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Falkirk 0-1 Hibernian

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Jason Cummings ignored the controversy to score from the penalty spot
Jason Cummings ignored the controversy to score from the penalty spot

A controversial penalty by Jason Cummings five minutes before half-time was enough to move Hibernian up to second place in the Championship.

John McGinn went to ground as he pushed the ball round Falkirk defender Blair Alston and referee Alan Muir awarded a spot kick to the visitors.

Earlier, Lee Miller had hit the Hibs crossbar with a powerful header.

Falkirk responded well in the second half but they rarely tested Mark Oxley in the Hibernian goal.

That header by Miller came against the run of play as Hibs had been the dominant side in the opening period.

There had been little to excite the fans from that point until, just before the interval, referee Muir penalised Alston when McGinn attempted to play the ball around the outside of him but then appeared to slip.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston makes his feelings known to referee Alan Muir at half-time
Falkirk manager Peter Houston makes his feelings known to referee Alan Muir at half-time

The Falkirk players looked astonished as Muir pointed to the spot and, despite stern protests, the penalty stood and was duly knocked home by Cummings.

Muir had to be escorted up the tunnel at the break as both Falkirk players and coaches surrounded him to question his decision.

For all Falkirk's improved display in the second half they struggled to fashion many clear chances, though John Baird and Will Vaulks had attempts on target.

The home fans thought they had a fair claim for a penalty when Darren McGregor appeared to handle the ball as he was clearing his area but on this occasion Muir waved play on.

And those same supporters greeted the full-time whistle with a chorus of boos, while the 1,800 travelling fans gave their players a standing ovation as their sixth win from their last seven league games meant they leapfrogged Raith Rovers and into second place in the table.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "I feel a little hard done-by.

"I didn't think it was a penalty kick. The referee said to me that, if it was on the halfway line, he would have given a foul, but I don't think he was in a great position to see it, while the linesman is in a perfect position and didn't give it.

"Considering Hibs' resources and talk of them winning championships, we are not far away from them on that performance."

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs: "I was surprised, but if you look at the incident before the penalty, maybe that had a bearing on why he has given it.

"The lad pushes David Gray with two hands as he's going for the ball.

"But, to be honest, there were a lot of decisions for both teams that were a bit baffling.

"This is a good three points for us and they thoroughly deserved it."

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 17SmithSubstituted forBairdat 57'minutes
  • 11Kerr
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8AlstonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMcHughat 79'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 18Miller

Substitutes

  • 5McCracken
  • 9Baird
  • 16Grant
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Tokarczyk
  • 22Blair
  • 24Sinnamon

Hibernian

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6BartleyBooked at 71mins
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forFontaineat 85'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 7Malonga
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forHendersonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Henderson
  • 5Fontaine
  • 8Fyvie
  • 9El Alagui
  • 17Boyle
  • 20Feruz
  • 31Reguero
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
5,429

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 0, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Robert McHugh (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

    Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Fontaine replaces James Keatings.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Falkirk) header from the left side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces Blair Alston.

  14. Post update

    Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Booking

    Marvyn Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marvyn Bartley (Hibernian).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 20th October 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1010003362730
2Hibernian107121761122
3Raith Rovers107031310321
4Falkirk105321210218
5Queen of Sth114251116-514
6St Mirren102441113-210
7Morton11245914-510
8Dumbarton103161016-610
9Alloa10127621-155
10Livingston10118818-104
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