Hibs 2-0 Queen of the South: Alan Stubbs happy with 'in-form' side

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs (centre) looks disappointed
Alan Stubbs (centre) was left disappointed in his side's bid for second place

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs took comfort from the form of his side as they missed out on finishing second in the Scottish Championship.

It means they will have to play an extra play-off round if they are going to achieve their goal of promotion.

Hibs defeated Queen of the South, but Falkirk stayed ahead on goal difference after they beat Greenock Morton.

"One thing about Wednesday is that we are coming into it in good form," he said ahead of facing Raith Rovers.

The Kirkcaldy side, who finished fourth and will host the first leg, are themselves on an 11-game unbeaten run after their 1-0 win away to Livingston.

"I thanked my players for their efforts and now we enter the most excitement part now," Stubbs told BBC Scotland after his side's 2-0 win extended their unbeaten run to six games.

"You are coming to a stage where there will be pressure, nerves, excitement - that rollercoaster of emotions."

Falkirk had gone into the final-day league fixtures with a three-goal advantage and did enough to stay ahead after their 1-0 home victory.

It means that the Bairns have an 11-day rest before facing Hibs or Rovers at the semi-final stage.

"Ideally, we would have wanted to finish second, but finishing second is not going to guarantee anybody anything," stressed Stubbs.

Hibernian's Liam Henderson and Niklas Gunnarsson celebrate
Niklas Gunnarsson (right) opened the scoring against Queen of the South

"It just guarantees you an extra few days. I'm not going to deny we would have liked to have that rest, but we haven't.

"We've been going Saturday-Wednesday for the last six or seven weeks now, so we go again Wednesday."

Should Hibs beat both Rovers and Falkirk, they will then face the team finishing bottom of the Premiership in the two-leg final that straddles the Edinburgh side's Scottish Cup final against Rangers.

Stubbs had no complaints about what could be a punishing schedule of games.

"We just have to deal with them as they come along," he said.

"We're not going to complain about it. We're just going to get on with it and face what's ahead of us."

Stubbs did not think his side had missed an opportunity to claw back the goal difference with Falkirk after they could only find the net twice - through Niklas Gunnarsson and Jason Cummings - after Queens had Mark Millar sent off with 35 minutes remaining.

"We had chances afterwards, but we didn't know we were going to need four as you don't know how the other game's going to go," he added.

"The most important thing is that we have won the game.

"Queen of the South made it hard for us, but we've broke them down, we've created on a few occasions, but unfortunately it just wasn't to be."

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