Date: 27th September 2007 at 11:20am
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After witnessing the worst Hibs performance of the season so far Manager John Collins today insisted on giving full credit to victorious Motherwell.

The Hibs boss correctly praised the manner in which the visitors won, a manner in which all genuine Hibs fans would agree was more worthy of their heroes in green.

Collins said ‘I think over the 90 minutes it was a fair result. Credit to Motherwell, I thought they played terrifically well in the first half and for a 30 minute period played good football’

Good football has came in fits and starts so far for Hibees this season and points rather than performances have been keeping the fans happy.

As the defeat came so soon after Sunday’s victory over Celtic the disappointment was clear although Collins explains ‘You can put it down to a little bit of tiredness. Motherwell had an extra day to recover from the weekend action and we put a lot into Sunday’s game. We had to work for the victory at the weekend, that is an excuse but we were sluggish and they sharper to the ball in the first half. You have got to give them credit, I thought they played some good stuff, they were hungry, good movement and we struggled to cope with that 30 minute period’

‘We are disappointed to lose any football match. In the league you get a chance to put it right but in the cup you don’t. It is painful but that’s football, we take it on the chin and look forward to the next match’

The next outing for Hibs is a match against mis-firing Kilmarnock who were surprisingly knocked out of the CIS Cup on Tuesday by First Division Hamilton.

Jim Jeffries will no doubt have his side fired up as he seeks to avenge the midweek loss and more importantly last season’s mauling in the CIS Cup Final.

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