Hibernian moved top of the Scottish Premier League with a confident display against basement side Dundee.

Leigh Griffiths and Eoin Doyle had threatened Rab Douglas's goal with a shot and header respectively before Doyle nodded a Paul Cairney cross home.

Dundee's best chances came from a rasping Jim McAlister shot and a Colin Nish volley that flashed past the post.

Griffiths scored from the spot before David Wotherspoon made it 3-0 with a curling shot into the net.

Hibs are a completely different proposition from the side that had languished at the wrong end of the table for the last two seasons and have already bettered their home win record from last term.

Pat Fenlon's men had previously been a bag of nerves in front of their own fans but confidence is now flowing throughout the team.

Lone striker Nish cut an isolated figure for Dundee, who are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the table.

Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams, with new signing Sean Murdoch now offering competition for the goalie's jersey, had little to do in the opening 15 minutes but when called upon he was in fine form.

Dundee midfielder McAlister had an opportunity when he latched onto a loose ball 16 yards out.

His left foot drive was destined for the bottom corner only for Williams to dive low to his left to tip the ball clear of goal.

The opener came after 29 minutes and midfielder Cairney played a major part.

The former Partick Thistle player burst down the left and his clipped cross into the penalty box was met by the head of Doyle who nodded home his fourth goal of the campaign.

Both Wotherspoon and Griffiths came close to adding to the home tally before the whistle blew for half time to allow Dens Park boss Barry Smith to rally his troops.

However, five minutes into the second half the home advantage was doubled from the penalty spot.

Cairney was tripped by former Hibs player Kevin McBride and Griffiths slammed the ball home from 12 yards.

The impressive Cairney had a golden opportunity to notch for Hibs when he ran on to a searching pass from Wotherspoon, rounded the keeper and looked certain to score, but Iain Davidson managed to get back and clear the ball off the line.

However, number three did come for the home side after 74 minutes and it was a fantastic finish.

Wotherspoon came in from the right to collect a Tim Clancy pass and fired a low left-foot shot beyond veteran Dens Park keeper Douglas into the corner of the goal.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy Booked
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake
  • 07 Deegan (Taiwo - 75' )
  • 08 Claros
  • 11 Cairney (Harris - 88' )
  • 14 Wotherspoon
  • 09 Griffiths (Kuqi - 76' )
  • 10 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 18 Maybury
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 24 Handling
  • 29 Caldwell
  • 32 Kuqi
  • 33 Harris

Dundee

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Irvine
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 21 Grassi
  • 26 Easton
  • 06 Davidson (Boyle - 68' )
  • 08 McBride (Riley - 54' )
  • 11 Conroy
  • 28 Kerr
  • 20 McAlister
  • 24 Nish (Milne - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 03 Lockwood
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 07 Riley
  • 10 Baird
  • 15 Milne
  • 23 Boyle
Ref: Collum
Att: 10,163

Match Stats

Shots

14 5

On target

7 2

Corners

5 2

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

91:54 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +0:34

Shot from just outside the box by Mark Kerr misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +0:05

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Conroy from the right by-line, Ben Williams manages to make a clearance.

89:19

The ball is crossed by Steven Milne, clearance made by James McPake.

88:10

Foul by Jorge Claros on James McAlister, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Davide Grassi.

87:13 Substitution

Substitution Alex Harris is brought on as a substitute for Paul Cairney.

85:27

Effort on goal by Eoin Doyle from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

84:37

Unfair challenge on James McAlister by Paul Cairney results in a free kick. James McAlister restarts play with the free kick.

83:54

Effort from close range by Eoin Doyle goes wide left of the target.

83:31

Mark Kerr concedes a free kick for a foul on Eoin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Ryan McGivern.

82:00

The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by Gary Irvine.

78:56

Nicky Riley fouled by James McPake, the ref awards a free kick. Davide Grassi takes the direct free kick.

77:44

Shefki Kuqi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Benedictus. Direct free kick taken by Davide Grassi.

75:07

Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

75:07 Substitution

Substitution Shefki Kuqi on for Leigh Griffiths.

