Hibs v Aberdeen as it happened

BBC Scotland provides live text commentary as Aberdeen coast to a comfortable victory at Easter Road.

7 April 2014 Last updated at 18:13 GMT

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  1. 19:15: 

    Next season's Scottish Premiership will be shorn of the Edinburgh derby, with the possibility it will also be without both capital clubs.

    Hearts' relegation was confirmed at the weekend, while city rivals Hibs are seeking to arrest their mini-slump in order to avoid 11th place and a relegation play-off.

  2. 19:16: 

    Tonight, Terry Butcher's men host high-flying Aberdeen in the final Premiership fixture before the split...

    With one win in 13 games, El Tel has his work cut to restore Hibs' fortunes since taking up the managerial reins in November.

    Hibs, in seventh place, are four points ahead of 11th-placed Partick Thistle and will be desperate to secure victory tonight and with it some much-needed breathing space.

  3. 19:17: 

    In stark contrast to Hibs' on-field woes, the Dons are riding the crest of a wave under the impressive guidance of Derek McInnes.

    Sitting second in the league, the League Cup in the trophy room, a Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone on Sunday and unbeaten in six Premiership games: what's not to like?

  4. 19:18: 

    Who do you think is favourite to land 2nd/11th spot? Any other footballing issues to get off your chest? Let rip with abandon via text to 80295 or tweet @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot

  5. 19:20: 

    Aberdeen are unchanged from the side that drew with Hearts, while Hibs boss Terry Butcher makes four changes following the Edinburgh derby defeat...

  6. 19:21: 
    Hibs boss Terry Butcher

    "We've done a lot of things to get the boys going. We've got six games left and this one sees us face a very big challenge against Aberdeen.

    "We've shuffled things about and tried to match Aberdeen; we've been working on things on the training pitch and hopefully they'll come to fruition tonight.

    "The more points we get in the next six matches then the better it looks.

    "We've kept one clean sheet in 2014 and Aberdeen have won 17 matches by the odd goal. They go right to the end and we have to match that..."

  7. 19:22: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Forster, Nelson, McGivern, Stevenson, Harris, Taiwo, Craig, Cairney, Heffernan, Stanton. Subs: Collins, Boateng, Tudur Jones, Handling, Watmore, Grant, Thomson.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Considine, Reynolds, Flood, Jack, Pawlett, Robson, Rooney, McGinn. Subs: Shaughnessy, Robertson, Vernon, Smith, Low, Weaver, McManus.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  8. 19:23: 
    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney

    "It's going to be tight for the rest of the season, I don't think there is any doubt about that.

    "There are three or four teams in there all pushing and I'm sure everyone is going to give everything to the end.

    "We have to make sure we look after ourselves. We can't worry about the teams around us.

    "We have to focus on ourselves and make sure we do our own jobs and hopefully go into the next game and get three points."

  9. 19:24: 

    Aberdeen earned victory the last time the sides met on league duty at Easter Road. Goals from Scott Veron and Greg Wylde secured a 2-0 win in October.

    And pint-sized Willo Flood scored the only goal of the game when they locked horns at Pittodrie in January.

    The last time Hibs beat the Dons in the league at Easter Road?

    Cheryl Cole was at number one with Fight For This Love; Barbara Windsor announced she was quitting EastEnders; and Colin Nish & Liam Miller were on target, way back in October 2009...

  10. 19:30: 

    A very late, late, late change to the Hibs line-up: James Collins comes in for Paul Heffernan, according to our intrepid reporter Chick "Chico" Young. Heffernan has suffered an injury in the warm-up.


    Ewan Hunter: "COYR"

  12. 19:37: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "Although we've drawn our last three games, there's been aspects in all three we've been happy with..."

  13. 19:40: 

    Liam Craig, Paul Cairney and Alex Harris start for the hosts, as Alan Maybury misses out through suspension after his red card in the Edinburgh derby.

    Despite Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone looming on the horizon, Dons boss Derek McInnes names an unchanged side.

  14. 19:42: 
    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "It's not going to be the biggest crowd for a Hibs v Aberdeen match but let's hope it's a game we can enjoy..."

