Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 4-0 Queen of the South

Martin Boyle (left) wrapped up a big win for Hibs at Easter Road
Martin Boyle (left) wrapped up a big win for Hibs at Easter Road

Hibernian increased their lead at the top of the Championship to three points with a convincing win at home against Queen of the South.

Brian Graham opened the scoring after just eight minutes and Chris Higgins turned a John McGinn effort into his own net just before the break.

David Gray prodded in the third goal seven minutes into the second half.

Martin Boyle, who missed several good chances in the first half, completed the scoring from 12 yards.

With nearest challengers Dundee United dropping points at Cappielow, it was a good day for Neil Lennon's men.

Queen of the South topped the table at one stage but remain sixth after their fifth successive league defeat.

Hibs started at a great tempo, with Andrew Shinnie and Boyle combining to test goalkeeper Lee Robinson in the opening minute. But the home fans didn't have to wait too long for the opener.

Darren McGregor's shot was blocked a yard off the line by Grant Anderson but Graham, making a rare start up front, was at hand to knock the ball high into the net.

Boyle's pace was causing all sorts of problems for Queens and twice when clean through on goal he was denied by Robinson.

There was a warning for the hosts when Mark Millar's strike crashed off the base of the post. However, Hibs continued to dominate and notched a second on 42 minutes.

McGinn fired in a shot from 12 yards on the angle that looked net-bound but was helped over the line by Higgins.

Boyle had a glorious chance to score number three before half time but inexplicably scooped the ball over the crossbar from six yards out with the goal gaping.

Within eight minutes of the second half Hibernian did find the net for the third time. A corner was swung low into the box from the right and captain Gray flicked the ball home with an outstretched left leg.

Lennon decided to give Jason Cummings a run from the bench with the points safe but it was the player keeping the club's top scorer out of the team who had the final say.

Boyle once again skipped between two Queens defenders on the edge of the box before smashing the ball home.

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon: "It was one of the best performances in my time as a manager. I thought we were awesome today. It could have been five at half-time. We never took our foot off the pedal. Some of our attacking play was outstanding. We looked a very very good side today. We looked strong, we looked quick, we looked hungry, everything you want as a manager.

"I think we got what we deserved. I think Martin Boyle could have had four before half-time. It was a wee test of his character. He could have sat in the dressing room at half time and felt sorry for himself but he came out and scored a great goal.

"That is the benchmark now. I asked them in the dressing room Can you live up to that? We have been playing well now for some time but nobody wants to listen. I think anyone here today could see we are a good side."

QotS caretaker boss Jimmy Thomson: "We were under no illusions coming here. Hibs are a good team but when you give them a goal after seven minutes it makes it very difficult. I think it was individual errors. When you ask people to pick people up at corners and they don't do it you have problems.

"Our league position will not be defined by playing here and not getting a win. I wouldn't be interested in the job full time. I have other things going on but taking the job would be very restricting."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 2Gray
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forMcGeouchat 61'minutes
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forCummingsat 68'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 22Shinnie
  • 29Graham
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forBartleyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 9Holt
  • 10McGeouch
  • 23Forster
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 35Cummings
  • 43Crane

Queen of Sth

  • 1RobinsonBooked at 56mins
  • 5Brownlie
  • 4DowieBooked at 56mins
  • 6HigginsBooked at 49mins
  • 3Marshall
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forBrotherstonat 50'minutes
  • 8Millar
  • 14JacobsBooked at 18mins
  • 25Dykes
  • 9LyleBooked at 43minsSubstituted forRiggat 69'minutes
  • 17Pickard

Substitutes

  • 12Rigg
  • 16Hooper
  • 19Moxon
  • 20Atkinson
  • 29Bell
  • 32Fergusson
  • 35Brotherston
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
13,861

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 4, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Queen of the South 0.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Attempt blocked. David Gray (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Brian Graham (Hibernian).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Martin Boyle.

Attempt missed. Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Brian Graham (Hibernian).

Lee Robinson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Brotherston (Queen of the South).

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Millar (Queen of the South).

Brian Graham (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Steven Rigg replaces Derek Lyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces John McGinn.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

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

Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 4, Queen of the South 0. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by David Gray.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

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

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dylan McGeouch replaces Fraser Fyvie because of an injury.

Delay in match Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Booking

Lee Robinson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

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

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Queen of the South 0. David Gray (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lyndon Dykes.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian149412671931
2Dundee Utd1484223121128
3Morton146532115623
4Raith Rovers136431813522
5Falkirk146441815322
6Queen of Sth135351519-418
7Ayr134271120-914
8Dunfermline143381624-812
9Dumbarton142571220-811
10St Mirren130491025-154
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