St Mirren v Hibernian reaction

A goal in either half from Leigh Griffiths gave them a two-goal

lead, but the Edinburgh side had to withstand a fightback from

Saints, who couldn’t add to Steven Thompson’s goal.

However, the hosts were perhaps made to rue their penalty miss,

with Paul McGowan’s first-half spot-kick saved by Hibernian keeper

Ben Williams.

But Fenlon thought his side deserved the victory because of

their strong first-half performance.

“I was delighted with the performance especially in the first

half when we passed the ball well,” said the Hibs boss.

“Saints changed their shape in the second half but I then

thought we defended well. And at the other end Griffiths and Eoin

Doyle are forming a good partnership and always looked a

threat.”

Hibs have produced two good performances since their opening day

3-0 hammering by Dundee United.

Fenlon added: “Sometimes a manger has to accept the

responsibility of the tactics being wrong and I think I got it

wrong at Tannadice.

“After losing heavily in the (Scottish) Cup final (against

Hearts last season) and then losing by three to Dundee United the

players have shown tremendous character in their last two

games.”

Danny Lennon was disappointed to see St Mirren lose for the

first time and give up their top of the table spot.

But Lennon was more concerned with the injury to Darren

McGregor. The early indication is that the defender, having already

recovered from a cruciate knee injury, has similarly damaged the

other knee but the Saints boss is confident that he will fight back

again.

“It is not looking too good for Darren, who had a tremendous

fightback from injury last season,” confessed Lennon.

“I wasn’t sure when it happened and I thought at first it was a

head injury. But with the backing of our great medical team and his

character I’m sure he will come though it.”

The Saints boss was disappointed with his team’s first-half

performance not helped by McGowan’s penalty miss.

Lennon, though, preferred to criticise the entire team, saying:

“I thought the side was unrecognisable in the first half. When we

don’t have our passing game we play deeper and Hibs took full

advantage.

“We changed things in the second half I couldn’t have asked for

any more except maybe another goal. Dougie Imrie and Gary Teale

provided lost of crosses and I felt Steven Thompson and Sam Parkin

gave them a handful.

“The second half was much more pleasing and we have to credit

the fans who got right behind us.”