Hibs were beaten 3-0 by Motherwell at the weekend, but if anything, at least we know Paul Heckingbottom has moved on from his Scott Allan experiment.
He watched on in horror most likely as his side were easily beaten by the Well. It was a poor display, with the defence in particular failing to turn in a decent performance.
Allan was placed in midfield after playing out on the right against St Johnstone. Whilst he had a fairly quite game against Motherwell, it was better than his Saints showing.
Allan showed Heckingbottom why he is a creative midfielder
On the right of midfield was Daryl Horgan, who in fairness, didn’t have a bad game. He caused problems for the Well and they struggled to deal with him in the opening 30 minutes.
Allan meanwhile was in CAM. Whilst he was limited after Motherwell’s opener, prior to that, he played plenty of decent passes and made many driving runs past Liam Donnelly.
After half time his influence faded, but in flashes he showed what he was capable of. It’s far more than what he can do on the right.
Whilst out on the flanks, Allan can’t use his brilliant passing range effectively. There’s more emphasis on running at defenders with pace and Allan just isn’t that player.
Horgan is though and he worked well on his return to the starting XI. Similarly, Allan had a better game than last week though the middle.
He’s received plenty of criticism lately, but at least Heckingbottom identified where he went wrong last week and amended it. Sure it never paid off, but at least there was recognition that he went wrong.
Heckingbottom will have to do that again after his side’s lastest mishap. He has a defensive issue to sort, having watched his side ship 14 goals in four games.
Regardless of that, this game made it clear that Allan should never be played on the right again.