Jack Ross says his Hibs players lacked ‘discipline’ and ‘character’ at Hampden as they bowed out the League Cup to St Johnstone.
Goals from Jason Kerr, Shaun Rooney and Craig Conway sealed a brilliant 3-0 Saints win but more Hampden dejection for Hibs, who have now lost six of their last eight semi-final matches.
After going behind following a promising opening to the match, Ross says his Hibees players didn’t stand up to adversity well enough: “We have given up the opportunity to get to a final far too meekly. Things won’t always go your way so when you dominate the first half and find yourself behind, it’s important that you retain discipline and character and we didn’t do that.
“Our reaction to going further behind wasn’t good enough. We have no complaints about the end result but we have to be better in the face of adversity. We’ve defended set-pieces very well all season; statistically we’re one of the better teams at dealing with them.
“Here we didn’t and that gave St Johnstone a foothold in the game and made the half-time scoreline not a fair refection of the game. We had to make sure that we didn’t give up similar opportunities and we did exactly that early in the second half.
“We had a good first half and we should have had a better response in trying to get back in to the game. We were ill-disciplined in large aspects of our play and we didn’t defend set-pieces well enough.
“The reaction to the second goal is not good enough. We became ragged and that’s why we conceded the third.”
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