Derby spirit pleases Hughes

04 January 2010 09:07
Hibernian manager John Hughes praised the spirit of his side after they came from a goal down to take a point from Sunday's Edinburgh derby with Hearts. Anthony Stokes cancelled out Gordon Smith's opener for the visitors at Easter Road in a keenly-contested derby. "In the first half, we played some good stuff and Anthony Stokes missed one or two half-chances," explained Hughes. "Possibly against the run of play they scored their goal and all credit to the young boy Gordon Smith. "Once again my boys showed the spirit, came back and dug out the result so I'm pleased for them." Meanwhile, Hughes hopes Darren McCormack learns from his second-half red card following a coming together with Ruben Palazuelos which also saw the Hearts man dismissed. "The two of them were at it with their heads and deserved to go, but it was the Hearts player that went first so, if Darren McCormack just stepped back from that, he wouldn't have been sent off," he added. "But he retaliated. I really am disappointed by that but Darren's the kind of guy that you want at your club. He just needs to want to listen to me."

Source: ESA