Christian Doidge managed to net himself a Hibs hat-trick in Perth during a 4-1 win, a feat that he reckons will have Paul Heckingbottom asking questions of him.
The Welshman was the star of the show as interim boss Eddie May’s caretaker reign got off to the perfect start. Three Doidge goals and a Scott Allan strike helped secure an emphatic win over St Johnstone.
He’s happy to get off the mark but the Hibees striker feels ‘terrible’ about opening his Premiership account now.
He told the Daily Record (page 71, 10/11/19): “It felt good to get on the scoresheet, it has been a long time coming. Under the old manager I was getting into good positions but not putting the ball in the net so it’s a real confidence booster.
“To be honest, I feel terrible about them coming now. Paul ’s probably got choice words for me, looking at the scoreline, but that’s football.
“You’ve got to move on and see who the next manager will be.”
Needed Hibs strikes for Doidge
Getting off the mark will be a relief for Doidge but to net his first three Premiership goals in the one game is pretty special. They were all good finishes too.
His first came off the back of good play from Florian Kamberi. Doidge’s strike partner played him in, and although the Welshman missed his first attempt, he showed good instincts to put the rebound in the net.
Kamberi was again the creator for Doidge’s second, firing the ball low across the box into his Welsh partner’s path, who was able to flick home. He sealed the hat-trick in the second 45 with a bullet header.
Overall Doidge was brilliant and he and Hibs will be hoping it’s the start of something special.