Can Hibs finish the sea­son un­beaten? Why the Heck not...

Evening Times - - LANDBROKES PREMIERSHI­P -

PAUL Heck­ing­bot­tom has yet to lose a league game as man­ager of Hiber­nian and he be­lieves his team can get to the end of this sea­son with­out suf­fer­ing an­other de­feat.

That would be some achievemen­t but the way this Hibs side are play­ing, it’s more than pos­si­ble.

Heck­ing­bot­tom is not a man for 100 words when five will do. So, when he says that he can finish his first three months at Easter Road with just one de­feat, to Celtic in the Scot­tish Cup, you’ve got to be­lieve him.

The Hibs man­ager said: “There’s no rea­son we can’t, but it’s tough. We’ve had to scrap and fight for ev­ery­thing so far so it would be a hell of an achievemen­t – and would take some do­ing.

“You see the ef­fort the boys are putting in, they are putting their bod­ies on the line at the back and show­ing a will­ing­ness to go for­ward and try to win games. I am proud of them right now and they de­serve good things writ­ten about them and the sup­port of the fans.”

This was a hard fought point on a day when Hibs matched Celtic for long pe­ri­ods. Heck­ing­bot­tom said: “In all hon­esty, I’m dis­ap­pointed we did not win be­cause you are greedy.

“I’m also pleased be­cause for long parts of the game were ex­actly how we wanted to play and what we’re about.

“I’m de­lighted for the play­ers, proud of them. We asked them to do a lot of things to­day which is a test for them and go­ing to leave them a lit­tle bit ex­posed when we try to press high.

“When they are try­ing to do what you ask you back them all the way. Look­ing back on it, I [wit­nessed] ex­actly what I ex­pect and how it can ben­e­fit them.”

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