Irvine Meadow Will Not Be Dismissed As Makeweights
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2010
Hibs need to remember how to win and will be planning to make sure they progress in the Scottish Cup.
Hibs manager John Hughes will not be underestimating Scottish Cup opponents Irvine Meadow, according to his former Easter Road team-mate Darren Jackson. Hughes promised to have the junior side watched several times before they arrive at Easter Road for the fourth round game on Saturday. Jackson also feels the Hughes will be looking for some payback from his players for only taking one league point from their previous two home games. When asked if Hibs could underestimate the Ayrshire side Jackson said: "Yogi will not let that happen. Especially because they have had quite a heavy defeat by Rangers and a draw against Hearts in two home games. And you saw what happened at Old Trafford on Sunday, that will remind people that if Leeds can go there and win, anything can happen."
Hibs sit comfortably in third place in the SPL despite dropping points in recent weeks and Jackson feels Hughes is doing "exceptionally well" in his first season in charge. The former Scotland forward said: "Everyone knows his philosophy, that he wants to play football, but his desire, enthusiasm and commitment just has to get through to the players. Even before the game he's walking up and down the touchline when they're warming up, he is talking to fans and having a laugh with them, and going on the pitch and playing keep-ball with the subs. His enthusiasm is incredible and his man-management is fantastic as well because he seems to get players who have kind of come off the rails a wee bit, put an arm round them and make them believe in themselves. When you are getting that passion from the manager, you are up for it and want to get out there, and when you are winning games you love it too."
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