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Irish boss aims to end Hibernian Cup hoodoo

Updated: Friday, 18 May 2012 16:29 | Comments

Pat Fenlon can end Hibernian's 110-year wait for the Scottish Cup
Pat Fenlon can end Hibernian's 110-year wait for the Scottish Cup

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Manger Pat Fenlon has told his Hibernian side to focus on Saturday's final, rather than ending the club's 110-year wait for Scottish Cup success.

Hibs play rivals Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup showpiece at Hampden, in the first all-Edinburgh final since 1896.

Fenlon, who took charge in November, said: "It's my first attempt to get through the Scottish Cup and we've got to the final at the first attempt.

"It gives us a great opportunity. We're 90 minutes from ending that, but there's a big obstacle in front of us.

"We've just got to make sure that that's what we focus on and not all the other hype that goes with it.

"We can't change what's gone on previously, but we can change it come Saturday."

Hibs are winless against Hearts in 10 attempts and last won an Edinburgh derby in May 2009.

That statistic is another Fenlon is aiming to change.

The Irishman said: "They've been better for three years, but that's not something I can control.

"We've just got to try to change that over a period of time and a great way to start would be this weekend."

Fenlon, who took Hibs to Dublin earlier this week to prepare for the game, has selected his side for Hampden.

He added: "We know the team, the players know the team.
"It's been a good build-up."

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