Hibs head coach Neil Lennon urges players to prove Saints loss for a blip

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon has backed his players to prove that Saturday’s surprising defeat to St Johnstone was just a blip.

The Leith outfit’s four game winning run came to an abrupt halt at Easter Road as Saints, who had not scored a goal in 620 minutes of action, won 2-1.

Lennon blamed a ‘flat’ performance on the momentum lost during the international break for their third Premiership defeat of the season.

Hibs face a clash at Hamilton this weekend against a side who also condemned Lennon’s side to a set-back in August, but the Northern Irishman insists his players can bring Accies crashing back down to earth following their memorable win at Rangers.

Lennon, whose side conceded a 93rd minute goal to Steven MacLean after Anthony Stokes had levelled just moments earlier, said: “We need to get back at it, work hard at it and get back to the levels we’ve shown for the majority of the season.”

Speaking to Hibs TV, he added: “To lose the game to St Johnstone in that manner was tough to take but we’ll definitely be better going forward, there is no question of that.

“We’ve played well away from home and we’re going to have to.

“It’s a plastic pitch and they’ve had a good result against Rangers so we’ll have play well.”

Lennon, meanwhile, is hoping he will be able to call on Scotland internationalist Steven Whittaker in the near future after the defender was sidelined with a persistent pelvic problem.

The former Rangers and Norwich City full-back has not played since the October 28 victory at Motherwell due to an injury that has hampered him for most of the season.

But the 33-year-old has been to see a London-based specialist for an injection and treatment and is keeping his fingers-crossed that he can step up his rehabilitation.

Lennon remains without defenders Liam Fontaine and Darren McGregor after the pair underwent ankle and knee operations respectively.

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