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Easter Road Stadium, Scotland

Referee: C Murray | Attendance: 17052

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  • Marius Zaliukas 84' OG

1 - 0


Fenlon takes pressure off

Pat Fenlon will tell his Hibernian team to enjoy Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round clash with Hearts and forget the damning run of statistics which his side are eager to bring to an end.

Hibs' most recent win over Hearts was in May 2009. There have been 12 games since, including the painful 5-1 loss at Hampden in the Scottish Cup final on May 19, and fatefully the capital pair were drawn together as top-flight clubs entered the competition this weekend.

``Give it everything you have, but enjoy it,'' Fenlon said his message will be.

``The place will be jumping and it's an occasion you don't let pass you by, but it's more enjoyable if you win.''

Hibs were unbeaten at home this season until last week's 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen, but responded with a 1-0 win at St Johnstone to return to second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Fenlon is looking for the best of those performances when his side take to the field against Hearts.

``Just where we've been so far this season: hard work, honesty, ability on the ball,'' he said.

``A mix of last Saturday against Aberdeen how we played and Wednesday night's determination and steel. If we can get a good balance of that we've got a good chance to go through.''

Hibs kept their composure in Perth in a frenzied finale and similar attributes will be required at Easter Road.

``There was a lot happening and we didn't show any real frustration, which was great,'' Fenlon added.

``Coming into a big game with a real hostile atmosphere and intimidating atmosphere it's important we keep everyone on the park and our discipline is good.''

Paul Cairney was Hibs' match-winner at McDiarmid Park and Fenlon is confident top-scorer Leigh Griffiths has ample support.

Fenlon added: ``There's been a lot spoken about Leigh and rightly so, he's scored a lot of goals. But we've had match-winners in Eoin Doyle, Paul Cairney and David Wotherspoon.

``We've got some decent attacking players who can win games for us.

``If Leigh is on form, great, if he doesn't score we've got others who can chip in with goals.''

Manager John McGlynn is confident Hearts will return Easter Road victorious.

Hibs have not beaten Hearts in 12 matches and McGlynn is optimistic of a response from his side following the 4-0 defeat to Celtic on Wednesday, when Hibs won at St Johnstone to go second in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

``Form would suggest Hibs are going along very well and flying and we have been inconsistent,'' said McGlynn, who pointed to the bookmakers' odds which suggest the contest will be hard to call.

``That's possibly why it's still hard to split. People do know if we do play well we're a match for anyone.

``Even the other night (against Celtic) we played very well. The scoreline would not suggest that but anyone at the game would say Hearts played their part in what was a very good game.

``The scoreline could easily have been 4-3, 4-2, 4-4 perhaps, 5-4, whatever.

``We still take positives from that and that gives us the belief we can go down to Easter Road and win.

``We're well up for it. You can't dwell on Wednesday night.''

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