrating afternoon for “The Wasps” against high flying Hibernian, the team worked very hard and were punished for a mistake which cost the team a point, the defence looking far better assured than previous week against Falkirk. This was the fourth 1-0 defeat this season and looking back the players will want to end the run of poor results next weekend as they break from the demands of a very competitive Championship to face Dumbarton in the William Hill Scottish Cup. The team can go into this game knowing they have won already this season at Dumbarton and another victory would give everyone a lift at the club, keeping belief and knowing that getting the first goal will be hugely important, before going into back to back games against Dumbarton which will be pivotal for the team before the end of 2015.


danny lennon after hibs game

From our point of view I would take that level of performance every week in this league, we got a wonderful reaction from a big disappointment in our standards that we have set ourselves last week against Falkirk. I asked the players today to go out and install some of that and build their reputation again and they certainly done that against a very good Hibernian side that have the potential of winning this league.

There was a lot of good performances today and particularly in the first half where we limited Hibernian to maybe one and a half chances but as against all good teams you need a wee bit luck and we got that in the second half, but we defended great, not just at the back but from the front, I thought the shape throughout was good with a lot of good performances and what was great about that is the fact that we were prepared to throw bodies on the line and that means a great deal.

I thought there were a few players who pleasantly over surprised me, in how well they done today, I thought Michael Chopra in that area, not in terms of what he created but in terms of his work rate it was second to none, also Scott Hynd gained the experience to play against a highly competitive team like Hibs at his age and this will hold him in good stead for the future. We have had three very difficult fixtures recently and there is positives taken out of two of these three games and we took negatives out of last week’s display and learnt from that and shown that today.

Andy McNeil tightened up his back and had to come off at half time but he was commanding for us and came for a good few crosses and had a good afternoon and David Crawford come in and adjusted very well, so we were pleased to have two good goalkeepers. The way the game panned out in second half was disappointed to loose Dougie Hill I think at times there is a little bit of commonsense needed within the laws of the game.


Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa