Pressure on Falkirk, says Hibs boss

Hibs beat Dumbarton 4-0 to go level on points with Falkirk

Hibs beat Dumbarton 4-0 to go level on points with Falkirk

The pressure is all on Falkirk going into the final Scottish Championship games of the season, according to Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs.

Hibs beat Dumbarton 4-0 to draw level on points with the second-top side, but the Bairns have a better goal difference ahead of Sunday’s finale.

“They are in the driving seat,” said Stubbs. “If we were in the driving seat, I would say the onus is on us.”

Hibs host Queen of the South as Falkirk entertain Greenock Morton.

Whoever finishes third will need to progress through three two-leg play-offs in order to win promotion to the Premiership.

Finishing second would allow Hibs to play two fewer games as they also prepare for the Scottish Cup final against Rangers.

“For me, Sunday is just another game,” insisted Stubbs. “The most important games for me are the play-offs and the cup final.

“Most importantly, what we will be focusing on is to get three points.

“There would be nothing worse than if there is a draw in the other game and we don’t do our job here.”

A James Keatings double had Hibs 2-0 ahead after 13 minutes against Dumbarton and the home side missed several good chances in a one-sided contest, but Stubbs did not think it was a missed opportunity to reduce Falkirk’s goal difference advantage further.


Hibs are three goals behind Falkirk after Anthony Stokes found the net late in the game

“I think the most important thing, and I said this before the game, was that we had to just win the game first of all,” he told BBC Scotland.

“There is no point on us focusing on the goal difference and then you don’t do your job and win the game.

“If you had asked me before the game, I would have bitten your hand off to have a clean sheet, four goals and a good performance.

“I never for a minute thought we were going to wipe out the goal difference in one game.”

Dumbarton had ensured they would avoid relegation with a 2-1 win over St Mirren and manager Stephen Aitken thought that Saturday’s match had left his part-time players exhausted.

“Hibs were always going to be strong and we put that much effort into the 34 games up to this to get over the line,” he said.

“And physically, after getting there, it drained us. Keeping us in the Championship was the main goal for us.

“We tried to change it, to freshen things up, but they were shattered after Saturday’s efforts.

“I was disappointed to read in the papers from other managers talking about what kind of attitude my players would have, but my players’ attitude has been spot on from day one.

“Nobody thought we would have stayed in the division. People thought us and Alloa would be down there, so maybe we’ve proved a lot of people wrong over the course of the season.”

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