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Hibs manager Colin Calderwood urges gradual improvement

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood
Three wins on the trot has lightened the mood in the Hibs camp

Colin Calderwood has challenged his Hibernian players to show improvement in their 12 remaining league games.

Defender Francis Dickoh headed the only goal of the game to snatch a late winner away to St Mirren, earning 10th-placed Hibs their third win in a row.

"We've got enough games left in the season to prove that the position that we've got ourselves into is the wrong position," said Calderwood.

"Every game I want us to be slightly better than the game before."

Calderwood's initial period in charge at Easter Road was notable for its lack of success but the trio of wins in the Scottish Premier League, coupled with Hamilton's continuing struggle at the foot of the table, has helped to lift the threat of relegation.

Hibs now stand six points ahead of St Mirren and 11 in front of the Accies, though those two teams hold one and two games in hand respectively.

After a drab match at St Mirren Park, Calderwood told BBC Scotland: "To come out with three points, a clean sheet and a 1-0 win is very satisfying.

"It takes us into a position which eases the situation towards the bottom of the league. But I want a powerful end (to the season).

"There is no game dead for us until the end of the season because every one has got to display something that will be a marker for ever more.

They have a nice balance with Paul being left-footed and Francis right-footed, but those two will definitely improve

Colin Calderwood on Hibs defenders Paul Hanlon and Francis Dickoh

"In that performance today there were lots of aspects that we should do better but we saw a learning process from the previous game.

"We have worked hard and stayed in the game and a set play has been decisive in the end."

The 87th minute winner came about when Callum Booth's corner from the right to the back post was headed back across the face of goal by Paul Hanlon.

Dickoh rose purposefully to head the ball beyond Paul Gallacher and in doing so gave Hibs a win they just about deserved.

Asked about the performance of his two centre-halves, Hanlon and match-winner Dickoh, Calderwood added: "I thought they did reasonably well.

"You can see quite a good understanding between them. They have a nice balance with Paul being left-footed and Francis right-footed, but those two will definitely improve.

"The back five, with Victor (Palsson) being a bit of a screen in front, has definitely had an influence on our performances recently but there is more to come.

"I thought we were way below in one or two areas today."

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St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian
20 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier

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