Saturday 16 December 2017

Derby defeat sees Fenlon woes grow

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon. Picture: PA
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon. Picture: PA

Hearts took the first slice out of their 15-point penalty and piled more pressure on Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon after Callum Paterson's goal gave the administration-hit club a crucial derby victory.

The youngster headed in Dylan McGowan's cross after the break to give Hearts their first Scottish Premiership win following last week's loss at St Johnstone.

The goal arrived when Hibs were enjoying a sustained spell of pressure that included Tom Taiwo missing a great chance from close range. It was another bitter disappointment for Fenlon, whose side have now lost all four of their opening competitive fixtures, and the boos rained down from the away support at the final whistle.

Fenlon admits he is expecting questions to be asked over his stewardship following a disappointing start to the season.

The Leith club lost 9-0 on aggregate to Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League and have been defeated in their two opening league matches against Motherwell and Hearts. Fenlon said: "I've got no problem with people looking at my position, no problem at all. I'm the manager of the club and I will continue to do that.

"We've lost two games 1-0 in the league and Europe was really disappointing. I don't think we're too far away from getting a result. I'm very happy with the squad we have.

"We need one result, footballers live confidence-wise and a result on the board helps, it breeds confidence."

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