Pat FENLON today admitted Hibs had been posted missing as they slumped to their 18th defeat of the season, Dundee United’s victory meaning the gap between the Easter Road side and SPL basement outfit Dunfermline is just three points after the Pars’ draw with St Mirren.
Having watched his players overcome a nervy start to the match, Fenlon was heartened as their performance improved throughout the opening 45 minutes, only to be swept aside by goals from Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven.
It was, the Hibs boss declared, a complete reversal of events at Tynecastle six days earlier when his side had been decidedly second best to Hearts but markedly better after the interval.
The outcome, though, was exactly the same, a second successive 2-0 defeat, leaving Hibs in a dire situation one which, the Irishman agreed, has left players and fans alike riddled by nerves.
Fenlon reckons it’s particularly evident at Easter Road where Hibs have won just one SPL match all season although, paradoxically, the three points gained in that victory over St Johnstone in September are all that separates them from the Pars, who have yet to win at East End Park.
The Hibs manager said: “I thought we played well after the first eight or ten minutes when we were probably a bit nervy which was to be expected. We then settled down, created a couple of chances but in the second half we were almost non-existent.
“We did not compete, we lost everything about us and went to pieces a little bit. In the last three or four weeks we’d picked up some decent results and got ourselves into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup which should give people confidence. But