  15. 19:47: 

    We're under way in the last Scottish Premiership match before the split...


    Tim Ferwood: "The Dons haven't looked this strong since the SAF days! I predict a European trophy in the next 5 years!"

  17. 19:49: 

    You can listen to commentary of tonight's game on Radio Scotland's Sportsound 810MW and online and still offer your thoughts via the live text!

  18. 19:51: 

    Enterprising start from the hosts and Dons defender Mark Reynolds stabs out a boot to send the ball out for a Hibs corner. No joy, though, from the set piece. Terry Butcher's men are straining at the leash here...

  19. 19:53: 

    Hibs continue to drive forward in numbers and are posing the Aberdeen defence questions in the opening seven minutes. The Dons have been equal to the task but it's been an impressive start from Hibs.


    Alasdair Gill: "Keeping in touch with the Dons while on hols in Spain! #bbcsportscot #coyr"

    Hope you've got an ice-cold Cerveza in hand and your sombrero at a jaunty angle...


    Tom Watson: "Hibs must dig deep. A trench across the pitch, midway inside our own half, should do it. #GGTTH"

  22. 20:00: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Hibs have a good shape and they're not letting Aberdeen get in behind them. It's almost like Aberdeen are the home team. It's working so far..."

  23. 20:01: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-1 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    BOOM! Aberdeen take the lead seconds after their first serious foray into Hibs territory. Niall McGinn follows up an enterprising run by collecting the ball 25 yards from goal and firing an unstoppable shot beyond the helpless Ben Williams. Hibs had started well but have been floored by the razor-sharp Dons.

  24. 20:02: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "Aberdeen are now just working the Hibs players and they've taken real confidence from that goal."

  25. 20:03: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    ""it must give Aberdeen so much confidence to have a player like Niall McGinn who can turn games. It didn't look like he could score from there... but he did."


    themodernprophet: "So hope the Dons get cuffed. Need putting in place..."

  27. 20:05: 

    Terry Butcher pointed out earlier that his side have managed just the one clean sheet in 2014. The Hibs boss is wearing the pained expression of a man who's stubbed his pinky toe on the leg of the couch.


    Voicesinfootball: "Disgraceful organisation outside Easter Road for away fan entry. Poor."

    Aberdeen on song
    Niall McGinn celebrates his opener at Easter Road

    Niall McGinn knocked the wind from Hibs' sails with a sensational strike to break the deadlock at Easer Road.

    Hibernian FC

    "Hibs starting to pile pressure on Aberdeen now #HFCvAFC"

  31. 20:15: 

    Frustration for Hibs as James Collins does a number on Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds but, instead of getting a cross in, goes back to try to beat him again. The Dons enforcer wins the goal-kick as the Hibs fans inside Easter Road rumble their discontent like building thunder.

  32. 20:17: 
    Hibs far from happy
    Statistics from Easter Road

    The boos begin to swirl around Easter Road as Aberdeen see off the hosts' attacks with relative ease and continue to look dangerous on the break.

  33. 20:20: 

    Aberdeen spurn a great chance to pressure Ben Williams in their search for a second goal. Adam Rooney's spearing run fails to find the unmarked Niall McGinn and Barry Robson is unable to rescue the situation.

    The Dons are toying with Hibs like a cat with a puffed out mouse...


    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "Hibs are truly abysmal and they are going down. The reserve goalie would be a better option up front than the dreadful Collins. What a waste of £200,000."

    Gordon, Fraserburgh: "Themodernprophet (20:05) - has the last 2 decades for the Dons not been enough for you? COYR!"

  35. 20:26: 

    Niall McGinn gathers in almost the identical position from where he opened the scoring. He dances away from a couple of Hibs challenges but a relieved Ben Williams sees the shot flash wide of goal.

    A second Dons goal before the break could prove fatal for this fragile Hibs outfit.

  36. 20:28: 

    Aberdeen are rampant and Peter Pawlett plays in man of the moment Niall McGinn who works the ball onto his left foot before zipping in a shot that beats Ben Williams but comes back off the post.

