Three Hibs takeaways from the 2-0 win at Tynecastle

Analysis from Jack Ross's first Edinburgh derby in charge of Easter Road side

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 3:43 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 3:47 pm
Darren McGregor was excellent in his first start since August.

Most comfortable Gorgie win this century

This was only Hibs' sixth derby win at Tynecastle this century and remarkably it was the first time they had won by more than a one-goal margin in Gorgie since the 3-0 triumph over their city rivals back in December 1999. In all of the previous five victories, Hibs had to dig deep to fight back from behind or were hanging on to a slender lead in the closing stages. On this occasion, the outcome never really looked in any doubt from the moment Martin Boyle opened the scoring six minutes in. While a two-goal lead is never unassailable in this fixture, the attacker's second goal allowed Hibs to play out the closing hour of the match with a level of comfort and authority not seen by the Easter Road side in the west of Edinburgh since Franck Sauzee was leading the charge in the aforementioned Millennium Derby.

Boyle back in business

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Almost a year on from suffering a horrific knee injury which subsequently wrecked the first three quarters of 2019 for him, Martin Boyle now looks to be fully back in business. The Australia attacker has started the last five matches and has been the key man in two of them by scoring doubles in victories over Aberdeen and Hearts. Playing as a central striker on this occasion in the absence of Florian Kamberi, Boyle caused no end of problems for Hearts' centre-backs and produced two clinical finishes to ensure this Boxing Day showdown will always be remembered fondly by Hibs fans as The Martin Boyle Derby.

Dominant Daz

As was the case in Hibs' last visit to Tynecastle back in April, Darren McGregor was immense for the visitors. The centre-back has generally been a solid presence in away derbies for his boyhood team and he produced another excellent display to nullify the threat of Hearts' attackers. While he wasn't overly tested in the first half, the 34-year-old had plenty danger to snuff out after the break as the hosts improved and cranked up the pressure. While Paul Hanlon was equally impressive alongside him, McGregor deserves special praise considering this was his first start since August after four months out injured. With the veteran in this form, the suspended Ryan Porteous will have a fight on his hands to get back in the team.