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No Hangover As Hibs Ease Past Alloa

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Alan Stubbs’ insistence that his players would not suffer a hangover following last week’s defeat to Falkirk was proved correct this afternoon as Hibs eased past Alloa Athletic at Easter Road thanks to goals from Danny Handling and Dominique Malonga.

Stubbs was able to recall two of his most experienced and influential players, skipper Liam Craig and Malonga for the visit of the Wasps at a bitterly cold stadium. Continue reading

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Hibs Up To Fourth After Comfortable Win Over Livingston

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Hibs recorded their biggest league win in over two years this afternoon by comprehensively beating Livingston 4-0 at the Energy Assets Arena.

Goals from Dominique Malonga, Danny Handling , Dylan McGeough and Paul Heffernan ensured the three points headed to Easter Road and as an added bonus, Alan Stubbs’ men are now in the play off position.

Stubbs was forced to play Callum Booth in the centre of the defence alongside Paul Hanlon after normal first choice Jordon Forster called off due to an injury. Continue reading

Malonga Double Secures Quarter Final Spot For Hibs

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Two goals from Hibs’ new signing Dominique Malonga secured a hard fought League Cup victory against Ross County in Dingwall last night

Both sides went into the game on a poor run of form with County stranded at the foot of the Premiership and Hibs sitting seventh in the Championship.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs brought back skipper Liam Craig into the starting line up along with Liam Fontaine, replacing Jake Sinclair and Matt Kennedy. 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 Drop To Eighth Place In Championship After Alloa Defeat

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Hibs slumped to an embarrassing eighth place in the Championship this afternoon, after losing 2-1 to part time Alloa Athletic at Recreation park.

Their third straight defeat leaves the Easter Road side nine points behind leaders Hears after only four games.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made three changes to the team that beat Dumbarton in midweek. Lewis Stevenson replaced Callum Booth, skipper Liam Craig took over from Scott Robertson and Jason Cummings replaced Danny Handling. Continue reading

Brave Fight Back Secures Hibs Win Over Dumbarton

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Three goals in the last 12 minutes secured Hibs a place in the next round of the Scottish League Cup after a dramatic encounter with Dumbarton at Easter Road last night.

The Sons had led 2-0 but a brave fight back from Alan Stubbs’ men spared their embarrassment.

New signing Liam Fontaine made his debut replacing Cambridge Town bound Michael Nelson whilst Danny Handling celebrated his new four year contract by replacing Paul Heffernan in the starting XI. Scott Robertson returned from suspension and replaced the suspended Liam Craig.

David Gray took over the captain’s armband.

There were several familiar faces in the Dumbarton camp, with former fan’s favourites Ian Murray and Guillaume Beuzelin in the dugout and Colin Nish, David Van Zanten and Scott Taggart in the team.

There was almost a delay in the start of the game due to the late arrival of the Dumbarton team bus.

Hibs dominated the first half and Alex Harris, Handling, Farid El Alagui’s and Fontaine all having chances to open the scoring, but the Dumbarton defence held firm.

Man of the match Matt Kennedy also had the fans off their seats with another fine display down the left wing as Hibs struggled to grab the initiative.

As so often happens at Easter Road, Hibs fell behind against the run of play in the 51st minute when Scott Agnew’s corner kick was headed back across goal by Colin Nish and Mich Megginson hooked the ball high into the net, then seven minutes later the ‘Sons’ added a second from another corner when the ball ricochet off Mark Gilhaney into the net.

Despite this setback, the fans continued to get behind the players and substitute Jason Cummings was denied by a superb save from Scott Rogers before Scott Allan’s shot was deflected just wide of the post.

With 12 minutes remaining Hibs pulled one back when Gray beat his man down the right wing and sent in an inch perfect cross which El Alagui headed into the corner of the net.

From then it was one way traffic and six minutes later El Alagui levelled the scoring with another powerful header, this time from a Jordon Forster cross.

With extra time looming, substitute Sam Stanton cut inside from the right and curled a fantastic left foot strike into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Fontaine, Forster, Harris (Cummings 56’), Robertson, El Alagui, Handling (Stanton 68’), S Allan, Booth, Kennedy. Substitutes not used: Perntreou, Heffernan, Tudur Jones, L Allan, Dunsmore.

Dumbarton: Rodgers, van Zanten, Linton, Graham, Turner, Gilhaney, Agnew, Nish (Kirkpatrick 71’), Megginson, Taggart, Flemming (Campbell 81’). Substitutes not used: Ewings, Prunty, Murray, McDougal, Coleman.

Referee: Don Robertson.

Attendance: 5,066

Business as usual as Hibs lose yet another Edinburgh derby

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Despite the positive statements coming from Easter Road about changing the style of play, increasing the confidence of the players and bringing in quality rather than quantity, it was business as usual at Tynecastle this afternoon with Hibs’ players resorting to the aimless long ball tactics of last season and Hearts emerging as comfortable winners.

Head coach Alan Stubbs made two changes to the starting line-up that beat Livingston last Saturday. Danny Handling returned from suspension replacing Paul Heffernan and Michael Nelson taking over from the injured Paul Hanlon.

With Hearts’ two first choice goalkeepers injured, youngster Jack Hamilton took his place in goal.

After thirty minutes of neither team creating a chance, Hibs were given a great chance to take the lead when Hamilton collided with Handling inside the box and referee Collum pointed to the spot.

Skipper Liam Craig took the resultant penalty but missed the target with a poorly struck effort.

Mark Oxley then made a superb stop to deny Sam Nicholson before Jordon McGhee’s volley flew inches past the post just before the break. Continue reading

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