    I fear the Hibs dressing room will shake when Terry Butcher gets a hold of his players...

  37. 20:30: 

    The post saves Hibs again as Adam Rooney takes advantage of statuesque defending to stab the ball at goal but it hits the woodwork and bounces to safety.

    "A fabulous cross from Barry Robson," purrs BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  38. 20:32: 

    Hibs have a free kick wide on the right and send it into the box but the Aberdeen defenders are as laid back as Huggy Bear from Starsky & Hutch and repel the danger with ease.

  39. 20:33: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 0-1 Aberdeen

    Boos reverberate around Easter Road as Hibs fans give their players what for. Aberdeen lead courtesy of Niall McGinn's wonder strike and could be three-up after twice being thwarted by the woodwork. Food for thought for Hibs as they attempt to extricate themselves from the relegation play-off zone.

  40. 20:35: 

    Hibs, after a promising opening 10 minutes, have struggled in the final third with Dons keeper Jamie Langfield pretty much a spectator in that first half.

    Three points from 21 for Terry Butcher's side and it's difficult to see where a goal's going to come from.


    Dougie Kinnear: "All very well saying dressing room will shake but Butcher hasn't found answers to Hibs problems! 2 capital teams to go down?"

    Colin Gray: "Playing like this, there will be an Edinburgh derby next year. Hibs are terrible."

  42. 20:39: 
    BBC Sportsound's Chick "chico" Young at Easter Road

    "If Hibs lose this tonight then they've got the guts of two weeks to work out how they'll get out of the mire."

  43. 20:40: 

    Watching replays of Niall McGinn's goal and it really was a sumptuous left foot drive by Aberdeen's number 10. The Dons continue to look dangerous on the break and the greatest minds in Hibs' dressing room will be devising a battle plan to fix bayonets and nullify the visitors' attacking threat.


    Thousandsounds: "If Aberdeen win tonight, I feel we can go on and grab second place and win the Scottish Cup..."

    A strong defence, goals from midfield... I can understand your confidence.


    Lewis Taylor: "No team deserves that much time on the ball, sooner or later Aberdeen will put another one away. Hibs need to pick it up!"

    Hibs will surely bare their attacking teeth in the second half; Jamie Langfield could've been flicking through the holiday brochures and sipping a Pina Colada for most of the opening 45 minutes.

  46. 20:48: 

    Hibs get us under way in the second half...

  47. 20:50: 

    Victory for the Dons would see them move three points clear of Motherwell in second place, with a superior goal difference to boot.

  48. 2051: 

    Alex Harris whips a cross into the Aberdeen penalty area but the Dons defence are meaner than Rigsby in Rising Damp tonight and clear their lines with ease.


    Brian in EK: "If Hibs lose tonight their first post split match is in Paisley... where a win for the Saints would see the two sides level on points... with St Mirren having positive momentum and Hibs in the overtaking lane... stuck in reverse!"

    Anonymous: "COYR let's make themodernprofit sick as a Parrott he must be one of them lot from Glasgow jealous we have build a great team stand free..."

    Darren, Musselburgh, "As a big Jambo the only positive to take from this season is that there probably will still be derbies in the Championship next year!

  50. 20:53: 

    Alex Harris cuts inside one Aberdeen challenge but is deluged by a red sea of jerseys and another Hibs attack fizzles out in midfield.

  51. 20:56: 
    Terry Butcher in Gerard Butler "300" form
    Hibs boss Terry Butcher

    "Give them nothing! But take from them everything!"


    Stewart Kearsley: "Hibs fans too quick to jump on the players' backs. They need to support the team #bbcsportscot"


    Stoobs: "McGinn with confidence is a warning for St Johnstone on Sunday. Got to take advantage of United and Motherwell dropping points. COYR #bbcsportscot"

  54. 21:02: 

    Hibs howl for a penalty as James Collins tumbles Platoon-style following a challenge by Russell Anderson but whistler Bobby Madden, with a shake of the head, is having none of it. Collins rolls about the Edinburgh turf before dusting himself down with a devilish look.

