Build-up: Hibernian

Friday, September 15, 2017
Build-up: Hibernian

Motherwell travel to Edinburgh to face Hibernian this weekend for just their second away game of the league season so far. 

Following three consecutive home games, the Steelmen will look to extend their impressive run of form and make it four wins on the bounce.

But one of the biggest challenges facing Stephen Robinson’s men will be replicating their home form on the road.

And tomorrow’s opponents Hibernian will be a difficult clash – with ‘Well travelling to face the Edinburgh outfit for the first time since 2014.

The last league meeting between the two sides was a memorable one too – with a dramatic six-goal encounter ending in a 3-3 stalemate.

One point and one place separates the Fir Parkers in 5th from the Hibees in 6th, and with the ‘Well on a three-game winning streak and Neil Lennon’s men now three games without a win – an interesting encounter awaits in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

And Stephen Robinson admits he is preparing for a “tough” afternoon in Edinburgh.

Speaking to the broadcast press, he said: “Everything’s positive but we’re obviously not getting too carried away with things because we know it’s only a start – but it’s been a decent start and as long as we continue to do the simple things well then we’ll be ok.

Hibs are a big, big club and Lennon has done brilliantly with them [Saturday] is a game when you’re in football that you really look forward to – it’s a nice stadium, there will be a big crowd there as well.

“Hibs are a big, big club and Lennon has done brilliantly with them [Saturday] is a game when you’re in football that you really look forward to – it’s a nice stadium, there will be a big crowd there as well.”

He added: “But it’s a tough game for us, we’re well aware of that. They’re a well-organised, good team who get the ball on the ground and play as well so it’ll be a tough game for us.”

With a number of attacking threats, one of the key men for the Fir Park boss will be the ever impressive Cédric Kipré, who has settled in to the game in Scotland in style.

The 20-year-old is loving his football at Fir Park and reflected on what has been a positive few months in Scotland when he spoke to the broadcast press this week.

Following a string of impressive displays, the centre-back admitted he was “surprised” to be offered a new deal with the Steelmen but he never hesitated to sign.

And with Hibs up next for the Fir Parkers, Kipré looked ahead to the match as well as looking back over his stint in Lanarkshire so far.

He said: “I’m loving it here – I’ve only been here two or three months but I’m really liking things.

“I was surprised to be offered a new contract so soon after signing but it can only be good for me because it gives me a bit of security now. I was already focussing on my football but having one more year is always good.”

He added: “It’s really good here because I’ve felt very welcome with the fans and the support they show us every weekend is really good – at the end of a game they sing a song for me which I like.”

 Hibernian V Motherwell
 Saturday 16th September 2017
 3.00pm
 Easter Road, Edinburgh
 Pre-purchase available from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

Admission prices are as follows: 

ADULTS    £22
CONCESSIONS      £12 
  • Concessions are listed as over 65, under-18s and students with a valid matriculation card
  • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

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