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Hibs' new boss Nick Montgomery encouraged by debut draw


New Hibernian boss Nick Montgomery insists there are plenty of positives to take despite watching his side throw away a two-goal lead in his first match in charge, ending up with a 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

An unfortunate own-goal by goalkeeper Will Dennis handed the visitors the lead after eight minutes on Saturday before Dylan Vente's strike doubled Hibs' lead.

It looked as if Montgomery's reign at Easter Road in his first match since moving on from the Central Coast Mariners was set to get off to the perfect start, but a half-hour capitulation saw them pegged back as Kilmarnock earned a dramatic point.

Kyle Vassell pulled one back from close-range just minutes after Vente notched his third goal of the season, before Joe Wright completed the turnaround as he headed home Danny Armstrong's inside the six-yard box.

"It's obviously frustrating to go 2-0 up away from home and not win but I thought the boys played some really good stuff as it's not an easy place to come," said Montgomery.

"I thought we could have probably killed the game off in the first-half as we had some very good chances and their keeper pulled off some good saves and when we conceded the first one it gave them a bit of momentum.

"It's disappointing not to take full points but credit to Kilmarnock as they showed real fight.

"It's not been easy to cram everything in within the space of a week, but the boys have been very receptive. What I have learned is that there are great staff here and the squad is very strong.

"We've got competition for places all over the pitch and that's what you need. They took a lot of information on board this week and I thought they were very brave, created some good stuff and were backed on by the fans who were outstanding today.

"I'm a little bit tired and have been jet-lagged for the first couple of days.

"Everybody has been very welcoming as have the players, fans, and staff as well.

"I've bumped into a lot of people while wandering around and have had people coming up and wishing me well. It's now my job to give them all something back and get the team playing well."