The Wasps almost catch Hibs cold right from the re-start! A cross bounces across Mark Oxley's goalmouth and Steven Hetherington diverts it straight into the keeper's hands. Massive let-off for Hibs, massive missed opportunity for Alloa.
Martin Boyle latches onto a lovely diagonal ball from Liam Henderson, dinks it beyond the onrushing Scott Gallacher and taps into the empty net. Cracking start for the high-flying Hibees.
Mr Walsh's first job is to issue some stern words to Mitch Megginson for a foul on Dylan McGeouch.
Nick Walsh is the referee for this one.
The teams are out on the pitch at Easter Road, Hibs in green, Alloa in black and gold. And we're off.
"I think because I have the comfort of having such a strong squad it gives the chance to refresh things today. We've had a hectic schedule and we've got one ahead of us. This is an opportunity for the players (coming in) to put a reminder in my mind. When they have been asked to come in and play they have done very well. The players are not distracted - all these cup games, we are looking upon them as opportunities. You can play Saturday/Wednesday, Saturday/Wednesday when you're winning. When you're winning it gives you energy. The players are playing with enthusiasm.
"Everybody in the league has still got something to play for. That's why we have to treat every game with the same importance as if we were playing a team at the top of the league."
"The draw last week was a tangible reward for the efforts they have put in over the last six or seven weeks. It was terrific to get something from the game. I was here on Tuesday to watch them. We are under no illusions about the size of the task we face today."
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That Alloa team is unchanged from the one that drew 1-1 with Rangers at Recreation Park last time out. The former St Johnstone midfielder Liam Caddis is on the bench.
Hibernian: Oxley, Gunnarsson, Fontaine, Hanlon, Bartley, McGeouch, Carmichael, Henderson, Boyle, Keatings, Dagnall.
Substitutes: Virtanen, Gray, McGinn, McGregor, Stokes, Thomson, Cummings.
Alloa Athletic: Gallacher, Finnie, Hill, Marr, Hamilton, Duffy, O'Brien, McManus, Hetherington, Megginson, Layne.
Substitutes: Caddis, McAusland, Reintam, Holmes, Ferns, David Crawford, Robbie Crawford.
Let's not keep you waiting for the team news. Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs makes seven changes to the side that defeated Hearts in Tuesday’s Edinburgh derby as the games continue to fly thick and fast for the Hibees.
From the defence, out go captain David Gray, Darren McGregor and the suspended Lewis Stevenson. Midfielder John McGinn is on the bench, as are Kevin Thomson and forward duo Anthony Stokes and Jason Cummings.
January signings Niklas Gunnarsson and Chris Dagnall both start, while Dylan McGeouch returns from a groin problem. Liam Fontaine, Danny Carmichael, Martin Boyle and James Keatings also feature from the off.
A very good afternoon to you all and thanks for directing your eyes and ears towards our coverage of the two Scottish Championship matches today. At 13:30 we'll have Hibernian v Alloa, with Queen of the South v Rangers to follow at 16:00.