PAT FENLON today hailed Paul Heffernan’s contribution to the Hibs cause – and revealed that the striker is proving too hot even for his own team-mates to handle.
Former Kilmarnock hitman Heffernan was on the scoresheet for the second week running, firing home just after the break as Hibs beat St Mirren 2-0 at Easter Road, but there was much more to Heffernan’s performance than his goal, the Irishman’s movement and passing causing Saints all sorts of problems in and around the box.
It was an impressive display by Heffernan, who only joined Hibs at the end of August. The Easter Road boss admitted that members of his squad have been raving about his ability and awareness, having come up against him in training sessions.
Fenlon said: “Paul has made a difference because he gives us that platform.
“His movement has been excellent and he is very difficult for defenders to mark – even when we have put him up against our own in training sessions.
“They will tell you that his movement is very good. When the ball sticks, it gives you time to get up the pitch and be able to build the play up a lot more.”
Fenlon was delighted with both Heffernan and his strike partner Collins, who scored the opener after just nine minutes on Saturday and also bagged his first goal for the club in the previous week’s victory over St Johnstone.
It was only Hibs’ second home league win in this calendar year, their last coming back in March when a single strike from David Wotherspoon earned them all three points against Dundee.
And Fenlon believes that his players are now beginning to forge a real bond. “Paul and James have done quite well and, in the last two games, they have scored two goals so I am very pleased for them. We have got a real decent spirit.”