Hibs form worries Calderwood

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Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood admits he is concerned over the team's position but not his own after a 2-0 derby defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.

The setback ensured Hibernian ended the weekend bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. They have now conceded eight goals in consecutive SPL defeats against Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Hearts.

"We have got to take points to get off the bottom," Calderwood said. "Everyone else has collected more than us and that's an obvious concern."

When asked if he was confident he would get the time to take them off the bottom, he said: "Oh, yes."

Calderwood also has belief in his squad, which he described as "perfect" as he confirmed he has finished his summer transfer business.

Loan signings Richie Towell and Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths both played at Tynecastle, the latter coming off the bench, while Akpo Sodje, Isaiah Osbourne and Junior Agogo all played after being hit by injury in recent weeks.

"What encourages me is that we have got game time into people," he said. "People are starting back after injury or have just joined. The underlying talent in the group is better than results suggest."

The Hibs boss felt the distance between the back and front of his team was too long for spells of the game and he bemoaned the loss of a soft goal just before the break.

"If you get to half-time at 0-0 we are all right but we looked very unsure in the second half and they created numerous chances and got the second goal, which left us with a hard task," Calderwood said.

"The game was too long and we couldn't keep them in their half. It went a bit end to end and it suited them to hit a clearance, and invariably they picked up a first or second ball. We have to learn to step forward in the ascendancy and win balls."

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Akpo Sodje
Premier League
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Wolverhampton Wanderers

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