Fenlon Not Thinking About Relegation
Inverness in a long way from Easter Road and Hibs do not want to suffer the agony of another missed chance of SPL points on the road home
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon has told his players to prove their critics wrong in their battle to save their SPL status. The prospect of relegation is "not something I want to contemplate at the moment", says the Hibs manager, as he attempts to spark a revival to secure safety. Dunfermline lost 3-0 to Dundee United yesterday and Hibs have to take advantage of that slip to increase the gaps between bottom and second bottom. Fenlon believes his squad must now show their survival instincts, beginning at Inverness today. The Irishman said: "Enough people have told us we're not good enough. We're going to have to roll up our sleeves and fight for the cause. That's what it's about at the moment. The players know that. They've taken a fair bit of flak and they just have to use that as motivation for themselves to get ourselves out of trouble. It's about performances and trying to get a win ourselves. It's down to the stage now we've just got to concentrate on winning our own games. We've just got to focus on our own job. Things will happen that you just have to deal with. We're in a position that we know we have to scrap and fight for our lives." The gap between today's teams may only be one place but the eight points difference means it is unlikely the gap can be bridged. Fenlon went on: "It's a big gap. To get closer to them you're going to have to be able to win three or four games in a row. It is a target for us, but we're going to have to win on Sunday, hope they slip up and we've got to play them again. It's like everything in football - it's about believing you can do that." Hibs' fight has been boosted by the return to fitness of club captain Ian Murray. The Inverness game has come too soon for the defender, but a first-team return is imminent. Fenlon added: "It's good to have him back. He's an experienced player. He'll be a big help to us. It's pleasing we have everybody available. It shows me people want to be involved and are up for a scrap. If we need to change things around it gives us a chance if we've got everybody available to pick from." One player who is not going to be part of the final seven game is Martin Scott. The former Ross County midfielder has been made available for loan and may have already played for the last time for the Easter Road side. Fenlon said: "He's not going to play at the moment. He hasn't featured too much for us this year and he's a player who needs to be playing at his age."
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