Slack Hibs disappoint Fenlon

  • Last Updated: February 12 2013, 7:31 GMT

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon admitted St Johnstone simply wanted the points more than his side after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Easter Road.

St Johnstone celebrate at Easter Road
St Johnstone celebrate at Easter Road

A double from Rowan Vine and a Patrick Cregg goal sealed the win that allowed Saints to leapfrog their hosts into fourth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Leigh Griffiths did pull a goal back for Hibs but it was too little too late for the home side to mount a comeback.

Fenlon said: "It was bitterly disappointing to be honest. There was nothing in the game up until the first goal but, after that, we were all over the place and it wasn't good enough.

"I thought St Johnstone played really well but they also worked tremendously hard and we didn't have that.

"I can't say that too many times about my team this year but definitely we lacked that little bit of urgency, hunger and desire.

"They looked like they wanted it a little bit more than us."

Hibs were without David Wotherspoon, who was absent from the squad.

Fenlon explained: "We left him out, we just gave him a break. We thought over the last couple of weeks he has looked a little bit fatigued.

"Maybe that's a mistake we made in fairness but I just felt he was a little tired over the last two or three games."

Saints boss Steve Lomas felt the victory could have been even more comfortable.

He said: "It was very good from start to finish.

"We've had a few games this season where we have had good performances and sometimes haven't got what we deserved.

"But I thought we thoroughly deserved it and if it had been by two or three more, there probably couldn't have been much complaint."

The best chance to add to the goal tally came when the visitors won a penalty but Steven MacLean was denied by an impressive block by goalkeeper Ben Williams - his fifth penalty save of the season.

Asked if Vine - who was chasing a hat-trick - fancied the spot-kick himself, Lomas said: "He probably did.

"But we decided that once the penalty-taker was decided before the game, we stuck to it no matter what the situation was.

"Unfortunately, Steven has missed it but all credit to the goalkeeper.

"That's five out of seven he has saved and that's an unbelievable penalty ratio."

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