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April 2016

No. of Shots

12 11

Shots on Target

7 6

Possession

49% 51%

Fouls Conceded

9 11

Corners Won

10 6

Discipline

Goals Burke 30

Docherty 28,  Jackson 45

Killie Team

Koprivec, O’Donnell, Del Fabrio, Findlay , Hamalainen, Power, (Broadfoot 89), Dicker , McKenzie, (Kiltie 79), Burke, Kabamba, Brophy

Subs not used: Johson,  El Makrini, Millen, Lyle, Connell. 

Attendance: 5,370

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

The incentive was there to affirm top six credentials and extinguish any lingering unlikely threat of being dragged into trouble.

It was Hibernian that prospered but boy did they have to earn it against a Kilmarnock side who were committed but somehow could not find an equaliser. 

The home side did seem to have an edge going forward but it was the visitors who threatened first when both Joe Newell and Vykintas Slivka had efforts well blocked.

Then Martin Boyle curled in a delivery which Marc McNulty hit towards goal. The ball was blocked and spun on the touchline with the wind unexpectedly holding it up, which was to prove crucial.

That allowed Newell to recycle the ball to Docherty, who dispatched a superb effort from an angle which found the top corner.

Docherty has made quite the impression since joining on loan from Rangers, perhaps more than manager Jack Ross may have hoped for. It was a sensational effort to add to his impressive all round game and gave Hibernian the platform for victory.

The home side hit back immediately. Gary Dicker showed presence of mind to pick out Niko Hamalainen in the penalty area. His centre caused chaos before the ball broke to Burke to stoop and place a header low into the corner. 

But Hibernian regained the lead when a free-kick from the right deflected favourably after McNulty got a touch. Jackson was on hand to strike the ball off the surface and over Jan Koprivec. It was a crucial strike at a crucial time.

Kilmarnock tried to force the issue from the off in the second period, generating substantial pressure. 

Brophy had an effort blocked then shot tamely with Ofir Marciano exposed. Stephen O'Donnell then got in but his rasping drive was tipped over. Rory Mackenzie was next but could not get the final touch when in on Marciano.

Time after time, through Burke in particular, Kilmarnock sent in quality deliveries that were repelled on each occasion. And they also had a strong shout for a late penalty when Jackson appeared to hold Dario Del Fabro but referee Alan Muir failed to see it.

Comments

Alex Dyer: "They worked hard and gave me all they had but it wasn't to be today. There was good balls going in the box but we just need to anticipate a little bit better and take a chance. We will regroup and go again. I cant fault their efforts. We weren't great first half, but we came up against a good side. If we had equalised and came away with a point I would've been well happy with that. It's now about regrouping, going again and trying to start another mini run."

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