PETRIE PLEADS FOR SUPPORT
Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie has issued a rallying cry to supporters, urging them to back the club and boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.
The Easter Road side head into the final six games with a six-point advantage over bottom club Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hibs appointed Pat Fenlon as boss in November following the departure of Colin Calderwood - who was sacked following 12 wins in 12 months in charge - and Petrie is confident the team is in better shape now than it was at the start of the season.
In an open message to supporters on the club's official website, he said: "Your team needs you - it's as simple as that.
"If we do not rally to the cause no-one else will. Supporters will help determine how good an end to the season we have and the shape of the team for next season.
"We had a catastrophic 2011 to add to the problems in 2010. We made mistakes, I made mistakes. I am sorry. We have paid for these mistakes. That was then, this is 2012.
"We face the business end of the season with a stronger management team and a stronger playing squad than we had on the opening day."
Petrie insists there is no need for Hibs to choose between SPL survival and success in the William Hill Scottish Cup this season.
He added: "This is not the league campaign we wanted. However, a semi-final tie against Aberdeen on April 14 has the potential to take us to a Scottish Cup final for the first time since 2001.
"This could yet be the season that all Hibernian supporters talk about for years to come. How can we make it happen? Support the team.
"There are some who want to talk us into looking down not up, even trading failure in the league for success in the cup.
"Now is the time for clear heads and calm nerves. We can succeed in both."
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