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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

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Hibs Lose Again Despite Improved Performance

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Despite a vastly improved performance in comparison to last week’s dismal derby display, Hibs once again came away with no points in an entertaining game against Falkirk at Easter Road this afternoon.

Head coach Alan Stubbs made four changes to the team that lost at Tynecastle. Two were enforced with suspended pair Lewis Stevenson and Scott Robertson being replaced by Callum Booth and Scott Allan, whilst on-loan Matthew Kennedy took Sam Stanton’s place and Paul Heffernan took over from Danny Handling.

Hibs started brightly particularly down the left side with Booth and Kennedy forming a dangerous partnership and were unlucky not to score. Continue reading

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

Hibs’ Fans Appreciate Stubbs’ Playing Style Despite Friendly Defeat

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A late Chris Erskine goal secured victory for Dundee United in today’s friendly at Easter Road, but the Hibs’ fans left the stadium satisfied with their side’s passing game which was in stark contrast to the long ball style favoured by Terry Butcher last season.

Another pleasing aspect was the return to form of teenage winger Alex Harris whose confidence appeared to have deserted him in the latter stage of the campaign.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs handed home debuts to new signings David Gray and Farid el Alagui, with Hull City goalkeeper Mark Oxley starting as a trialist. Continue reading

Hibs Relegated After Hamilton Defeat

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Hibs have been relegated from the SPFL after losing a penalty shoot out to Hamilton in front of a packed Easter Road stadium today.

Terry Butcher’s side went into the game with a 2-0 lead from the first leg and the manager made one change to the starting line up with Danny Haynes replacing Alex Harris.

Hibs suffered and early blow when Haynes took a heavy knock on his ankle and Harris took over. Continue reading

Hibs Drop Into Playoff Position After Kilmarnock Defeat

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Hibs’ season continues for another two weeks after falling into the playoff position following yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock in front of a large crowd at Easter Road.

Terry Butcher made four changes from the side that lost narrowly to Ross County on Tuesday with Michael Nelson, James Collins, Duncan Watmore and Paul Heffernan replacing Alex Harris, Lewis Stevenson, Danny Handling and Jason Cummings in the starting XI. Continue reading

Hibs’ Dismal Run Of Results Continues In The Highlands

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Hibs must now wait until their final match of the season against fellow strugglers Kilmarnock on Saturday to secure their top flight status after losing to Ross County in Dingwall tonight.

All eyes are now on Rugby Park and Terry Butcher’s men could find themselves in second-bottom place beforehand if results go against them tomorrow. Continue reading

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