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Butcher wants Hibs to look past ‘awful’ spell

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher. Picture: SNS

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher. Picture: SNS

HIBERNIAN manager Terry Butcher has said he was always confident his side would soon emerge from their slump, after the Leith side broke their four match losing streak on Saturday.

Butcher’s excellent start to life at Easter Road came to a shuddering halt with the consecutive defeats, culminating in a William Hill Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Raith Rovers.

But Hibs bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Ross County on Saturday and Butcher feels they can now look ahead.

“No matter where you are and how long you have been in the job, there is going to be a spell in the season when things are not going to go for you,” Butcher said.

“The recent home matches had certainly not gone for us. But you have got to work through that and we always knew there would be a win or a very good performance around the corner. You just can’t keep on doing what we are doing in football and not get results.

“We got a good result plus a good performance and all of a sudden the confidence is back. All of a sudden the spring is in everyone’s step and we are really looking forward to matches now and not thinking ‘oh no, here we go again’.

“Football is like that, it can be awful one minute and absolutely brilliant the next. We want to make sure it’s brilliant more times than it’s awful.”

Hibs cut the gap on sixth-placed St Johnstone to one point at the weekend and continue their quest to make the top half of the Scottish Premiership table when they travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Butcher said: “We had a good chat on Monday, very much a different talk to the one we had a week before having lost to Raith Rovers.

“But it still had the same message, everything that came across was about working hard and being together and achieving what we want to achieve. That’s one down and eight to go. Eight matches left before the split and eight games we want to win.”

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