Terry Butcher moved by silence for late youth player David Paul

Hibernian players remember David Paul, the club's academy player who died just before Christmas

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher again chose to focus on remembering youth player David Paul when asked about his team's 3-0 win over Kilmarnock.

aged 18, just before Christmas and Butcher to the player.

"It was important today because David Paul's family were here and there was a fantastic minute's silence from both teams," said Butcher.

"It was very poignant and touching."

The Hibs boss said the team were determined to win for the late player's family and he wants a repeat when rivals Hearts visit on 2 January.

"We made it a special day for David and his family and for the fans and we want to make it even more special on Thursday," continued the former Inverness manager.

"When you have a tragedy like that at a football club it unites everybody.

"You can see that unity on the pitch. We've not made many changes to the team; it has been the same personnel over the weeks and they know each other's game a lot better.

"I thought the boys were different class. They ran their socks off. They worked hard and they were committed.

"The work-rate, both offensively and defensively, was phenomenal."

Hibs kicked off the match with only two home league wins in 2013. However, they dominated from the first whistle against Kilmarnock and only Craig Samson's display in the visitors' goal kept the score down.

Paul Hanlon headed Paul Cairney's corner kick past Samson for the opener and his first goal of the season in 12 minutes.

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Despite several attempts by Lewis Stevenson, James Collins, Jason Cummings and Scott Robertson, the home fans had to wait until 13 minutes from time before they could relax, when Cairney fired home his first of the campaign and Stevenson did likewise right at the end.

"At 1-0 at half-time it was a travesty for us but I think the 3-0 scoreline was deserved," added the manager, who replaced Pat Fenlon in mid-November and who has since enjoyed three wins and three draws in his seven games in charge.

"Lewis Stevenson had more shots today than he has had in his whole career.

"He got the goal and he deserved it for perseverance.

"We have had seven goals and seven different goalscorers [since the change in management]. We are spreading the goals around and I don't mind that.

"There is always more. We want to improve. The players are starting to come out of their shells. They are making the right decisions and working hard off the ball."

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