Fenlon Apologises To Fans After Cup Final Humiliation
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon apologised to the fans who had travelled in their thousands to Hampden, after a dismal performance ended in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of city rivals Hearts in the final of the Scottish Cup.
Both sides started slowly, but it was the Gorgie men who took the lead after 15 minutes. A Danny Grainger corner was headed on by Andy Webster, and Rudi Skacel’s deflected shot landed at the feet of Darren Barr who hit the ball past Mark Brown.
Two minutes later, referee Craig Thomson incurred the wrath of the Hibs support when he booked Pa Kujabi for a foul on Suso Santana, then only talking to Ian Black for a worse foul on Leigh Griffiths.
Hearts doubled their lead on 27 minutes after Isaiah Osbourne lost possession in midfield and Ian Black slipped the ball to an unmarked Skacel on the edge of the box. His shot was deflected off James McPake into the corner of the net.
It could have been three nil shortly afterwards but McPake was able to clear a Santana shot off the line with Brown beaten.
Just before half time, McPake gave Hibs a glimmer of hope when he side footed the ball past Jamie McDonald from a Tom Soares cross.
As the second half kicked off, everyone knew that the next goal would be vital, and it arrived two minutes later in controversial circumstances. Santana did well to beat Griffiths and Pa Kujabi on the right touchline, and the African fullback pulled his jersey as he ran toward the penalty box. Pa Kujabi released his grip two yards outside the box, but Santana continued his run before blatantly diving to the ground.
Craig Thomson was perfectly placed to see the dive, but amazingly pointed to the spot and sent Pa Kujabi off, ending any chance of a comeback from Hibs.
Danny Grainger dispatched the spot kick high into the corner of the net, and the only question left was how many would Hearts win by.
Two minutes later Hearts scored a fourth when Grainger’s corner found an unmarked Skacel in the box. His miss-hit shot beat Brown and was headed in by Ryan McGowan from close range, to the delight of the Hearts faithful.
Paulo Sergio’s men looked as if they could score at will but thankfully for Hibs they took their foot off the pedal and were happy to retain possession.
Skacel scored a fifth on 74 minutes with a well struck shot from the edge of the box which went through McPake’s legs leading to a mass exodus at the Hibs end.
After the game, a clearly angry Pat Fenlon said: “We didn’t turn up, we didn’t shine, we didn’t deserve to win the game. We didn’t show anything. I apologise to the fans for having to sit and watch that.”
“There’s no desire and we’ve got to change the players to change the outlook of the club. The club has been like this for a while. We’ll work as hard as we can to turn things around.”
Hibs: Brown, Doherty, Pa Saikou Kujabi, Hanlon, McPake, Claros, Osbourne, Stevenson, Soares, Griffiths, O’Connor. Subs Grant, Sproule, Doyle. O’Hanlon, Francombe
Hearts: MacDonald, Grainger, Webster, McGowan, Zaliukas Barr, Black, Driver, Santana Skacel, Elliott. Subs: Rigders, Taouil,Prychynenko, Beattie,Robinson
Referee Craig Thomson