Fenlon hails Hibs response

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon was delighted with his men as they learned their lessons and notched up just their third win in 12 games.

Fenlon hails Hibs response

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon was delighted with his men as they learned their lessons and notched up just their third win in 12 games.

The Easter Road boss was outspoken in his criticisms on Monday as he lambasted his players following a home defeat to St Johnstone.

But he was overjoyed that his players had taken his words on board to put on a far more disciplined display against St Mirren, winning in Paisley through Leigh Griffiths’ 72nd-minute penalty.

Fenlon – whose side move up to fourth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with today’s three points – told Press Association Sport: “It’s good to be back winning. That’s the important thing. Now we’ve got to make sure we kick on from today.

“If you look at the two performances, we knew on Monday night that the St Johnstone game wasn’t us, we were poor. We spoke about it during the week and what we worked on has paid off. I’m delighted with the lads.

“It’s a massive three points for us with the league being so tight and that’s what makes Monday so disappointing. If you can win your home games then come on the road and pick up something, it can make a massive difference to the table.

“We were a lot better today. Our shape was excellent from start to finish, I thought we passed the ball really well, particularly in the first half, and when we lost the ball we got a lot of numbers back and made it difficult for St Mirren to break us down.

“I don’t think they created loads of chances. We had worked on that all week to make sure we stopped that supply into the strikers and Paul McGowan.”

Griffiths was handed his spot-kick opportunity after St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin was penalised by referee Willie Collum for an alleged barge on visiting winger Matt Done, who theatrically threw himself to the floor at the first hint of contact.

Boss Danny Lennon, though, refused to vent his true feelings until he had had a chance to review the incident.

“I didn’t see it at the time, the fourth official was standing in my way,” he claimed. “But when I saw the ball come in I didn’t think there was any apparent danger.

“We seem to be getting conflicting stories from the officials. Until I see it again, that’s as much as I’ll say on it.”

The defeat brought a four-match unbeaten run to an end for Lennon’s team and the St Mirren boss admitted that the penalty call aside, Hibs were the better side.

Lennon, whose team remain second bottom of the SPL, said: “I was very disappointed with the manner in which we went about our business today.

“A great deal of credit must go to Hibs for them coming here and stopping us playing. It’s very uncharacteristic that you get a group of players and 11 of them have an off day at the same time.

“We’ll just put this down as a bad day at the office. We now have seven games left and we must now take each one as it comes and make sure we try and hit a run and then achieve our ambition of making it into that top six.

“It’s going to be difficult, but not beyond our means.”

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