Hibernian's Pat Fenlon warns players over livelihoods

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon issues instructions from the touchline

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon warned his players they are playing for their livelihoods after a 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen left them joint-bottom of the Scottish Premier League

"It's a difficult time," he said. "When you're losing then your confidence takes a bit of a battering.

"We've got to realise where we are in the league at the moment.

"Livelihoods depend on winning matches and we've got to take that on board quickly and turn it around."

Aberdeen were awarded a penalty after Ivan Spoule was adjudged to have fouled Peter Pawlett and Scott Vernon made no mistake from the spot.

Fenlon thought the decision from Craig Thomson was harsh but told his side they must begin to take their opportunities.

Akpo Sodje had a late chance to earn a point for the visitors, who were up against 10 men following Pawlett's controversial red card for a lunge on Lewis Stevenson.

The striker fired against the legs of home goalkeeper Jason Brown from seven yards.

"It's definitely not a penalty, but there's not a lot we can do about it now," he said. "I think on the run we are on at the moment, things are going against us like that.

"Hopefully that will turn around. We're disappointed, I thought we did enough to get something out of the game.

"I think Akpo Sodje probably had the best chance of the game. He should score from there.

"I think we've had fight and determination in the two-and-a-half games we've been involved in, but we have to have a little bit of quality as well and we have to start scoring goals.

"Nobody's cut us open and we haven't conceded from play, but it's disappointing that we've conceded from a corner and two penalties."

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