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Calderwood 'not too worried' by Hibs' initial poor form

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood
After five straight defeats, Hibs have won five on the trot

Colin Calderwood insists he was not too concerned at Hibernian's initial run of poor results after his appointment as manager at Easter Road.

When Hibs lost to Dundee United on 30 January it was their fifth straight defeat. Tuesday's 2-1 win at Hamilton was their fifth victory in a row.

"Maybe I am stupid but I've got faith in my players and what I can do so I wasn't too worried," said Calderwood.

"But you've got to be useful when it comes to match days."

Since that 3-0 defeat by United, Calderwood has guided his team to consecutive wins over St Mirren (twice), Kilmarnock, Inverness and Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premier League.

Those 15 points have lifted the Leith club to eighth in the table, three points behind sixth-placed United who hold three games in hand.

Calderwood shares the ambition of Aberdeen, Inverness and St Johnstone in targeting a top-six finish, but is aware that his team may have left themselves too much to do to make the top half of the table.

"I think we had to win on Saturday and tonight but we are going to have to take points and when we are ahead we are going to have to play better," was his assessment after a nervy ending to the match at New Douglas Park.

"I think we can go close but unfortunately our goal difference is worse than everybody else's."

Hibs were two up thanks to goals by Akpo Sodje and Derek Riordan but were put under strain by a 94th-minute Flavio Paixao strike.

The Hibs boss added: "Credit to Hamilton for the effort throwing bodies forward. They posed us problems right into when they scored the goal.

"I was glad there wasn't an extra minute after that because where we were in the second half we lived on scraps and we should have been doing better.

"We were sometimes a bit rash, trying to get it forward a bit too quickly; other times we lacked a bit of quality delivering the ball.

We had some good defending, some heroic blocking and an element of luck

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood

"We were offside too many times in the second half. We looked laboured in certain positions."

Asked what has made the difference in his team's fortunes, Calderwood told BBC Scotland:

"What we had today was completely different to what we had in our defeats.

"I think we had some good defending, some heroic blocking and an element of luck.

"I think it's just a wee bit of the work that was put in bearing a little bit of fruit, but don't take away that element of luck that we had tonight."

Not so lucky was Hibs goalie Graham Stack, who had to be replaced by Graeme Smith just before half-time after injuring his shoulder in a collision with Accies' Mark McLaughlin.

Calderwood said: "He felt terrible when he was in the dressing room. We've taken him back to Edinburgh to get assessed. The doctor said it's a serious one.

"It's definitely not a dislocation but there has obviously been some disruption in there."

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