Wotherspoon explains Hibs form

  • Last Updated: November 2 2012, 13:27 GMT

David Wotherspoon puts his improved form for Hibernian this season down to playing in a consistent position and having more confidence.

David Wotherspoon (left): In good form

Wotherspoon perhaps epitomises Hibs' recovery from a lengthy period of underachievement to their current position, which could see the capital club climb to the top of the SPL with victory over St Mirren on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has been a key performer for Scotland Under-21s in recent seasons, but perhaps a victim of his own versatility at Easter Road, where he has often been the subject of supporters' frustrations in two-and-a-half years of struggle.

Now, handed a roving right-wing role by manager Pat Fenlon, Wotherspoon appears to be thriving.

Asked to explain his form, which has included three goals and numerous assists this term, Wotherspoon said: "There are little bits and pieces. Playing in a consistent position has been one of them.

"I've also had a bit of confidence in myself, just believing I can do things and do well for the club. That's been the main boost that I've had."

Wotherspoon also cited a settled side, which the rest of the squad are eager to break into.

"The consistency throughout the team has been great," he added.

"The boys on the bench and in the stands have been terrific throughout the week.

"They train really hard throughout the week and it keep us on our toes all the time."

This is a key season for Wotherspoon, who is out of contract in the summer.

Rather than knock on Fenlon's door during his rich vein of form, Wotherspoon has been concentrating on proving his worth on the field and is prepared to weigh up the offers when they come. They are certain to flow should his current performances continue.

"I've just been focusing on performing as much as I can and hopefully that will get me somewhere," he said.

"At the moment I've just got to focus on myself and my performances, work hard for the team and get as many points as we can.

"If I don't perform well I could be nowhere. I just have to focus on myself, enjoy my football and see what happens."

St Mirren have lost their last three in the SPL, but advanced to the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-finals with a penalty shootout victory at Aberdeen in midweek.

While Hibs will have had a full week without a game since last Friday's controversial and comprehensive 4-0 win at Motherwell, Wotherspoon believes the Buddies will be buoyed by their cup success.

"The fact they won on penalties will have a big impact on them," he said.

"They'll have got a boost and a bit of confidence from that. I think they'll be buzzing and want to come here and prove something."

Hibs won in Paisley earlier this season and Wotherspoon hopes for a repeat result.

He added: "The boys need to be positive, go at the team. Hopefully we'll get a few goals and try to get a clean-sheet at the back.

"Having the chance to go top of the league's a great incentive for us."


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