Done hopes Hibs are back on track

Matt Done believes Hibs' dream of playing European football next season is back on after they beat St Mirren on Saturday.

Last Updated: 18/02/13 at 08:22 Post Comment

Matt Done: Believes Hibs can qualify for Europe

Matt Done: Believes Hibs can qualify for Europe

Hibernian winger Matt Done believes the club's dream of playing European football next season is back on after they halted their slide down the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Easter Road outfit have been as high as second place in the SPL standings this term but a run of just two wins in 11 games saw them sink to fifth.

However, Saturday's 1-0 victory over St Mirren in Paisley - courtesy of Leigh Griffiths' second-half penalty - moves them back up to fourth and on course for Europa League qualification.

Done, a recent loan arrival from Barnsley, claims that lofty position will not be given up again so meekly this time.

The 24-year-old, who controversially won Hibs' spot-kick award when he went down easily in the box as Saints skipper Jim Goodwin challenged him for a cross, told Press Association Sport: "It's a funny old league now.

"We're up to fourth and it's in our hands now. We've just got to win every game we play and we are capable of that after today's performance."

The win at St Mirren Park followed Monday's abject display at home to St Johnstone which allowed the Perth men to march off with a 3-1 win.

Done, though, was relieved to see he and his team-mates put in a far better performance yesterday.

He said: "It was disappointing to lose on Monday and it's been a long week since. But we have worked hard the last few days on putting that right and we felt confident going into today.

"It showed throughout the game. We looked comfortable. On Monday, it was too easy for St Johnstone to attack against us. They seemed to get in every time they got the ball, which was worrying.

"It was night and day between the performances. The effort was there on Monday but it was over-enthusiastic and there was no thought behind what we were doing.

"Today was much, much better."

St Mirren, by contrast, suffered their first defeat in five matches and defender Marc McAusland was happy just to see the back of striker Griffiths.

Hibs have won all three of the clubs' meetings this season, with on-loan Wolves frontman Griffiths bagging all five of the Edinburgh outfit's goals.

McAusland said: "I'm sick of the sight of him. He's scored a few against us this season and won them the game twice here at St Mirren Park now. So he's not on my mates list or anything like that now."


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