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Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen: Jack Ross's side hammer visitors

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Highlights: Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen

Hibernian hammered Aberdeen to give Jack Ross his third win in five Scottish Premiership games as Easter Road head coach.

It was the Edinburgh side's first win in seven attempts against Aberdeen, as Derek McInnes' side relinquished third spot in the division.

Martin Boyle's double gave Hibs a commanding lead before Florian Kamberi's fine individual goal.

Aberdeen rallied with Sam Cosgrove passing up two good chances.

But the visitors suffered their fourth defeat of the season, the reverse bringing to an end a six-game unbeaten run.

However, after suffering his first defeat as Hibs boss on Wednesday away to Ross County, Ross' side have now closed a six-point gap on fifth-placed Kilmarnock to one point.

Growing confidence in Leith

This was a fixture that Hibernian had come to dread - they had earned just one win in their previous 16 Premiership games with Aberdeen, and only one point from their last six. Home was no comfort either - Aberdeen winning in Leith on their last two visits.

The visitors, already on a high from their midweek comeback against Rangers, looked the more likely side over the opening 45 minutes.

Since Lewis Ferguson was sent off against Hibs in October, so much has rested on the 20-year-old. He was the only natural midfielder in red with defenders Greg Leigh and Zac Vyner again providing company, and he was the main driving force, burrowing his way through the middle on numerous occasions.

But ahead of him he found Cosgrove having an off day, and James Wilson, who had not scored since Aberdeen's last visit to Easter Road in May. Both were involved in Aberdeen's best chance of the half when Wilson scampered clear down the right, cut inside and forced Ofir Marciano into a save. The rebound fell to Cosgrove but his shot from close range lacked conviction and was blocked.

Hibs midfielder Stevie Mallan had an early close-range shot tipped wide by Joe Lewis, but after that the home sides' chances mainly came from the glut of set-piece opportunities, but they could not make them count.

Aberdeen's Ryan Hedges and Hibernian's Florian Kamberi

However, after half-time the hosts were a team transformed. Scott Allan picked a hole right through the heart of the Aberdeen midfield with a sublime pass. Scott McKenna lost the run of Boyle, who slipped through, took the ball past Lewis and tapped into an empty net.

With that, Aberdeen's confidence evaporated, while Hibs' sky-rocketed. Allan began to almost taunt the visitors as he patrolled the midfield, picking out Kamberi and Boyle, who both had efforts from inside the penalty area.

McInnes made a triple change to try and get his side going, moving to a back three. But it did little for them as within minutes Boyle raced through on the break, held off the challenge of Andrew Considine, and slipped the ball under Lewis to double his tally.

Then Kamberi skipped in from from the right hand side, danced past three red shirts, and picked his spot to make it 3-0.

Aberdeen tried in vain to get a consolation, but Cosgrove's miserable day continued; struggling to get the ball from out of his feet inside the area, before heading Leigh's cross straight at Marciano.

Man of the match - Martin Boyle

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

Boyle's year began with a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, but it's ending with a bang. He is playing probably the best football of his career.

His electrifying pace will pose a problem for the strongest of defences and the only sorrow is he has chosen Australia over Scotland as his international home, as he would have undoubtedly been an asset for Steve Clarke.

Aberdeen simply couldn't get to grips with the winger and, along with Allan, the pair had the visitors' defence on the back foot throughout.

'I gambled too early' - reaction

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Aberdeen win Hibs' 'best result' under Ross

Hibernian manager Jack Ross: "The calibre of the our goals were really good. Working on getting the balance right is the key aspect for us, and we're getting there.

"I hope they'll take belief from today. We're setting standard in training and we're setting them in games now."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "I'm maybe guilty of making too many changes looking back now.

"I thought the 3-4-1-2 we went to allowed us more possession of the ball and we got into good areas, but we didn't do enough with the ball and I've gambled too early with the shape because it left us more open on the counter-attack."

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Aberdeen 'gifted' Hibs three goals - McInnes

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 21Naismith
  • 25Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 20HallbergSubstituted forSlivkaat 70'minutes
  • 10BoyleSubstituted forJacksonat 76'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 23Allan
  • 22KamberiSubstituted forShawat 85'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 7Horgan
  • 8Slivka
  • 17James
  • 18Jackson
  • 28Maxwell
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 14Taylor
  • 5McKenna
  • 4Considine
  • 2LoganSubstituted forCampbellat 65'minutes
  • 19FergusonBooked at 43mins
  • 33VynerSubstituted forMainat 65'minutes
  • 21Gallagher
  • 3Leigh
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 28WilsonSubstituted forHedgesat 65'minutesBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 6Devlin
  • 9Main
  • 11Hedges
  • 18McLennan
  • 20Cerny
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Anderson
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
16,767

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Aberdeen 0.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Campbell (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Porteous (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Florian Kamberi because of an injury.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Adam Jackson replaces Martin Boyle.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Aberdeen 0. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Boyle.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Christian Doidge (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Vykintas Slivka replaces Melker Hallberg.

Booking

Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Florian Kamberi.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Hedges replaces James Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dean Campbell replaces Shaleum Logan.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Curtis Main replaces Zak Vyner.

Hand ball by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Christian Doidge (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Jason Naismith (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1513114693740
2Rangers15122145103538
3Motherwell1710162922731
4Aberdeen178542522329
5Kilmarnock176561720-323
6Hibernian175752729-222
7Livingston174672024-418
8Ross County164571935-1617
9St Mirren1742111224-1214
10Hearts162681627-1112
11Hamilton172691630-1412
12St Johnstone152671333-2012
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