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On-loan Manchester United defender Will Fish feels he has already learned from his character-building full debut for Hibernian.

Fish gifted Hearts an early goal from an unfamiliar right-back position early in the New Year derby at Tynecastle after being robbed of possession while waiting for the ball to go out for a goal-kick.

The central defender was taken off at half-time in the 3-0 defeat and left on the bench in the next game but he quickly regained his place in the team.

The 20-year-old has started four games since that Tynecastle disappointment and Hibs have not lost any of them while keeping two clean sheets.

Fish, who has two years left on his United contract after the summer, also scored his first goal in a 6-0 win over Aberdeen.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit of Kilmarnock, Fish said: “At the start when I was at right-back against Hearts I didn’t really face up to the challenge like I should have.

“It definitely builds character. I made a mistake and you can hear that in the stadium but it’s about learning from that and next time it won’t happen again.

“I can learn from that and I think I have done so far.

“The last three games we have been solid as a team and the results show that, so recently it’s been good.

“The thing about football is you can always bounce back, there is a game next week, so it didn’t affect me too much.

“The recent run of form has given us a big lift and we have set our targets on getting European football.”