Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today insisted it would have been an injustice if his side hadn’t taken all three points from the visit of the Championship’s basement side Livingston as they strengthened their grip on second place in the table.
Although the Easter Road outfit dominated the opening 45 minutes they only had Jason Cummings’ 14th goal of the season to show for it and paid the price for not taking their chances when Livi substitute Ibra Skekajja prodded home an equaliser only two minutes from time.
But barely 60 seconds later Franck Dja Djedje, one of the smallest players on the pitch, rose above everyone to glance home a header to open up a five-point gap on Rangers.
However, while admitting he had been left thinking “here we go again,” another two points dropped at home, Stubbs said: “When they score you are thinking that but I think it shows a different side to us.
“They kept going and it’s a great finish to win the game in the end but we have done enough in the game before that, we’ve created enough opportunities so I think for us not to have won the game would have been wrong and a bit unjust.
“That’s what happens, teams will come and try and frustrate you, get behind the ball. But I cannot fault the boys whatsoever.
“I think there was one minute and four or five seconds between them equalising and us scoring. They say you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored and so it proved to be.
“The lads have come a long way in a short space of time. At this stage of the season it is all about results. I don’t think anyone can say we didn’t deserve to win the game.”
And Stubbs admitted the fact Rangers had again dropped points 24 hours earlier, held to a 1-1 draw at home by Queen of the South, had acted as an incentive for his players.
He said: “We just try to concentrate on ourselves but the fact that result happened you always want to capitalise when something like that happens. We have got there, not necessarily the way we wanted, but we have got there.
“There’s been other teams this season who have got there by not playing at their most fluent best, we did that.”
Livingston boss Mark Burchill admitted his players had been left “devastated” by Dja Djedje’s late winner, but insisted they could hold their heads high.
He said: “It was criminal to have lost that goal. We’d dealt with their crosses all day, the high ones we headed away but Dja Djedje is a small guy and he got above everyone.
“But I was delighted with their spirit, their performance and the way they stuck to the game plan.”