Hibs boss Pat Fenlon could wield the axe

Pat Fenlon. Picture: JANE BARLOW
Pat Fenlon. Picture: JANE BARLOW
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Scott Robertson fears Hibs boss Pat Fenlon could wield the axe ahead of tomorrow night’s League Cup quarter-final clash with arch-rivals Hearts following Saturday’s disappointing performance against Aberdeen.

Fenlon believed that his players had failed to reproduce the levels of “commitment and tenacity” they’d shown seven days earlier when they came close to beating Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic before being forced to settle for a well-merited point.

The Irishman had warned them of the pitfalls of falling flat in the wake of that spirited display and yet he was forced to concede that Hibs ended up deserving nothing from the visit of the Dons, the manager declaring the fact his side hadn’t played to the levels he knew they were capable of as they went down 2-0 was more disappointing than anything.

However, Fenlon insisted there was no better stage for them to bounce back on than an Edinburgh derby and one which could put them just 90 minutes away from a third final in as many seasons should they come out on top and in doing so wreak a measure of revenge on the Jambos for their early season defeat at Tynecastle.

Midfielder Robertson, though, believes his manager could make changes for the visit of Gary Locke’s team, with one already enforced on him, given that striker Paul Heffernan is cup-tied having played for Kilmarnock as they were knocked out of the competition by Championship leaders Hamilton.

The 28-year-old said: “Our performance against Aberdeen was massively disappointing and incredibly frustrating, but we’ve only lost two games in ten since that day at Tynecastle and we feel we are in a good way. I’d imagine it’s going to be a typical derby, both teams right up for it, a whole-hearted performance from both sides and not much pretty football, but hopefully an entertaining match with goals for us. The manager might make a few changes after the Aberdeen performance. The team could be different, but there’s one thing for sure – we’ll be up for it.”

While Hearts will have to wait until tomorrow night to discover if Fenlon does make many changes, the Hibs boss said: “There’s a big prize, there will be four decent teams knocked out and that will perhaps give everyone an opportunity to try to get their hands on some silverware.”

Hearts, without a league win in two months, languish 15 points adrift at the foot of the table. However, Fenlon said: “We have to worry about ourselves, not what is going on over the road. We have to make sure we perform better than we did against Aberdeen. We know we are capable of doing that and that’s the good thing.

“We know we have better players than we showed and we have to show that tomorrow. There’s a semi-final place at stake and the chance to put one over on our big rivals.”