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Forget About The Past
Published : 02 Dec 2012 10:54:08Rss feed
Pat Fenlon wants his players to only focus on the ninety minutes ahead of them that events in the past
Hibs welcome Hearts to Easter Road on Scottish Cup duty today hoping the result will be rather different to the last time they met in the cup. The 5-1 drubbing still rankles among the Hibs fans but manager Pat Fenlon plans to tell his side to enjoy Sunday's Scottish Cup fourth-round game and forget about statistics. Last time Hibs won a derby was in May 2009 with 12 games since, including the painful Scottish Cup final loss on 19 May. It was fate that they would be drawn together again as top-flight clubs entered the competition this weekend. Fenlon plans to tell his players: "Give it everything you have, but enjoy it. The place will be jumping and it's an occasion you don't let pass you by, but it's more enjoyable if you win." Hibs have enjoyed a good home record this season with the only loss recorded Hibs being last week's 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen. However, they moved to second in the table with a 1-0 win at St Johnstone. Fenlon is looking for the best of those performances when his side take to the field against Hearts. he said: "Just where we've been so far this season: hard work, honesty, ability on the ball. A mix of last Saturday against Aberdeen how we played and Wednesday night's determination and steel. If we can get a good balance of that we've got a good chance to go through." Hibs kept calm in Perth in a frenzied finale and similar attributes will be required at Easter Road today .Fenlon added: "There was a lot happening and we didn't show any real frustration, which was great. Coming into a big game with a real hostile atmosphere and intimidating atmosphere it's important we keep everyone on the park and our discipline is good." Paul Cairney was on hand to score the winner on Wednesday at McDiarmid Park and Fenlon is confident top-scorer Leigh Griffiths has ample support. Fenlon went on: "There's been a lot spoken about Leigh and rightly so, he's scored a lot of goals. But we've had match-winners in Eoin Doyle, Paul Cairney and David Wotherspoon. We've got some decent attacking players who can win games for us. If Leigh is on form, great, if he doesn't score we've got others who can chip in with goals."