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LENNON SLAMS ‘SLOPPY’ HIBS

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NEIL LENNON insists Hibs must improve if they are to make Europa League progress following their crazy 6-4 win over Faroese minnows Runavik last night.

The Easter Road outfit set up a second-round tie with Croatia’s Asteras Tripolis after winning through 12-5 on aggregate, but they suffered a scare before their eventual victory.

Lennon saw his side concede twice in the opening five minutes and were often exposed by the part-timers, with Klaemint Olsen netting a hat-trick over the game.

The Irishman said: “We scored six goals, but conceded four. We’re still very much in pre-season and some of the players needed a game.

“The back-three system was experimental and there were some things that need sorting.

“There were some good things, but some of the defending was a calamity.”

Two goals from Stevie Mallan and one each from John McGinn – returning to the side despite interest from Celtic – David Gray, Efe Ambrose and Lewis Stevenson made sure of the win, but Hibs were behind twice including a quick double from the hosts.

Ambrose scored an own goal after 40 seconds before Olsen grabbed his first. After going into the game with a five-goal lead, Lennon was angry to see his side start the game so poorly.

He added: “I wasn’t very happy. We were sloppy and complacent.

“I said before the game that I wanted us to be professional and we were anything but in the first 10 minutes.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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