Hibs opened the scoring inside the opening 20 minutes through Christian Doidge’s looping header over Laurentiu Branescu as the Juventus loanee came rushing out. Jason Naismith added a second with a powerful strike into the top corner. Alex Bruce pulled one back for Killie before Dario Del Fabro sparked wild scenes in the away end.
Kilmarnock keep Hibs two points behind them with this draw and keep third and fourth place in their sights. Here are three things we learned.
When he first came in at Hibs, Ross said he wasn’t planning to make wholesale changes at the club. He has stayed true to his word, selecting the exact same squad for each of his first three games and making the same substitutes too.
It has meant that summer signings like Josh Vela and Glenn Middleton can’t get a place in the squad whilst stars like Ofir Marciano remain on the bench.
Ross has seemingly figured out his favoured XI after three games, an encouraging sign which is bound to develop consistency within the camp, although he’ll be fuming with the dropped points.
That Doidge guy
Everything seems to be coming off for the Welshman right now. After no goals in his first eight games, he now has six in his last four.
He’s getting strokes of luck that weren’t falling for him before. His goal against Killie came through sheer perseverance, forcing the goalkeeper into a mistake before bundling the ball in.
His hold up play is excellent and when in full flow, he can be hard to stop when dribbling. Hibs shelled out a lot for Doidge, but now he’s starting to repay them at a prolific rate.
Kilmarnock’s second half fighting spirit
During the first half Killie didn’t threaten Hibs keeper Chris Maxwell. Their backs were well and truly against the wall and an early Naismith strike in the second half didn’t make things any easier.
From this moment onwards though Killie fought tooth and nail to get back into this game. Rory McKenzie had gone close for them before Alex Bruce converted from a corner to give them hope.
Alessio will be buzzing with their heart and spirit as it allowed them to take a point from this game. They’re still in fifth as Alessio’s Killie revolution continues.