Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 2-0 Queen of the South

Niklas Gunnarsson scores for Hibernian against Queen of the South
Niklas Gunnarsson scored Hibs' opener

Hibernian's two-goal win over 10-man Queen of the South was not enough to overhaul Falkirk for second place in the Scottish Championship.

Alan Stubbs' team will now have a footballing marathon ahead of them if they are to achieve promotion.

They will face Raith Rovers in the play-off's initial round, with the winner progressing to face Falkirk.

The visitors had Mark Millar sent off before Niklas Gunnarsson and Jason Cummings netted for Stubbs' men.

With Falkirk winning 1-0 against Greenock Morton, Hibs needed to score two more goals to save themselves those extra games against Rovers.

They had chances, but much to the agony of the home crowd, they could not take them. This was a wounding day for Hibs.

Profligacy costs Hibs

Given Queens' record in shipping goals this season - no side in the top seven of the Championship has conceded more - they looked like ideal opponents for Hibs, a side that could be comfortably swept aside.

Of course, nothing comes easily to Hibs and, instead of a soft touch, they encountered a well-organised Queens who defended stoutly - while also riding their luck as the game went on - and showed little of the defensive vulnerability of recent weeks.

Hibs had a few moments in the opening half. Liam Henderson forced a save from James Atkinson, Anthony Stokes did likewise later on, John McGinn did the same before the half was over.

In between, Queens could have scored themselves, Dale Hilson thundering a shot over Conrad Logan's crossbar when in fine position to do a whole lot better.

The new half had just begun when news filtered through from Falkirk that Peter Houston's team had taken the lead.

Now Hibs had a huge problem on their hands, a problem that only grew when James Keatings spurned a wonderful chance when put through on goal.

The striker had to score but had his shot blocked by Atkinson. Hibs could not afford such profligacy on this day of all days.

Their cause was helped when Millar was sent-off for an ugly tackle on McGinn. That was in the 55th minute. Still time for a goal rush against the 10-men.

Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian against Queen of the South
Cummings would get Hibs' second, but the hosts needed two more to claim second place

Again, though, Hibs wasted a chance, Henderson flicking wide from close range.

Just after the hour, Stubbs brought on Cummings - surprisingly dropped from his original team - and Hibs morphed into a 4-2-4 and, at times, a 3-2-5 - with Cummings, Stokes, Keatings and Martin Boyle all hunting for the goals they so desperately needed to get above Falkirk and into second place.

The irony was that, when the goal came, it was full-back Gunnarsson who got it and not one of the battalion of forwards that Stubbs had on the park. Gunnarsson turned in a Henderson cross to give Hibs some hope.

Cummings made it two with a header from a wonderful cross from Boyle, but Queens held out after that.

More to the point, so did Falkirk against Morton.

Houston's side have a week off before the play-off semi-final. Hibs, meanwhile, will have a brief moment to draw breath before going back out against Rovers on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 25Logan
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forCummingsat 63'minutes
  • 17Boyle
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forMcGeouchat 72'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 28Stokes
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forDagnallat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 10McGeouch
  • 24McGregor
  • 29Dagnall
  • 35Cummings

Queen of Sth

  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 5Brownlie
  • 6Higgins
  • 14Jacobs
  • 28OliverSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 8MillarBooked at 55mins
  • 15TappingSubstituted forHuttonat 45'minutes
  • 11Russell
  • 9LyleSubstituted forMurdochat 57'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 21Hilson

Substitutes

  • 1Thomson
  • 12Rutherford
  • 16Hutton
  • 18Murdoch
  • 19Moxon
  • 24Smith
  • 35Brotherston
Referee:
George Salmond
Attendance:
9,900

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home21
Away1
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Queen of the South 0.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian).

Aidan Smith (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Chris Dagnall replaces James Keatings.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Queen of the South 0. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martin Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Aidan Smith replaces Gary Oliver.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dylan McGeouch replaces Liam Henderson.

Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Queen of the South).

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Queen of the South 0. Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Henderson.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Fraser Fyvie.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Queen of the South).

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Booking

Andy Murdoch (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Queen of the South).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Andy Murdoch replaces Derek Lyle.

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Dismissal

Mark Millar (Queen of the South) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Mark Millar (Queen of the South).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Oliver (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers36256588345481
2Falkirk361913461342770
3Hibernian36217859342570
4Raith Rovers36188105246662
5Morton361110153942-343
6St Mirren36119164453-942
7Queen of Sth36126184656-1042
8Dumbarton36107193566-3137
9Livingston3687213751-1431
10Alloa3649232267-4521
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