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Thursday 14 December 2017

Fenlon targets derby success to keep Hibs on upward curve

Matt McGeehan

Manager Pat Fenlon has dismissed suggestions his Hibernian side are inconsistent and is confident of backing up the defeat of Celtic with victory at Hearts tonight.

Hibs responded from a four-match winless streak, including a dire performance in losing at home to Ross County, by beating Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic at Easter Road last Saturday.

Fenlon is looking forward to the chance for his players to show their quality at Tynecastle, at the home of their greatest rivals.

"We've been fantastic all season," he said. "We didn't play to the level we felt we could against Ross County, but I don't think there's been loads of performances where we've been poor.

"Hibs-Hearts is normally frantic and probably will be for a period. We feel we've got some players who can go in and play. That's what we've got to try to do. With the team we have we feel we can go there and cause them problems."

The third Edinburgh derby of the season comes amid suggestions of a change of fortunes of the capital clubs, with Hearts in deep financial turmoil and Hibs in the top half of the table after recent battles to avoid relegation.

Hibs are seeking another victory over their rivals after winning a first derby in 13 attempts in December's Scottish Cup fourth-round clash, little more than six months after losing the Hampden final 5-1 to the same opponents.

With the winter break beginning after the Tynecastle tussle, Fenlon is eager to keep the momentum from the Celtic win going.

"It would be great to go there and get something out of the game," Fenlon added. "On the back of beating Celtic, you want to be able to go and back that up.

"If we could go there and win it would be a fantastic result, but we're under no illusions, it's going to be difficult. We're looking forward to it. We feel we're a match for anybody in the league at the moment."

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