Fenlon: My flops were a disgrace; Fenlon.
Shamed Pat Fenlon branded his Hibs players a disgrace after a Cup Final humiliation at the hands of bitter rivals Hearts yesterday.
The Irishman - sent off in the last minute of the 5-1 thrashing for a petulant gesture at the Jambos support - ripped into his outclassed team.
Chasing their first Scottish Cup triumph in 110 years in the biggest Edinburgh derby ever, Fenlon reckons they simply didn't turn up at Hampden.
And he insists Hibs were so gutless even the controversial Hearts penalty when the match was poised at 2-1 just after the break didn't make a blind bit of difference. Hibs skipper James McPake had briefly given the Easter Road fans hope after goals from Darren Barr and Rudi Skacel.
But Danny Grainger's spot-kick, which followed Pa Kujabi red card, and Ryan McGowan's goal two minutes later killed the game before Skacel made it 5-1. Fenlon promised a summer clear-out as he sifted through the wreckage and said: "I feel physically sick.
"There's an acceptance and softness about the place that needs to change.
"There has to be a change in the way the club is and what type of player we recruit. When you get to a cup final you think players should be busting a gut to play but we didn't have that and that's what's wrong with the club. "It's a lack of desire and a lack of will to win. "We didn't have any players today. It sums it up that a sub Eoin Doyle was our best player, however long he was on for. "When you send the team out the least you expect is desire and work rate - and we didn't have that in this match. "Sometimes you have games when you're not good enough but we didn't show any hunger. "It's more painful for the supporters than anyone else.
That's who I feel sorry for. "It wasn't good enough." Fenlon could have used the penalty decision - a dive by Suso Santana after Kujabi had tugged his shirt outside the area - as an excuse for his side's defeat. But he refused to pull any punches and laid the blame firmly at the door of his players. He said: "It was hard to see from where I was but it's not really relevant to the scoreline. "We should have been out of the game by half-time but a goal got us back in it.
"We spoke about the next goal being important but gave away two cheap ones instead. It makes you wonder." Fenlon will face an SFA rap for his behaviour as the clock ticked down. Hearts fans mockingly chanted "One Pat Fenlon" and the Hibs boss clearly reacted with a "get it up you" gesture. Between the match commander and fourth official Willie Collum, ref Craig Thomson was made aware of it and sent Fenlon to the stand. However, the Irishman's defence was as embarrassing as his team's. He said: "Is that what... I don't know what they were singing, to be honest.
There's a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture but we want to talk about the game and we were well beaten. They were miles ahead of us." Asked if he made a gesture at the fans, he snapped: "No I didn't. I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. "We kept giving the ball away cheaply. If we had shown a bit more passion we might not have been in the position we were in. "It was just frustration with the way we were playing, that's all. "The referee said the police said something but I spoke to the police and they said they had nothing to do with it. "I don't know what the referee thought. I didn't get to speak to him after the game and he's the last person I'd want to speak to at this stage. "I apologise to our own supporters for it - this was a desperately disappointing day."
Storm.. Fenlon was sent off for this gesture
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||May 20, 2012|
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