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Montgomery Praises Supporter Impact Against Kilmarnock

Nick Montgomery praised the Hibernian FC supporters for the role they played as the Hibees beat Kilmarnock 1-0 at Easter Road.

An excellent finish from Josh Campbell gave Hibs the lead in the first half, before a professional, determined performance in the second half helped us secure all three points.

When speaking after the game, our Head Coach praised the supporters for helping the players over the line.

“I’m really pleased with the three points; a clean sheet and three points is important going into the international break.

“Today was a big test of character after Wednesday night dropping two points with an injury time goal, which was difficult to get over because we’ve done it a few times. Today we needed to get through the game.

“We limited them to one shot on the target, which was in the last five minutes of the game, so that tells you how well we defended.

“We had quite a few opportunities to score more goals. We had a goal disallowed for offside, could’ve had a penalty, but continued to play.

“The fans today were fantastic, they really got behind the team and I want to say thank you to them. They were fantastic at Hampden when we were unfortunate to get into the final, so that one was for them.

“We have two weeks now into the international break to recover a few boys and continue to work hard and improve on the training ground.”

After a run of conceding late goals, Montgomery was delighted with the resilience and fight shown by his players to keep the clean sheet.

“Kilmarnock are a direct team, so they’re going to put balls into the box from wide areas; that’s their game plan. If you don’t deal with them or second balls, so if you don’t deal with them or second balls, then you’re going to be in trouble. We made first contact on those deliveries, had everyone sprinting back and making sure we were clearing the ball on the second phase.

“On the counter-attack we could’ve killed the game off, but it wouldn’t sit with us; the final pass, touch, or people slipping over.

“It was a good performance, three points, a clean sheet and we move forward.”