Pat Fenlon praises character of Hibs team

Pat Fenlon urged his team to come back for victory at Kilmarnock.
Pat Fenlon urged his team to come back for victory at Kilmarnock.
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Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has praised the “character” of his players for standing up to the flak aimed at them following a miserable start to the season.

The Easter Road outfit finally got their first win but were forced to come from behind to beat fellow strugglers Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, a venue which has proved a happy hunting ground for Fenlon who has visited Ayrshire four times without tasting defeat, emerging victorious on three of those occasions.

Having seen his players mount a similar fightback to claim their first point of the season against Dundee United a week previously, Fenlon is now looking for them to notch a first home victory against Ross County, who last night suffered a shock defeat away to Stranraer in the League Cup, this weekend.

“I am happy for the players,” he said of the 2-1 win over Killie, “It has been tough for them as they have taken a lot of flak. But they have shown good character.”

And Fenlon insisted there was no great secret to breaking the winless sequence, revealing: “They have trained well so I just asked them to take that into games, to be a bit more precise with their passing and to relax on the ball.

“I was delighted for them, they put in a great shift and got three big points. But now it is important to build on that, to make Easter Road a difficult place to go to by winning more matches there ourselves.”