Fenlon warns Hibs players

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Manager Pat Fenlon insists Scottish Cup finalists Hibernian are "nowhere near safe" from relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Fenlon is within 90 minutes of ending Hibs' 110-year wait for Scottish Cup glory, but knows Sunday's match with Kilmarnock could prove to be a key moment in their season as they seek to survive at the expense of Dunfermline.

"The focus is about survival and we're nowhere near safe at the moment," Fenlon said. "The mind should be focused on what the job is. We're second last in the league. It doesn't need much more than that at the moment.

"We've played Kilmarnock a few times since I've been here and the games have been really, really tight. One of them we were lucky enough to win, the others we did okay in."

Hibs beat Killie in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round in February, one of just two home wins this term, and at Rugby Park in the SPL in the same month.

The September defeat of St Johnstone is the only SPL triumph at Easter Road this term and Fenlon is eager for success in the two home matches remaining - Sunday's and the May 7 meeting with the Pars which could have a bearing on relegation.

"As a group we want to improve our record at home for the remainder of the season, which is only two games, and for next season," he added. "It's important we approach the game in the right manner. The last time we played Kilmarnock away we did quite well against them (winning 3-1). We've got to approach it similarly this time."

Hibs are set to finish the season without goalkeeper Graham Stack, who tore a thigh muscle against Aberdeen in last week's semi-final win.

Former Celtic and Rangers goalkeeper Mark Brown came off the bench and is set to start against Killie.

"It's a big blow for him (Stack) at an important stage of the season," Fenlon added. "But we're very fortunate we've got a very good goalkeeper to come in. Mark's played for two of the biggest clubs in Scotland and coming on last week didn't phase him. He's probably the best trainer we have in the club. I've no fear about Mark, he'll be okay."

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