Dundee continued their recent good form with a stunning win to prevent Hibernian reclaiming top spot in the Scottish Premier League.

Kyle Benedictus lashed in a great shot on the turn on 21 minutes to set the division's bottom club on their way.

Stevie Milne nudged the ball in from close range and Kevin McBride added a penalty after a foul on Colin Nish.

Leigh Griffiths cracked in a fine goal late in the game but it was scant consolation on a bad day for Hibs.

The victory lifts bottom-of-the-table Dundee to just one point behind St Mirren, who they meet next weekend, as Barry Smith's side made it seven points in nine games.

Hibs, who started the day on top of the league, brought a large following to Dens Park, but the visitors were completely outplayed.

The victory margin could easily have been more emphatic as Dundee were denied a penalty just before the interval when Milne was brought down by Tom Taiwo.

The hosts almost punished some slack defending after 11 minutes, with McBride's long ball confusing Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams and Paul Hanlon as Milne attempted to pounce.

The striker got between the Hibs pair but could only stab the ball wide.

Former Dundee striker Griffiths, buoyed by his first appearance for Scotland on Wednesday, saw a shot deflected wide off Matt Lockwood.

But it was to be the unlikely figure of defender Benedictus who broke the deadlock with a spectacular strike from 20 yards.

Jim McAlister's corner was only half-cleared by Lewis Stevenson and Benedictus turned neatly to send an unstoppable effort from his weaker left foot into the top corner past the helpless Williams.

Dundee were moving the ball around slickly and were up in arms when Milne appeared to have been brought down by Taiwo just as he was shaping to shoot.

On the stroke of half-time, Iain Davidson was unmarked just yards from goal but headed wide from McAlister's inch-perfect delivery.

However, the home fans did not have long to wait for another goal, with the Dark Blues stretching their lead early in the second half.

Matt Lockwood's inswinging free-kick was headed down by Declan Gallagher and Milne was on hand as he reacted first to prod the ball home from point-blank range, with Hibs claiming the ball had not crossed the line.

The contest was over when former Hibs hitman Nish was brought down by Alan Maybury.

Another ex-Hibee McBride stepped up to smash the spot-kick beyond Williams.

Dundee continued to attack with flair, although home keeper Rab Douglas needed to make two smart saves to deny Griffiths, who also sent a diving header over the crossbar.

Griffiths did find the net in the final minute and it was a fantastic strike from 25 yards for his 13th goal of the season but many of the travelling fans will have missed it as they headed back to Edinburgh early.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Irvine
  • 03 Lockwood
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 06 Davidson
  • 07 Riley (Conroy - 82' )
  • 08 McBride
  • 15 Milne (Baird - 80' )
  • 20 McAlister
  • 24 Nish (Toshney - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 05 McGregor
  • 25 Toshney
  • 11 Conroy
  • 16 Webster
  • 10 Baird
  • 23 Boyle

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 18 Maybury Booked
  • 08 Claros (Sproule - 71' )
  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Wotherspoon
  • 16 Stevenson Booked (Caldwell - 84' )
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 10 Doyle (Kuqi - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 36 Donaldson
  • 17 Sproule
  • 26 Stanton
  • 24 Handling
  • 29 Caldwell
  • 32 Kuqi
Ref: Colvin
Att: 6,743

Match Stats

Shots

5 12

On target

3 5

Corners

3 7

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:47

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ivan Sproule, save made by Rab Douglas.

90:00 +2:35

Ryan McGivern challenges John Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Irvine restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution (Dundee) makes a substitution, with Lewis Toshney coming on for Colin Nish.

90:00 +1:45

Shot on goal by David Wotherspoon from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +1:10

Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Matthew Lockwood manages to make a clearance.

89:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Dundee 3 - 1 Hibernian A goal is scored by Leigh Griffiths. Dundee 3-1 Hibernian.

87:13

Ivan Sproule is caught offside. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

84:17

The ball is sent over by Ross Caldwell, Leigh Griffiths produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar. Unfair challenge on Shefki Kuqi by Kyle Benedictus results in a free kick. David Wotherspoon restarts play with the free kick. Shot by Ryan McGivern. Rab Douglas makes a save.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Ross Caldwell replaces Lewis Stevenson.

