No Luck For Hibs At Home Says Hart
Updated Monday, 20th September 2010
Perhaps Hibs should not score so early and have to fight a bit longer.
Michael Hart insisted Hibs players share the Easter Road fans' frustration at the winless home run which now stands at nine games. Hibs were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday by Hamilton despite taking the lead early and were jeered off the pitch for a second successive week after failing to end a home barren streak which dates back to 6 March. Hart said: "I don't know about the fans, but I think the players are more desperate than them to get a home win. We want to play good football and win, but it's getting to the point where we just need to get any sort of win. We'll just keep playing football and hopefully the result will come. It's frustrating that we're getting a lead and throwing it away. We need to learn to take our chances when they come and at the other end we need to try and shut up shop. "
Had a Riordan's 25-yard free-kick after 12 minutes bounced in off the bar, rather than a yard in front of the line, or Nish's effort - a strike Hibs manager John Hughes insisted should not have been disallowed - stood, three points would have been secure. Hart said: "You've got to make your own luck. We're in a position because of the way we're playing and we're the only ones that can get ourselves out of it. It's frustrating every game when you don't come away with the three points against teams everybody expects to beat. On our game we're brilliant, passing the ball, no team can get near us. But we can do that for nine times out of 10 passes and the 10th one will be horrific and a team will come through and score against us. We're frustrating ourselves and it's showing through the fans."
Hibs take on Kilmarnock in the Co-operative Insurance Cup third round on Wednesday with Hart and his team-mates desperate for success ahead of next Saturday's league trip to Celtic. Hart went on: "We've just got to go and play the way we can play and we'll beat anyone. We probably need to play a little bit more sensibly and try to grind a result out. The main thing is that we're in the hat come the next round of the cup."
Hamilton, already eliminated from the cup, play Kilmarnock at home next Saturday after taking their fourth point of the season. Marco Paixao made amends for giving the ball away to Riordan for the opener by scoring the equaliser after a strong run by Nigel Hasselbaink, nephew of former Holland international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Marco Paixao said: "We played really, really well. Hamilton are growing up; we're showing to the people that we're strong. We have fast guys who create chances, we just need a bit of luck. It was a big mistake for my part but I came back and scored. The game changed completely, we started to dominate the game and almost scored again." The Portuguese forward shot wide under pressure from the Hibs defence soon after Nish's strike was ruled out as the opportunity for an away win was missed. But Marco Paixao expects Accies to trouble their SPL rivals this season. He added: "If we keep going like that I think we can damage a lot of teams in the SPL."
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