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Hibs Consolidate Second Place With 2-0 Win Over Cowdenbeath

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Hibs moved seven points clear of Rangers into second place in the Championship with a two-nil win over Cowdenbeath at Central Park this afternoon, extending their unbeaten run to 15 games.

Goals from Fraser Fyvie and Jason Cummings secured the three points and Hibs go into next Sunday’s clash with Rangers knowing that a win would go a long way to ensuring that they finish the season in second place.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made three changes to the starting XI that beat Livingston on Wednesday night as David Gray, Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch all returned to the starting XI, whilst Paul Hanlon, Martin Boyle and Liam Craig dropped down to the bench. Continue reading

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Five Star Performance From Hibs

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Hibs moved to within five points of Rangers in the race for second place in the Championship with a comfortable 5-0 win over Cowdenbeath at a freezing cold Easter Road this afternoon.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs kept faith with the same staring XI that shared the points with Falkirk last Saturday, although Lewis Stevenson moved to right back and Callum Booth returned to his more familiar left back slot. Continue reading

Hibs Consolidate Playoff Spot With Valuable Win Over Cowdenbeath

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First half goals from Paul Hanlon and Jason Cummings were enough to secure the three points against Cowdenbeath at Central Park this afternoon.

Despite an injury to keeper Mark Oxley, who had to be replaced at half time by youngster Kleton Perntreou and although the ‘Blue Brazil’ pulled one goal back, Hibs held on for the well-deserved victory.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made no changes to the team who received a standing ovation from the Hibs’ fans despite losing on penalties to high flying Dundee United in the League Cup quarter finals last week.

Dylan McGeough who missed that game due to a suspension did not make the squad due to an injury whilst midweek hat trick hero Jake Sinclair made the bench. Continue reading

Last Gasp Cummings Goal Saves Hibs’ Blushes

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A Jason Cummings’ toe poke deep into injury time spared Hibs’ blushes and secured a valuable three points against part time Cowdenbeath at Easter Road this afternoon.

The day started with a celebration to mark legend Pat Stanton’s 70th birthday and several of his former team mates took the field to welcome him onto the hallowed turf.

The great man led both teams onto the park to a standing ovation from both sets of supporters then the players lined up for a minutes applause for former star Bobby Kinloch who sadly passed away last week. Continue reading

Hibs Face Aberdeen Or Motherwell In Scottish Cup 5th Round

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Hibs will have to overcome another SPL side if they want to progress in the William Hill Scottish Cup after being drawn to play either Aberdeen or Motherwell who will replay at Fir Park next week in the 5th round.

Pat Fenlon’s men knocked holders Hearts out before a packed Easter Road yesterday, and their long suffering supporters are desperate to see the club win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.

The tie will be played at Easter Road on the weekend of 2 February and there is sure to be another large crowd in attendance. Hopefully Fenlon will be able to retain the services of loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern who was immense in the centre of the defence against Hearts, replacing the injured James McPake, and possibly add to his squad during the January transfer window.

The full draw is as follows:

Raith Rovers v Celtic or Arbroath

St Mirren v Cowdenbeath or St Johnstone

Dunfermline v Dumbarton or Hamilton

Hibs v Aberdeen or Motherwell

Falkirk v Forfar Athletic

Dundee United v Rangers

Dundee v Turriff United or Morton

Kilmarnock v Ross County or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ties to take place on weekend of 2nd February

Stevenson Stands Out Amidst Season Of Doom and Gloom

The one bright spot in a season to forget for the Easter Road faithful has been the form of midfielder Lewis Stevenson who was awarded the fan’s player of the year award at a ceremony on Sunday night.

Stevenson’s debut came under Tony Mowbray, seven years ago following his surprise inclusion in the pre-season tour of Ireland, and his performances impressed Mowbray’s successor John Collins who had no hesitation throwing him into the pressure cooker of a cup final against Kilmarnock. Collins was justified in his decision when the 19 year old won the man of the match award in the 5-1 victory.

Since then however, constant changes in the manager’s seat resulted in him become a fringe player, but the arrival of Pat Fenlon has seen him gain a regular place in the starting line-up, and his form and work ethic have won over the disgruntled supporters.

Stevenson was honest enough to admit that it must have been a difficult decision for the fans given the standard of performance this year. He told Hibs TV: “I was pretty surprised. I don’t think anyone is expecting to get awards especially this season. It’s obviously nice to be recognised especially by the fans who mean the most to the club.

“If you get an award from the fans then you must be doing something right, but it must have been a hard decision for them to choose anyone this year because of how we’ve been doing.

“I know, though, they won’t take it the wrong way when I say I’d have swapped the award for three points against Dundee United. It doesn’t take me to tell them it’s been a tough season, one which has been bitterly disappointing for us all. It’s certainly been up and down, only a couple of weeks ago things seemed to be going right at last, we’d got a few decent results and won a place in the semi-finals of the Cup.

“Nevertheless I’m delighted to get it. Honestly we can still be remembered for something positive this season because we’ve still got some games to go to finish on a high.

“People keep asking me what’s gone wrong but I think if we could put our finger on it then it would have been sorted by now. I know it’s been said time and again we have good enough a squad, but it’s not happening on a Saturday for us.”

