Hibs failed to find the net for the first time in the league under Paul Heckingbottom on Wednesday night.
But there’s still plenty of positives that can be taken from their stalemate against Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock. Killie may feel as though they created the better opportunities at Easter Road but it’s testament to Hibs that both sides came away with a point.
Frustration in front of goal
At this stage of the season, every point is vital. Hibs will be frustrated they haven’t scored in front of their own fans or won against Killie. But they’ve got to remember that they’re up against a really good Kilmarnock team. A side that’s held onto third despite their point in Leith and have conceded the third fewest amount of goals in the league.
A clean sheet against Killie shouldn’t be dismissed either. Killie are fifth highest scorers in the league, coincidentally after Hibs, and are coming off the back of a 5-0 victory, in which they had five different scorers, against Hamilton Accies.
Focus shifts to Hearts and the split
Top six has also been secured. That should come as a minimum requirement for a side like Hibs but when Neil Lennon left, it looked as though that was a long shot. 17 points from a potential 24 is impressive and leaves them sandwiched between the Old Firm in terms of their form.
That sets them up perfectly for a derby away at Tynecastle against Hearts. The Hibees are decent travellers, having won their last three away matches. They’ve scored twice or more in all three of those.
Whilst they haven’t won in Gorgie since May 2013, Hearts won at Easter Road for the first time in four years this campaign already.
Under Heckingbottom and brimming with confidence, maybe now is Hibs’ time.