Jack Ross secured victory in his first game as Hibs boss with an impressive 3-1 win over Motherwell.

Motherwell raced into an early lead through a Liam Polworth tap-in after some good early pressure from Stephen Robinson’s side. Hibs leveled the game on the 20 minute mark with a Christian Doidge strike from close range.

Doidge and Kamberi scored. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was 2-1 to the home side just four minutes later after Florian Kamberi blasted the ball beyond Mark Gillespie. Daryl Horgan finished the game five minutes from time, courtesy of a lovely driving run. Motherwell remain in fourth following this defeat whilst Hibs climb into the top six.

Here are three things we learned.

Hibs’ passing game wins the day

From early on it was clear how both teams were going to approach this game. Hibs were looking to get a passing game going on the ground whilst Motherwell opted for a high press.

The Steelmen’s style was limiting what Hibs could do. They weren’t given anytime on the ball, leading to a few forced errors and misplaced passes.

Robinson’s men were pressing high. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When openings were available though, Hibs waltzed through the Well defensive line with ease. Through balls split Robinson’s side open countless times and Hibs’ quality on the ball gave them the win.

Motherwell huffed and puffed throughout but Hibs’ technical quality was too much for them.

Two up top is the way to go for Ross

The new Hibs boss opted to go with the same XI that beat St Johnstone 4-1 prior to the international break. This included the partnership of Florian Kamberi and Christian Doidge up front.

Ross found joy with two forwards against Motherwell in his opening Hibs game. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Again it worked wonders, with both strikers putting in a tireless shift to trouble the Well defence. They got their rewards too with both men grabbing goals inside the opening 25 minutes.

This should show Ross that playing two up front is the way to get the best out of both forwards. Their last two performances together have inspired Hibs to victory and now both are building confidence on the goal trail.

Hibs are on Motherwell’s tail

Hibs may have won four games fewer than their most recent opponents but they have still managed to pull themselves closer to them in the league table.

Getting closer to their rivals. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Ross’ men are now in sixth place following victory in his maiden game, leaving them seven points off Motherwell with a game to spare. A win in that match over St Mirren would put Motherwell firmly in their sights.

For the Well though it was a disappointing afternoon as Kilmarnock closed the gap on them to one point. Aberdeen meanwhile could be as many as five points ahead of them in third by the end of the weekend.

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