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Hibs number two reckons Neil Lennon will have been delighted with Motherwell win


Hibs number two Garry Parker reckons Neil Lennon will have been delighted with yesterday’s 4-1 win over Motherwell after watching the game 700 miles away in Paris.

Parker took the team for their final warm-up match ahead of Thursday’s Europa League visit of Brondby while Lennon was in France fulfilling Euro 2016 punditry commitments.

But former Celtic boss Lennon kept up-to-date with events at Easter Road by watching the friendly outing on Hibs TV from his hotel room.

garryparkerThe Leith outfit bounced back from going behind to Marvin Johnson’s superb free-kick with efforts from Jason Cummings, Grant Holt and John McGinn before the break.

Sub James Keating added a fourth and Parker believes Lennon will be encouraged by the performance.

Parker said: “I believe he was watching on Hibs TV, although I’ve not spoken to him yet. I’m sure he’ll call me later and we’ll speak about the game.

“That’s the third time I’ve taken the team in Neil’s absence and the last two times we lost, so when Motherwell scored I bet he was laughing in his hotel.

“We played very well and I don’t think anyone had a bad game. We went a goal down and to come back the way we did was very pleasing.

“This was a good test for us, we played well and hopefully we can continue that on Thursday.

“You need games and that’s our third in a week.

“The European match has come along quick but we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee, meanwhile, admits the manner of the defeat is a concern ahead of Saturday’s Betfred League Cup visit of Rangers.

He said: “It was a bit worrying in the sense that we have certain ideas about how we might play and that undermined them a little.

“Last season we were probably a little more direct than I would ideally like to be and I thought that now we could maybe try and play more football but today’s game has left me thinking that I’m not so sure about that.

“We’ll need a better display than that on Saturday but we’re just as likely to play well in that one. This isn’t terminal – we’re only two weeks into it and it was just one game.”

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