Hibs failed to make it four wins out of four but Jack Ross was not the most disappointed manager at Easter Road after the goalless draw.
His Motherwell counterpart Stephen Robinson was angry that officials had denied his team a first-half goal, overturning Jordan White’s effort because team-mate Sherwin Seedorf was offside, and suggested that VAR would have seen his team leave with all three points.
“After seeing it back, the screenshot, as he hits the ball [Seedorf] is not in line with the goalkeeper at all. What you would do for VAR up here? The assistant has called it from 40 yards away, the referee is not in line with the ball. I have seen them give them the other way and I am sure Jack has stood here and said it should have been disallowed.
“But, we should have won 1-0, our performance deserved it. We showed how good a side we are in organisation and possession and creating chances against a good Hibs side. To come here, dominate and be in complete control of the game, I think our performance deserved the 1-0 result. The referee has made a call but for me it’s a mistake.”
Hibs were no doubt happy to see the goal disallowed but while Ross did not hide the fact that his team were not at their best, he was remaining even-keeled.
“I am disappointed in terms of our possession. I wasn’t disappointed about our application and our willingness to defend properly because I think that was evident,
“Individually our defensive players have been good all season – the fact we have not conceded from open play has been testament to that.
”It was an area of the pitch where we criticised last season, not always fairly, people said we didn’t do well enough but at the moment we are in a good place just now.
“If you flipped it round and we had drawn the game against Kilmarnock and then won the next three, I would be standing here waxing lyrical about our start to the season. So it is important we remember that. I am not disguising the fact we didn’t play anywhere near the level we can on the ball tonight but off the ball we were solid.” Ross added: “Ten points out of 12 is a very good start.”
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