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Colin Calderwood happy with Ricardo Vaz Te's impact

Ricardo Vaz Te makes his Hibs debut
Vaz Te made his debut as a substitute at McDiarmid Park

Colin Calderwood praised new signing Ricardo Vaz Te for helping his Hibernian side "escape" with a 1-1 draw away to St Johnstone.

Vaz Te made his Hibs debut as a second-half substitute on McDiarmid Park's difficult surface.

"This was not one where his dribbling skills will come to the fore, but his movement was good and he found himself in good spaces," said Calderwood.

"And he had an influence on the second-half performance."

Calderwood expects more improvement from Vaz Te, the former Bolton Wanderers forward who was released by Greek club Panionios before impressing on trial at Easter Road.

"He has developed well in the last fortnight," said the Hibs manager.

I have got to be happy with the point, but we just deserved a point

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood

"He had one or two really tough sessions. He is really going through a mini-pre-season."

Calderwood admitted that St Johnstone were the better side even before Richie Towell's own-goal shortly after the break.

"We could not win anything from our first ball forward," said the Hibs boss.

"We were under an onslaught and could not find a foothold in the game.

"The second half was a lot better and unfortunately we went behind very early, but the performance was certainly up on the first half.

"And that gave us a chance and, in the end, we just deserved a point."

David Wotherspoon scored the equaliser 10 minutes from the final whistle.

"We escaped, but they deserved to go ahead, although we scored it for them, because of the amount of balls they won in the middle of the pitch," said Calderwood.

"They were quite dominant in lots of areas, but we hung in there and, without furnishing real chances, we were much better and much more in the game."

The draw ended Hibs' run of five victories, but Calderwood is pleased that recent additions to his squad have resulted in an unbeaten run and more options for him on the substitutes' bench.

"It was something we stressed before the game," he added. "We have a super bench and we needed it - we needed them all.

"It is flexibility that I like and we have learned that, if we don't dominate off that first ball, we have to find a better way to get a platform in the game.

"Looking at it and reflecting on it, I have got to be happy with the point."

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