So a lot for being an extended ball group! Hibernian fight back against ‘uneducated’ stereotype of Rijeka boss to salvage draw in Europa Conference League qualifier… and boss Jack Ross says his facet will maintain NO worry for return leg in Croatia
- Hibernian have Martin Boyle to thank for rescuing a draw against HNK Rijeka
- Jack Ross’ facet have been labelled an extended ball group in the construct up by Rijeka’s boss
- The Edinburgh-based facet had aptitude at Easter Road however did surrender an away purpose
- Ross feels his facet can have no worry forward of subsequent week’s second leg in Croatia
Riled by the ‘uneducated’ stereotype by Rijeka supervisor Goram Tomic that Hibs are a ‘lengthy ball’ group, Jack Ross watched his entertaining group show they’re something however.
However, in an in any other case positive efficiency against the Croatia league leaders, the Easter Road boss was left ruing a number of alternatives squandered — specific a late miss by Dan Mackay — to take a good lead into the second leg.
But there was nonetheless lots to be optimistic about forward of the return in the Stadion HNK Rijeka subsequent Thursday evening.
Most notably in the best way Hibs carved their gifted opponents open so recurrently and in how they coped with falling behind against the run of play.
Martin Boyle roared in celebration having salvaged a draw for Hibernian at Easter Road
The ahead was readily available to fireplace in an important equaliser in their Europa Conference League tie
Hit by a traditional European sucker punch on the counter assault, the Edinburgh outfit may have crumbled when Prince Ampen headed the guests into the lead.
But Martin Boyle’s end ensured parity and a play-off spherical tie against the winners of Irish facet Bohemians and PAOK of Greece actually doesn’t look past them.
‘It’s a wierd feeling not successful the primary leg however it might be very tough to complain about any a part of the efficiency,’ mentioned Ross.
‘I believed we have been glorious. The solely frustration is the tip end result as a result of I felt we deserved to win the sport.
Prince Ampen headed the guests into the lead in an early blow to a well-supported Hibernian
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
HIBERNIAN (4-4-2): Macey 6; McGinn 6, Porteous 7, Hanlon 7, Stevenson 7; Magennis 6 (Allan 81), Newell 6 (Gogic 81), Doyle-Hayes 7, Murphy 6 (Doidge 63); Nisbet 6 (Mackay 81), Boyle 7.
Subs not used: Dabrowski, Samson, Doig, Wright, Gullan, McGregor, Campbell, Brydon.
RIJEKA (3-4-3): Labrovic 7; Escoval 6, Galovic 6, Smolcic 6; Tomecak 6, Pavicic 6 (Obregon 90), Liber 6, Vukcevic 6 (Kresic 80); Ampem 7 (Muric 62), Drmic 6 (Lepinjica 90), Issah 6.
Subs not used: Prskalo, Frigan, Braut, Velkovski, Cerin, Selahi.
Booked: Issah, Vukcevic, Smolcic.
Referee: Juan Munuera (Spain).
‘I believe the Dan likelihood is the one. It was a giant likelihood. Dan’s a younger man who may be laborious on himself for himself for not taking probabilities however he will get in good positions and he simply wants to preserve doing that.
‘That likelihood catches the attention given the stage of the sport however over the course of the sport we had plenty of good alternatives.
‘But I used to be delighted with our efficiency stage and I need the gamers to use it as a barometer. We will journey subsequent week with confidence and perception that we are able to win the tie.
‘I believe we confirmed with our efficiency stage that we’re a superb facet and we supply a risk.
‘I count on us to do this in Croatia as properly.’
Hibs’s first likelihood got here when Paul McGinn put a harmful supply into the trail of Boyle in the field and his shot was properly saved by Labrovic.
The Hibs winger’s second effort regarded to have struck Nino Galovic’s arm however Spanish referee Juan Martinez Munuera disagreed.
Next to strive his luck was Jamie Murphy from 18 yards however his tame effort posed no issues for Labrovic.
But the very best likelihood of the sport to this point got here when Boyle arrange Nisbet in the field. The Hibs ahead ought to have scored however fired straight at a grateful Labrovic.
Up on the different finish, Macy made his first save to cease Andrija Vukcevic’s shot from a good angle.
Hibs have been agonisingly shut to making the breakthrough three minutes from half time when Boyle picked out Lewis Stevenson’s run down the left. The veteran’s thumping drive beat Labrovic however cannoned back off the suitable publish.
After the break, Murphy’s shot from the sting of the field dip simply over the bar.
Next, Boyle discovered the facet netting with a blistering drive after his tempo bought him in behind the Rijeka defence.
Then Easter Road howled for a penalty when Boyle tumbled in the field below the attentions of captain Hrvoje Smolcic. But Martinez Munuera waved play on.
And catastrophe struck when in a uncommon Rijeka assault, Vukcevic’s left wing cross was headed previous Macey from shut vary by the damaging Ampem.
But Hibs confirmed their mettle to hit back inside six minutes when Nisbet’s effort was saved by Labrovic however the ball dropped kindly to Boyle who guided it house on the back publish.
Hibs tried their finest to take a lead to Croatia however their finest likelihood was squandered by substitute Mackay who raced clear on purpose however shot straight at Labrovic.
Afterwards Ross confirmed Josh Doig will return to the squad after curiosity in the £4million rated left-back from Burnley and Watford — amongst others — failed to yield a concrete bid.
He mentioned: ‘I’ve tried to be pretty frank in my rationalization of the scenario and I’ll achieve this once more. We have been very strongly led to imagine that issues would transfer rapidly. They have not executed so and if (these concerned) do not stroll the stroll like they discuss the discuss we are going to take management of the scenario once more.
‘From now Josh shall be a part of my squad until one thing modifications. It’s about Josh displaying his type and returning to the group.’
After this Easter Road draw, Rijeka boss Tomic backed his gamers to be higher subsequent Thursday.
He mentioned: ‘The tie remains to be open however we are able to enhance in all facets of soccer.
‘Hibs are a superb group and it will likely be powerful however we shall be in entrance of our personal followers and I imagine we are able to undergo.’