Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that he decided to gamble and try and win the recent match against St Johnstone, despite being reduced to 10 men.
The gamble paid off, as despite Vykintas Slivka’s red care Marc McNulty popped up with his second goal of the game to give the Hibees a 2-1 win.
He told BBC Sport: “Even though we had 10 men we still encouraged the boys to play and we wanted to keep two strikers on the pitch as we felt we could get a winner.”
Heckingbottom has done superbly well in his short time as Hibs boss so far. Since replacing Neil Lennon, he has a 100% record, with three wins out of three.
He has also managed to get Hibs back into the top six. A good achievement after they spent most of the season in the bottom half of the table.
Fans will be delighted that Heckingbottom decided to gamble and go for the win. That is the sort of attitude that supporters will rally round.
Heckingbottom will face his first real test in the next week. Hibs take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Saturday, then take on Rangers next Friday.
Both games will be difficult for Hibs, and two wins could be a step too far at the moment. If Heckingbottom continues to show the courage he did at McDiarmid Park, then Hibs could pull off two famous victories.