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Hibs keeper David Marshall refelcts on the ‘astronomical’ difference in budget between the two sides was ‘astronomical’ after his side suffered a hammer defeat to Aston Villa at Easter Rd.

“I think the budget between us and Aston Villa is astronomical we understand that over the course of the two legs they are the stronger team, and should be. The money dictates that gap. We were just disappointed in the 90 minutes tonight that we never gave our fans anything to shout about. Aston Villa played really well, even out of possession, off the ball they just limited us to zero chances, fair play.”

The Leith side started started well in the opening ten minutes, Martin Boyle and Elle Youan were both proving to be a handful, that was until the Premier League side got into gear.
Three headers had gone beyond Marshall within 30 minutes. An Oli Watkins double and one clinical finish from Leon Bailey gave the villans the lead going into the break. The Englishman got his hatrick with a low strike infront of the delighted away support. It was Douglas Luiz who netted the fifth from the penalty spot to give Villa a healthy lead for the secod leg at Villa Park.

Hibernians start to the Premiership season finds them at the foot of the table having failed to pick up a single point from their opening 2 fixtures. Just goal differnece seperates the Easter Rd outfit and St Johnstone who are bottom.

Hibs have a difficult run of games on the horizon. They’ll host Livingston this weekend before heading to Birmingham next week. Two away trips follow, one to Pittodire and then to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock on match day 5.

It was a tough 500th game incharge for the Hibs boss, but is hopeful the lessons learned in these ‘show piece’ ties can become teachers for the future.