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Pat Fenlon: Avoiding relegation is Hibernian’s priority

The Hibs manager is disappointed by their derby defeat but says SPL survival is more important.

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon (left)
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Pat Fenlon has bemoaned a lacklustre performance from his Hibernian side in the Edinburgh derby and says they now face a fight for their Scottish Premier League future.

Hibs were beaten 2-0 by Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunay afternoon and Fenlon, who had seen his side turn in improved performances in recent weeks, admitted that they did not deserve to take anything from the game.

"I'm disappointed, we didn't start the game,” he said.

"We were never at the game in the first half and we gave Hearts too much respect and too much time on the ball.

"The second half was a bit better but the game could have been over by half-time.

"We knew coming here that we were fighting for our lives and we hadn't won a derby in a long time - we should have been in about Hearts and in their faces from the start, but we weren't.”

Fenlon said that the chance to exact revenge on their city rivals would come but that the club had other priorities.

With Hibs just four points ahead of Dunfermline at the foot of the table, the manager acknowledged that they were facing a battle to avoid relegation.

He said: "I feel for the supporters today, I know what it's like, but it's now about survival for the club and we can rectify the situation against Hearts another day - but we need to make sure we're in the league to play against them next season."

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