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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon argues with the fourth official Steven McLean during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Easter Road. Picture: Chris Clark/PA Wire.

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon argues with the fourth official Steven McLean during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Easter Road. Picture: Chris Clark/PA Wire.

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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon argues with the fourth official Steven McLean during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Easter Road. Picture: Chris Clark/PA Wire.

PAT FENLON just about managed to keep his cool after seeing a potential goal-of-the-season strike from Leigh Griffiths missed by referee Euan Norris to deny Hibs a derby win over Hearts.

Fans at the match and television viewers were amazed when Norris waved play on after a glorious 35-yard free kick from the striker struck the bar then bounced almost a yard over the line before spinning back into play without Norris or his assistant, Raymond Whyte, signalling for a goal.

At the final whistle some Hibs players questioned Whyte's position at the free-kick. But with the yellow ball so clearly over the line there was nothing marginal about the decision which was as clear-cut as Frank Lampard's phantom goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

 

TOUGH

Hibs face a tough fight to get into the top six and a probable visit from Celtic with Fenlon well aware of how costly that decision could be to the club just a fortnight after being held to a draw following a very suspect penalty awarded to Dundee United.

"I did come out and say that I won't hammer referees and I won't do that," the former Bohemians boss said.

"But the one thing I would ask is that they come out and explain why the decisions are given.

"I said to the referee at the end that they can cost people places and money so there is a lot at stake.

"This one is nearly hitting the back of the net, plus the ball is yellow and it's easier to see but I can't do anything about it.

"The game was very tight and it was going to take something special to win it and it was a fantastic strike from Leigh.

"I'm not sure of the linesman's position. What the referee said to the players at the end was that if he's not sure, he can't give it. Once he has a look, I'm sure he'll change his opinion."

While Fenlon (left) was frustrated by match officials, Neil Lennon's anger was directed at his own dressing room as the Celtic boss accused some players of having their minds elsewhere.

Celtic threw away a two-goal lead at Ross County to lose 3-2 meaning that the Hoops have lost three of their last four matches.

The defeat simply delays Celtic's title celebrations but after losing to the SPL newcomers Lennon went public with his feelings.

"I'm not happy with the attitude of some of the players," the Celtic boss stated. "Some of them look like their minds are elsewhere at other clubs.

"I don't know if they have been tapped up, I don't know where they are mentally, but you can tell by their body language they are not with us at the minute and I'll have to sort that out."


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