Lennon pleased with Hibs workrate in draw with Berwick

Neil Lennon was happy with what he saw from Hibs at Shielfield Park
Neil Lennon was happy with what he saw from Hibs at Shielfield Park
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Neil Lennon today admitted he was happy to draw against Berwick Rangers – because he’s used to losing pre-season matches.

Michael McKenna’s strike for the Shielfield Park club midway through the first half cancelled out Jason Cummings opener which came after just 12 seconds but, while Hibs went on the dominate the game, they couldn’t find a winner.

But Lennon insisted he was more interested in improving his side’s fitness with their first competitive match, the first leg of the Europa League second round qualifying tie – almost certainly against Danish outfit Brondby – only eight days away.

He said: “I am pleased. We created plenty of chances and dominated the game. I normally lose pre-season games. At Celtic, I did that quite a lot. No, I was happy very with the workrate and everyone got a run-out was well which was important.”

Lennon admitted he was stunned by his side’s whirlwind start, joking: “I asked them to make a good start but I didn’t expect that. We hit the bar a couple of times as well. Our football was decent, so overall I am quite happy.”

As for Berwick’s goal, Lennon said: “It was a good strike so I don’t think we can be over-critical.

“It’s all about fitness levels and this game will be of good benefit. A few of them need a bit of work by the look of things, but that will come.”

Lennon’s first signing Grant Holt was given an immediate debut and the manager was delighted with the contribution of his one-time Nottingham Forest team-mate, who played 76 minutes before being replaced by youngster Oli Shaw.

He said: “Grant did well, he looked all right considering he had a few days off, getting back down south to sort a few things out. He’ll bring something different to the team. He links play up well, gets on the end of things.”