Nick Montgomery is adamant Hibernian will soon start getting the results he feels their performances deserve after his reign began with just two wins from 10 matches in all competitions.
The Yorkshireman has been particularly disappointed to see his side let results slip in the closing stages of their last three games against Ross County, Aberdeen and St Mirren after seemingly being in a strong position on each occasion.
However, following six draws since he took charge two months ago, Montgomery believes Hibs are not far away from getting the victories they require to climb out of the bottom six of the cinch Premiership.
“The boys like controlling games and having the ball, so we just need to continue doing what we’re doing and cut out the lapses in concentration and the small errors that are costing us at the minute,” he told Hibs TV.
“It seems like every time we have made a mistake, it’s cost us but that’s something we have to accept. We have to swallow that and move forward and make sure we continue to learn.
“We keep going and if we keep playing the way we are, I’m more than confident that the results are going to come.
“I think the performances have been really good. It’s just moments in the game where we’ve needed to show street-smarts or game-management to see games out and get what we deserve, but sometimes in those moments if you’re decision-making is wrong, you can get sucker-punched, and we’ve definitely had that a few times.
“But what I love about the boys is the character. We get a knock-back but we get back on the training ground and we move on quickly and start preparing for the next game.”
Montgomery’s reign so far was typified by his first game away to Kilmarnock in mid-September, when Hibs led 2-0 after an hour before having to settle for a 2-2 draw. He is looking forward to Saturday’s rematch at home to Derek McInnes’ side.
“I’m really happy to be back at Easter Road after two games away,” he said. “I love being at Easter Road, the boys love playing there. We’re looking forward to putting on a good performance against what is a well-organised, direct, physical team.
“They were the first side I faced. They’re very direct and put you under a lot of pressure with balls from wide areas and set-pieces so that’s something we’ll have to deal with. I felt we played really well against them last time but we were unfortunate that we dropped two points at the end of the game.”
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