Doyle confident of Hibs' survival

Aidan Fitzmaurice

FORMER Sligo Rovers man Eoin Doyle is confident that Pat Fenlon's Hibernian side can avoid relegation from the SPL - once they still have their fate in their own hands.

Just two weeks ago Hibernian were edging towards safety but last weekend's results - defeat for Hibs against St Mirren and a win for bottom side Dunfermline - means Hibs are now just three points ahead of Dunfermline and with no games in hand.

It's bound to be another nervous game for Fenlon and his Irish players - Doyle, Matt Doherty and Roy O'Donovan - tonight as they know they need to get a result away to Aberdeen to stay clear of trouble.

"The dressing-room remains positive and confident we can do it. It's still all very tight. We had a chance to bring Inverness into it and to maintain the gap between ourselves and Dunfermline but we slipped up," says Doyle.

"If we take the three points it will be a different story. If we do that and they (Dunfermline) lose then the gap is back to six but all we can realistically do is take it one game at a time, although we are confident of getting ourselves out of it."