Just back and its another game of two halves

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From turgid to decent and all points in between. First half Livingston simply bettered us, although we had chances, we were not playing well and we sneaked an equaliser. Second half we were far better, no changes throughout the game, we just played so much better. Aberdeen losing again helped ad we are now seven points ahead of them. The 4 3 3 (if that is what is was?) looks a good idea but I feel Newell and Jackson dinnae give us much and Boyler out wide was such a waste first half. Yet second half the exact same set up, maybe with the exception of Doig getting more involved and we played well and might have won.

Best for Hibs were Hanlon, Doig, Gogic, Doidge and Nisbet. Paul has been playing very well, as has Alex, they have become pillars of the defending players, Doig had a good second half, Doidgey finally scored and had an all round good game and Nissy was superb all game. Nice to see. I also felt Porto lacked concentration too often, both Irvine and Newell drift in and out too much and Boyler was a good second as he was missing first.

Ok it was no classic, but when we did get playing, we looked very good and the boss was clearly happy with that, not making any changes. Livingston ae a decent team, they work hard for each other and love a high press. Not an easy team to play against or beat.

The Team

Rocky was unlucky at the goal and played well, commanding his box.

Paul McGinn was better today although was partly at fault for the Livi goal.

Porto, sorry I thought he made too many mistakes today, the worst to cause the goal. His decision making was poor today.

Paul Hanlon was great, didnae put a foot wrong.

Josh Doig had a quiet first half but I thought he was good second, bombing down the wing. His determination to keep the ball in was crucial in getting the equaliser.

Alex Gogic, along with Paul Hanlon are what make our defending resolute. I thought he was very good today, against a physical Livi midfield.

Jackson Irvine and Joe Newell both offer a lot, yet both could offer more for me. Two good players, Joe needs to take his chances, Jackson needs to keep playing away, a goal or a killer pass will come.

Boyler hardly touched the ball as a right winger first half, second half he was involved in all our best moves and put some cracking low balls in.

Chris Doidge took his goal well, and offered lots of effort all game. I felt he played well today yet he too could score more.

I am biased, I have stuck with Nissy through thick and thin. Today he did everything but score. His movement, touch, lay offs, passing and all round work rate were superb. His cheeky twenty yarder nearly went in. Great game from Nissy.

No Subs today, go figure.

The Boss

No interview this week so far, but the same eleven that struggled most of the first half played some nice football second and might have won the game. I think Jack got his team and set up right.

Livingston gave us a game, especially first half, a real handful. Weirdly I felt they were playing for a draw much of the second half?

The referee was decent, I think he only booked one player all game although, as Tam McManus said, I think he swallowed his whistle second, he was chirping away like a budgie.

Man of the Match was Kevin Nisbet, I thought his all round play was magnificent. I also thought Hanlon, Gogic and Doidge done very well.

Next up is a wee cough, then the mutton molesters away. Any kind of result up there and I think third is secured.

Hibernian Forever!
 

Hammi

Top radge
Admin
Don't apologise, I thought Porteous was dreadful today.
Hes better when his job is just to get the ball back up the pitch, old school defender style.

His header back to Marciano was horrific, I know it was a 50/50 between Porto and McGinn, but that ball bounced first, no CB should be letting a ball bounce, ever.
 

stickyRicky

Muirhouse Radge
First 20mins the ball never touched the ground and when it did Livingston took charge. Horrendous blunder by Porteous gifted them a goal and I thought we were lucky to go in at ht level. All thanks to Doigs persistence.

2nd half we were much better and unlucky not to grab the win. 2 more wins and I think 3rd is ours.
 

Hattie

Donator
I think it’s doing the rounds that it’s pretty much expected that it’s the sheep next week. One of those situations where it’s grown arms and legs
Is there a game next week? QOS in cup the week after. No league game for 3 weeks is it not?
 

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Braehead Cabbage

Baldy radge
Nisbit impressed me,he was unlucky with a couple of shots but his link up play and passing were excellent.
Gogic was immense again.
McGinn was better than previous weeks but he passed to more yellow shirts than he did last week.
Don't think he's good enough but pleased Doidge scored
 

Robert Barone

Well-Known Radge
First time for a while Ive watched the full game. Livi gave us problems first half, our midfield was non existant and shapeless. We conceded a very poor goal from another careless defensive mistake. Was very happy to get in at 1-1 at half time..we created a few chances without ever looking comfortable in the game. Thought we had much better control of the game second half and was frustrating not to score from some of the good positions we got into.

For Livi... I think Sibbald is quite an under rated player...we could do with someone with his energy in our midfield. Ive also been impressed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, he looks like he is someone whod do us a turn surrounded by better creative players to play off.

I thought Newell, Boyle and the front 2 were our better players today(on 2nd half showing). I like when Hanlon comes out of defence and drives the game forward...hes done that well of late. Other than that too many aimlees, panicked and rushed balls to nobody from the rest. Im still quite surprised we're so far clear in third tbh as I dont rate this Hibs side at all in terms of being a decent footballing side. They deserve credit to have knuckled down and ground out a decent lead in third place.
 
Porteous has had his head turned with that Scottish cap and latterly transfer talk in my opinion. He cannae live off ' He's one of our own, one for the future ' patter for even. He has been responsible for Hibs conceding several crucial goals. Sodjur up son.
I also thought that Mcginn was dreadful. Too many mispasses and blootering in my opinion.

Back to watching Everton second half.

BIG G
 

1875

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Porteous has had his head turned with that Scottish cap and latterly transfer talk in my opinion. He cannae live off ' He's one of our own, one for the future ' patter for even. He has been responsible for Hibs conceding several crucial goals. Sodjur up son.
I also thought that Mcginn was dreadful. Too many mispasses and blootering in my opinion.

Back to watching Everton second half.

BIG G

Who are doing pretty well! UTFT’s!
 

Zab

Admin
Porteous has had his head turned with that Scottish cap and latterly transfer talk in my opinion. He cannae live off ' He's one of our own, one for the future ' patter for even. He has been responsible for Hibs conceding several crucial goals. Sodjur up son.
I also thought that Mcginn was dreadful. Too many mispasses and blootering in my opinion.

Back to watching Everton second half.

BIG G

Totally agree on Porteous, I get the impression he thinks he’s better than he is... he’s at his best when he keeps it simple.

McGinn has regressed as the season has gone on, I think Cadden would be a better option at right back.
 
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