75:07

Unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern by Nicky Riley results in a free kick.

74:33

Tom Taiwo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McAlister. Gary Irvine takes the free kick.

74:02 Substitution

Substitution Tom Taiwo on for Gary Deegan.

73:12

Assist by Tim Clancy.

73:12 Goal scored

Goal! - David Wotherspoon - Hibernian 3 - 0 Dundee David Wotherspoon fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 3-0 Dundee.

71:59

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.

71:08

Drilled left-footed shot by Leigh Griffiths. Save by Rab Douglas.

70:03

James McPake fouled by Martin Boyle, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

67:21 Substitution

Substitution Martin Boyle comes on in place of Iain Davidson.

67:21 Substitution

Substitution Steven Milne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Colin Nish.

65:09

Leigh Griffiths fouled by Kyle Benedictus, the ref awards a free kick. Leigh Griffiths takes the free kick, Eoin Doyle produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

64:25

The ball is delivered by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by Davide Grassi.

63:57

David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Irvine.

62:54

David Wotherspoon produces a cross, Davide Grassi manages to make a clearance.

61:42

Colin Nish is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

61:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leigh Griffiths on Davide Grassi. Iain Davidson takes the free kick.

60:49

Ryan McGivern challenges Iain Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

59:38

Direct free kick taken by Ryan Conroy.

59:38 Booking

Booking Tim Clancy booked for unsporting behaviour.

59:19

Tim Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Easton.

55:58

Inswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line, Rab Douglas makes a save.

55:29

Mark Kerr challenges Jorge Claros unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

54:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Benedictus by Leigh Griffiths. Kyle Benedictus takes the free kick.

53:17 Substitution

Substitution Kevin McBride goes off and Nicky Riley comes on.

51:19

Paul Cairney takes a shot. Save by Rab Douglas.

50:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

50:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 2 - 0 Dundee Power penalty scored by Leigh Griffiths. Hibernian 2-0 Dundee.

48:59

Unfair challenge on Paul Cairney by James McAlister results in a Penalty.

47:56

The official flags Colin Nish offside. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

47:28

Leigh Griffiths is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.

46:09

Colin Nish challenges Ryan McGivern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

45:32

Foul by Davide Grassi on Eoin Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Deegan.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:19 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:09

David Wotherspoon challenges Ryan Conroy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Davide Grassi takes the direct free kick.

41:39

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, Effort from inside the area by Tim Clancy misses to the left of the target.

41:05

Shot by James McAlister from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

39:05

Close range effort by Colin Nish goes wide of the right-hand upright.

37:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish by James McPake. Kevin McBride restarts play with the free kick.

34:39

Outswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, Shot from close range by James McPake clears the bar.

32:32

Foul by Ryan McGivern on James McAlister, free kick awarded. Rab Douglas takes the direct free kick.

30:22

Foul by Tim Clancy on Ryan Conroy, free kick awarded. Davide Grassi takes the direct free kick.

28:29

Assist by Paul Cairney.

28:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Eoin Doyle - Hibernian 1 - 0 Dundee Eoin Doyle finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Hibernian 1-0 Dundee.

27:14

Leigh Griffiths takes a outswinging corner.

25:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on James McPake. James McPake takes the direct free kick.

24:36

The referee blows for offside against Eoin Doyle. Rab Douglas takes the indirect free kick.

23:09

Colin Nish takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

22:16

The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

21:01

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Rab Douglas.

18:53

Colin Nish challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Clancy restarts play with the free kick.

17:59

The ball is delivered by Tim Clancy, David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.

15:30

Leigh Griffiths takes a short corner.

14:37

The ball is delivered by Tim Clancy, clearance by Davide Grassi.

13:56

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin McBride, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

13:28

James McAlister takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

12:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jorge Claros on Iain Davidson. Free kick taken by Brian Easton.

9:54

Leigh Griffiths has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

4:57

The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

4:37

A cross is delivered by Brian Easton, Ryan McGivern manages to make a clearance.

3:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McPake on Davide Grassi. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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