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Hibs Almost Safe After Pittodrie Win

Forgotten man Sean O’Hanlon was the unlikely hero as Hibs took a major step forward in their battle to avoid the drop, with a hard fought win at Pittodrie. The 2-1 victory, coupled with Dunfermline’s no score draw at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium means that Pat Fenlon’s men need just one point from their remaining two games to ensure SPL football next season at Easter Road.

Despite defeats to Kilmarnock and St Mirren since the break, former Bohs boss Fenlon has insisted that the players had been playing well and he had every confidence that their efforts would pay dividends.

Craig Brown’s team were still smarting from their heavy loss to Dunfermline and were determined to gain revenge for the semi-final defeat at Hampden last month, before a disappointing crowd of just over 5,000.

Fenlon brought in O’Hanlon to replace the injured James McPake whilst Jorge Claros replaced the suspended Lewis Stevenson. Top scorer Garry O’Connor returned to the team after missing the St Mirren game due to an illness, and replaced former Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle who returned to the bench. Craig Brown made three changes to the team which lost 3-0 to Dunfermline on Saturday.

Hibs started brightly and took the lead after only seven minutes when a Leigh Griffiths cross was turned into his own net by Mark Reynolds, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The Easter Road men doubled their lead ten minutes later. Isaiah Osbourne robbed Fraser Fyvie in midfield, but his long range shot was deflected by Andrew Considine. Griffiths took the corner and O’Hanlon, who has barely featured in the first team since the departure of Colin Calderwood, headed the ball past Jamie Langfield at the near post for his second goal of the season.

Griffiths went close with a free kick as Hibs dominated the first half with 60% possession and the Dons left the field at half time to a chorus of boos from the home support.

The home side took the criticism to heart and pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Scott Vernon volleyed home from close range.

As the nerves began to show, Aberdeen took control of the game and Mark Brown did well to tip a fierce shot from Arnason over the bar. Hibs tried to hit on the break and Roy O’Donovan set up David Wotherspoon inside the box, but the youngster hit his shot over the bar.

With seconds to go, Magennis headed an injury-time corner over the bar, and the visitors held out to take the points.

After the game, Fenlon claimed that the victory was more important than the cup game. He said:” “If it means we stay up then it’ll be a much bigger win. I thought we played better tonight than we did in the semi-final to be honest.”

“It’s not done yet, the important thing is that we don’t get carried away. Dunfermline are going to come and throw everything at us, it’s a big game now for them as well.”

“At the end of the game we were under pressure but we should have been out of sight at that stage, we missed a fair few chances tonight. When it gets to this stage of the season it is a little bit edgy.”

The Hibs boss was also praised the efforts of Garry O’Connor who played despite not being 100% fit.

“He did well to last as long as he did as he’s been fairly ill for the past three or four days, so he’s only had one training session under his belt in about six days.”

Aberdeen: Langfield, Reynolds, Considine, Jack, Anderson, Hughes, Arnason, Fyvie, Rae Masson Vernon, Magennis  Subs. Brown, McArdle, Clarke, Fraser, Fallon, Mackie Megginson

Hibs: Stack, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Soares, Francombe, Claros, Osbourne, Griffiths, O’Connor, Subs Grant, Doyle, Sproule, Murray, O’Donovan, Wotherspoon Stephens

Attendance  5,281

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