Brown waits for Hibs talks

Keeper won't blame referee for Scottish Cup final humiliation

Mark Brown: Hibernian goalkeeper is set to hold talks over his future after the Scottish Cup defeat by Hearts

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Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Brown is waiting to hold talks over his future following the club's Scottish Cup humiliation at the hands of Hearts.

Brown was unable to prevent Hibs from being hammered 5-1 by their Edinburgh rivals in Saturday's final at Hampden Park and is now out of contract at Easter Road.

Manager Pet Fenlon has threatened a summer clear-out following the cup thrashing and Brown is waiting to learn if he will be part of Hibs' plans next season.

"I'll need to speak to the club in the next few days to see what's happening," said the 31-year-old.

Meanwhile, Brown lamented Hibs' own failures and refused to point the finger of blame at referee Craig Thomson after the loss to Hearts.

Hibs trailed 2-1 at half-time and then conceded a penalty early in the second half which contributed to Pa Kujabi being sent off.

Big decision

Brown said: "People had problems with the penalty decision. But I don't think we can blame the referee for our performance from the start.

"Hearts started well and at times passed us off the park. You could say the penalty was a big decision that changed the game, but overall through the 90 minutes I don't think we were good enough as a team.

"It was difficult to see whether it was in or out of the box. It was a foul, but it's hard for the referee or linesman to see if it was inside the box. It was a hard call for them.

"The referee was confident enough that it was (inside), we were then down to 10 men. From 2-1 down at the start of the second half we were then 3-1 down. Within another couple of minutes we were 4-1 down and the game was virtually finished."