Pat Fenlon demands Hibs passion from first minute

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon wants to see some battling qualities from his players. Picture: Toby Williams
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon wants to see some battling qualities from his players. Picture: Toby Williams
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Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has urged his players to pick up where they left off when they face Kilmarnock on Saturday, still seeking their first SPFL victory of the season.

Fenlon was dismayed by his side’s feckless first-half performance against Dundee United, accusing his stars of lacking the passion and desire required, but his mood brightened as Scott Robertson’s late goal cancelled out Stuart Armstrong’s opener, although he admitted it appeared Kevin Thomson’s sending-off had galvanised them into action.

But now Fenlon wants to see Hibs build on that first point, demanding they produce the battling qualities they displayed in the final quarter against United for the entire 90 at Rugby Park.

Happy enough with a point given United should have had the game wrapped up before Robertson struck against his old club, Fenlon said: “They have to realise there’s more in it. We have good players, we know that. But they have to work hard for each other, they have to demand more from each other and I think that’s the key.

“You want to win, particularly at home, but the positive from the last 20 or 25 minutes against United was that we showed the hunger and desire to get about them. In the first half we did not do that so we have to make sure we start the game better on Saturday.”

Meanwhile Hibs have signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou, a former Bristol Academy player with dual Albanian and Greek nationality, to provide extra competition for Under-20s goalkeeper Dougie Horne.

Head of academy coaching James McDonaugh said: “We have been looking for a while to bring in another goalkeeper to give Dougie some competition and we have had a couple of players in on trial.

“Scott Thomson [Hibs goalkeeping coach] is the expert in that fieled, he ran the rule over Kleton and saw something in him that we believe we can develop.”

Perntreou made his debut as Hibs East of Scotland side defeated Heriot Watt 8-0, but it was Horne who was between the sticks last night as the Under-20s lost 2-0 to St Mirren at Livingston’s Energy Assets Arena.