Unfortunately Stevenson will miss the forthcoming Scottish Cup semi-final after picking up a second yellow card in the quarter final against Ayr United. He said: “I was gutted. I didn’t think it was a yellow card against Ayr and my previous booking against Cowdenbeath was ages ago and I can’t even remember what it was for.

“It’s just one of those things. People have missed champion’s league finals before. Hopefully we can do it on the day. It will be a massive occasion and I’ll be up in the stand with the other Hibs fans. Hopefully we can get a result.”

His performances under Fenlon have not gone unnoticed; however he was the most surprised person in the ground when he was made captain in the absence of James McPake for the game against Dundee United.

He revealed: “I didn’t know anything about it until Tam McCourt, our kit man, put the armband on my peg.

“I thought he was having a laugh because the only time I’d ever been captain of a team at any level was a few years ago in a pre-season game against Raith Rovers and that was only because I was from Kirkcaldy.

“It was another honour for me but, again, I’d happily have seen someone else lead us out if it had led to three points.”

Controversial on-loan striker Leigh Griffiths was named the fans’ Young Player of the Year after scoring nine goals in the campaign, and the season’s most memorable moment went to teen forward Ross Caldwell for his double against Hearts in an SFA Youth Cup victory.

Relegation battle looks like two horse race

Even the most confident Hibs fans have to concede that Saturday’s results make it more and more likely that the relegation battle is now a two horse race between Hibs and Dunfermline.

With two games to go before the split, Hibs face a daunting trip to Inverness before taking on European hopefuls Motherwell at Easter Road, while the Pars face in-form Dundee United at Tannadice then Hearts at East End Park.

Pat Fenlon’s men are currently three points ahead with a superior goal difference. The teams will meet again after the split, and although the fixtures have yet to be announced the game is likely to be played at Easter Road as the clubs have met twice in Fife and once in Leith.

This may not be such good news for Hibs given that they have only won once at home this season whilst Dunfermline have yet to record a victory on their own turf.

In the first meeting, Dunfermline came back from a two goal deficit to gain a draw, whilst the game at Easter Road finished in a single goal victory for the Pars, which resulted in calls for the board to quit and led to the sacking of Colin Calderwood. When Pat Fenlon took his side to East End Park in January, a late Leigh Griffiths goal saw the three points heading back over the River Forth, and most Hibs fans thought that the threat of relegation had gone.

Since then, Dunfermline have sacked manager Jim McIntyre and replaced him with veteran Jim Jefferies, a move that worries Hibs legend Jackie McNamara (snr).

McNamara, who spent nine years at Hibs as a player after arriving in a controversial swap deal with Celtic for Pat Stanton, and then served as assistant manager under Jim Duffy, is a season ticket holder at Easter Road and never misses a home game.

He told the Daily Record: “I don’t hold out a lot of hope. We’ve won just one of our last 21 league games at home, how scary is that?

“Wins over Cowdenbeath, Ayr United and Kilmarnock have taken us to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup but that has just papered over the cracks and given the fans false hope.

“I was at the Dundee United match on Saturday and this is a team that is totally lacking in confidence. It has been drained out of them. They need to do something quickly if they’re to avoid going down and I don’t know if they’re capable of that.

“Every point is a prisoner and I don’t see any battlers out there. We need someone like John Hughes, who would roll his sleeves up, get stuck in and lead by example.

“Meanwhile, Jim Jefferies will have his players fighting and fired up for every one of the seven remaining games.”

If Hibs do go down to the first division, McNamara insists the blame can be laid at the door of chairman Rod Petrie and his policy of changing managers.

“The one consolation is that we aren’t in as bad a fix as Rangers but that won’t help us if we go down. This is all a result of Petrie’s hiring and firing.

“He appoints a manager, lets him bring in players who aren’t good enough then sacks him and the whole process begins again.

“Not only do we have a squad which isn’t good enough but there’s also no chance for them to gel or play with cohesion.

“There are some good young players being left out at the moment and I only hope that’s being done to protect them.

“We travel to Inverness on Sunday and I fear the worst. Terry Butcher’s team know how to battle but there aren’t any signs that we can.”

Hibs full-back Pa Kujabi however is confident that the team have to skill and attitude to keep them in the SPL.

The Gambian international said: “It was hard for everyone in the team to lose again. We do have character and we want to get out of this situation but sometimes it’s difficult when you go on the pitch.

“I’ve been in this situation once before; when I was with Grazer AK in Austria. But we were only fighting relegation because we had been deducted 10 points after going into administration.

“Some players became lazy as a result but that’s not the case here. At Hibs, we are willing to do more. The guys train hard and give it their best, I don’t know why there’s a problem on the pitch.

“Everyone is frustrated and I’m sure the players and manager will talk. No one wants to be in this position, we want to be somewhere in the middle of the table.

“I’m positive. I believe we can stay in this league but we should not look down all the time. Let’s look up, and prepare to fight week in and week out.”

After Saturday’s battling comeback against St Mirren, Jefferies praised the attitude of his squad. He said: “The players have 100% commitment, desire and will to do it, but there has to be a bit more quality and bit more savvy in some of the things we do.

“We’re a point better off and there’s a lot of games still to play. With two games until the split, we need to hang in there and do what we can. Hopefully, we’ll do it.”

At least there is some good news coming from the Hibs camp, with influential skipper James McPake confident that he will be fit to start on Sunday. The game is being shown live on ESPN with a 3pm kick off.

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