We picked out five key things we learned from our 1-0 win over St Johnstone on the opening day of the cinch Premiership.
Defensive Foundations Are There
Throughout the 90 minutes, the home sid rarely threatened David Marshall’s goal – testing the Hibs captain just once with a shot from long range. Ryan Porteous and Rocky are forming the basis of a solid defensive foundation and dealt with St Johnstone forwards Thelonius Blair, Jamie Murphy and Stevie May comfortably all afternoon.
Chris Cadden put in another consistent performance at right-back and new signing Marijan Čabraja looked at ease on the left-hand side of the back four.
Behind the back four, Marsh was solid throughout – in particular his distribution stood out as he was constantly looking to get the ball back in play as quickly as possible to start a new attack.
Hibs Fans Made Their Mark
Over 3000 Hibees made the trip to Perth on Saturday and their impact certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
Our supporters were based in three different stands at McDiarmid Park and they made their presence felt throughout the whole 90 minutes.
Both Josh Campbell and Lee Johnson had high praise for the fans, with Johnson saying they ‘sucked the ball into the net’ for the winning goal.
Josh Campbell added: "As players, the fans definitely urge you on. I thought they were brilliant.
"They turned up in their numbers and they were loud from the first minute to the last. I am glad we managed to give them something to cheer and take home with them.”
Marijan Čabraja Will Make An Impact At Both Ends
You would be forgiven to think that the Croatian left-back had played a full season already for the Hibees – he was excellent on his Hibernian debut.
The Croatian defender was comfortable on the ball, looked assured in defence and posed a threat going forward – delivering several dangerous deliveries into the St Johnstone box.
Čabraja has the stats back up his performance. Across the opening weekend in the cinch Premiership, the left-back made the most tackles, interceptions and ball recoveries in the league.
The Cabbage Kit In Action
The first outing for the brand-new Cabbage Kit was a memorable one. Check out some of the best photos of the away kit in action.
Excellent Start For New Faces
Èlie Youan and Jair Tavares showed glimpses of what they will bring to Hibernian FC this year. They constantly looked to stretch the Saints defence making runs in behind and freeing up space for the likes of Ewan Henderson and Joe Newell in the middle of midfield.
Nohan Kenneh also played an important role in Saturday’s victory, the holding midfielder was aggressive in tackles and calm in possession, sitting just in front of the back four.