Hibs captain David Gray insists Leith side want to lead from front all season

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Hibs captain David Gray admits the Leith side plan to lead from the front for the entire season in their bid to clinch the Championship title.

In each of the previous two years, Hibs have paid the price for being slow out of the blocks after seeing city rivals Hearts and then Rangers dominate throughout the entire campaign on their way to taking the chequered flag and the automatic promotion place.

Hibs made it two wins out of two in the league on Saturday against Dunfermline when a Ben Richards-Everton own goal and Jason Cummings effort sandwiched a Gavin Reilly equaliser in 2-1 victory, and defender Gray insists they plan to set the pace in the second tier.

davidgray1He said: “We’ve always said that in the last two seasons we failed to start well, left ourselves with far too much to do.

“Look at Hearts in the first season, they had pretty much won the Championship by Christmas. Then look at Rangers last season, we had too much to do towards the end so it’s definitely better being in front and have people chasing you rather than chasing as we have been in the last two years.

“We’ll try and win every single game and take it from there.”

Dunfermline beat Dumbarton in their Championship opener and Reilly insists their performance at Easter Road proves they more than belong in the second tier.

He said: “We showed we are a quality side. Last week against Dumbarton, we showed we can cut teams open. It’s still early days, but I think we can get stronger and stronger.

“It was a disappointing result because I thought we were well in the game in the second half and we had chances. It’s disappointing to lose, especially because of the way the goals happened but we will just need to pick ourselves up and go again next week.”

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