Next Game

Ross Co v Hamilton

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

New Douglas Park

Last Game

Hamilton 2 - 1 Dundee

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

'Lovely feeling' for Butcher

Hibernian boss Terry Butcher was almost at a loss for words after his side beat Hamilton 2-0 in the first leg of their Scottish Premiership play-off.

Last Updated: 22/05/14 at 08:01 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Teenage striker Jason Cummings scored both goals at New Douglas Park to leave Hibs in the boxseat ahead of Sunday's return leg at Easter Road.

The victory was Hibernian's first on the road in 2014 and Butcher admitted he was unsure of what to say to his players at the final whistle.

"It was very pleasing," he said. "We didn't know what to do because the half-time teamtalks don't normally revolve around a 1-0 lead.

"Then, after the game with a 2-0 lead, I thought, 'Wow, what do we say?' You come in with total disbelief.

"But it is a lovely feeling. We haven't had this feeling for a long, long time and it was great to send the Hibs fans away happy, which is what we always want to do.

"It is weird in many aspects because there is still another game to go.

"The opposing manager is saying it is not over and I am definitely saying it is not over and the players are saying that too.

"There is still a lot of work to be done and we have seen that Hamilton are a good side. We have to have the same focus and attitude on Sunday."

Asked about the selection of 18-year-old Cummings, who was signed from Hutchison Vale Boys club last summer, Butcher added: "It is was a gamble in many ways as he hasn't scored for the first team but he has played really well.

"To score two goals like that, all credit to him. He has a lot of confidence and talent, he is a good prospect."

Hamilton player-manager Alex Neil was disappointed his free-scoring side failed to find the net and admitted his side must improve if they are to overturn the two-goal deficit in the second leg.

"I thought we dominated the first half, we played well and created good opportunities and then found ourselves down to Hibs' first shot on target," he said.

"I don't think we merited a 2-0 defeat. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third which is unusual for us.

"It is difficult now. We have to perform as well as we did but take our chances. That was the biggest difference in the game."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property