Neil Lennon hails ‘at times outstanding’ Hibs, despite draw with St Johnstone

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NEIL LENNON has hailed Hibs for dominating their encounter with a ‘street-wise’ St Johnstone and insists they should have taken all three points.

For the fifth league game in a row, the Easter Road side lost the first goal when Michael O’Halloran earned Saints the breakthrough two minutes after the break.

However, the capital men restored parity with a Paul Paton own goal 12 minutes later and dominated the closing stages as they sought a winner.

Lennon said: “Should we have won? That’s an obvious question. We totally dominated all aspects of the game.

“It was pretty similar to the way we played against Dundee, but to come here and play as well as that, against a team that are street-wise and battle-hardened, is great.

“We matched them physically and the football we played at times was outstanding.

“They don’t give much away, St Johnstone, but we had clear-cut opportunities and that pleases me more than anything else. The only thing that doesn’t please me is we didn’t take them.

“If we had shown a little bit more composure, I think we would have won the game.

“The application and attitude of the players is fantastic and they’re brave in trying to play the game the right way.”

UNBELIEVABLE

Steven Anderson intervened as Simon Murray looked to nod in a Martin Boyle cross and Anthony Stokes blazed over in the injury-time.

But Boyle came closest to the winner when home keeper Alan Mannus tipped the winger’s drive onto the crossbar and over with six minutes remaining.

Lennon added: “Mannus made an unbelievable save from Martin and we had one off the line before they scored.

“I don’t think we’re getting what we deserve at the moment, based on performances.

“That’s two games away from home where we’ve totally dominated the game, and the football is good; the style and the pace we’re playing at.

“I’m very, very happy, despite not winning the game.”

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