Kean: Positives To Take In Defeat

Steve Kean was happy with the Development Squads young players getting important minutes under their belt, despite the 4-2 defeat against Queens Park Reserves.

Steve Kean was pleased with his youngster’s performance on Tuesday afternoon as they fell to a narrow defeat against Queen’s Park Reserves and is hoping that they will have learnt a few lessons after facing strong opposition.

First Team players such as Paul Hanlon, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Demetri Mitchell featured in the first 45 minutes of the match to increase their match fitness before multiple changes at half time gave the young Hibs prospects an opportunity against an experienced side.

The scoreline was not reflective of the performance and the effort put on display by the young lads and Kean is well aware of the potential they possess and believes it was an excellent game to further their development.

Speaking to hibernianfc.co.uk after the match, Steve said:

“I thought it was a great test because Queen Park have been one of the best, if not the best, we’ve played in the pre-season. I thought they were sharper, quicker, moved the ball better, and won it back a little quicker than us.

"I almost treated it like two games. It was the first half we had our senior players involved, then we changed it up for the second half.

“It was great, especially for the young lads in the second half, as it’s part of their learning.

“I thought Queens Park took control, but it’s a really good experience, especially for the young lads coming on, playing against older, more experienced players. I think it builds us well for the season because we know the things we have to work on - sometimes you lose and you learn more about your team.”

Steve is hopeful that the players coming up from the U18s will take everything on board and start making an impact in the Development Squad.

“I think it shows the standard that last year's U18s, the ones that are born in 2004, are at. When they are now in a Reserve League environment it shows you what type of teams we’re going to play against and what level we have to rise to. Today was a really good exercise and an eye opener for us all.”

The Development Squad are now looking ahead to the start of their Reserve League campaign, which will get underway in September.