Jack Ross says that Hibs will use the coming days to rest both mentally and physically ahead of their next match with Celtic in eight days time.
The Hibees have had a tough run, losing three games on the spin to Rangers, Ross County and Livingston, not scoring a goal in the process. A 3-0 defeat to Livi was another blow ahead of Celtic at Parkhead next Monday.
Ross says his players and staff have to rest up ahead of a ‘key moment’: “We’ve got a relatively long time now until the next game so physically we need to have a rest and mentally, staff as well, because we have had so many games.
“We will look forward to an exciting month ahead in terms of league games and the semi-final. But it is a bit of a key moment for us. We have had a couple of them this season, when we have had to step back and ask ourselves where we want to go and, in the main, we have responded well.
“This is another of those moments for us. Do we want the season to drift or do we want to achieve what we set out to do this season. I have a lot of faith in the group but I think they know that we were a long way short of where we needed to be.”
Hibs’ manager is well aware though that the 3-0 defeat to Livingston is a far cry away from standards expected at Easter Road: “We didn’t do all aspects of the game well enough.
“We didn’t defend properly and we weren’t creative enough in what we did going forward, so no, we didn’t play well enough to take anything from the game. I think of the two disappointing results, the performance today was some way South of midweek.
“We didn’t play well enough as I mentioned, in any aspects of our game, so it’s not panic stations because in the main we have had a good season and the players have done a lot of good things.
“But it is an acute reminder to them if they don’t do the basic part of the game properly, how they compete, how they defend, how we trust in what we do because we have lost our way a little bit with how we have conceded in the past two games then it is not easy to get results.
“We have an extended break coming up so we’ll draw breath and remind ourselves why we have had, by and large, positive results this season.”