Hibs manager Jack Ross watched his side throw away a 1-0 lead over Motherwell to share the spoils at Easter Road and extend their recent run to one win in their last eight league games – but insists he isn’t too concerned as he can see the “effort, application and creativity” from his players.

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Tony Watt cancelled out Kevin Nisbet’s opener on a bitterly cold afternoon in Leith as Hibs slipped into the bottom half of the Premiership as Aberdeen’s win over St Mirren catapulted the Dons into sixth in the table and moved Hibs to seventh.

The Easter Road manager insists it is crucial his players retain their focus as he called on them to start climbing back up the table and put the looming League Cup final clash with Celtic on the backburner for now.

“We are in a difficult run at the moment and it would be more concerning if we weren’t getting effort, application and creativity,” Ross said.

“In the second half certainly I would say we played well, we created a lot, we had a lot of attacking players at the end of the game, but we just couldn’t get that goal our play deserved.

“It’s about ensuring they retain trust in what they do because that’s the biggest challenge when you go through a period like this.

“It’s human nature you’ll question yourself, because the noise will get to you. It’s crucial they keep that clear-headedness.

“The cup final’s different but the league games are absolutely vital for us, in terms of putting us back into an area of the table where we need to be – not where we should be.”

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