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Dundee 0-1 Hibernian

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Highlights: Dundee 0-1 Hibernian

John McGinn's second-half winner proved enough as Hibernian moved to within five points of third-placed Aberdeen with victory over Dundee at Dens Park.

The Scotland midfielder turned and slotted home from close range seven minutes into the second half.

Paul McGowan wasted two good chances for Dundee, Mark O'Hara and Cammy Kerr brought saves from Ofir Marciano and Matthew Henvey headed wide late on.

Brandon Barker and Simon Murray, from a yard out, missed good chances for Hibs.

But Neil Lennon's side remain five points clear of Edinburgh rivals Hearts, while Dundee stay in 10th, two points above the relegation play-off spot.

Fresh from a battling Scottish Cup draw with Inverness, the home side were determined to get back to the sort of league form they displayed in the league before the winter shut down. For the visitors, it was all about easing the pain of a weekend derby defeat and kick-starting the new year with three points.

Neil Lennon's side pressed Dundee back from the start, moving the ball around well, looking much sharper and faster than a sluggish home side.

But the first shot in anger came from the hosts, Hibs keeper Marciano throwing himself low to block a fierce, crisp Faisal El Baktaoui volley from just inside the box. The Moroccan was at it again moments later as he danced through the Hibs defence but this time his shot was deflected wide.

Dundee boss Neil McCann remonstrates on the sidelines
Dundee boss Neil McCann was upset with several decisions by referee Don Robertson

Undeterred, Hibs continued to swarm forward in numbers and Murray thought he'd converted a fabulous Efe Ambrose cross but the post came to Dundee's rescue. For all their possession, it was Hibs' first real effort on goal.

Storm weathered, Dundee started to find their feet in midfield with McGowan and Glen Kamara linking up well and the full-backs also providing width in attack and stretching the game as Hibs' early fizz faded.

The hosts continued to threaten after the break, O'Hara embarking on a mazy run that ended with him firing just wide.

But five minutes later Hibs took the lead through McGinn. Vikintas Slivka crossed from the right to Murray, who tumbled looking for a penalty, but as he continued his protests on the ground, McGinn pounced on the loose ball and fired low past Elliot Parish.

Both sides threatened after that as the 5,323 fans huddled inside a cold Dens Park watched the game open up further.

Barker couldn't convert despite racing though on the Dundee goal twice and Marciano pulled off a save to match his wonder stop at Tynecastle - this time his outstretched right hand denied a fine close-range header from O'Hara.

Substitute Matthew Henvey (right) reacts after missing a late header
Dundee substitute Matthew Henvey (right) missing a chance to equalise with a late header

It all turned frantic for the home side as they desperately pushed to salvage something. The fight was there but the quality was missing.

So too was their defence when Danny Swanson broke down the left and crossed for Murray, rushing in to meet it. Only Murray will know how he managed to miss the ball completely under no real pressure from a few yards out. It was quite simply baffling.

The former Dundee United striker could at least blame Parish before the end, who denied him with a solid double save as the minutes ticked away and the fans trickled off into the night.

It was a continuation of the close encounters between these sides already this season, but one that Hibs deserved to win - just.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2Kerr
  • 22HendryBooked at 32mins
  • 24Meekings
  • 27CurranSubstituted forAllanat 58'minutes
  • 14O'Hara
  • 8KamaraBooked at 48mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 15AurtenetxeBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHoltat 77'minutes
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forHenveyat 82'minutes
  • 7Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 3Holt
  • 6O'Dea
  • 10Allan
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 23Wolters
  • 46Henvey
  • 67Malherbe

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 7McGinnBooked at 63mins
  • 10McGeouch
  • 8Slivka
  • 20BarkerSubstituted forSwansonat 78'minutes
  • 15MurrayBooked at 73minsSubstituted forShawat 89'minutes
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forMaclarenat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Swanson
  • 14Rherras
  • 19Maclaren
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,323

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Hibernian 1.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Simon Murray.

Attempt missed. Matthew Henvey (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Matthew Henvey replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jamie Maclaren replaces Martin Boyle.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Martin Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Brandon Barker.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kevin Holt replaces Aurtenetxe.

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

Attempt missed. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Simon Murray (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Simon Murray (Hibernian).

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Cammy Kerr (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Scott Allan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Brandon Barker (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Martin Boyle.

Attempt missed. Brandon Barker (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

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

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23166150163454
2Rangers23134643251843
3Aberdeen2313463326743
4Hibernian2310853227538
5Hearts238962419533
6Motherwell2283112832-427
7Kilmarnock216872528-326
8St Johnstone217592130-926
9Hamilton2265113037-723
10Dundee2364132333-1022
11Partick Thistle2355132039-1920
12Ross County2345142138-1717
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