Hibs manager Jack Ross has reminded his players of the relentless pursuit of success that can sometimes be hard to enjoy.
The Hibees lost to Motherwell at Easter Road for the first time since 2013 on Saturday as Jordan Roberts and Devante Cole sealed a comfortable 2-0 Well win. It ended a run of four straight victories for Ross’ side.
No damage was done to Hibs’ position in the Scottish Premiership’s third spot after Aberdeen lost to Celtic but Ross says this is a reminder that players can’t afford to let standards slip.
He said: “We’re striving for perfection here and when you do that, it’s pretty tiring and relentless and sometimes it’s not enjoyable. It’s reminding the players that there cannot be a drop in standards and the demands they make on each other.
“It’s difficult to win consecutive games in this league like the run we’ve just been on and if you dip slightly below levels, it puts you at risk of losing the game. The concession of the two goals are soft, every manager will say they are avoidable but they are and then we miss good opportunities at key times of the game.”
Hibs will now play away from home three times before the split, winning nine of their 14 matches on the road this season. Ross looking forward to making amends: “I think it’s a good thing for us.
“We know how good we have been away from home this season, consistently. It doesn’t hold any fear for us but we know we need to do bits from this performance better if we are to win those games.”
Josh Doig missed out after signing his new deal until 2025 last week, Ross stating the teenage left-back has a minor impact injury: “It is just a lower leg injury, it’s nothing muscular, it’s just a minor knock.
“He got a minor knock last weekend and he actually trained in the early part of the week but there was a slight recurrence of it. But all being well he will be back for next weekend.”
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