  55. 21:03: 

    Hibs have half an hour in which to salvage something from this game. They're marching into Aberdeen territory with little difficulty but they've failed to breach the Dons defence

  56. 21:04: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-2 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    Aberdeen double their lead and it's another superb effort from that man Niall McGinn. Adam Rooney's cross finds the number 10 in acres of space and he controls before finding the net with a rasping drive that hits the bar on its way past Ben Williams. The smiling assassin McGinn wheels away to celebrate as the Hibs defenders look to their boots.

  57. 21:06: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller says Niall McGinn is "hot" for the Dons and the former Celtic man is proving too hot to handle for the battle-weary Hibs rearguard.

  58. 21:08: 

    Some Hibs fans have taken matters into their own hands: the camera pans to a youngster reading a book in the stand; another is fixing her friend's hair and yet another is looking out into the middle distance...


    Ali: "Well, themodernprophet, putting Aberdeen in their place probably won't happen tonight."

    Tom Watson: "Hibs still very much in it. Not the match, something else. Up to their necks. Not pleasant."

  60. 2113: 

    It never rains but it pours. From a free kick into Aberdeen's penalty area, Sam Stanton sets himself for a shot on goal but his sclaffed effort won't trouble Jamie Langfield and Stanton has his head in his hands.

  61. 21:14: 

    Better from Hibs, though, as Sam Stanton shakes off that disappointment with a promising run and a drive from distance that whistles narrowly past Langfield's goal. Encouragement for the hosts.


    Grumpy Scots Lawyer: "If Aberdeen had started on minus 15 points, they'd still be in the top 6 #bbcsportscot"

    Dougie Kinnear: "Going into the final few games of the season with @nmcginn10 sticking them away can only be a good thing! #COYR"

  63. 21:16: 

    Terry Butcher shuffles his Hibs pack with Danny Handling trotting on to replace Tom Taiwo. Time running out for Hibs to find a way back into this game. They trail by those two Niall McGinn howitzers with 15 minutes remaining.


    Mark Sheridan: "If Alfred Hitchcock was still around he would make a movie about why Terry Butcher took the Hibs job?"

    With their defensive deficiencies all too apparent would it be a remake of Rear Window or Stage Fright?

  65. 21:23: 
    Aberdeen In Control
    Stats from Easter Road

    Aberdeen have been the sharper in front of goal while Hibs have yet to muster a header or shot on target.

  66. 21:26: 

    With Cameron Smith on for Peter Pawlett, the Dons appear content with their two-goal cushion and continue to swat aside the sporadic Hibs attacks. Seven minutes plus added time remaining at a quiet Easter Road.

  67. 21:27: 
    Niall McGinn celebrates his second goal at Easter Road

    Niall McGinn has proved Hibs' tormentor-in-chief, scoring twice and generally proving a nuisance to the frazzled home defence. The Dons fans greet every pass with a shout of "Ole!"


    Chris in wet Leith: "Rod Petrie needs to step down! He has resided over Hibs over the last poor seasons. Just look at 2 players Hibs wanted but they went to Aberdeen paid the wages but Petrie wouldn't!"

    Anonymous: "When did Hibs last have a shot on target ? That counted?"

  69. 21:32: 

    Scott Vernon comes on for Adam Rooney; Rooney applauds the travelling fans as they cheer his efforts tonight.

  70. 21:33: 

    James Collins is applauded by Hibs fans as he comes off for Jason Cummings. And Barry Robson takes his time to head for the tunnel as Aberdeen bring on Nicky Low for the final minutes. The game has a pre-season friendly feel to it now with a blizzard of substitutes taking the sting out of the game.

  71. 21:34: 

    Aberdeen slice through the Hibs defence again as Niall McGinn - yes him again - takes a pass before spinning and dabbing the ball into Willo Flood. The diminutive midfielder takes aim before arrowing a shot that flashes just wide of Ben Williams' goal. The Dons are coasting...

  72. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibs 0-2 Aberdeen

    The Aberdeen fans inside Easter Road are in fine voice as they voice their appreciation following a clinical, impressive and comprehensive victory over a toothless Hibs side. Niall McGinn fired a double and the Dons were denied twice by the woodwork as they earned maximum points with minimal fuss. What now for Hibs?


