Hibs Ease To Victory
Easter Road Stadium
Sat 9th August
Hibs began life in the Championship with a 2-1 victory in a match that will be long remembered not by the quality of football but goalkeeper Mark Oxley scoring on his debut for the home side.
Farid El Alagui also netted on his debut when his header from a corner flew past Livi keeper Jamieson on 16 minutes but it was the Hibees no.1 who was to grab all the headlines.
Oxley's long kick from hand took one bounce before sailing over the head of his visiting counterpart and into the net with the bemused Jamieson racing back to attempt to stop it to no avail.
The Hibees keeper initially seemed a little bewildered before realising he could celebrate with his team mates rushing to congratulate him.
So, with Hibs 2 nil up within 20 minutes and looking comfortable they were knocking the ball about with ease, but concerns will be aired over their apparent lack of appetite in a second half where they rested on their laurels.
They handed Livingston a lifeline on the hour mark when a soft free kick award allowed Gallagher to react quickest, after McKenna's effort had hit the bar, to prod home.
Livingston began to believe they could rescue a point from the match and had a couple of half chances but it was Hibs who should have sealed the victory with twenty minutes left.
Alex Harris slid a perfect ball across the box to Sam Stanton but the youngster completely mishit his effort from the penalty spot and the danger was averted.
Overall, Alan Stubbs will be pleased to register the win but there is still a lot of work to be done if his side are to challenge for the title.
Mark Oxley 7
David Gray 7
Jordan Forster 6
Paul Hanlon 6
Sam Stanton 5
Lewis Stevenson 5
Liam Craig 6
Scott Robertson 6
Alex Harris 7
Paul Heffernan 5
Farid El Alagui 7
Matthew Kennedy 5
Jason Cummings 5
Ref : Bobby Madden 4
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