Hibs head coach Neil Lennon admits being ‘old and grumpy’ can lead to him being too hard on the players.
The former Celtic manager read the riot act to the team in the wake of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Motherwell after describing the concession of two goals as ‘pathetic’ and embarrassing’ and accusing them of playing like under-8s.
Despite twice falling behind to Livingston, Lennon got the reaction he wanted in Tuesday’s quarter-final Betfred Cup 3-2 victory over the Championship side.
He said: “Maybe I am at times getting old and grumpy and being a bit too hard on them, but I didn’t like what I saw on Saturday, although I got a brilliant reaction on Tuesday.
“Yes we still have a few defensive creases to iron out but the reaction we got from Saturday was fantastic.
“I looked at body language when the first goal went in and it was positive.
“We concede another goal, maybe there’s not much you can do about it, but again our reaction was fantastic.
“More importantly I’m delighted for the supporters.
“That’s a good reaction and we have a semi-final to look forward to, which is very exciting.
“That’s what being at a club like Hibs is all about, it’s competing really well in the cups and we’re doing that.”