By: Hibernian Media on 24 Oct, 2019 16:46
Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom sat down with the media to preview Saturday’s visit of Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
There was good news on the injury front, with winger Martin Boyle having resumed full first-team training this week as he steps up his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.
Quizzed on the progress of the Australian international, Paul said: “Martin’s been training.
“We’ve had him in, working hard, on the grass but he’s been back in with the boys this week.
“He had another training session today (Thursday) and he feels alright, which is great for us.
“We’ll just keep pushing him and working him hard whilst we get him back on the pitch.”
Asked about the need for a ‘killer instinct’ after passing up the chances that would have turned positive performances into wins in recent weeks, Paul was in full agreement.
He added: “I’ve used that phrase this week. That’s what it is.
“We can say ‘yeah, we’re playing well enough and we should have more points’ but you get what you deserve.
“We’ve not had that killer instinct.
“We’ve suffered at one end when teams have not had many attempts on our goal but have still been getting the one that matters.
“At the attacking end we have to be more clinical and we have to create more chances.
“We’ve created a good number of chances but I still think there’s more in us by having that real commitment and drive to get into the box.
“It might not be a world-class goal. It might be a ricochet that drops for us, so the more bodies we have in the box, the better.”
Looking ahead to Saturday, Paul is looking forward to being back at Easter Road for what will be our first Hibs Kids fixture of the season.
While he’s full of respect for opponents who have adapted well to life back in the top-flight, there’s no mistaking the objective for the coaching staff and players alike.
He said: “We’re at home, we want the three points and the way they set up lends itself to a good game. We’re looking forward to it.”