Hibs manager Jack Ross believes his side needed to show more resilience during their loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
The Hibees were hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hearts in the Edinburgh Derby, but lost 3-1 against the Dons.
Ross’ side actually went 1-0 up, but a Steven Whittaker red card proved to be the catalyst for the comeback as the hosts took all three points.
After five games unbeaten in which they scored 15 goals, Hibs have been brought back down to earth – with St Johnstone beating Livingston, the pressure is now on to secure a top-six finish.
Following the Aberdeen defeat, Ross admitted his team lacked resiliency following Whittaker’s dismissal (Hibs TV): “The sending off proves to be pivotal, they often are, but you still want a better reaction than we showed.
“We probably need to increase that resilience when things go against us. Today, as I said, that response going down to ten men… we need to be a bit more resolute. But prior to that, I was delighted with the players.
Christian Doidge, who scored his 18th of the season, concurred: “He told us after the game what he’s seen on the sideline and I have to say, I think all the boys agree with that. I think when you go down to 10 you’ve got to stay compact.”
Red card sparks downfall
Hibs started the game well and Doidge’s goal put them in a good position to go on and get something from the game.
Whittaker’s red card really contributed to the changing of the game though, which will be a big disappointment for Ross given then player’s experience.
They were in control, but the dismissal gave the hosts a fresh impetus and Ross is right to call for a greater resiliency from his players during times of adversity.