St Mirren Park

Next Game

St Mirren v Hibernian

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

Hibernian 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Monday, 07 April 2014, 19:45

Scots Prem

Collins hails Hibernian spirit

James Collins thinks Hibernian's leveller against Partick is indicative of the "never say die" mentality brought to the club by Terry Butcher.

Last Updated: 08/12/13 at 13:43 Post Comment

James Collins (right): In action for Hibs

James Collins (right): In action for Hibs

The former Aston Villa player acknowledges that under previous boss Pat Fenlon there is every chance the Hibees would have surrendered all three points following Kris Doolan's opener for the visitors.

But, while the Edinburgh club were far from fluent, they showed the requisite spirit and determination to rescue a draw in the dying embers of the encounter, with Collins smashing home his first goal since September 21 from close range.

"Sometimes things have to change, and things have changed here. The new mentality is a never say die attitude," said the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

"Saturday was a good way to show our character. We would possibly have lost that game in the past.

"Their keeper (Scott Fox) pulled off a couple of great saves earlier in the game and then we had the setback of conceding the goal.

"But our mentality now is that we will keep plugging away and thankfully we finally got the ball over the line in the 92nd minute, so it's a good point all round."

Having endured an underwhelming start to life at Hibs since arriving from Swindon in July, Collins is hopeful his dramatic leveller against Thistle will ignite his season.

Now with three goals for the season, the 22-year-old added: "Hopefully I can go on a run now and get a couple more.

"Strikers live and die on their goal record and if you are finding the net regularly then that is a great confidence boost."

Meanwhile, Doolan admits conceding a late equaliser diminished the joy of netting one of the finest goals of his career.

The 27-year-old opened the scoring in scintillating fashion, picking the ball up just inside the Hibs half, dancing past challenges from Jordon Forster and Paul Hanlon before clipping the ball over Ben Williams.

As he was substituted on the 90-minute mark, it seemed certain that his magical solo goal would hand the Jags their first Premiership win since October 20.

But he was watched on helplessly from the sidelines as Collins rescued a point for the hosts with almost the final kick of the contest.

"It was right up there with the best I have ever scored," said Doolan after registering his sixth goal of the campaign.

"I think when it comes from so far out - I was near the halfway line when I picked it up - then it has to go up there with my favourites.

"As a striker you want to be scoring goals and that breeds confidence. Hopefully that spreads through the team and we take the positives from Saturday.

"But the late equaliser does put a bit of a dampener on it. It is hard to take, but we will try to learn from it and be encouraged by the fact that over the 90 minutes we probably deserved to win the game.

"I thought we defended really well throughout, but we've just been hit by a sucker-punch at the end."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments


e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

bright and edgy
Sturridge: Right to leave City


h! And.... has it gone in!?' Well John, it is quite literally your job to tell me, so stop phrasing it as a question.

Eye On The Experts: John Motson


an who resembles bond villain complains about spies ....brillliant

Palace deny spying accusation

Footer 365

Premier League: Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner hails Paul Lambert in bullish statement

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has issued a bullish statement in reaction to the suspension of two of his coaches.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says results are all that matter

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says the team's stye of play is irrelevant as they try to stay in the top four.

World Cup: Peter Shilton backs England keeper Joe Hart

England legend Peter Shilton believes Manchester City's Joe Hart can become one of the world's top goalkeepers.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

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