FENLON - PLAYERS UP FOR THE CUP
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has urged his players to prove the doubters wrong again when they face Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup final.
Hibs ensured their Clydesdale Bank Premier League safety with a 4-0 win over Dunfermline last Monday and are now focused on ending a 110-year wait for Scottish Cup success.
Fenlon helped steady the team with a number of loan signings in January. Coventry defender James McPake has impressed in particular with the likes of Stoke midfielder Tom Soares, Wolves defender Matt Doherty and George Francomb of Norwich also becoming first-team regulars.
And Fenlon rejected suggestions the transient nature of the Hibs team will have a negative impact on their desire in the first Edinburgh derby final since 1896.
Fenlon, who has taken his squad to County Dublin for a training camp, told STV: "The players that came in, whether they have been on loan or have come in towards end of season, have everything to play for.
"They have a future at parent clubs or they are looking to get themselves a contract.
"We have alo got some big Hibs fans in the dressing room and it would mean the world to them to win the game. I don't buy that, it's a cheap shot maybe because we are Hibs.
"We had a big day last Monday where people doubted us and the players stepped up to the plate and showed what they are capable of."
Midfielder Lewis Stevenson believes his side can upset the odds against Hearts, who have beaten them in all three SPL meetings this season.
"It's probably the most confident we have been," Stevenson said.
"The pressure is probably on them, they will be favourites.
"Their fans and everyone else seem so focused on how long it has been since we won it.
"They seem more interested in us not winning it than actually winning it themselves, so hopefully that will work in our favour."
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