Scottish Cup progression is yet another positive in a good week for Hibs says Jack Ross after sealing a spot in the competition’s semi-finals.
They’ve progressed to the last four at Hampden with a 5-2 victory over Inverness at Easter Road. A goal from Adam Jackson opened the scoring before Scott Allan doubled the Hibees advantage.
Greg Docherty put Ross’ side on easy street but Carl Tremarco’s cross deflected into the net with 18 minutes to play. It gave Caley hope but Brad McKay reduced them to ten men just a minute later to kill any heroic revival attempts.
Stephane Omeonga and Jamie Gullan efforts inside the final ten minutes took Hibs into Hampden contention at a canter. At the end of a week where owner Ron Gordon has highlighted his grand Hibs plans, which include doubling the playing budget amongst other incentives, Ross reckons this is the cherry on the cake.
“We deserved to win but it was tough,” said Ross. “The scoreline can sometimes make it look comfortable but it was far from that. I thought it was competitive until the very end.
“John Robertson recognised how we’ve been playing recently and was quite brave with his system. But that made the game quite big and I think that suits us. To score five in a quarter final is terrific.
“We’re creating a lot at the moment and scoring a lot. That variety of scorers helps as well and the quality of our goals were very good. The one thing I was a little critical of at half time was I thought we’d get into wide areas a lot tonight.
“I thought in the first half our crosses were similar. We had worked in training on the variety of crosses, cutbacks, and I think we scored three goals in the second half from that type of delivery which is pleasing.
“It shows they listen to me sometimes! But also that they are good enough players to execute it as well. With Ron being here and outlining his plans for the club, to progress to the semi-final in that manner was a Hibs-type of game in that it was a nice way for it to finish.
“It’s nice to look forward to the weekend where we can sit back and see who else gets through to the semi-finals before the game on Tuesday night which will be good.”