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Christian Doidge rises to head Hibs into a 2-0 lead
Christian Doidge rises to head Hibs into a 2-0 lead on a comfortable day for the visitors

Hibernian continued their excellent away form to brush Hamilton Accies aside and move up to second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Martin Boyle slammed in an early penalty after Ryan Porteous had been impeded at a corner.

Christian Doidge then atoned for messing up a one-on-one opportunity by heading home from a Drey Wright cross.

Paul McGinn crashed in a wonderful third goal and Kevin Nisbet finished from close range.

The Edinburgh side now have seven wins from 10 on the road in the league and move one point ahead of Celtic, who have played three games fewer.

Accies had given themselves a lift with four points from their last two home matches but were completely overwhelmed and drop down to second bottom.

Hibs were on the front foot right from the off, with Melker Hallberg shooting over the top before an early penalty came their way.

Charlie Trafford had his arms wrapped round Porteous from a corner and the visiting defender ended up in a heap near the front post, allowing Boyle to convert confidently from the spot-kick.

Doidge should have doubled the lead when a smart pass from Joe Newell split the Accies defence but the striker took a clumsy touch when trying to round Ryan Fulton at the edge of the box, allowing the keeper to get a vital touch.

Doidge has scored a lot of goals for Hibs but seldom looks comfortable in situations like those.

Where the big forward excels is in the air and in the six yard box and he proved his credentials in that department when rising to power in a lofted delivery from Wright.

The home side had made three changes before the hour but the pattern of play did not change in the slightest.

If anything, Hibs’ dominance became more pronounced as they punctured the bedraggled Accies defence time after time.

Wright blazed a golden chance too high before McGinn smashed a terrific first-time shot into the far top corner as the right-back raced on to a loose ball.

Nisbet was then on hand to knock the ball in from a few yards, with the hosts unable to repel a fierce, low cross from Boyle.

The chances kept coming and there was almost a Premiership debut goal for teenage substitute Steven Bradley but Fulton managed to push his shot up onto the crossbar.

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Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad number23Player nameFulton

  2. Squad number27Player nameHodson

  3. Squad number4Player nameStirling

  4. Squad number16Player nameMartin

  5. Squad number5Player nameEaston

  6. Squad number3Player nameMcMann

  7. Squad number34Player nameCallachan

  8. Squad number8Player nameMartin

  9. Squad number14Player nameTrafford

  10. Squad number32Player nameSmith

  11. Squad number20Player nameMoyo

  1. Squad number6Player nameHamilton

  2. Squad number19Player nameWinter

  3. Squad number24Player nameThomas

  4. Squad number36Player nameOwolabi

Hibernian

  1. Squad number1Player nameMarciano

  2. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn

  3. Squad number5Player namePorteous

  4. Squad number4Player nameHanlon

  5. Squad number16Player nameStevenson

  6. Squad number10Player nameBoyle

  7. Squad number20Player nameHallberg

  8. Squad number11Player nameNewell

  9. Squad number8Player nameWright

  10. Squad number15Player nameNisbet

  11. Squad number9Player nameDoidge

  1. Squad number7Player nameMagennis

  2. Squad number14Player nameMallan

  3. Squad number19Player nameGullan

  4. Squad number22Player nameMcGinn

  5. Squad number43Player nameElder

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 23Fulton
  • 27HodsonSubstituted forWinterat 60′minutes
  • 4Stirling
  • 16MartinBooked at 75mins
  • 5Easton
  • 3McMann
  • 34CallachanBooked at 89mins
  • 8Martin
  • 14TraffordBooked at 10minsSubstituted forThomasat 55′minutes
  • 32SmithSubstituted forOwolabiat 45′minutes
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forHamiltonat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hamilton
  • 15Hughes
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 19Winter
  • 21Munro
  • 22Gourlay
  • 24Thomas
  • 36Owolabi

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10BoyleSubstituted forElderat 83′minutes
  • 20HallbergSubstituted forMagennisat 76′minutes
  • 11NewellSubstituted forMcGinnat 82′minutes
  • 8WrightSubstituted forMallanat 76′minutes
  • 15NisbetSubstituted forGullanat 70′minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 7Magennis
  • 14Mallan
  • 19Gullan
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Doig
  • 33Barnes
  • 43Elder

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