81:20 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Conroy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicky Riley.

80:26

Colin Nish takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

79:06 Substitution

Substitution John Baird is brought on as a substitute for Steven Milne.

79:06 Booking

Booking Booking for Lewis Stevenson for unsporting behaviour.

78:57

Lewis Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Iain Davidson. Indirect free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.

78:15

Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball, save made by Rab Douglas.

76:40

Inswinging corner taken by David Wotherspoon, Matthew Lockwood manages to make a clearance.

74:32

Shot by Paul Cairney went wide right of the target.

73:48

The ball is swung over by Lewis Stevenson, Declan Gallagher makes a clearance.

73:04

Centre by Ivan Sproule, blocked by Matthew Lockwood.

71:21

James McAlister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

70:26 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Sproule joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jorge Claros.

68:45

Nicky Riley fouled by Alan Maybury, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Lockwood.

66:57

The ball is swung over by Gary Irvine.

65:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McAlister on Lewis Stevenson. Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball, volleyed left-footed shot by Paul Hanlon. Save made by Rab Douglas.

63:39

Leigh Griffiths sends in a cross, save made by Rab Douglas.

62:27

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot.

60:05

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths played to the near post, Nicky Riley manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths to the near post, clearance by Matthew Lockwood.

58:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Stevenson on Nicky Riley. Free kick crossed by Matthew Lockwood, Ben Williams makes a save.

56:48

Steven Milne takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

55:04 Substitution

Substitution Shefki Kuqi replaces Eoin Doyle.

53:39

James McAlister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Taiwo. Shot on goal comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick, save by Rab Douglas.

53:14

Nicky Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Cairney. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan McGivern.

51:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin McBride - Dundee 3 - 0 Hibernian Penalty taken right-footed by Kevin McBride and scored. Dundee 3-0 Hibernian.

50:42 Booking

Booking Alan Maybury is cautioned.

50:17

Penalty awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on Colin Nish.

46:20

Assist on the goal came from Kevin McBride.

46:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Milne - Dundee 2 - 0 Hibernian Goal scored by Steven Milne from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee 2-0 Hibernian.

45:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan McGivern on Colin Nish. Matthew Lockwood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel,

45:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Eoin Doyle. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:40

Nicky Riley delivers the ball. Foul by Paul Cairney on Colin Nish, free kick awarded. Matthew Lockwood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Lewis Stevenson manages to make a clearance. Headed effort on goal by Iain Davidson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

43:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wotherspoon on Iain Davidson. Free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.

42:18

Foul by Alan Maybury on Nicky Riley, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Lockwood from left wing.

39:17

Paul Cairney is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

38:00

The ball is crossed by Eoin Doyle, Gary Irvine gets a block in. Gary Irvine is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Cairney, clearance by Matthew Lockwood.

36:41

Nicky Riley is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

36:02

Declan Gallagher challenges Eoin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

32:47

Ryan McGivern takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

31:01

Shot from just outside the box by Eoin Doyle misses to the right of the target.

27:07

Effort from inside the area by David Wotherspoon misses to the left of the target.

25:15

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths played to the near post, Kevin McBride makes a clearance.

24:16

Alan Maybury crosses the ball.

22:48

Nicky Riley delivers the ball, Ben Williams makes a save.

20:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Kyle Benedictus - Dundee 1 - 0 Hibernian Kyle Benedictus gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee 1-0 Hibernian.

20:06

Inswinging corner taken by James McAlister from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Lewis Stevenson.

17:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eoin Doyle by Kyle Benedictus. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Wotherspoon, save made by Rab Douglas.

16:26

Shot from outside the area by Nicky Riley misses to the left of the goal.

14:58

Leigh Griffiths produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Rab Douglas. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Wotherspoon, Kyle Benedictus makes a clearance.

11:30

Inswinging corner taken by James McAlister from the left by-line, save by Ben Williams.

9:41

Iain Davidson fouled by Eoin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kyle Benedictus.

2:17

Lewis Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Riley. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Lockwood from right wing, David Wotherspoon manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

0:00

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