Fenlon soothed as Hibs break duck

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Pat Fenlon's Hibernian picked up their first win of the season at St Mirren

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Pat Fenlon's Hibernian picked up their first win of the season at St Mirren

Pat Fenlon was relieved to see his new-look Hibernian side hang on for their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win of the season at St Mirren as the game finished 2-1.

A goal in either half from Leigh Griffiths gave them a two-goal lead, but the Edinburgh side had to withstand a fightback from Saints, who couldn't add to Steven Thompson's goal.

"I was delighted with the performance especially in the first half when we passed the ball well," said the Hibs boss. "Saints changed their shape in the second half but I then thought we defended well. And at the other end Griffiths and Eoin Doyle are forming a good partnership and always looked a threat."

Hibs have produced two good performances since their opening day 3-0 hammering by Dundee United.

Fenlon said: "Sometimes a manger has to accept the responsibility of the tactics being wrong and I think I got it wrong at Tannadice.

"After losing heavily in the (Scottish) Cup final (against Hearts last season) and then losing by three to Dundee United the players have shown tremendous character in their last two games."

Meanwhile, Danny Lennon was disappointed to see St Mirren lose for the first time and give up their top of the table spot.

But Lennon was more concerned with the injury to Darren McGregor. The early indication is that the defender, having already recovered from a cruciate knee injury, has similarly damaged the other knee but the Saints boss is confident that he will fight back again.

"It is not looking too good for Darren, who had a tremendous fightback from injury last season," confessed Lennon.

"I wasn't sure when it happened and I thought at first it was a head injury. But with the backing of our great medical team and his character I'm sure he will come though it."

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