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LENNON SCOOPS AWARD BUT RUES DROPPED POINTS

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NEIL LENNON has beaten Brendan Rodgers in winning the vote for the Ladbrokes Premiership Manager of the Month for October.

His Hibs won three of their four league games last month, recovering from a 1-0 to Aberdeen to beat Hearts, Motherwell and Kilmarnock in the space of a week without conceding a goal. Rodgers remained undefeated domestically in October just as he has done in every single month since taking over as Celtic boss.

The Easter Road side continued their good run by defeating Dundee at the weekend and are third in the table going into the international break behind Aberdeen and league leaders Celtic but are ahead of Rangers.

And Lennon today revealed his frustration that his side has dropped silly points that could have been avoided. If that had happened he reckons that the Easter Road side would be sitting at the top of the league.

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The former Celtic and Bolton gaffer reckons his team should be the pacesetters ahead of the club that has just smashed their own 100-year UK record of 63 unbeaten domestic games.

Lennon has seen his side win four matches in a row with a 2-1 victory over Dundee sending them just two points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

It’s their best top-flight run since 2011, but the Easter Road chief insists it could have been even better.

He said: “We should have won at Dundee earlier in the season, we should have won at St Johnstone and we were 2-0 up against Motherwell.

“That’s six points dropped and if we had not dropped them we would be top of the table.

“The players are in a really good place at the moment, there’s a real belief about them and their fitness levels are excellent.”

Lennon also praised the support for the atmosphere they created in the recent 1-0 win over Hearts.

He added: “There was a real connection between the players and fans, probably the best I have experienced other than an Edinburgh derby.

“The atmosphere was absolutely electric, the fans could see the players needed lifted and they really got behind the team.

“You could see what it means to the players so everyone deserves a pat on the back.”

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