Hibs boss Pat Fenlon revels in first league win

Leigh Griffiths and Garry O'Connor were on target for Hibernian
Griffiths and O'Connor were on target for Hibernian

Pat Fenlon was delighted to build on last week's Scottish Cup win with his first league victory as Hibs manager.

The Edinburgh side followed their success against Cowdenbeath with a 3-2 win at Dunfermline to move four points clear of the bottom club.

"We've had two wins on the spin and that creates a bit of momentum and confidence," said Fenlon.

"If we can keep that kind of form up over the next few weeks, I think we'll see a different side to the team."

Dunfermline went ahead through an Andy Kirk header but Leigh Griffiths levelled before half-time.

Garry O'Connor fired Hibs ahead and Griffiths struck the winning goal after Liam Buchanan had equalised in a match packed full of incidents.

"Credit to both sides for serving up an entertaining match for the punters and we're delighted to come out on top," added Fenlon.

"Dunfermline were the better side in the first half and put us under a lot of pressure. They looked a bit hungrier than our lads at the start and we were a bit edgy.

"In the second half we got in about them more.

"Over the last two weeks we've shown great character. We conceded a late goal but went back up the park and got the winner, which was fantastic."

Michael Hart and David Stephens both made goal-saving clearances for Hibs and, despite losing a soft goal to Buchanan from a set-piece, Fenlon was pleased with his side's improvement at the back.

"We lost our shape defensively in the first half and that's something we need to work on," he explained.

"But, second half, I thought David Stephens was outstanding, with towering headers and putting his body in the way."

Fenlon also singled out midfielder Isaiah Osbourne, who turned in a strong performance after being missing from the side for a month.

Griffiths hit the headlines this week, after receiving a one-match ban for gestures made to his own supporters during last week's win over Cowdenbeath but he won back the fans with his brace.

"Leigh's celebrations were good today, he enjoyed himself as he should when you score goals," said Fenlon.

"He was very good for us again today as he has been all season. It was also a massive boost to be able to bring Garry O'Connor on and Leigh played a part in his goal too."

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