Just back and that was woeful

Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
Today was a real disappointment and the sort of game Hibs make an arse of far too often.

I don't want to take away anything from St Johnstone though. Their form in 2021 is incredible. Only Huns and Celtic have beaten them this year and a lot of that is down to discipline and coaching so I don't think the changes they made today effected that too much. As horrible as it is, a five man defence and the ability to pounce on whatever scraps you can get in a game works in this league.

Third is still likely, Aberdeen would need to beat us and take something off Huns, the Cup will be tough if its us and St J in the final though, our defence are worse than theirs and its going to be decided by the first goal.
 
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Robert Barone

Well-Known Radge
One of the most frustrating things for me this season has been our home form, tactics and performances. Away from home we've taken as many points as Celtic (33 points) which is a great effort tbh. Next best are St Johnstone and Aberdeen on 24 points for perspective. At Easter road we've only taken 26 points wheras Celtic and Aberdeen have taken 40 and 32 points at home respectively. Anything close to that, we really could have reasonably expected around 35 imo, and we'd have had 3rd place sewn up.

Tactically at ER Ive been very disapointed in how we've set up, the opposition all know if they sit deep and leave no room in behind we will struggle. The ball is passed around laterally too often with the central midfieders taking far too many touches, slowing the game down. Stop us from scoring first and wait for us to shoot ourselves in the foot has seemed to be the none too subtle and relatively successful tactic used against us. We then often run out of ideas and shell long diagonals from our own half to a well marked Doidge...similar to yesterday which was meat and drink to St Johnstone. The one player who could maybe have provided inspiration in the final third in the closing minutes of games was loaned out to get game time and improve his match fitness which was understandable but given our meagre resources perhaps not particularly far sighted.

Do we lack the squad depth to change up our game plan? Yes imo..its a major contributory factor..there was nothing on the bench yesterday (especially midfielders but also strikers) that we needed tbh. We are a perfectly functional counter attacking side but we lack the players with a bit of guile (especially in midfield) who can break the lines and make a telling, quick pass. The midfield players brought in (Wright, Irvine, Gogic, Magennis) either aren't the kind of player who will break down packed defences or have yet to show anything in a Hibs jersey that would make me want to keep them next season.

Lets hope the remaining SC games are open cup ties or I fear we will struggle to adapt our game plan again.
 

Bofahibee

Well-Known Radge
Just watched it. Flat as a witches tit. I sincerely hope that yesterday gives the players the kick up the arse they need to get the rest of this season over the line. If it was down to me I would bench Porto and play Daz next weekend. He came back more focussed after his last time on the sidelines.
 

tayside hibee

Well-Known Radge
Yesterday was pish, it was torture.
But, I find the criticism of JR embarrassing.He doesn’t coach Porto to pass to opponents on the edge of our box. He doesn’t I’m sure, suggest to Irvine and Newell that they should disappear in parts. Let’s not forget, Lennon left us with a poorer team than he inherited. Our team is made up of journeymen and youngsters.
What makes a good player a great player is usually consistency. Great players produce every week. The SPL is full of good players, if they were great, they quite simply wouldn’t be here for longer than a season. I agree, Hibs should comfortably have 3rd place tied up, and our cup draws have been favourable, but we were a Nisbet penalty , and Murphy tap in , away from being in two finals. JR basically picks the team most people would most match days. He gives youth a shot, and appears to have a happy squad.
The mentality around ER has been beyond poor for my whole 50 years, with relegations and numerous bottom half of the table finishes. For Hibs fans to react , like this is all at JR door is baffling. Where the fuck have they been?
Our current talisman was signed from Forest Green fucking Rovers ffs.
I am not some happy clapper. I want the best for Hibs, I regularly criticise all aspects of our club, and I am driven mad by our lack of belief and achievements.
Sadly, great managers or players are not banging on our door wanting in , and any inside who flourish, just bang on the door wanting out.
I think Hibs fans should back JR, there are signs IMO we are heading in the right direction.
 

The Family

Capital Radge
A dreadful result and performance today against a St Johnstone team who know how to stop us. Doesn't help when our centre half gifts them their winning goal. Six years now since Hibs last beat St Johnstone at Easter Road. Far too much complacency today from Hibs.

As I have mentioned before, we have been quite fortunate this season with injuries to our strikers. We lost Nisbet today, and surprise surprise we struggle to create anything and don't even look like scoring. Our squad is ridiculously thin, but if you believe the official line, this is what the manager prefers to work with. The downside with that of course is that when we are hit with injuries to key players we struggle badly and start losing games. We are reliant on Boyle, Nisbet and Doidge for goals. Our midfield needs completely changed for next season in my opinion. In away matches when we play our natural counter-attacking game it's fine, but at home when we need to dominate possession, move the ball quickly, and create chances and score goals it has been found wanting far too often this season.

