Stevie Mallan: Hibernian 'should be giving fans more'

Hibs' Ryan Porteous and Stevie Mallan look dejected after defeat at Aberdeen last month
Hibs' recent winless run came on the back of only one defeat in their first eight league games

Stevie Mallan admits Hibernian have let their fans down during a winless six-game run that has caused them to slip from second to eighth in the league.

The midfielder insists the capital side "have to win" Wednesday's home match against St Mirren and Saturday's game at Hamilton to re-ignite their season.

They kick-start a run of seven games in 24 days, with Celtic, Rangers - twice - and Hearts all opponents this month.

"We know we should be giving the fans more; they deserve more," Mallan said.

"We know the past few games haven't been up to the high standards we expect at Hibs.

"Tomorrow is the best opportunity to rectify what we have done recently. Everyone is itching to go out and show what we can do."

Mallan scored his eighth and ninth goals of a productive first season at Easter Road in a 6-0 Premiership win over Hamilton on 6 October.

But Hibs have drawn a blank in four of their six matches since, a run where they have taken just two points from a possible 18.

A last-minute defeat by St Johnstone last month was Hibs' first home defeat of the year, and their last outing in Leith saw them surrender a 2-0 lead to Dundee.

But with five of their seven games before the winter break at home, Mallan, 22, admits they need to "start afresh" against his former club, St Mirren.

"Whether we get a good performance, or just a scrappy 1-0 win, we just need to win, and we will do everything we can to get it," he added.

"If we can go out and put in a good performance tomorrow it will bring confidence back to the squad to take us into this next run of games."

'It is a lack of confidence and individual mistakes'

Hibs will again be without captain David Gray, who was forced to pull out of Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Kilmarnock with a recurrence of a muscle injury.

Neil Lennon's side have won five and drawn one of the six league games Gray has played this season, but have failed to win any of the eight games he has missed.

"Like he keeps telling us, he has not lost a game," said assistant coach Garry Parker. "It is a shame he is not fit, because a fit David Gray is in the team. But we just have to get on without him."

Parker, like Mallan, believes Hibs' recent dip in form is "nothing that a win wouldn't put right".

He acknowledged that putting out a "big and strong" side against Kilmarnock - featuring four centre-backs, two full-backs and a holding midfielder - "didn't really work" and intimated that a more attacking line-up will face St Mirren.

"We didn't know it was going to be as bad as that, which is why we changed it second half and it was slightly better," he added.

"It is a lack of confidence and individual mistakes that are costing us. At the same time, at the other end, do we really look like scoring? Well we didn't on Saturday, so we have to get that creativity back and make some chances for the forwards.

"I am sure whatever team we put out is going to have a right go. We will go out there and attack."

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