Lomas: Hibs are no one-man team

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 19:13 GMT

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas insists there is more to Hibernian than Leigh Griffiths as he prepares to welcome Pat Fenlon's side to McDiarmid Park in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Wednesday night.

Steve Lomas: Wary of underestimating Hibs team

Griffiths' sizzling form this season at Easter Road has brought him 13 goals and earned the 22-year-old striker his first Scotland cap when he came on against Luxembourg earlier in the month.

However, the Saints boss, whose side are fresh from a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend,

is wary of Hibs' new found robustness as much as the on-loan Wolves player.

"Leigh Griffiths is on fire at the moment," said Lomas.

"We had it last season with Fran Sandaza who won a lot of games from nothing for us with his goals.

"So Leigh Griffiths is very much their main man but I wouldn't want to take away from any of their other players.

"Pat Fenlon has got good, solid, reliable SPL players like Alan Maybury, players who know the league and who won't be bullied, which tended to happen in the past.

"Pat has put his stamp on that team and by all all accounts they were unlucky to lose against Aberdeen at the weekend, they dominated the game but that seems to be the way in the SPL this season. Everyone can beat everyone else.

"It's all about taking chances and there is a massive incentive for us.

"We are at home, we want back-to-back wins and we can push ahead of them in the table.

"But Hibs will be wanting to bounce back from their defeat.

"So it has the makings of a good game and we are looking forward to it."

Lomas was buoyed by the way his side kept going to find a late winner against Killie, even though the home side played the majority of the game with 10 men after skipper Manuel Pascali was red-carded five minutes in for a challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink, who will be subject to a late fitness test after having to hobble off later in the half.

Rowan Vine grabbed a last minute winner to give Saints their first win in six games.

The former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder said: "It was a good three points for the team and was encouraging from a psychological aspect.

"We dominated the game and it was like a slap in the face when they got the equaliser.

"We should have been more ruthless when they went down to 10 men but their keeper made three or four excellent saves and we should have had a penalty.

"Killie showed spirit and kept going, they smelled blood when they got the equaliser and at one point we were thinking we might be lucky to get away with one point but credit to the lads, we kept kept attacking and got our rewards."


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