The big beneficiaries today of course are Aberdeen. They now have only one thing to focus on...catching Hibs for third place. Whereas Hibs have two, and one or two of our key players have started picking up injuries at exactly the wrong time. Aberdeen gambled in the cup with a new defensive formation against Dundee United and were beaten easily. They have now reverted to type and are grinding out wins in the league in their normal way. Hibs have now handed them the chance to pip us for third. I think we will just about scrape it on goal difference, but it is going to be very, very close. It actually really could go either way now, which is disgraceful when you consider how strong a position we were in.

Next week-end's cup semi worries me. We have high expectations, and that's what concerns me the most. As a club we have always struggled massively with high expectation levels in big matches against smaller clubs. We do not cope well at all with the favourites tag, particularly at Hampden. Please for once just do it when it matters Hibs.

The smaller squad quote worries me, we have players who are not consistent enough, McGinn, Newell, Jackson, Magennis, Wright, we are going to lose Nisbet, Porto in the summer and possibly Doig too, the manager is offering deals to players who are mentioned above like Newell, Jackson etc it is simply not good enough, the manager has one formation and teams have worked that out therefore we do well to draw, then you have other players who aren’t good enough either who are on loan or injured more than being fit....What a fucking mess, instead of spending good money on technology etc, put it more into the team and replace the manager also.
 

Weehibbydrew

Mussel-bound Radge
The smaller squad quote worries me, we have players who are not consistent enough, McGinn, Newell, Jackson, Magennis, Wright, we are going to lose Nisbet, Porto in the summer and possibly Doig too, the manager is offering deals to players who are mentioned above like Newell, Jackson etc it is simply not good enough, the manager has one formation and teams have worked that out therefore we do well to draw, then you have other players who aren’t good enough either who are on loan or injured more than being fit....What a fucking mess, instead of spending good money on technology etc, put it more into the team and replace the manager also.
What a fucking mess? We're third and in the Scottish Cup semi final. For a fucking mess, see our pink neighbours.
Four (hopefully) games to go. Can we wait a wee bit before ripping everything and everything to shreds?
 

The Family

Capital Radge
What a fucking mess? We're third and in the Scottish Cup semi final. For a fucking mess, see our pink neighbours.
Four (hopefully) games to go. Can we wait a wee bit before ripping everything and everything to shreds?

Aye it is a fucking mess, I have no confidence in Ross and especially next week either his track record speaks volumes.

Pink neighbours that beat us you mean....
 

kingston

New radge
Let’s face facts here if Aberdeen didnt lose a few players in the January window we wouldnt be finishing third this season.
How we gave Mallen,Allan and Gullan out in loan was mad.
We don’t have anyone who can come of the bench yesterday to change the game or formation.
Imagine ever thinking St Johnstone bringing better subs on and we have on the bench.
Why is it when we go behind we never look like scoring or creating chances.
When we go 1or 2 up and it’s backs against the wall and teams create plenty good chances against us.
Anyway hope all goes well next Saturday GGTTH
 

Smurf

Auld Enuff Tae Know Better This Radge
Time to evaluate the entire season though isn't until the season is over. And it's far from over. Beginning of the season all of us would have taken to be in this position early May.

Three points ahead of the sheep with a better goal difference with only two games to play.

And in the Scottish Cup semi finals with Dundee United, St Mirren & St Johnstone the others in our path.....

Keep The Faith. GGTTH. Bring it on!! 💚
 

jock3

Well-Known Radge
Im glad I didnae watch it now. Spent the day in Glasgow, and that's another matter. We struggle against St Johnstone, but don't seem to have something in our toolkit in these instances. Try something different Hibs, if Boyler's marked oot I the game, go through the middle....
 

Hammi

Top radge
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Im glad I didnae watch it now. Spent the day in Glasgow, and that's another matter. We struggle against St Johnstone, but don't seem to have something in our toolkit in these instances. Try something different Hibs, if Boyler's marked oot I the game, go through the middle....

Agreed, but, without Nisbet in the middle, or Murphy available, we don't have that off shoulder or between the lines movement. Newell and Jackson have shown they can pick out those runs, but thats not a Doidge game.
So instead we should be overloading the box, Jackson will break forward but Newell won't, Boyle stays on the outside of those situations to pick up rebounds or half clearances and Wright I can't get into.

