Calderwood looking for fresh faces

23 January 2011 01:30
Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood is optimistic of having a fresh face in his squad for the visit of Rangers on Wednesday after his team went a 10th game without victory at Motherwell. Headed goals from Jamie Murphy and Steven Saunders midway through the first half were enough to earn Motherwell a 2-0 victory, their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win since November 10. Hibs have not won for a similar period, a run stretching back 10 games, and could not seriously test Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph after Merouane Zemmama missed a 44th-minute penalty, despite enjoying the bulk of the territory and possession. Calderwood felt his players' attitude and performance were "excellent" and saw a "tremendous resolve" among his charges to correct their poor run of results. The Hibs manager claimed Murphy was offside at the first goal and was disappointed referee Alan Muir did not play advantage when Saunders handled for the penalty. But Calderwood is eager to strengthen his squad after Hibs fell to 11th place in the SPL, three points above Hamilton, who have a game in hand, and hopes to do so before Wednesday. Calderwood, who is close to finalising a deal for Nottingham Forest midfielder Matt Thornhill, said: "We are quite close to another one. We'll take one more and then we'll hopefully take one more after that. We strive to give the boys in the dressing room a lift because they're desperate to make sure that we don't get involved in a relegation battle right to the end of the season."

Source: PA

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