Hibs manager Pat Fenlon hailed his defence after they banished recent horror shows with an assured display in last night’s goalless draw with Aberdeen.
The Easter Road side had shipped an alarming 12 goals in their previous four games. However, the back four were solid last night, ensuring the Dons barely got a sniff of goal in an Easter Road stalemate which lifted Hibs a point ahead of Hearts in the battle to finish as Edinburgh’s top team.
“We’ve been conceding too many goals of late; we lost three last week, three the week before that and four the week before that, so it was important we got back to defending well,” said Fenlon. “I thought the back four were very good. We didn’t give them many opportunities to score, so that’s the most pleasing aspect of it.”
Fenlon handed starting berths to teenage pair Alex Harris and Danny Handling last night, while Ross Caldwell came off the bench late on for his first appearance since February and although the manager remains focused on finishing seventh, he revealed he’s hoping to blood some more of his promising under-20s in the remaining four league games. “I don’t think we’ll experiment too much but I want to get some game time for one or two of the young boys. Ross came on and Dean Horribine’s been doing really well at Under-20 level, so we’d certainly be keen to get them game time if we can.”