Fenlon hails Hibs character

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Pat Fenlon hailed his team's character after they gave him his first success as Hibernian manager in their 3-2 Scottish Cup victory over Cowdenbeath.

Goals from Leigh Griffiths, Eoin Doyle and David Wotherspoon rescued the tie for the Premier League team after going behind early on and Fenlon was delighted with how his players responded in the face of adversity.

He said: "I thought the players reacted really well because we knew it was going to be a tough game coming down here and the conditions weren't great."

He added: "To lose a goal after 15 seconds rams that home a little bit quicker.

"So, I thought we reacted really well to that.

"People had doubted them and questioned their bottle and their mentality and I think they showed a fair bit of that today. They stuck at it and showed a fair bit of character.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be in the next round, that's the important thing in the cup. Nobody remembers the performance in the next round, it's just important that we're through."

Cowdenbeath went into the match keen to play on their opponents' insecurities but manager Colin Cameron admitted their opening goal may have come too early.

He said: "I said to the players it was important to get on the front foot from the start because we were playing against a team that had been struggling a lot.

"I didn't expect us to score so early and what that did was give them a lot of time. But, overall, I was delighted with the players."

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