Hibernian 'not getting caught up in top four' fight - Dean Gibson
Dean Gibson says he is not fixating on Hibernian finishing fourth, as he admitted his focus has already turned towards next season.
Hibernian currently lie fifth in the table ahead of Sunday’s visit to Motherwell, after two wins and a draw in their last three games.
On Wednesday, Leah Eddie’s late goal salvaged a draw with fourth-place Spartans, who they trail by three points with six games to go.
“It could be important, Spartans have got to play the same teams as us so it’s going to come down to who takes the most points,” Gibson told Anyone’s Game.
“I’m not getting too caught up in the top four. At the start of the season you want to finish in the top four because that means you are competing with the top two. If you’re fourth but are miles off third, that’s not really as important.
“We’re really just building for next season now. We’re trying to get a system in place and everything ready to go for next season. We’ve got a system that I think the players enjoy and it is effective for the players and that’s more our aim from now until the end of the season.
“If we get fourth then that’s great because we’ve won more games than we’ve lost.”
Hibs had to ‘match Spartans’ character’
Spartans led through Kaley Gibb before being pegged back after late Hibs pressure, and Gibson’s side could have snatched the three points had Joelle Murray’s header not been cleared off the line.
Gibson said: “In the first half I thought we were better, but credit to Spartans, they dug in and managed to get a goal.
“I wouldn’t say it was a game of two halves because, in my opinion, we were the better team for both of them but we’ll take the point and move on.
“I think we missed two or three great chances at 0-0, and [Spartans goalkeeper] Rachel Harrison made a great save. Then we got sucker punched a bit when Spartans scored, and that gave them a lift from that point on until the end of the half.”
He added: “We asked the girls to show character at half time, to go and show a bit of pride and fight and battle, because that’s something Spartans have got in abundance. They fight for each other and we had to go and match that in the second half.
“Spartans had something to hold on to so it was going to be even harder. I’ve got nothing but praise for the players for the way we approached the second half and in my opinion we did enough to go on and win the game.”