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Fenlon: This might be the year for Hibs

15 Apr 2012 07:47:04

Fenlon: This might be the year for Hibs

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon believes the club's 110-year wait for the trophy could be coming to an end after their William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen.

Fenlon joked it took "about three seconds" for someone to inform him of Hibs' Scottish Cup hoodoo after he took charge in November, and the Irishman is determined to end the long, long wait.

"It's probably not something that plays on my mind too much, which is good because I know everyone else is ingrained in it, people who have been at the club a long time have that hanging over them," the former Bohemians manager said.

"But from my point of view it's five months here so for a first attempt it's not bad to give us a chance to break it, but we'll have to play better than we did today.

"We probably didn't pass the ball as well as we can but it's a semi-final and that can sometimes happen."

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown admitted his side would never have a better chance of reaching the final after Rory Fallon's 25-yard volley levelled the scores in the 59th minute with the Dons in the ascendancy.

But he rejected suggestions his players had suffered stage fright as they failed to end a 12-year wait to reach a final.

"It's very crushing disappointment," Brown said. "The dressing room is full of despair and despondency.

"But we only have ourselves to blame because we didn't play at all in the first half.

"When we got to 1-1 we had an opportunity, we'll never have a better opportunity, to get to a cup final, and we failed to take it."


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