Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie is asking the fans to back the club and boost their hopes of avoiding relegation. The Easter Road side head into the final six games with a six-point advantage over bottom club Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

In an open message to supporters on the club's official website, he said: "Your team needs you - it's as simple as that.

"If we do not rally to the cause no-one else will. Supporters will help determine how good an end to the season we have and the shape of the team for next season.

"We had a catastrophic 2011 to add to the problems in 2010. We made mistakes, I made mistakes. I am sorry. We have paid for these mistakes. That was then, this is 2012.

"We face the business end of the season with a stronger management team and a stronger playing squad than we had on the opening day."

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