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GAME OF CLONES; HIBS LATEST Lenny: If my team was full of characters like Keano and me we'd never hide like we did against Motherwell.

Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY a.haggerty@dailyrecord.co.uk

HIBS boss Neil Lennon made a drama out of a mini-crisis at Easter Road last weekend when his side let slip a two-goal lead against Motherwell.

Now he wants his team to indulge in a "Game of Clones" in a bid to cure their psychological ills.

Lennon says he has encouraged his players to be more like himself and Roy Keane on the field.

He believes shouting at your team-mates occasionally can actually be a good thing and said he inhabited dressing rooms during his playing career in which there was no room for shrinking violets.

Lennon said: "You saw me play for 15 years - you also saw Roy Keane play. I'd like that, 11 clones, but they would be hard to manage!

"I don't know if it's a dying breed or not but you are looking for someone to lead, to get somebody by the neck and say that's not acceptable.

"Like when we lost that goal on Saturday give the goalkeeper a shake, that type of thing, just to liven them up a bit and make them concentrate, rather than feel sorry for themselves.

"I don't know if it is a generational thing or not - or if they are afraid of upsetting their pals? "For me if you don't have a go at somebody it means you don't care about them, you're leaving them to it rather than giving them a gee up when sometimes they need it.

"There are maybe ways of putting it across but some people aren't as subtle as maybe my good self ! That's what I want from my team because it shows they care about each other.

"What I want from these guys, who have won championships, is to step up when the bad moments occur.

"Johan Mjallby did at Celtic and Stilian Petrov could lose it, Chris Sutton, John Hartson, Henrik Larsson, they had big personalities but you can't compare what I have with them.

"I also managed Scott Brown who wasn't shy in coming forward and barking out orders. You want that even if they are not having a good day themselves, it doesn't matter, because they lead by example, that's what good players do on the pitch.

"If they sense something is not right I want them to be vocal, rather than just turn their back on it and walk away. If they're not dealing with it there and then they're letting the game slide away from them.

"Sometimes you can do that from the start of a game and then you're 20 minutes in and the game has almost got away from you.

"There is an inconsistency about us at times and we have to handle those situations better. I think it is psychological rather than physical, that's why I got them in last Sunday and showed them the DVD of the Motherwell game.

The players saw for themselves what happened - mistake after mistake, wrong decision after wrong decision - by letting them see it and talking them through it you hope it doesn't happen again. It may happen again but I want them to manage the situation better.

"At 2-0 up against Motherwell with half an hour to go we should have been in control. I expected them to see the game out.

"But they got a goal back and it was all about our game-management after that We had to discourage them from coming forward but we didn't do that and it played right into their hands."

Lennon admits he saw plenty of improvement in Tuesday's 3-2 Betfred Cup quarter-final win over Livingston and is hopeful Hibs can reproduce that sort of form at Ross County tomorrow He said: "Against Livi there was a big difference. We dominated the game despite stories claiming we avoided a scare. We deserved to win and the scoreline flattered them.

"Now we head to Dingwall where we lost on penalties in the League Cup section this season but we were unlucky that night."

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ANNOYING Well fightback upset Lennon, inset

BAWL GAME Lennon, left, and Keane weren't slow to give stick to team-mates
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