Fenlon insists on 'top form'
Sat, 25 May 2013 13:13:00
Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon insists all his players will have to be on top form tomorrow to have a chance of lifting the William Hill Scottish Cup - not just star man Leigh Griffiths.
Much of the focus in the build-up to the final against Celtic has been on the on-loan forward thanks to an impressive campaign which saw him pick up a number of end of season awards.
Fenlon is well aware of the importance of Griffiths firing on all cylinders, as they attempt to prevent the Scottish champions from completing the double, but the Hibs boss knows the striker also needs help from elsewhere in the team.
He said: "To beat Celtic, we've got to have most of our players on their game. It's really important.
"Leigh doesn't score goals on his own, they don't just happen.
"We've got to have everybody involved and contributing to the goals, whether it's attacking wise or defensive wise."
Having crashed to a 5-1 defeat to city rivals Hearts in last year's final, Fenlon is seeking a major improvement this time.
He added: "We've got to make sure everybody gets to a level of performance that befits the game as well.
"That was the disappointing thing last year, the performance.
"We've got to make sure we get to those levels and give ourselves every opportunity to win the game."
Fenlon believes Hibs - who have won their last three games - have shown recently they do not just have to rely on Griffiths for the goals.
He said: "I think we've had an attacking threat.
"A lot was made of 'if Leigh doesn't score then we don't score' but we have put that to bed over the last few weeks.
"The young boys coming into the team have been a breath of fresh air to be honest.
"They have been fantastic. They have no fear, they just want to go and play matches.
"It's the same in training and they have been great around the training and they have perked everybody up so it has been very good to have them in the squad."
A question mark remains over whether Griffiths will return to parent club Wolves in the summer or spend another season at Hibs.
Asked if the final was likely to be his last game for the club, Fenlon said: "I don't know, it's not something I'm thinking about to be honest.
"I've got a bit more to think about than that. I'm not too sure on that one."
Hibs went to Dublin to prepare for last year's final but Fenlon opted for a different, stay at home, approach for the clash with Celtic.
He said: "I felt last year, that was the best thing to do in relation to the game.
"Obviously we got that one wrong so we have tried something different this year.
"Hopefully it will work out properly for us and we can win the game."