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Fenlon delighted as Hibs hit front after Hoops held

EOIN DOYLE scored early in the second half against Dundee United yesterday with the goal that sent Hibs two points clear of Celtic at the top of the SPL.

IT WAS the former Sligo striker's fifth goal of the season as the Edinburgh side demonstrated that they intend to hang around the top part of the table.

With Celtic slipping up again, drawing 1-1 at home to St Johnstone after the Hibs match had finished, it made for a satisfying evening for Pat Fenlon.

On-form Leigh Griffiths had opened the scoring in the first half and completed the day by being called up into the full Scotland squad to face Luxembourg on Wednesday.

"It's two or three times now we've been in that position so it's fantastic to be top," Fenlon admitted. "It's great credit to the players to get themselves in that position, we're delighted.

"We spoke at the start of the season about making sure that this place becomes difficult for teams to visit like it used to be.

"Over the last couple of seasons it hasn't been hard enough for teams to come here and we want to make sure that if they get anything out of here they work really hard for it.


"Other than the opening game of the season at Dundee United when we didn't perform I've been delighted with the players.

"Since then we've been very strong and that is great credit to the players. They knew they didn't work hard that day, but they've rolled their sleeves up and worked hard to get better.

"I thought it was a complete performance today. We were superb in the first half and in the second half we had to defend, football is about doing both. It shows we've come a long way."

Fenlon's joy was in contrast to the frustrations of Neil Lennon who watched his side turn in another flat performance on the back of a Champions League thriller.

Since facing Barcelona in the Nou Camp Celtic have picked up two points out of nine in the SPL with Tony Watt's 51st minute goal against St Johnstone yesterday cancelled out by a strike from Nigel Hasselbaink 13 minutes from time.