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Keep On The Run
Published : 11 Nov 2012 10:55:48
The winning habit is something Hibs manager Pat Fenlon wants to instil into his side.
Pat Fenlon hopes Hibs side can keep their unbeaten home record when they meet Dundee United today. Hibs have recorded four wins and two draws from six games at Easter Road so far this season, which is a welcome change for fans after watching just seven home wins over the last two seasons. Last weekend's win over St Mirren took the Edinburgh side to the top of the SPL which is not something the Easter Road fans are used to enjoying. Fenlon said: "We want to keep our record going here; it's important we try to maintain that for as long as we can. We've got to make sure our own shape is right and that we start the game on the front foot. We didn't do that last week against St Mirren; we're at home, we've got to impress our game on top of them." Things did not look so rosy after the opening game of the season when United's 3-0 win over Hibs at Tannadice looked like it was going to be another had slog to survive in the top flight. However, some hard lessons were learnt and I am sure some hard words were aid to the players as Hibs have only lost two league games since. Fenlon is eager to see his improving side right the wrongs of that August result against a United side beginning to return to form after a bit of a stutter. Fenlon went on: "I've been delighted with them, from after Dundee United when we didn't perform. Since then we've been very, very good and very strong. They beat us well on the first day of the season. We'd like to change that result around a little bit, but we know they're a quality side. They're starting to get players back and they've hit a little bit of form. I said at the start of the season I thought themselves and Motherwell would probably be the teams that would push Celtic a little bit. But it's a good test for us as well, to see how far we've come." On-loan Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths' form has been fundamental to Hibs progress this season as he has delivered 11 goals to the cause. Despite being in a fine seam of form Griffiths was not included in the Scotland squad for next week's trip to Luxembourg. The rapid change of manage of the national side may have had something to do with this but the striker just has to keep going and await a call. Fenlon added: "He's playing really well at the moment. All he's got to do is continue to score goals, play well and hopefully he'll get an opportunity to play (for Scotland)."