Old Failings Rear Ugly Head
Easter Road Stadium
Saturday 23rd August
Hibs old failings returned to haunt them once again as Falkirk stunned the home side by escaping Easter Road with all three points in a match where Alan Stubbs side created opportunities but failed to hit the target.
A lapse in concentration gave the Bairns, who'd started well, the only goal of the game in just 13 minutes when Loy back heeled home after some poor defending from a corner.
From then on it was a procession of missed chances from Hibs with Paul Heffernan and Farid El Alagui the chief culprits.
The former placed a header wide from a fine Booth cross when it looked easier to score prior to El Alagui, who's started his Easter Road career so well, firing into the side netting without testing McDonald in the Falkirk goal.
Heffernan then missed the best chance of the game up to that moment for the Hibees when El Alagui fed him clean through on goal but his finish was awful and his effort was straight at McDonald.
Scott Allen, making his full debut for the club was next to test the 'keeper when his fizzing 25 yarder was turned round the post by the former Hearts stopper.
The second half saw more of the same with Falkirk happy to surrender possession and hit on the counter attack but again Hibs failed to make their pressure or chances count.
El Alagui missed a fine chance to level when clean through and although he may have been distracted by an offside flag which was overruled his attempted lob was poor from the centre of goal and easily saved.
Hibs had two late chances, first when Allan played an excellent through ball into El Alagui's path but an extra touch saw McDonald narrow the angle and his shot smothered.
With the match into injury time substitute Cummings, on for the less than impressive Heffernan, found space on the Hibs right but his powerful effort flew over the bar.
All in all it's now three defeats out of four under Stubbs and despite keeping the ball well his side have to be far more clinical if they have any hope at all of mounting a Championship challenge never mind contending a play off position.
Mark Oxley 6
David Gray 6
Michael Nelson 6
Jordan Forster 7
Callum Booth 7
Alex Harris 6
Liam Craig 5
Scott Allan 7
Matthew Kennedy 8
Paul Heffernan 5
Farid El Alagui 5
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