Hibs hit out at Shiels

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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is angry with Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels
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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is angry with Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has told Kenny Shiels to admit he made a mistake after the Kilmarnock boss criticised the award of the decisive penalty during his side's 2-1 defeat at Easter Road on Saturday.

Shiels was unhappy with Hibs midfielder Paul Cairney, who went down under a challenge by Ryan O'Leary, and continues to insist the spot-kick award by referee Steven McLean was wrong.

Television footage showed there was contact and Hibs released a statement saying Kilmarnock should be "embarrassed" by the comments of their manager, who maintained in his newspaper column on Thursday that Cairney had tried to gain an advantage.

Fenlon said: "As managers we tend to at times say stupid things in quick reaction to things without thinking about it. We've all done it.

"I think the biggest gripe for me is that the evidence is there, it's in black and white. Hold your hands up and say you got it wrong and move on.

"I don't need to defend any of my players in relation to their honesty. He (Cairney) has been fantastic. He does his talking on the pitch and that's what I want him to do. We just want to show people what we can do when we play football."

Shiels had hit out at Cairney in his post-match press conference and continued to claim on Thursday that Cairney had decided to go down and deliberately made contact with O'Leary's leg.

"I maintain it wasn't a penalty and the fact Paul winked at our keeper tells its own story," Shiels told the Daily Record. "What Paul did was try to gain an advantage."

In a statement on their official website, a Hibs spokesman said: "It is particularly disappointing that Mr Shiels chooses to use his national newspaper column to further imply cheating by a Hibernian player when the video and photographic evidence is absolutely clear and demonstrates that the referee made the correct decision."

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