Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.
A Scott Allan free-kick was enough to earn Hibernian maximum points in a drab encounter at Recreation Park.
The midfielder's clever effort found the bottom corner on 26 minutes, lighting up a contest low on thrills.
Allan grazed the crossbar with a 25-yard strike in the second half before substitute Martin Boyle forced Craig McDowall into a smart stop.
Boyle then spurned a great opportunity late on when he side-footed Jason Cummings' lay-off wide of the target.
Alloa pushed for an equaliser in the closing minutes but the visitors were rarely troubled defensively as they opened up a four-point gap on third-placed Rangers.
The only real moment of concern for Hibs came soon after the only goal when keeper Mark Oxley had to be alert to push away Philip Roberts' deflected strike.
- 4GordonBooked at 78mins
- 5MeggattSubstituted forSpenceat 75'minutes
- 29RobertsSubstituted forRutherfordat 87'minutes
- 10HolmesBooked at 69mins
- 26LayneSubstituted forBuchananat 52'minutes
- 20AllanSubstituted forCraigat 86'minutes
- 29Dja DjedjeSubstituted forBoyleat 67'minutes
- 24MalongaSubstituted forCummingsat 55'minutes
- John McKendrick
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.
Attempt missed. David Gray (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Greg Rutherford.
Foul by Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic).
Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greg Rutherford replaces Philip Roberts.
Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Scott Allan.
Foul by Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic).
Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).
Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).
Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greig Spence replaces Daryll Meggatt.
Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig McDowall.
Attempt blocked. Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.