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Hibs Looking To Build On Cup Win In League
Published : 24 Sep 2011 12:09:26
A win in the League Cup afyter difficulties in picking up points in the league may be the catalyst for a move up the table for Hibs. Danny Galbraith has dropped out of the Hibs squad for today's visit of Dundee United. The winger suffered strained ankle ligaments in Tuesday's League Cup win over Motherwell and will be out of contentiont for several weeks. he joins Matt Thornhill, Sean Welsh and Phil Airey on the sidelines. Hibs' League Cup win over Motherwell on Tuesday went some way to shaking off the malaise which has gripped them in the league so far this season. However, the Easter Road side remain second bottom in the league, avoiding the bottom spot by virtue of goal difference over Inverness. Hibs have another home game on Wednesday against St Johnstone and manager Colin Calderwood is looking for six points to help push his team up the table, although they have not secured three points at home since February. Calderwood: "It will bring parity to almost the majority of the league. It's a catch-up game, the game that was called off because we played Sunderland in a friendly. Fingers crossed we have got more players match-fit, the strikers are used to playing with each other. Going forward that's important, it was more important we got Junior (Agogo) some game time on Tuesday. Unfortunately the bad news from the cup tie is that Danny Galbraith has taken a knock and will certainly miss up to the international break with strained ligaments.'' Dundee United will welcome Johnny Russell back following suspension which meant he missed the games against Inverness and Airdrie after picking up a red card against Rangers a fortnight ago. He will be joined in the squad by Keith Watson, who was not risked against the Diamonds because of their artificial pitch. Defender Sean Dillon remains doubtful because of a calf injury but Scott Robertson should be fit. There are some doubts whether Scott Allan will be in the squad following his highly publicised contract discussions. Definitely out is leg-break victim Scott Severin, who will be on the sidelines for the rest of the season. Along with these troubles regarding selection, manager Peter Houston believes his team will face a resurgent Hibs today. United are looking to build upon their win over Inverness last weekend so have targeted a raid on the Edinburgh club. Houston said: "Hibs will have taken confidence from getting through against Motherwell the other night. Fir Park is always a tough place to go so to come away from there being in the next round of the cup is a good achievement. Colin has a big squad at his disposal and he's maybe been taking time to find out what his best team is. He has a squad of seasoned professionals as well as some very good young players. We are expecting to face a group of Hibs players on a high after their cup win and looking to kick on from there in the league."