Hibernian made it two Championship victories out of two with a late Jason Cummings goal in a match played in front of 16477 fans at Easter Road.
The on form Hibs striker capitalised on a horrendous mistake by Pars central defender Callum Fordyce – who was playing his first game in 11 months after a serious injury. He completely missed a Martin Boyle centre with only 12 minutes left in the match, leaving Cummings the easiest of chances to score.
It was the home side who opened the scoring just before the half hour and once again it was Dunfermline who shot themselves in the foot.
Pars central defender Ben Richards-Everton diverted a header into his own net after a period of pressure from a series of Hibs corners.
Neil Lennon’s side went close again twice before half-time when John McGinn had a 30 yard pile driver tipped over the bar by Pars’ keeper David Hutton and Jason Cummings saw a header bounce back off an upright.
Dunfermline found themselves on level terms however just before the hour mark when Joe Cardle slipped a pass to on-loan Hearts’ striker Gavin Reilly who composed himself before sliding the ball below Ross Laidlaw into the Hibs net.
For the next ten minutes the Pars pushed for a second as they started to dominate possession but it was Hibs who took all three points when Cummings was on hand to make the most of Fordyce’s error.
Neil Lennon was delighted with the victory and also confirmed that the club are speaking with Birmingham City regarding taking Andrew Shinnie on loan to Easter Road in an effort to improve his squad.
The Hibs boss says his side got their just reward. “I don’t want to put a negative slant on what’s been another very good performance, because we dominated the game for long periods. We’ve had umpteen chances and attempts on goal. We could have been two or three up at half time.
They actually scored when we were really in control. There was a break in play, Lewis went down and we just switched off and they scored a very good goal. Then, for only five or ten minutes, we wobbled. We have to learn to manage that better.
Good players, making basic errors for no reason and it is just the psychology of the game that they have to deal with better. After that, we settled, we looked alright again and scored a great goal.
Jason, again in the right place at the right time, but the contribution of Dylan and Martin was very, very good.
I am very very happy, you know this league is not easy and that’s two wins out of two, so I have got to be very pleased with that.”