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Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Hibernian marked their return to Scotland's top flight with a commanding victory over Partick Thistle.

The hosts fell behind to Chris Erskine's neat opener after seven minutes, but did not let the setback encumber their football.

Martin Boyle levelled seven minutes later, before Steven Whittaker prodded in to put Hibs ahead before the break.

Simon Murray stretched the lead from the penalty spot after Boyle was felled by former Hibee Callum Booth.

Easter Road was rocking before the game started as the Championship flag was unfurled. A new singing section - with their own Anthony Stokes banner - augmented the noise inside the ground as an expectant home crowd took their seats.

Thistle dampen the mood - briefly

Partick Thistle arrived very much in the guise of party-poopers. After six minutes they played the part to perfection.

A patient passing move culminated with Steven Lawless threading the vital ball into the box. Erskine turned his defender before calmly firing the ball past Ofir Marciano to put the Jags ahead.

Chris Erskine scores for Partick Thistle against Hibernian
Chris Erskine steered the ball past Ofir Marciano to break the deadlock after just seven minutes

But Hibs responded in perfect fashion. John McGinn's low ball into the box took a ricochet before falling kindly for Boyle. The former Dundee man made no mistake as he fired past Tomas Cerny.

Boyle almost had Hibs in front soon after. Dylan McGeouch made a great run down the flank before delivering a ball into the six-yard box. It looked like Boyle would bundle the ball home, but Booth did well to hook it away from the Hibs forward in the nick of time.

Just after the half-hour mark Hibs took the lead. Great composed interplay in the penalty box from Danny Swanson and McGeouch created the chance. Swanson then supplied the perfect pass for Whittaker, who stabbed the ball with the outside of his boot into the bottom corner as Easter Road erupted in delight.

Hibs hegemony

Partick Thistle were unable to repeat their bright start to the first half as Hibs took the game by the scruff of the neck after the interval.

Steven Whittaker scores for Hibernian against Partick Thistle
Steven Whittaker poked Hibs ahead with the outside of his right boot

Boyle had been a threat all afternoon and Booth pulled the Hibs wide man down in the box - a clear penalty. Up stepped Murray to fire Hibs into a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute.

Boyle provided yet more riches down the flanks for Hibs just after the hour. His ball into the box found Murray, but this time his shot came back off the post.

Game over?

Just as it looked more or less like game over, there were a few sparks of light from the visitors. A header from Kevin Nisbet - who had replaced the injured Kris Doolan, who appeared to suffer a hamstring strain, in the first half - was tipped over the bar.

Erskine then fired in a shot following the corner, but Marciano got down well to save.

Ultimately, though, Thistle failed to create enough opportunities as Hibs cruised to all three points.

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "Delighted is an understatement. We were dozy [for their goal], we gave them too much time to basically do what they liked - after that the reaction was sensational.

"They thoroughly deserved to win the game - they're a youngish side at this level but they showed great maturity and quality.

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Manager reaction - Lennon & Archibald

"I've got goalscorers in the team - Murray was outstanding up-front, he led the line brilliantly for us - and there were great performances all over the pitch. The reacted well to the pressure, it was a big crowd today, and I think the fans are going home thoroughly happy."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We started really brightly, kept the ball, kept their fans quiet and scored a great goal. But once Hibs scored, the reaction after that was really disappointing.

"We invited pressure onto ourselves - their two first-half goals came from us giving the ball away in their half and they score five to six seconds later, which is a big disappointment.

"This league is full of good teams now and we need to make sure we've got the right approach and mind-set to manage the game 1-0, and keep doing what we're doing when we're hurting them."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 45mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6BartleySubstituted forSlivkaat 77'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 84mins
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forStokesat 70'minutes
  • 17Boyle
  • 15MurraySubstituted forMurrayat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 8Slivka
  • 9Matulevicius
  • 21Laidlaw
  • 28Stokes
  • 33Murray
  • 36Porteous

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14ElliottBooked at 55mins
  • 5Keown
  • 15Devine
  • 3Booth
  • 13Barton
  • 6Osman
  • 8BanniganBooked at 34mins
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forNitrianskyat 70'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forNisbetat 30'minutes
  • 10ErskineBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 4Turnbull
  • 12Scully
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 20Nisbet
  • 21Penrice
  • 24McCarthy
  • 26McLaughlin
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
17,634

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Partick Thistle 1.

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

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

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Fraser Murray replaces Simon Murray.

Booking

John McGinn (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Milan Nitriansky (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Vykintas Slivka replaces Marvin Bartley because of an injury.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Anthony Stokes replaces Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Milan Nitriansky replaces Steven Lawless.

Booking

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic11004133
2Hibernian11003123
3Ross County11002113
4St Johnstone11002113
5Aberdeen00000000
6Hamilton00000000
7Motherwell00000000
8Rangers00000000
9Dundee100112-10
10Kilmarnock100112-10
11Partick Thistle100113-20
12Hearts100114-30
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