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‘HOME FORM NOWHERE NEAR GOOD ENOUGH,’ HIBS STAR

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JOHN McGINN has acknowledged that HIbs’ dismal home form is simply not good enough for the Premiership new boys.

A solitary one point from four home matches is a real disappointment for the Scotland midfielder especially considering the Easter Road side travelled to Glasgow and came back along the M8 undefeated with a win at Ibrox and a draw at Celtic Park.

Yet the great performance at Parkhead, where McGinn scored twice was wasted when Aberdeen emerged with all three points on Saturday’s visit to Leith with the ex-Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven grabbing the only goal of a disappointing game with a first half strike.

Hibs huffed and puffed in the second half but without any real cutting edge and like Hamilton and Motherwell before them, the visitors once again left with a victory. Indeed Hibs only have the point they earned in a draw with bottom side Patrick Thistle on the opening day of the season to show from their four home Premiership fixtures and that is a long way off being good enough.

That means the visit from city rivals Hearts a week tomorrow is looking like a must win match for Neil Lennon’s side who first of all have to go back to Glasgow to face Celtic on Saturday lunchtime in the Betfred Cup semi-final. 

McGinn had all this on his mind when he spoke after the latest loss at Easter Road to the Edinburgh Evening News.

“We are unbeaten away from home, but at home we have really not been good enough,” he said.

“We need much better performances than we have shown. We need to be better in the final third – as the gaffer has probably said – starting with the derby.

“Sometimes we are better when teams open out on us and we have a bit of space, but our home form really needs to improve.

“Aberdeen are a good team, organised and made it difficult for us towards the end as they tried to see the game out.

“But we have to be better to try to break them down. We were trying to get Danny Swanson and Brandon Barker on the ball to make this happen but sometimes, like today, it’s not going to go in.

“We could have played for another 20 minutes and not scored.”

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