Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 2-0 St Mirren

Hibs' Martin Boyle shields the ball from St Mirren's Jack Baird
Saints struggled to deal with the runs of Hibs striker Martin Boyle

Hibernian made it two wins in a row with a clinical performance against bottom of the table St Mirren to stay three points clear at the top.

Martin Boyle scored the opener early on for the Championship leaders with Grant Holt sealing the win before half-time.

Jamie Langfield saved a second-half penalty from Holt, but that was about the only positive aspect for the Paisley outfit.

They are now three points behind Dumbarton at the bottom of the table.

The decision by Hibs manager Neil Lennon to start with Boyle ahead of top scorer Jason Cummings - who remained on the bench for the second week running - proved to be the catalyst for the hosts' victory.

The former Dundee winger showed electric pace throughout the afternoon with three Saints defenders often trailing in his wake.

The opener arrived after just eight minutes with Andrew Shinnie's inch-perfect pass to Boyle, who showed excellent composure to clip the ball over the advancing Langfield.

Ryan Hardie came close to an equaliser for Saints but his effort was cleared off the line by John McGinn, with David Clarkson firing the rebound just wide.

Grant Holt misses a penalty for Hibs
Holt might have had a second goal but his penalty was saved by Jamie Langfield

The home side doubled their advantage before the break after a sustained spell of pressure.

With the Buddies' defence failing to clear their 18-yard box, Boyle nodded the ball back to Holt, who fired home from 16 yards.

With 15 minutes of the match remaining, Hibernian could have made it three when Holt was bustled to the ground by Gary Irvine just yards from goal and referee Don Robertson pointed to the spot.

But Langfield dived low to his left-hand side to tip Holt's spot-kick away.

While Lennon could take satisfaction in a clean sheet and a job well done, St Mirren boss Jack Ross is still looking for his first win - and first goals - since succeeding Alex Rae.

Post-match reaction:

Hibs boss Neil Lennon: "That was excellent. Off the back of an excellent win last week, I can't ask any more of the players. It could have been a lot more.

"Our play was good. Martin (Boyle) came in and gave us a little bit of zip in attack. He had an outstanding game and scored a great goal. But all round I am very happy.

"I toyed with the idea of starting Jason (Cummings) because he is a bona fida centre forward. We see Martin as more of a central player now rather than being a wide man. He has goals in him.

"When you see his work rate, when you see a centre forward lead from the front, it gives the whole team a lift."

St Mirren boss Jack Ross: "They are top of the league for a reason. They are a good side. I thought in the early part of the game we had good opportunities to take the lead and if you take them the game could pan out differently.

"There are encouraging signs. I think the last two games there have been more positives than negatives.

"What we are trying to do day in, day out is remind them they are good players and keep working with them. We are heading in the right direction but we need results to equate to that as well."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 24McGregor
  • 4HanlonBooked at 66mins
  • 5Fontaine
  • 2Gray
  • 8FyvieBooked at 90mins
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forBartleyat 77'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 22Shinnie
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forHarrisat 90+2'minutes
  • 9HoltSubstituted forGrahamat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 23Forster
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris
  • 35Cummings
  • 48Martin

St Mirren

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Naismith
  • 5GordonBooked at 40mins
  • 15Baird
  • 3IrvineBooked at 75mins
  • 20HardieSubstituted forMagennisat 47'minutes
  • 10Mallan
  • 14HuttonSubstituted forGallagherat 78'minutes
  • 17Morgan
  • 25ShanklandBooked at 90mins
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forSuttonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Sutton
  • 12Gallacher
  • 16Walsh
  • 18Mclear
  • 22Gallagher
  • 34Whyte
  • 42Magennis
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
14,485

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 0.

Attempt missed. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Martin Boyle.

Booking

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Grant Holt.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt saved. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Calum Gallagher (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Gordon (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Calum Gallagher replaces Kyle Hutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces John McGinn because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John McGinn (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Penalty saved! Grant Holt (Hibernian) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Hibernian. Grant Holt draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

Booking

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Sutton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian117311861224
2Dundee Utd116321811721
3Raith Rovers116231813520
4Queen of Sth115331411318
5Falkirk115241513217
6Morton104331513215
7Ayr114251116-514
8Dunfermline112271523-88
9Dumbarton111461118-77
10St Mirren10046920-114
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