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By ESPN Staff
Aug 28, 2011

Calderwood not worried for job

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood says he is concerned over the team's position but not his own after a 2-0 derby defeat at Tynecastle.

Calderwood reaction

The setback ensured Hibernian ended the weekend bottom of the table. Goals in each half from Ryan Stevenson and Andy Webster handed Hearts victory as the home side stretched their unbeaten run against their Edinburgh rivals to eight matches.

Hibernian midfielder Matt Thornhill was caught waiting for a pass to arrive as he was robbed by Jamie Hamill in the lead-up to Stevenson's 39th-minute opener, and Calderwood admitted mistakes were costing his side dear.

They have now conceded eight goals in consecutive SPL defeats against Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Hearts.

"We have got to take points to get off the bottom," Calderwood said. "Everyone else has collected more than us and that's an obvious concern."

When asked if he was confident he would get the time to take them off the bottom, he said: "Oh, yes."

Calderwood also has belief in his squad, which he described as "perfect" as he confirmed he has finished his summer transfer business.

Loan signings Richie Towell and Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths both played at Tynecastle, the latter coming off the bench, while Akpo Sodje, Isaiah Osbourne and Junior Agogo all played after being hit by injury in recent weeks.

"What encourages me is that we have got game time into people," he said. "People are starting back after injury or have just joined. The underlying talent in the group is better than results suggest."

The Hibs boss felt the distance between the back and front of his team was too long for spells of the game and he bemoaned the loss of a soft goal just before the break.

"If you get to half-time at 0-0 we are all right but we looked very unsure in the second half and they created numerous chances and got the second goal, which left us with a hard task," Calderwood said.

"The game was too long and we couldn't keep them in their half. It went a bit end to end and it suited them to hit a clearance, and invariably they picked up a first or second ball. We have to learn to step forward in the ascendancy and win balls."

Griffiths, Ian Murray, Sodje and Garry O'Connor followed Ivan Sproule into the book later in the game but Calderwood expressed no concern over his team's discipline.

"I liked their passion," the former Scotland international said.

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio was happy his side kept such feelings under control as his side kept a third clean sheet in succession.

When asked if he was surprised there were no red cards from referee Craig Thomson, Sergio said: "I don't want to criticise referees or anybody, but maybe I see some dangerous tackles, maybe it is a surprise to see it finish 11 v 11.

"But it's always like that, the derby is emotional. I told my players not to be emotional and we did a great job. We created a lot of chances and won the three points.

"We controlled the game from beginning to the end and we didn't let them play. The team are working together well and improving but I want more."

Sergio, who hopes the shoulder injury that forced Marian Kello off in the second half is not serious, revealed he would be trying to add to his squad before Wednesday's transfer deadline.

"We have been trying to make some adjustments, I don't know if it's going to be possible or not," he said.

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