Hibs need to steady the ship to stay in the top six.
Pat Fenlon is looking for his side to get back to winning ways at Rugby Park today and is only looking upwards in the SPL. Hibs are sitting in fifth place after yesterday's results, slipping following successive losses to Inverness and Motherwell. With the game against Kilmarnok followed by a Boxing Day game with Ross County, a home fixture with Celtic and the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle, Fenlon knows the festive period is crucial for his side. He wants to lower expectations for a side which narrowly escaped relegation last season but has made a decent start to this one. He is keen to take an optimistic approach rather than consider what might happen if his side struggle ahead of January's winter break. The Hibs manager said: "There's the potential that if it goes well for us we could be second. That's the way we're looking at things. Four games in a short space of time, we want to make sure we pick up three points in the home games and then get something on the road. If anybody can go and pick up four wins it would put them in a great position. We've said from the start that we want to be a top-six team at the end of the season. That's still the goal. We've had a decent start. We've had a couple of bad results over the last two weeks, so we need to make sure we get back to winning ways." Killie are a challenging proposition at any time. Fenlon said: "Kilmarnock will try to get the ball down and play. They've got some really good players and we're expecting a difficult afternoon, like any afternoon we have in the league. We've got a real good chance of winning the game, but we know we're going to have to work really hard. You can't look too far forward in a match. We've got to make sure our game plan is carried out and we nullify the threat that they carry."
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