Hibs Don't Want To Make Anybody Welcome
Updated Friday, 20th August 2010
Hibs need to put on a performance on a regular basis that befits their completed ground
Hibs manager John Hughes wants his player to show the fans that the club has invested wisely for the future of the club both on and off the field. They welcome Rangers to Easter Road this Sunday and their new East Stand at Easter Road will be officially opened on the day. A bumper crowd is expected for Hibs' first home league game of the season. While Hughes wants his team to be inspired by their new surroundings, he is keen to remind them that their principle aim is to keep picking up results on the pitch to ensure the supporters want to return.
Hughes, whose side started of the season with a 3-2 win at Fir Park last Sunday, said: "In the current financial climate, Hibs are still forging ahead by building the new stand and a new pitch, and we're still a work in progress. We have to make sure on the pitch we play a style of football that I think the fans want to see and hopefully it can bring us success. The new stand certainly inspires us but it's all about bringing success. It shows you the way the club is evolving. The first home game was in Europe against NK Maribor and although the stand wasn't open at the time, it gave the players a lift. But it's all about the game, the rest of it takes care of itself. It's the same when you go and play in these wonderful stadia through in Glasgow, you have to make sure you concentrate on your football. The players appreciate the hard work that's gone on with the stadium. To keep playing at that stadium for a number of years you have to go out there and put in man-of-the-match performances. I think there is a real appreciation of that, of where the club has come from and where it's going, and to be part of that for many years let's go and put on a show."
The completion of the new stand brings the capacity of Easter Road up to 20,250 and Hughes, whose side have lost their last five home games in all competition, wants visiting teams to be intimated by the arena. He added: "We need to turn it into a fortress, we talk about the infrastructure and everything that's going on at this club. We need to make sure it's more intimidating although I think the fans will be proud of it on Sunday when they come along."
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