Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship

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Hiber­nian v St Mir­ren A fort­night with­out a game has al­lowed Jack Ross to work in­ten­sively on the train­ing pitch with his new charges af­ter kick­ing off his reign with a 2-0 home de­feat to Dundee United.

The former Al­loa Ath­letic man­ager be­lieves the time has been well spent as he has got to know his squad bet­ter and the 40-year-old in­sists the re­cent 2-1 victory at Easter Road in the Irn-Bru Cup means the Bud­dies should travel to Leith to­day with op­ti­mism as they bid to haul them­selves off the foot of the Cham­pi­onship.

“I think, psy­cho­log­i­cally, it’s a good thing for us to have won there so re­cently,” Ross said.

“I’ve worked now with the play­ers for a cou­ple more weeks and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing them in a match again. They’ve re­sponded re­ally well.” Dundee United v Falkirk Tope Obadeyi ad­mits he’s flat­tered teams are pay­ing him such close at­ten­tion – but has vowed they’ll never snuff him out.

And the Dundee United winger is sure he can still get the up­per hand as ri­vals Falkirk pre­pare to visit Tay­side to­day.

“Maybe it’s a lit­tle com­pli­ment to my­self. They might see my pace as a threat,” Obadeyi said of his mark­ers. “On my game, I know I can cause prob­lems. The best is still to come from me – 100 per cent. As a team as well. I feel that’s the case.”

He added: “With Falkirk, it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be a bit more of an open game.

“If the game is open and freeflow­ing, that is more for me on the counter-at­tack.” Mor­ton v Ayr United Michael Doyle is adamant there will be no Ham­p­den hang­over to­day as Mor­ton aim to con­tinue their surge up the Cham­pi­onship.

Jim Duffy’s men gave a good account of them­selves in last week­end’s Bet­fred Cup semi­fi­nal against Aberdeen, hold­ing firm be­fore Adam Rooney broke the dead­lock.

A late Kenny McLean strike added some gloss to the score­line, but the former St John­stone and Al­loa de­fender reck­ons the Ton can take con­fi­dence from the match.

“The spir­its were re­ally high af­ter the Aberdeen match,” Doyle said. “It has given us even more be­lief and we can only build on that.”

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