We needed another striker. You never need 2 target men, but you always need a backup with mobility skills.

All season we've had no genuine balance across the squad, originally it wasn't even in the starting 11. We've addressed some of those issues, which gives me some confidence we'll continue to do so in the summer and I'm pretty positive about us being better next year.

I do think we made a mistake with Mallan and/or Allan both going out. Gullan too. Outside of Wright and Magennis, who was one of the first signings, everyone has been positive, or adds something else to the team.
I liked the idea of Magennis but he's definitely not being played in a natural position 90% of the team.
Hes shown a willingness to shoot from outside the box when he's played in the middle, I think he's a squad player next year but was probably expected to start this year.
 
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hibs1875

Just A Radge
Expect the worse and anything better is a massive win.
4th place and made it to semis isn't horrible I guess 🤣
 

SuperTortolano

Legendary Radge
He lacks awareness and his concentration goes at crucial times during games. That's fatal for a central defender in the top league. Much of this however is due to the fact that he is still young and still learning the position. No way is he ready yet for English football, but I suspect his head has been turned and knows there are offers ready to be made and he wants to impress potential suitors.

Like yourself, I think he is a good, solid young defender, but I just think he believes he is better than he is and he tries things that a more experienced defender with better awareness and concentration would not even think about trying. The problem is that in the position he plays in if you make a mistake at this level it usually leads to a goal being conceded. We just can't afford that at this crucial time, and it's happened too often with Porteous this season. However I am a firm advocate of the belief that teams win and lose together. Yes, it was another bad error from him, but the team had 80 odd minutes to score an equaliser or a winner and never at any stage looked capable of doing so.

Because of our small squad, it has meant that more or less the same players have been playing most weeks this season. There are clear signs of fatigue showing, and that leads to errors and the team looking lethargic. It's very concerning, and Jack Ross really is going to have to prove himself over the next few games.

I know many fans have been distracted by the cup and with the huns going out excitement and expectations have risen accordingly. This puts huge pressure on the manager and the players especially with us having blown two semis already this season. If only we could have just wrapped up third it would have made such a difference, as it stands we have now lost two of of our top six games whereas Aberdeen have won two, and came within seconds of beating Celtic.

I think the players have also been distracted and now have two things to focus on rather than the one thing as Aberdeen have. Thanks to Hibs frailties, the momentum for third place is definitely now with Aberdeen in the run in, however as I said earlier I think we will just make it on goal difference.

Ryan needs a Yogi type player in that defense to help him progress. He's a tough young laddie and having someone boot him up the arse and shout about it would actually help his development IMO. Not a peep from Hanlon though.
 
In any walk of life if you continually make rash and clumsy mistakes at work sooner or later you’d be in trouble,told to buck your ideas up or your out which I’m sure the board hope to make a few quid on him any way at the end of the season anyway
 

tayside hibee

Well-Known Radge
Ryan's best football was played alongside Efe.
Efe was class. A joy to watch, and let’s say kept us all interested 😳. He gave away a few goals, but prevented dozens more. I was gutted when he left. I had the pleasure of talking to him just after it was announced he was leaving. He spoke fondly of Hibs, and stated he wanted to stay. I assume money was the issue, but I’m pretty sure we offered him more than he gets now.
 

Hammi

Top radge
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Efe was class. A joy to watch, and let’s say kept us all interested 😳. He gave away a few goals, but prevented dozens more. I was gutted when he left. I had the pleasure of talking to him just after it was announced he was leaving. He spoke fondly of Hibs, and stated he wanted to stay. I assume money was the issue, but I’m pretty sure we offered him more than he gets now.

I think we got him right at the end of his best and probably left at the right time, he barely kicked a ball after that and since he's been up here it's not been glorious.

I did enjoy Efe, we was here, right place, right time kinda deal.
 

tayside hibee

Well-Known Radge
Time to evaluate the entire season though isn't until the season is over. And it's far from over. Beginning of the season all of us would have taken to be in this position early May.

Three points ahead of the sheep with a better goal difference with only two games to play.

And in the Scottish Cup semi finals with Dundee United, St Mirren & St Johnstone the others in our path.....

Keep The Faith. GGTTH. Bring it on!! 💚
Spot on blue fella.
I think we will beat United on Saturday, in fact I think that’s where the players mind was yesterday. Not an excuse, just an observation.
Hibs fans just now seem to be feast or famine. One week JR and the team are the dugs danglies, the next we are worse than Butcher and his bottlers.
Fukin bizarre behaviour.
 
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