Date: 1st May 2014 at 4:17pm
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Hibs boss Terry Butcher claims his side have put last weekend’s defeat to capital rivals Hearts behind them and insisted he took a lot of positives from the match.

The Easter Road side are on an abhorrent run of form at the moment, only registering one victory in 16 league and cup outings, but Butcher believes he can see ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s vital clash against Partick Thistle Butcher told the gathered press ‘I feel as if there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the first time for a long while I’ve felt like that.

‘Normally if you lose a derby match it is all doom and gloom but I didn’t see it that way.

‘The way we played gives us great hope and optimism starting for the final three games.

‘There were lots of bright spells against Hearts, the second half in particular when it was just wave after wave of attack. How we didn’t get anything from the game I don’t know.

‘But at least we got a goal and we certainly got stuck in. The foul count was two to one in our favour, which is what our crowd wants.

‘The way things have been going, any chink of light we have to grab hold of and nurture. In the sea of despondency a lot of people say we are in, but I don’t, it certainly gives us optimism.’

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