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Sunday 20 April 2014

In brief: Fenlon savours Celtic scalp

Pat Fenlon hailed his "best result'' since taking over as manager of Hibernian just over a year ago as Leigh Griffiths' 14th goal of the season gave his side a 1-0 victory over Celtic in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Easter Road.

"That's probably the biggest win since we've been here,'' said Fenlon. "To beat Celtic is a fantastic achievement, after the run they have been on and after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, it is a big result.

"I think over the last three or four weeks, people have started to doubt us a little bit so we have answered a few critics.

"We scored a very decent goal. It was a great finish, he still had a lot to do when he went round the 'keeper. Celtic put us under pressure with a lot of balls into our box but I don't think they created too many chances.''

Celtic manager Neil Lennon blamed himself for starting with the wrong tactics. The Hoops boss started with a back three of Efe Ambrose, Thomas Rogne and Kelvin Wilson but changed it to a back four after Griffiths' goal.

"I am disappointed with the goal, obviously, and I am disappointed with my own formation, I will take the blame for that,'' said Lennon. "We had two formations set up and I chose the wrong one by the look of it.''

Tributes to late Tommy Keane

FAI president Paddy McCaul yesterday led the tributes to former Galway United star Tommy Keane, who died suddenly on Friday.

Keane, who was 44, was a member of the Galway United team which won the FAI Cup in 1991 and was named man of the match for his performance in the final against Shamrock Rovers. He collapsed and died after playing in an indoor football tournament in Galway. He is survived by his wife Paula and son Tommy Jnr. "Tommy Keane will always be remembered for the part he played in Galway United's FAI Cup win in 1991," said McCaul.

"He was a great player and news of his death has come as a great shock. On behalf of everybody in Irish football I would like to offer our sympathy to his wife, his son and the rest of his family and friends."

Keane enjoyed spells at Bournemouth and Colchester before returning to Ireland to join Galway United.

Barnsley sack boss Hill

Barnsley have sacked manager Keith Hill and assistant David Flitcroft after their home defeat to Blackburn sent the club to the bottom of the Championship table.

Hill, 43, has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks and earned a stay of execution following his side's St Stephen's Day win at Millwall, but the Tykes slumped to a seventh home league defeat of the season after losing 3-1 to managerless Blackburn.

McCarthy joy at return win

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admitted that his side's 2-0 Championship win at former club Wolves was a memorable moment for him.

McCarthy was back at Wolves for the first time since being sacked by the club in February after almost six years in charge.

Goals from left-back Aaron Cresswell and striker DJ Campbell made it a happy return for McCarthy as Ipswich earned their seventh win in 12 games under his control.

"I would be lying if I said it was nothing special because it is,'' said the former Republic of Ireland manager. "My last game here (a 5-1 defeat against West Brom) I had to go out of the back door and I will never forget that. It was a real horrible day for me.

"So to have won and to have had the applause and ovation I got I think shows what most Wolves fans really thought about me as opposed to the minority that would not let me leave by the front door.

"The ones who were singing to get me out are doing it to Stale Solbakken now. Be careful: you might get what you wish for. But that was a lasting memory for me – being on the pitch and being applauded off.

"It was lovely and that is how I would like to remember my time here rather than anything else so thank you to all of them who did that for me today.''

Tigers end the year on a high

Hull's brilliant December ended with a fifth Championship win in six games against Leeds and manager Steve Bruce was left hoping for Premier League football, just a year after being sacked by Sunderland.

City are second, five points behind leaders Cardiff, heading into 2013 and the performance represented an impressive end to the year for the Tigers and in particular manager Bruce, rebuilding his reputation in the second tier after losing his job at the Stadium of Light.

Goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler did the trick and Bruce was understandably elated.

"I have enjoyed the last five or six months here and all I wanted to do was get back to work. I was out of work a year ago, so I'm really pleased," he said.

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