New Hibernian boss Shaun Maloney has expressed his pride in his players after getting off to a winning start at Easter Road with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen last night.
The former Scotland star saw his side pick up three points thanks to a goal from Ryan Porteous and saw the Hibees leapfrog Aberdeen in the Premiership table and take fifth spot.
Maloney has only had a few days to work with the Hibs players after taking the reins at the start of the week, but was happy with the way his players have adapted to his ideas.
“I’m very proud of the players because they played the way they did after two sessions, showing bravery,” Maloney said.
“The second half, the way they defended in the last 15 minutes was incredible, considering what had happened in the final on Sunday.
“They were incredible, really, when you consider the effort they put in at Hampden.
“That was part of the reason why the game went the way it did in the second half.
“We couldn’t get as much pressure on the ball up the park.
“The first half, the way they tried to play, there was always going to be mistakes after two sessions.
“The fact they kept trying, that’s huge credit to them. The staff have worked really hard – but the players have been really, really open minded.
‘I didn’t really feel pressure. I just felt like it was part of the process. You prepare for the game, you’re constantly working.
“I’m really happy, the chairman is delighted. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel that the pressure is off!”
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