    Paul Anthony Cassidy: "The usual mantra of allowing Butcher the summer to build a team will be rolled out but Hibs can't afford that many players!"

  74. 21:42: 

    Eight matches without a win and four straight defeats for Hibs. This weekend's break for the Scottish Cup semi-finals will give them time to lick their wounds ahead of a Premiership return as they seek to avoid the dreaded relegation play-offs.

  75. 21:43: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Between Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney, Aberdeen have the firepower that Hibs simply don't have. You never felt they'd break down Aberdeen; it was 2-0 but it could've been more. Hibs are in the mire and on the slide. If you're not scoring goals and leaking them at the other end..."

  76. 21:45: 
    Race to beat the drop
    Scottish Premiership table

    As we head into the Premiership split, a number of clubs are still in danger of finishing in 11th spot and earning the unwanted relegation play-off...


    Robbie Devenney: "At least I don't need to worry about being a Hibs fans for almost 2 weeks. Hopefully the players will start worrying..."

  78. 21 :52: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "You're never totally comfortable until the second goal goes in. We had to learn from Tynecastle last week where we were dominant but didn't win the game.

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "That's Niall McGinn up to 12 goals now, brilliant. He hasn't taken as many penalties this season and I still think there's a few more goals in him..."

  79. 21:54: 
    BBC Sportsound Chick Young, trackside at Easter Road

    "I know Terry Butcher well and he'll be an angry man..."


    Martin Hawkins: "Think Aberdeen are overhyped and we will beat them on Sunday..."


    Warrington Hibee: "This predicament will make or break Terry Butcher's reputation. Hibs are in a real mess."

    Anonymous: "Hearts down but not by Hibs. Hearts put Hibs in play-off, just maybe."

  82. 2202: 

    Hibs will have five games to try to avoid the play-off and BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson says Terry Butcher will be giving them "both barrels".

  83. 22:04: 
    Hibs boss Terry Butcher
    Hibs boss Terry Butcher

    "We started both halves really well and Niall McGinn scores a goal out of the blue. We've done well up to the final third but seem to have erected a glass wall and we can't get through it, round it or over it.

    "It seems that anything that can go wrong, is. You can go through spells like this and you just have to ensure you get through it. When you pick a team off and get possession then you have to score and put their goalkeeper under pressure.

    "There's nothing wrong with the shape of the team, we just can't score. We started the second half then bang, they've scored another great goal.

    "We need belief; how do you get that? It's on the training ground. We played a team tonight that's second top and won a cup; they're the best of the rest in the Premiership. They picked us off and are full of confidence, the exact opposite of us."

  84. 22:10: 

    Talk about contrasting fortunes: Aberdeen are purring along like a vintage car; three points clear in second place in the table, League Cup winners and into the last four of the Scottish Cup.

    Hibs have three points from a possible 24 and have kept a clean sheet just once in 2014. They need a new engine before the end of the current campaign.

    A very candid Terry Butcher says they seem to have erected a glass wall in the final third that's preventing them from scoring a goal. They've got five games remaining this season to remedy that and ensure their top-flight safety.

    Thanks for your company tonight. We'll be back on Saturday for the first of two cracking Scottish Cup semi-finals as Rangers host Dundee United. The Dons face St Johnstone 24 hours later.

    Highlights of tonight's game at Easter Road will be available on our site after midnight. Niall McGinn, I'm sure, will have the mouse at the ready to click play!


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As It Stood Table

Last updated 07 Apr 2014 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 33 66 88
No movement 2 Aberdeen 33 17 63
No movement 3 Motherwell 33 5 60
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 33 17 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 33 5 52
No movement 6 St Johnstone 33 7 48
No movement 7 Hibernian 33 -15 34
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 33 -16 33
No movement 9 Ross County 33 -18 31
No movement 10 St Mirren 33 -21 31
No movement 11 Partick Thistle 33 -21 30
No movement 12 Hearts 33 -26 13