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Scottish Championship: Hibernian 1-1 Falkirk

John Baird scores
John Baird (far left) gave Falkirk the lead at Easter Road

Paul Hanlon's header earned Hibernian a draw which moved them a point clear at the top of the Championship after finally breaking down 10-man Falkirk.

The visitors seemed on course for an unlikely victory when John Baird's excellent finish stunned Easter Road.

Former Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo had been dismissed for a crunching first-half challenge on John McGinn.

The Bairns held firm until Hanlon connected with a floated McGinn delivery in the closing stages.

Hibs had further chances through McGinn and Grant Holt but were left frustrated at failing to overcome their depleted opponents.

Earlier, Craig Sibbald volleyed off target after Myles Hippolyte's pass came over his shoulder with only Ross Laidlaw to beat.

Tom Taiwo is sent off
Hibs could not fully capitalise on Taiwo's dismissal

However, the tone of the match changed when Taiwo and McGinn went in for a robust challenge.

Taiwo appeared to dive in recklessly in catching his opposing midfielder and referee John Beaton produced a red card.

It became a contest of the irresistible force versus the immovable object as Hibs dominated possession and territory.

McGinn, Holt and Andrew Shinnie all went close but Falkirk frustrated their hosts.

Martin Boyle did find the net but was deemed offside and Hibs team-mate Fraser Fyvie was inches away with a shot across goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

Liam Fontaine had a glorious chance after Aaron Muirhead had denied him a clear header. But with the ball falling kindly just four yards out, the Hibs defender lacked composure and thrashing wide.

Falkirk's desire and organisation was impressive, as was the sucker punch of their goal.

Baird showed tremendous industry and guile to win a corner, then hooked home superbly to hand his side the chance of a sensational win.

Hibs' pressure was eventually rewarded when Hanlon rose to nod home but they could not find a winner, despite the best efforts of McGinn, who was twice denied by Rogers, and Holt, who came very close.

Paul Hanlon scores
Hanlon (top) scored to prompt a late Hibs rally but there would be no winner

Reaction

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "We had total domination as you'd expect with 10 men. We should've won the game and they've scored from one corner.

"That's my frustration really, not the amount of goals we haven't scored, but the fact we conceded from a corner where we just lose our discipline. Three players going for the one ball; you don't defend like that.

"We showed enough character to get back into the game and on another day we'd have won the game comfortably. It's frustrating, but we're a point clear at the top of the league.

"I think it was a sending off; it's a two-foot challenge, his studs were up and he was late. I maybe need to see it again, but I wasn't surprised to see a red card."

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "We saw footage of the sending off at half-time and I've asked referee John Beaton to look at it again.

"My opinion - and I wouldn't tell lies - is that John McGinn sort of goes in with two feet, and Tom goes in, and it was just a coming together. Tom wasn't off the ground and I think it was a very, very harsh sending off.

"I thought we'd started the match quite well, it was quite open and I think it changed the whole focus of the game. We then had to try to defend and sneak something.

"We're disappointed in some ways that we never took three points but, if I'm honest, I'm happy to take a point."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 24McGregorBooked at 35mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5FontaineSubstituted forHarrisat 72'minutes
  • 2GraySubstituted forCummingsat 72'minutes
  • 8Fyvie
  • 7McGinn
  • 16Stevenson
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forMcGeouchat 79'minutes
  • 9HoltBooked at 26mins
  • 17Boyle

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 10McGeouch
  • 23Forster
  • 29Graham
  • 32Virtanen
  • 33Harris
  • 35Cummings

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 35mins
  • 5McCracken
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 26minsSubstituted forRankinat 52'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 7TaiwoBooked at 25mins
  • 11HippolyteBooked at 84minsSubstituted forGrantat 88'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcHughat 87'minutes
  • 9Baird

Substitutes

  • 6Rankin
  • 14Grant
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Shepherd
  • 28Craigen
  • 44Watson
  • 58Mehmet
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
14,551

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home18
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Falkirk 1.

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Rankin (Falkirk).

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

John Rankin (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Peter Grant replaces Myles Hippolyte.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces Lee Miller.

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Booking

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Falkirk 1. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by John McGinn.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dylan McGeouch replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 0, Falkirk 1. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John McGinn.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by David McCracken.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Harris (Hibernian).

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Myles Hippolyte.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Liam Fontaine.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces David Gray.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian138412271528
2Dundee Utd1383223121127
3Morton136432115622
4Raith Rovers126331813521
5Falkirk135441715219
6Queen of Sth125341515018
7Ayr124261119-814
8Dumbarton132471220-810
9Dunfermline132381524-99
10St Mirren120481024-144
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