Fenlon hails Hibs effort

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Manager Pat Fenlon was delighted after seeing his Hibernian side move three points clear of Dunfermline at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Tom Soares opened the scoring after latching on to Leigh Griffiths' through-ball and Roy O'Donovan extended Hibernian's advantage with a stunning 30-yard effort. Soares grabbed his second goal of the match after he connected with Griffiths' cross before Dean Shiels netted a late consolation for Kilmarnock with a bending free-kick.

"It was very pleasing today, I thought from start to finish we were very good and the players stuck to what we asked of them," said Fenlon. "I thought we played probably the best football since I have arrived in the first 45 minutes. We have come here and performed very well, it is a hard place to come and the players can take massive belief from the result."

He added: "I felt we were unlucky the other night against Motherwell and today's result is a big lift."

Fenlon was pleased to see the Easter Road outfit score early in the second half after conceding just after the interval in their previous two matches against Celtic and Motherwell.

"It was a great strike from Roy at the start of the second half and that gave players that little extra confidence," added Fenlon. "At half-time we perhaps should have went in two or three up after missing a couple of chance, but overall we were very good.

"We have scored six goals in the last two away games, I know people talk about us conceding goals but that is a big achievement from us."

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels was far from pleased after his side slumped to their second successive league defeat, and he said: "I am very disappointed, it's the fourth time this season that we have lost to the team that is bottom or joint bottom.

"That is a big question of our strength of character, there's contributing factors but they are only excuses really. We had quite a bit of domination in the last 30 minutes, but Hibs came here and did a very good job.

"They did all the good things about the British game today and came out on top, we can have no complaints."

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