12 Sep Hibs 3-0 Alloa: Henderson and McGinn open accounts
Hibernian moved up to third in the Scottish Championship after comfortable 3-0 victory over Alloa.
On loan Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson grabbed his first goal for the club following up from Jason Cummings’ shot which was saved by David Crawford.
It was 2-0 shortly after the break when Cummings squeezed a shot under Crawford from a tight angle.
John McGinn then made it 3-0 to round off an impressive display by the former St Mirren midfielder.
After the match Hibs boss Alan Stubbs responded to comments from Rangers chairman Dave King, who dismissed suggestions of a title race in the Championship this season.
“That’s up to Rangers what they want to say. Will be there or thereabouts, we won’t roll over for them,” he said.
On the performance, he added: “It was a good day all round. First and foremost it was important we kept a clean sheet.
“With the attacking quality we have in the team, we’ve got goals in us so it gives the attackers a licence to get forward and create opportunities if they keep a clean sheet.
“You have to give Alloa credit. They frustrated us in the first half and worked hard but it’s difficult to keep doing that and one lapse of concentration and we managed to get the goal and then it becomes difficult.
“In the end we could have scored one or two more.”
Alloa boss Danny Lennon said: “It’s a difficult place to come. There’s a massive gulf in the resources between the two sides. We’re absolutely delighted with the way first half was going for us.
“However, the operation went well but the patient died. So that was frustrating. Their first goal is offside so that makes it a bit more difficult to take.”
Scottish Premiership Round-Up
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