ON-SONG Hibs tightened their grip on second spot in the Championship as they notched their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions away to struggling Cowdenbeath.
First-half goals from Fraser Fyvie and Jason Cummings did the damage as the Easter Road side secured a routine three points on a poor-quality pitch. The result ensures Alan Stubbs’ team are guaranteed to go into next weekend’s home clash with Rangers at least four points ahead of the third-placed Ibrox side.
The head coach made three changes from the side that beat Livingston 2-1 in midweek, with David Gray, Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch restored to the starting XI and Paul Hanlon, Liam Craig and Martin Boyle dropping to the bench. Dominique Malonga didn’t make the match-day squad.
Hibs had a couple of opportunities in the opening ten minutes, with both Franck Dja Djedje and Cummings firing over from inside the box.
However, the visitors were generally well contained by the hosts until the 32nd minute when they opened the scoring with a well-worked goal. Scott Allan played a lovely weighted pass down the right to David Gray, who cut the ball back perfectly for Fyvie to drive home from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later, they doubled their lead in bizarre - shambolic from a Cowdenbeath viewpoint - fashion. Colin Marshall played a slack passback to Robbie Thomson, and, as the keeper dithered, Cummings was able to help it over the line from close range.
The second half was largely a non-event as Hibs comfortably kept their hosts at arm’s length without really threatening to stretch their advantage.
Cowdenbeath: Thomson, Brett (Toshney 49), Brownlie (Robertson 46), Armstrong, Wedderburn, Adamson; O’Brien, Milne, Marshall; Oyenuga, Higgins (Johnston 58). Subs: Kane, Buchanan, Hughes, Sneddon.
Hibs: Oxley, Gray, Watson, Fontaine, Stevenson, Robertson, Allan (Forster 89), Fyvie, McGeouch, Dja Djedje (Stanton 87), Cummings (Handling 46). Subs: Hanlon, Craig, Handling, Perntreou.
Ref: Euan Anderson
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