Contrasting fortunes for Hibs and Hearts

New Hibs manager, Jack Ross, began his Easter Road career with a 3-1 home win against Motherwell on Saturday.

Ross, who arrived at the club after his sacking by Sunderland, watched as his side came from a goal behind to take all three points.

Motherwell led through an early Liam Polwarth strike with the home side slow to start.

Goals from Christian Doidge and Florian Camber, however, saw Hibs open up a 2-1 lead before the break with Dayl Horgan’s late strike making it a comfortable afternoon for Ross and his side.

Hibs are now undefeated in seven games and the manager speaking post match to BBC Scotland was keen to praise his team:

“It does help to get off to a good start – it helps to get that buy-in from the players.”

The win against Motherwell takes Hibs into the top six of the Scottish Premiership.

For city rivals Hearts, currently in the market for a new manager, it was a day to forget at Rugby Park as they lost 3-0 to Kilmarnock.

In a devastating start to the game, Kilmarnock scored three goals in 16 minutes, two from Chris Burke and one from Eamonn Brophy.

Caretaker manager Austin McPhee said:

“If you lose three goals in such a short period of time then your game plan goes out of the window.”

McPhee insists that the disappointing result will have no effect on his chances of taking over the Hearts job permanently:

“Winning 5-2 doesn’t mean too much about where I stand in the club and neither does losing 3-0.”

“As I’ve said since I’ve been asked to take the team in this role, I speak to Ann Budge every day and I’ll proceed until I’m told otherwise.”

The defeat at Kilmarnock means that Hearts now join St Mirren, Hamilton and St Johnstone on 11 points at the foot of the table.

Hibs next game is tomorrow night against St Mirren. It will be familiar territory for Ross, who was manager there before moving to Sunderland.

Hearts are in action next sunday where they travel to Ibrox to take on second place Rangers.