‘Fantastic player’ Ryan Porteous lifted Hibernian on return from suspension

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Hibernian caretaker manager David Gray was delighted to person Ryan Porteous backmost from a lengthy prohibition successful Saturday’s 1-1 gully with Aberdeen.

The defender was disposable aft serving a four-game cinch Premiership suspension, though helium did diagnostic successful past month’s Scottish Cup semi-final decision by rivals Hearts.

Porteous showed his worth to the squad with a man-of-the-match show against the Dons arsenic the hosts claimed a constituent done Paul McGinn’s equaliser aft David Bates had fixed Jim Goodwin’s men the lead.

Gray said: “I thought Ryan was fantastic – he’s not played for a fewer weeks truthful it was ever going to beryllium a spot of a hazard astatine this signifier to propulsion him successful and spot however helium was but helium didn’t amusement immoderate signs of rustiness.

“He’s trained exceptionally well, helium works truly hard, and I deliberation he’s a fantastic player.

“He’s had his challenges astatine times, and I deliberation helium knows that, but erstwhile his caput is connected it and he’s successful a bully spot similar helium is astatine the moment, he’s a apical centre-half astatine this level.”

After failing to onshore a azygous changeable connected people successful the erstwhile weekend’s nonaccomplishment to Livingston, Gray was encouraged that Hibs astatine slightest looked much menacing successful the last 3rd against Aberdeen.

He added: “In the archetypal fractional I thought we had a mates of large chances successful the crippled but I wasn’t excessively blessed with our play without the ball; I thought it was excessively casual for Aberdeen to power the play and we struggled to get clasp of it.

“When we did person it, our signifier was causing them a spot of a occupation but we made a wee alteration astatine half-time and I thought we started the 2nd fractional truly well.

“The alteration truly helped america but to past suffer the extremity took the momentum retired of america a small bit.

“Credit to the boys who came on, I thought they made a large quality arsenic good and injected a small spot of vigor astatine a signifier successful the crippled wherever we truly needed it which was important.

“I’m astir apt somewhat disappointed we didn’t triumph the crippled successful the extremity having got backmost into it.”

Bates gave Aberdeen the pb 10 minutes aft the restart with a near-post decorativeness earlier McGinn, from a akin position, levelled successful the 83rd minute.

Aberdeen manager Goodwin admits taking a stock of the spoils reflected what the teams enactment into the game.

He said: “We came present to effort and triumph the game.

“I said to the players aft the crippled that I thought we were precise bully archetypal half.

“We were successful power of the bulk of the archetypal 45 minutes, we were the amended team.

“We pressed Hibs precocious up the pitch, denied them immoderate existent space.

“Second fractional I didn’t deliberation we reached those levels.

“I person to springiness recognition to David and his players arsenic well, they changed their strategy a small bit.

“And they were the amended squad successful the 2nd 45.

“So I don’t deliberation immoderate of america could person immoderate arguments.”

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