Hibs boss craves first Easter Road victory

James Collins, left, and Paul Heffernan both scored at St Johnstone. Picture: David Lamb
James Collins, left, and Paul Heffernan both scored at St Johnstone. Picture: David Lamb
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Hibs boss Pat Fenlon today urged his players to “bring it on home” after watching them clock up back-to-back wins on the road.

Victories away to Kilmarnock and St Johnstone have helped stretch an unbeaten run to four matches, but the other two games against Dundee United and Ross County ended in draws, leaving Fenlon’s players still seeking their first Scottish Premiership win of the season in the Capital.

And now Fenlon wants to see what he described as the “fantastic character” displayed at McDiarmid Park as his side came from behind to inflict a first home defeat on Saints since last November when, coincidentally, Hibs were the victors, on show again when they square up to St Mirren this weekend.

Fenlon is well aware that Hibs’ form at Easter Road has been poor throughout 2013, with just one win in the league since defeating Celtic on December 29. That run is in stark contrast to the start of last season, when the Hibees were the last top-flight club to lose their unbeaten home record, a run which stretched to the end of November and saw them flirt with the top of the table.

But he is determined Easter Road should again become formidable venue for visiting clubs.

He said: “When you come away from home and win, backing it up with another victory at home, it becomes a massive six points.

“We are four unbeaten, we want to make it five and get on a decent roll because that’s what takes you up the table.”

After a shaky start to the season as his players attempted to recover from that mauling by Malmo in their Europa League qualifying match, Hibs have steadied and now lie mid-table alongside United, Saints and Partick Thistle on eight points, an improvement which Fenlon believes can be continued with a little more self-belief.

He said: “We know we have a good squad. It will come but we just need a bit more belief.

“I think the players will get that from St Johnstone. They have to be applauded because it’s a difficult place to go and win.

“We were the last team to do so and that was a long time ago.

“They’ve a fantastic record at home but we showed fantastic character.

“We have to do that at Easter Road. That’s the key to it – making Easter Road a real difficult place for other teams.”