Manager Pat Fenlon happy with Hibs character

Eoin Doyle was on target for Hibs against St Johnstone

Manager Pat Fenlon praised Hibernian's defensive resolve following their 2-0 win over St Johnstone at Easter Road.

The home side were under the cosh for most of the first half before goals from Paul Hanlon and Eoin Doyle.

"We got out of jail a bit in the first half, going in 1-0 up when could have been down," Fenlon told BBC Scotland.

"It shows a bit of character and determination when it's not going well that you are able to withstand that kind of pressure."

The win lifts Hibs up to second in the table with seven points from their opening four games.

"First half we weren't at it and St Johnstone dominated because they worked harder than we did," explained Fenlon.

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"But, second half, we got to where we've been over the last few weeks.

"For too long, it's been too easy to come here and win, so it was important we brought in the right kind of characters.

"St Johnstone started really well and we stood up to that.

"We got important blocks in, we got heads on things.

"Second half, it was completely different. We were after them, pressed the ball high and picked up a lot second balls."

Having been largely starved of service in the first half, Hibs strikers Doyle and Leigh Griffiths had a much greater influence after the interval.

"They are handful to mark, their movement is very good and they have a bit of pace about them," said Fenlon.

"I was delighted for Eoin today because he's worked so hard.

"St Johnstone had to chase the game and, when it's wide open like that, it suits them."

Hibs visit Queen of the South on League Cup duty on Tuesday before travelling to Glasgow to meet Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic next weekend.

And Fenlon, who has made eight signings over the summer, is still on the look out for new recruits.

"There are one or two areas where we are a little short and we are working on that," he added. "To do that, we might have move some out.

"And we have one or two that maybe need to go out on loan and play."

Fenlon urged his players to enjoy a second win on the trot but warned against the possible onset of any complacency.

"It feels good and that's where we should be as a club," he continued.

"But it's important that we don't think we've had a couple of decent results and pat ourselves on the back.

"We've got a big game during the week and a massive one at the weekend.

"But the players are looking forward to these now instead of maybe dreading it like they were last year.

"There is a great confidence and belief in themselves now."

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