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Monday 21 April 2014

Hibs' top-six bid is on the slide: Fenlon

PAT FENLON (below) admits that his Hibernian side are struggling in their battle to make it into the top six before the SPL splits next month.

Hibs threw away a 1-0 lead on Friday night to eventually lose 4-1 away to second-placed Motherwell, and having managed just one win from their last 10 league games, they need to get some points on board in the last two SPL games before the league splits into a top six and bottom six.

Hibs are currently in sixth place but only ahead of Dundee United on goal difference.

"We still have that opportunity to get there, but we are definitely making it difficult for ourselves, there's no doubt about that," said Fenlon.

O'Dea keen to face Rob

DARREN O'DEA already has one eye on a meeting with Robbie Keane at club level once he completes his international duties this week.

O'Dea flew into Dublin yesterday to link up with the Irish squad ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier in Sweden, having lined out for his club, Toronto FC, in an MLS defeat to Montreal on Saturday, but next up for O'Dea and his club is a home game with Keane's LA Galaxy.

"I go away now with Ireland, we have two big games coming up but I already have an eye on LA coming to our place. Hopefully we'll have a good game," O'Dea said.

Fahey's back in Blues shirt

KEITH FAHEY (right) is back in action with Birmingham City after a four-month break.

The Ireland international had been unavailable for first-team duty with Birmingham City after the club gave Fahey compassionate leave to spend time in Dublin on a family matter, with Fahey spending time training with Shamrock Rovers to keep up his fitness.

And he made a rapid return to the side as he came on as a fourth-minute sub for Jonathan Spector in Saturday's 1-0 win away to Middlesbrough, his first game in 21 weeks.

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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