Scottish Championship
Queen of Sth0Hibernian1

Queen of the South 0-1 Hibernian

John McGinn scores
McGinn's goal proved to be the difference

John McGinn's solitary goal gave Hibernian a deserved victory over Queen of the South.

The Scotland international's third goal of the season was a well-worked effort from a James Keatings corner early in the second half.

Neil Lennon's men squandered a handful of chances at Palmerston.

Queens rarely troubled the visitors' defence as Hibs extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to eight points.

In wet conditions Hibs dominated possession in the early period and could easily have been in front with a bit more composure in front of goal.

Grant Holt fired an awkward bouncing ball over from 10 yards after latching on to a David Gray headed knock-down.

Keatings turned well on the edge of the box before curling a 20-yard strike inches over, then it was the turn of Andrew Shinnie, who ended a powerful run with a right-foot shot that went wide.

Andrew Shinnie and Scott Mercer
Hibs got the win their play deserved

Holt became angered by team-mate Jason Cummings as Hibs looked for a breakthrough. The veteran striker was in the process of trying to get his head to a McGinn cross when Cummings tried an acrobatic overhead kick, almost decapitating his fellow striker with his boot as he attempted to connect with the ball.

Queens failed to threaten at the other end with Ross Laidlaw in the Hibs goal only tested once in the first half, having to cut out a cross from Jordan Marshall.

Hibs' goal appeared to come straight off the training ground. Keatings' delivery from the right picked out McGinn arriving late into the box and his left-foot volley took a deflection as it landed in the back of the net.

Within a minute Queens came close to an equaliser when Joe Thomson's shot had to be turned round the right-hand post by Laidlaw.

Another Keatings set-piece delivery, this time from a free-kick, almost produced a second when Holt, with the deftest of flicks, steered the ball wide.

Stephen Dobbie had a chance to level but the Queens top scorer blasted over from the edge of the box.

And Hibs did enough to secure their fifth successive win in all competitions.

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "The players gave me everything they've got in terms of energy and commitment.

"We just switched off for 15 seconds at the corner and didn't see John McGinn coming in late, even though we had everybody back, but that's what's cost us the game.

"Hibs had more of the possession and probably controlled the game - we expected that. Just after they scored we had a great chance when their keeper made a fantastic save from Joe Thomson's shot and I thought for the last 25 minutes we gave as good as we got."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "I thought we were excellent and the scoreline could have been a bit more in our favour.

"For long periods I thought we controlled the game, probably didn't penetrate as we would have liked first half, but in the second half we had a really good spell for about 25 minutes. Obviously, we got the goal and their goalkeeper made a couple of fantastic saves to keep them in it.

"John McGinn was exceptional and deserved his goal. He was the one player even in the first half trying to thread balls through and cut Queens open.

"We've only 19 fit players today and I would like to get at least one more player in certainly to bolster us."

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Robinson
  • 24Mercer
  • 5Brownlie
  • 4Dowie
  • 3Marshall
  • 23Thomas
  • 14JacobsSubstituted forDykesat 72'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 39CarmichaelSubstituted forLyleat 64'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 15Thomson

Substitutes

  • 2Hamill
  • 6Higgins
  • 9Lyle
  • 20Atkinson
  • 25Dykes
  • 27Murray
  • 29Bell

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 2GrayBooked at 81mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 5FontaineBooked at 77mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 7McGinn
  • 8Fyvie
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forForsterat 86'minutes
  • 22Shinnie
  • 9HoltSubstituted forGrahamat 86'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forBoyleat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McGeouch
  • 17Boyle
  • 23Forster
  • 27Humphrey
  • 29Graham
  • 32Gallacher
  • 43Crane
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,007

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 1.

Brian Graham (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Attempt saved. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Grant Holt.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jordan Forster replaces James Keatings.

Foul by James Keatings (Hibernian).

John Rankin (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

David Gray (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Jason Cummings.

Booking

Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Grant Holt (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Lyndon Dykes replaces Kyle Jacobs.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

John Rankin (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Lyle replaces Daniel Carmichael.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

Attempt saved. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian22146237112648
2Dundee Utd22117431211040
3Morton21107433211237
4Falkirk229763326734
5Queen of Sth237793034-428
6Dunfermline226882831-326
7Raith Rovers216782227-525
8Dumbarton2366112634-824
9Ayr2248102035-1520
10St Mirren2227132040-2013
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