Hibs: Neil Lennon's pep talk on the pitch did the trick, says Martin Boyle

Neil Lennon speaks to his Hibs players
Lennon went on to the pitch to speak to his players again before the second half kicked off

Martin Boyle says head coach Neil Lennon's on-pitch pep talk inspired Hibernian's 1-0 win at Partick Thistle.

Lennon went on to the playing surface just before the second-half kicked off to impart a few last words to his side.

The second period was only three minutes old when Hibs' winner arrived via an Adam Barton own goal.

"Sometimes, even when we win, he is having a go at us, but he's been brilliant for us and that wee chat certainly got us going," Boyle said.

"The manager is always trying to rally us up because he's a winner. That's central to his mentality.

"He wants to implement that into the club here and he's certainly done that. He hates losing."

The Easter Road side, who were promoted to the top flight in the summer, are now fourth in the Premiership table with 29 points from 16 matches.

Partick Thistle's Stevie Lawless and Hibs' Martin Boyle
Martin Boyle (right) was singled out by his manager for praise

Aberdeen and Rangers are third and second respectively, both on 30 points, with Celtic seven ahead.

Lennon was pleased to pick up another win and reserved special praise for 24-year-old former Dundee winger Boyle and goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.

"I thought we dominated territorially and possession-wise, but that doesn't win you games and that's a bit of a bugbear at the minute," added Lennon.

"We missed some great chances to kill the game off second half and had to rely on Ofir to make a great save at one stage.

"Martin Boyle has been outstanding this season and he was outstanding again.

"He's one of the best players in the division now."

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