Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs has rallied behind Conrad Logan after the goalkeeper’s error denied the Leith side a crucial lead in their play-off clash with Falkirk.
The Irishman allowed substitute Bob McHugh’s 80th minute strike to squirm under him as the Bairns came from behind in the semi-final first leg to secure a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.
Logan, who has started the last five matches ahead of Mark Oxley, became an instant cult hero when his heroics against Dundee United at Hampden, including two penalty saves, helped Hibs reach the Scottish Cup final.
And Stubbs insists no-one is pointing the finger of blame at the 30-year-old.
He said: “We feel for him, by no means is this anything to do with one individual.
“He’s been great since he’s come in so we’re not going to dwell on that too much.
“He’s disappointed and it’s a cruel place as a keeper when you make a mistake because when you’re an outfield player, you have another nine players that can help you.
“When you’re a keeper the only thing that can potentially help you is the post or the cross bar.
“The most important thing is that you saw an unbelievable response from the players in the second half.”
Second half goals from Liam Henderson and Darren McGregor saw the Leith side fightback from Lee Miller’s opener before McHugh grabbed a late equaliser.
Hibs had Falkirk on the ropes for long stages and Stubbs reckons their display rubbished suggestions that they’re feeing the effects of an exhausting season.
Stubbs added: “I thought we were the team on top in the first half and the team on the front foot and I thought the response from the players in the second half was fantastic.
“I thought they had a real tempo, an energy about them and that’s a team that people say fatigue is kicking in. I told people, I wish they’d listen. This team is not fatigued.”