Hibernian 6-0 Accies, Ladbrokes Premiership

Accies media web reporter Mark Gillespie reports on Saturday’s defeat in the capital

Ladbrokes Premiership,

Easter Road Stadium,

Saturday 6th October 2018 3.00 pm

Hibernian 6 Hamilton Academical 0

 

A rampant display helped Hibs close the gap on their city rivals at the top of the table to two points on a forgettable afternoon for us. The solitary consolation is that results elsewhere keep us in ninth despite such a crushing defeat.

The points seemed in the bag for the hosts by half time, as three goals in under 15 minutes from Boyle, Mallan, Boyle and Hyndman put Neil Lennnon’s side into cruise control.

There was to be no let up in the second half, Mallan adding his second on 71 minutes, before Accies caved in completely late on. Last minute strikes by Kamberi and a Kilgallon own goal rubbed further salt into the wounds.

Post match Martin Canning didn’t hold back in his assessment of his team’s performance.

“When you give a good team the opportunity to relax and enjoy it, you’re in big trouble. That’s what happened today. In terms of performances today is up there with the worst.”

“You’re looking for leadership after we lose the goals. No one stepped up today. Coming to Hibs was always going to be difficult, but we didn’t compete.”

“It’s unacceptable in terms of fight and commitment, which is what we’re known for. We’re a working club, and some of the new players need to realise that. First and foremost you need to give me everything you’ve got.”

“Today will have been very difficult for the fans who came through to pay and watch. They can be assured that the boys know in no uncertain terms that this won’t be acceptable, especially the way we went to pieces late on.”

We made two switches from last weekend, with Rakish Bingham and Delphin Thsiembe returning to the starting eleven. Tom Taiwo and Sam Kelly started on the bench as we hoped to bounce back from the defeat to Dundee.

Hibs were looking to make it three league wins on the bounce and likewise made two changes to their line up, with Slivka and Boyle added to the side which won at St Mirren.

In a fairly tame opening 20 minutes it will be forgotten that Accies should actually have taken the lead. Bingham found himself one on one with Bogdan on 18 minutes from a Martin through ball, but the Accies striker fired tamely at the Hibs keeper. It was to be his only save of the afternoon.

Thereafter Hibs seized control and made Accies pay by taking the lead on 25 minutes. David Gray was finding acres of space down the right, getting in a series of crosses which began to find their range.  With another cut back into the box, Hyndman and the Kamberi teed up Martin Boyle to fire the opener high past Woods from six yards.

Boyle should have doubled his tally just a minute later, clean through on goal but pulling wide of Woods’ right hand post.

But Hibs were just turning up the heat. The second goal had that look of inevitability about it, as Mallan collected the ball on the edge of the Accies box. With time and space he picked his spot, Woods got a glove on the shot, but it flew into the top corner.

Hibs looked like scoring from every attack and it went from bad to worse on 39 minutes. Woods had just palmed away another Gray delivery to temporary safety, but Kamberi was lurking on the other flank to feed it back in for Hyndman to flick a neat first time finish low into the net from 12 yards.

For Accies now it was all about damage control. Defensively we looked to have stemmed the tide for twenty minutes or so. But an inability to retain any possession in midfield, only invited Mallan, Boyle and Kamberi to mount further waves of attacks.

It finally told on 71 minutes, Mallan driving home his second from 25 yards, his ninth of the season. Further chances fell to Kamberi and sub Daryl Horgan, with Kilgallon clearing a goal bound shot off the line on 88 minutes.

The Swiss wasn’t to be denied though, and made it five just two minutes later, as Horgan slid him through to beat Woods from close range.  Accies then gave the ball away on the restart, with Kamberi through again in carbon copy style. This time Kilgallon got a foot in, only to deflect the shot into his own net to complete what was now a rout.

 

Hibs: Bogdan, Gray (Nelom, 82), Milligan, Slivka, Boyle (Gullan, 75), Mallan, Stevenson, Hyndman (Horgan, 66), Kamberi, Ambrose, Porteous; Subs Unused: Marciano, Whittaker, Bartley, McGregor

 

Accies: Woods, McGowan, McMann, (Gordon, 60), Thsiembe, Kilgallon, Imrie (c), Bingham (Keatings, 73), Want, Martin (Taiwo, 73), Boyd, Brustad Subs Unused: Marsden, Bloomfield, Penny, Kelly

 

 

Referee: Don Robertson, Assistants: Graeme Leslie and Ivan StankovicFourth Official: Andrew Dallas

 

Hibs Goals                           : Boyle, 25, Mallan, 34, 71, Hyndman, 39, Kamberi, 90

                                                Kilgallon (og), 90+2

 

Attendance: 16,857