Hibs' half show heartens new manager Pat Fenlon

Pat Fenlon salutes the band of travelling Hibs fans at Fir Park
Fenlon salutes the band of travelling Hibs fans at Fir Park

New Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon was denied the chance of a debut win by a floodlight fire at Fir Park.

However, the Irishman was pleased with what he had seen from a game the visitors were leading 1-0 when the match was abandoned at half-time.

"We're very disappointed, but you take something out of every performance," said Fenlon.

"We worked them hard this week, the players embraced that, and we got it on the park."

Firefighters put out the electrical fire in the South Stand floodlight column but could not guarantee the safety of the system and the decision was taken to halt the game 25 minutes after the half-time whistle.

With Fenlon adopting a 4-2-3-1 formation, Hibs, had gone in front in the 16th minute when striker Garry O'Connor lashed home after Leigh Griffiths had turned and shot against the post.

Interview - Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

"There's not a lot we can do about it," shrugged Fenlon.

"When you put in a shift like that, you get what you deserve and that's what we've got to take, the positives of the performance for 45 minutes.

"The players carried out their jobs like we asked them to and I was very pleased with most of it.

"I thought we defended really well as a unit, and that's a big plus for us, we haven't been doing that well.

"I said to the players 'you've shown that you can do it', so there's no excuse."

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