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LENNON MUST RESTORE BELIEF

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NEIL LENNON searched for positives after his Hibs side carelessly threw away a two-goal advantage in their 2-2 draw with Dundee at Easter Road.

The Irishman has now seen his side go five games without a win and admitted: “It’s symptomatic of the spell we’re going through at the minute.

“We don’t put teams away. We’ve conceded two poor goals through switching off – and some senior players are not playing at the level they could be.

“My strikers aren’t functioning at the minute, either.

“The positives are we’ve broken the run of not scoring goals and we’ve actually gained a place – and closed the gap on the teams above us.

“It feels like two points dropped, but you’ve got to give Dundee credit.

“They made us change our shape 10 minutes into the second-half because we were abject, feeling sorry for ourselves and lacking character.

“After the change of shape, we were a lot better.

“But we’re not taking our chances, we’re not producing the final ball and we’re not believing in ourselves. It’s a spell I have to manage – and I will.”

Hibs got off to the perfect start when Dens Park defender Genseric Kusunga put the ball in his own net inside a minute when he misjudged a right-wing cross.

Lennon must have thought the team were on the way to a win bonus when Ralph Porteous doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark.

However, the rock-bottom Taysiders launched an unexpected fightback with two goals in three minutes through former Old Firm double-act Kenny Miller and Paul McGowan.

The Edinburgh outfit take on Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock, sitting in fourth position in the Premiership, at Rugby Park on Saturday where a win would take Lennon’s men to within three points of the Ayrshire side.

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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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