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'I'm the man for Hibs', insists John Hughes

Hibernian manager John Hughes
Hughes watched his side struggle to impose themselves at McDiarmid Park

Manager John Hughes is concerned by Hibernian's poor form but insists he has no fears over his job security.

A 2-0 loss at St Johnstone leaves Hibs without a victory since the opening day of the SPL campaign in mid-August.

"I'm certainly the man," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "I've got great belief in what I'm doing.

"Nobody's hurting more than me and, hopefully, the players. We want to get it right. I know what I've got, I know what needs to be done."

With only one win in 10 competitive matches this season, patience among the supporters is wearing thin and Hibs were booed off the park in Perth.

However, Hughes remains determined to prove his detractors wrong and lift the Edinburgh side from their present 10th position in the Scottish Premier League.

"There's no hiding place," he added. "You need to roll your sleeves up and go again. It's a real test of character.

"You have to find the mindset. Don't take too much information on and let's get back to basic fundamentals.

"We can help them along, in terms of training and shape, but you need to find that yourself.

"St Johnstone did that better than us. They were finding the channels and they had two strikers willing to go and chase it down."

Hughes, who chose not to make any substitutions against St Johnstone, was exasperated by the goals his side conceded.

Liam Craig powered in a header from a corner on 76 minutes and Marcus Haber was allowed a free run at goal in injury time after Francis Dickoh failed to cut out a long punt upfield.

"The way the players train," said Hughes. "They are spirited, they are hard-working, really demanding of each other on the training pitch and yet that second goal you could see in a Sunday morning game.

"We were not at our best. We didn't create enough to take anything from the match. We didn't get at them. We never passed it.

"And you can't legislate for the goals we're losing just now. You've got a job to do, go and do you're job, simple as that.

"I'm really disappointed. We're better than that.

"In terms of work effort, commitment, matching them physically, I felt it was there.

"But once again we got undone from a set-piece. After putting all that work in, without being great, we shot ourselves in the foot."



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St Johnstone 2-0 Hibernian
02 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier


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