By Gail Pickering
Disappointed Hibs fans are today coming to terms with a crushing derby defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Hearts. The first Edinburgh derby of the season, played at Easter Road yesterday, brought goals in each half from David Templeton and Stephen Elliott. As a result of the comfortable 0-2 Hearts victory, the Gorgie based side are now placed 4th in the SPL table, whilst Hibs struggle in the position of second bottom.
Although the Jambo’s performance was not particularly impressive, Hibs never looked threatening and the Heart’s keeper Marian Kello had very little to do during the 90 minutes. Un-impressed Hibs fans therefore left the stadium in large numbers after the second goal was scored in the 67th minute.
Both sides went into the game on the back of disappointing defeats last weekend. Jim Jeffries made three changes to the side that lost out to Kilmarnock, playing Templeton, Elliott and Black instead of Calum Elliot, Suso and Barr. Calderwood, however, may regret his decision to stick with the same side that were beaten 1-0 by Dundee United.
The pressure is now on Colin Calderwood as he is still looking for his first victory as Hibs boss. Since taking over from John Hughes last month his team have endured three straight defeats and fans are not happy. Jimmy Little, who has been supporting the Hibees for 54 years was bitterly disappointed after the defeat stating ‘last week was bad but today we surpassed ourselves.’ Fellow hibs fan Chris Milner adds ‘the team have no fight, we are in trouble.’
During the ill-tempered match, newly appointed Hibs captain Derek Riordan was sent off in the dying minutes following the aggressive foul against Hearts fan’s favorite Rudi Skacel which Calderwood described as ‘pointless’. Riordan has since appologized to both his team mates and hibs fans, an despite his conduct the Hib’s boss has announced he will remain the team’s captain.
The chaos and frustration of the game was mirrored off the pitch as flares and missiles were thrown onto the park by both sets of supporters, something which the SFA will now investigate.
Hibs fan Mark McElhaney who traveled from Newcastle to attend yesterday’s game, doesn’t blame the hibs boss for his team’s poor performance. He defends Caldwerwood stating ‘he has inherited too many foreign players who are rubbish. He has to now stop farming out our young talented players to other teams, that’s the only way we are going to bounce back’.
Hibs may be set for further misery on Wednesday night when they travel to Ibrox to play current league leaders Rangers. In a post match interview published on the official club website Calderwood talked about the daunting game ahead and the importance of ‘taking something from the game’ adding ‘it will give us something to build on’.