Forget The Chance To Get To The Scottish Cup Final
Updated Sunday, 11th March 2012
Hibs have to focus on staying in the SPL one their own efforts. Any cup glory can be enjoyed if it comes along.
Hibs fans know all about the 110 years wait to see their favourites lift the Scottish Cup again but Saturday's result against Ayr United took them a step closer to the final. However, manager Pat Fenlon is more concerned with SPL survival at the moment. Hibs ran out 0-2 winners in the quarter-final cup tie at Somerset Park thanks to first-half goals from Roy O'Donovan and Leigh Griffiths, the second from the spot. Next week sees Hibs looking at the relegation fight with bottom side Dunfermline, whom they lead by four points having played a game less.
Fenlon said: "There is a semi-final to be played before you start talking about anything like that (winning the cup). I am looking forward to it (Hampden). I've been there a few times to watch games, it is a fabulous venue with a huge history so it will be nice to bring Hibs to a semi-final there. But we have a lot of big games before we play the semi-final, a lot more important games to make sure we stay in the division and that's what we will focus on. I thought we approached the game against Ayr with the right attitude and right manner and that's what got us through it."
Griffiths read from the same script used by Fenlon by stressing that staying in the SPL was the most important goal this season. He said: "We will take it one game at a time. We have a massive league game against Hearts next Sunday. The cup is a bonus, but it is the league we really want to focus on, we want to get as many points to stay in it. It is nice to get a cup win but it's back to reality on Monday morning and we look forward to Hearts."
Ayr manager Brian Reid was not happy with the penalty decision awarded against his side by referee Steven McLean but praised his part-time players for their efforts so far this season. He said: "We have had a remarkable run this season, the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and the semi-final of the League Cup. I think people forget we had a game in midweek as well which can take its toll on a part-time team. Now we can focus on the league and make sure we stay in the division. We need to pick ourselves up, we have a big game on Tuesday against Dundee and we will need to see where we go from there."