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Hibs' Fenlon happy with derby point at Tynecastle

PAT FENLON was satisfied with the point that Hibs took from last night's goalless Edinburgh derby away to Hearts.

Goalscoring chances were at a premium with the main talking point a brutal two-footed lunge by Ryan Stevenson on Hibs skipper James McPake that went unpunished by referee Willie Collum.

There was plenty of passion and support off the field but only tension on the pitch with Fenlon honest enough to admit it hadn't been an exciting night.

"You don't enjoy things like this, there's so much at stake and so much intensity," the Hibs boss said.

"We showed a lot of character and were under the cosh for long periods in fairness to Hearts. Without creating loads of chances, they put us under a lot of pressure.

"We looked a bit leggy after Saturday -- it was a tough shift against Celtic. It's another clean sheet. We haven't conceded a goal against Celtic or Hearts, so it's a tremendous achievement."

After watching a re-run of the Stevenson-McPake incident, Fenlon said: "I've just watched it again and it's a shocking tackle. He's left the ground and he's had a look before he did as well.

"We're disappointed at that but it happens. It's a relief he's not badly hurt because there could have been a bit of damage there, but he's not too bad."

The point lifted Hibs into fourth place as the SPL enjoys a mini-break before resuming on January 19 when Hibs host Dundee.

That match could be the final time Hibs fans will see Leigh Griffiths, Ryan McGivern or Jorge Claros with the loan deals for the players expiring on January 20.


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