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Paatelainen is manager of month

Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen with his award
Paatelainen's side are chasing a top-six finish in the SPL

Hibernian's Mixu Paatelainen has been named manager of the month for March in the Scottish Premier League.

Paatelainen received his Clydesdale Bank award after Hibs won two and drew one of their games during the month.

The Finn's side, now sitting sixth in the SPL table, started March with a 1-0 win away to Hamilton Accies.

Hibs went on to beat Hearts by a similar scoreline to claim Edinburgh derby bragging rights then drew 0-0 at home to Aberdeen.

Paatelainen was quick to credit his defenders for helping him land Manager award and remains confident of future success if his defenders continue to shine.

"It's nice, the award, it means results have been good," said Paatelainen.

"It's not only me, it's everybody involved. The players, first and foremost, do the job out there on the pitch.

"I've been happy with the defence. Whenever you keep clean sheets, it's welcomed.

"That is the basis of any good performance and teams.

"The last few matches we've been very solid and we aim for solid, good all-round displays."



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