Done And Dusted
Clubs looking to settle down and set realistic targets for the end of the season.
Hibs finally halted their slide down the table thanks to a dour 1-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday. Matt Done believes the side can kick off from now to reach their dream of playing European football next season. Hibs had been as high as second in the SPL but a run of just two wins in 11 games saw them drop to fifth. Saturday's 1-0 win - thanks to Leigh Griffiths' second-half penalty - takes them back up to fourth and on course for Europa League qualification. Done, a recent loan arrival from Barnsley, controversially won Hibs' spot-kick when he went down in the box as Saints Captain Jim Goodwin challenged him for a cross. He said: "It's a funny old league now. We're up to fourth and it's in our hands now. We've just got to win every game we play and we are capable of that after today's performance." Saturday's win followed Monday's capitulation at home to St Johnstone which allowed the Perth side to head home after a 3-1 win. Done, though, was relieved to see he and his team-mates put in a far better performance at the weekend. He said: "It was disappointing to lose on Monday and it's been a long week since. But we have worked hard the last few days on putting that right and we felt confident going into today. It showed throughout the game. We looked comfortable. On Monday, it was too easy for St Johnstone to attack against us. They seemed to get in every time they got the ball, which was worrying. It was night and day between the performances. The effort was there on Monday but it was over-enthusiastic and there was no thought behind what we were doing. Today was much, much better." St Mirren, by contrast, suffered their first defeat in five games and defender Marc McAusland was happy just to see the back of Griffiths. Hibs have won all three of the clubs' meetings this season, with on-loan Wolves striker Griffiths scoring all five of the Edinburgh outfit's goals. McAusland said: "I'm sick of the sight of him. He's scored a few against us this season and won them the game twice here at St Mirren Park now. So he's not on my mates list or anything like that now."
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