Marshall disappointed by Hibs performance in 'tough' defeat to Villa

Hibs suffered a demoralising home defeat against the English side on Wednesday.

Hibs keeper David Marshall admits ‘astronomical’ Aston Villa difference in tough European defeat SNS Group

David Marshall admits him and the Hibs squad are disappointed in their performance in the Europa Conference League defeat to Aston Villa.

The Edinburgh club never really got going as the English Premier League side ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Easter Road on Wednesday.

And despite the “astronomical” difference in budgets the former Scotland goalkeeper insists Hibs should have given a better shown to the home support.

Speaking after the game he said: “It was very tough, as you seen, we never really got going or had any real moments were we put Villa under pressure, they were very clinical, I think the first goal especially is a great header and that took the wind out our sails.

“We are disappointed with our performance overall, we all felt as if we could have done a lot better and made it a lot closer so it was a tough evening.

“No team likes to lose goals from crosses and set plays, it’s a basic of the game that everyone tries to avoid, we understand that Villa are a top side but as I say the goals were tough ones to lose.

“The budget difference between us and Aston Villa is astronomical so we understand that over two legs they would be the far stronger team but we are just disappointed in the 90 minutes tonight that we never gave the fans anything to shout about.

“Aston Villa played really well and limited us to zero chances really.”

Lee Johnson’s men will now dust themselves down for the visit of Livingston in league action on Saturday in a match Marshall says they will need to treat as a cup final after two defeats from their opening two Premiership games this season.

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