Hibees hit rock bot­tom, says Lew

Evening Times - - SPORT - By IAIN COLLIN

LEWIS Stevenson ad­mits Hibs hit rock bot­tom in De­cem­ber when Aberdeen turned in the best per­for­mance they have faced all sea­son.

AndtheEasterRoad stal­wart in­sists they must turn the ta­bles on the Dons this week­end if they are to have any chance of fin­ish­ing the sea­son on a high.

Stevenson con­fesses Neil Len­non’s out­fit suf­fered a ‘do­ing’ went they went down 4-1 at Pit­to­drie two months ago, and they also lost 1-0 at home to the Reds back in Oc­to­ber.

With a Scot­tish Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat to the Pit­to­drie out­fit last sea­son as well, Hibs have come off sec­ond best in their re­cent jousts with the men from the north-east.

Now, eight points adrift of the Dons in sec­ond, Stevenson ac­knowl­edges the vi­tal im­por­tance of the lat­est meet­ing of the sides on Satur­day.

The 30-year-old said: “Aberdeen have beaten us twice this sea­son and at Pit­to­drie they gave us a bit of a do­ing.

“That has been our worst per­for­mance and, for me, it’s the best per­for­mance we’ve come up against as well.

“We need to turn that around on Satur­day.

“It’s go­ing to be hard but, if we re­ally want to step up and chal­lenge at the top end of the league, it’s teams like Aberdeen we need to be beat­ing.”

Stevenson was made cap­tain in Hibs’ last out­ing as he slot­ted into an un­fa­mil­iar cen­tre-half role be­cause of a spate of de­fen­sive in­juries.

How­ever, de­spite the ab­sence of Dar­ren McGre­gor, Paul Han­lon, David Gray and Steven Whit­taker, the Easter Road out­fit still man­aged to earn them­selves a 2-1 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.

Key to that dis­play was Scott Al­lan, who re­turned to the club on loan from Celtic last month.

And Stevenson firmly be­lieves the 26-year-old could be an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure as Hibs seek Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion this term.

He added: “Scott slot­ted in seam­lessly against Rangers. He was re­ally dan­ger­ous and looked like he had never been away.

“I’m sure he’s go­ing to be a big player for us this sea­son.”

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