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Something To Look Forward To After Some Dark Days
Published : 09 Apr 2012 16:42:24
Matt Doherty wants to lend a hand to the Hibs attack more often
Matt Doherty is looking forward to the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen but life has not always been so rosy during his short spell at Easter Road. The full-back arrived on loan from Wolves in January and initially wondered if he had make the right career move. But Doherty has overcome his doubts and is looking forward to a the trip along the M8 to Hampden after helping Hibs increase the gap on bottom side Dunfermline to seven points following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Motherwell. Doherty said: "I settled in decently at the start, then I kind of felt a bit Wolves-sick if you can put it like that. I wanted to go back and just fight my way through it but I settled down and I'm happy here now. Any semi-final of a cup is going to be a big occasion, especially since we haven't won it for 100 years. Obviously it's a good chance to get to the final and everyone is looking forward to it massively." Doherty likes to get forward and he had to keep his attacking instincts in check as the team struggled to avoid getting beaten. However, he set up a goal in the 3-2 win over Inverness earlier this month and is looking for more opportunities to create chances. He said: "That's the main part of my game, going forward. I haven't really been able to express myself doing that so far - we have been under the cosh most games. Last weekend I managed to do it and I set up a goal. Even this weekend I was kind of going but only getting halfway before it broke down or we set up a chance. It's the main part of my game and I haven't really been able to express it." Hibs manager Pat Fenlon wants his players to travel to Hampden on Saturday with confidence after they moved a point closer to SPL safety. Fenlon was satisfied with the 1-1 draw despite seeing Garry O'Connor's free-kick cancelled out by a late equaliser from Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law. With the Pars losing to Hibs city rivals Hearts, the draw at Easter Road added a single point to the gap at the bottom. Aberdeen also prepared well for the semi-final by beating in-form Dundee United 3-1 to end a three-game losing streak. Fenlon is optimistic over his team's chances - the three games between Hibs and Aberdeen this season have only produced one goal, and that came from a penalty that subsequently earned Dons winger Peter Pawlett a two-match ban for diving. Fenlon said: "You don't get many days you can lead a team out at Hampden, especially a great club like this one. It will be a tough, tough game, they got a fantastic result at the weekend. But we have played against them twice and there has been very little between us in the games. So we have got to go with confidence and try to get to the final, which would be fantastic for everybody."