Hibs boss Pat Fenlon calm on fans' reaction to home defeat

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon

Manager Pat Fenlon played down the jeering that followed Hibs' Premiership loss to Motherwell at Easter Road.

"It's a sore one to take, I didn't think we deserved to lose," he said after the 1-0 defeat.

"I understand why the supporters are frustrated. When you lose matches you are never happy.

"I've said from the start, if I can take this club forward, brilliant, it's a fantastic football club. If I can't, then someone else comes in."

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Motherwell substitute Henri Anier's late goal piled more misery on a support still raw following their 7-0 thrashing by Malmo.

"I don't know whether they booed the team off or booed me off," added Fenlon.

"You have to be big enough and strong enough to take it on the chin.

"If they are booing me, it's not relevant from my point of view. That's frustration. If I were up there, I'd probably be doing the same.

"I'm disappointed we have a lost the game but we started much better than we did last year at Tannadice [a 3-0 loss]."

Alex Harris was taken off with an ankle injury
Harris was taken off with an ankle injury

Striker James Collins was making his debut but lacked good service as Hibs toiled to create openings and headed wide when a chance finally came his way.

Michael Nelson, another new arrival, turned in a promising display at the back, while Scott Robertson and Kevin Thomson impressed in midfield.

"There was some positive stuff but we lost the game to a poor goal and I'm disappointed that the good stuff will be forgotten," continued Fenlon.

"Defensively we were solid. I thought we had dealt with Motherwell's shape and [James] McFadden coming into the hole to pick things up, and then we got done by a long ball over the top when we were attacking.

"They were the only two real chances they had, the first came from us losing the ball at our throw-in and then a punt over the top. We were ball-watching and Ben made a good save."

Fenlon also revealed Alex Harris had been taken to hospital with a swollen ankle following a late challenge from Shaun Hutchinson.