Lee Johnson insists he has not lost ‘faith’ in his Hibernian players, despite Saturday’s ‘unacceptable’ defeat to Motherwell.

Johnson was shocked by his players’ performance as they crashed to a costly 3-1 reverse that leaves them clinging on to sixth place by just one point from Livingston.

With only six points separating five teams in the race for a top-six finish, the inconsistent Easter Road side missed a golden opportunity to give their top-half hopes a boost.

Johnson was forced to watch the loss from the stand after landing a touchline ban and admits he now faces a dilemma over his team selection for Dundee United this weekend after the below-par display.

He said: “We had a good training week but we will black-box think on all of it, because I can’t accept that - and I won’t accept that.

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“It makes it difficult to select the next team.

“But, at the same time, I haven’t lost faith in the individuals or the team. It was just a really, really bad day.

“It’s been a bit choppy, in terms of not being able to get a level of consistency going and flowing.

“But hopefully that’s the bad one out of the system and we can go and turn up at Dundee United very positively.”

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