A FURIOUS Neil Lennon offered no words of comfort to his beaten Hibs players after yesterday’s 3-2 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat from Aberdeen.

The Easter Road boss raged: “It was pathetic – utterly pathetic. 

“It was a semi-final, the pitch was good. We’ve been playing on quagmires all season. I wanted the players to go out and express themselves.

“The first two goals, Aberdeen didn’t have to do anything. We gave them the goals. You get setbacks, losing the early goal, but it didn’t worry me because I have character in there.

“They just didn’t show it. The first two goals were schoolboy stuff.

“I thought I was getting there, but some old, bad habits started creeping back in there. Players hiding, miscontrolling the ball, not being physical enough.

“We didn’t turn up for 30 minutes, which really annoyed me, then for the next 60 we were the better team by a long way. We scored two wonderful goals.

“But you can’t give any team a two-goal start in a semi-final. We got it back. The game could have gone either way, but Aberdeen got a huge slice of luck for their winning goal. It happens.

‘However, for the first 30 minutes… I don’t know, they need to have a good look at themselves.

“I don’t mind conceding a goal after one minute because you have 89 to get back in. But we didn’t show any responsibility.

‘Two players did, Marvin Bartley and Dylan McGeouch. The rest looked like the boy band they’ve been over the last three or four years.”


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