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Saturday, 29 April, 2000, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Hibs bid farewell to slope

Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen

Hibernian commemorated the last game on Easter Road's famous slope by gaining revenge over Aberdeen for their Scottish Cup semi-final defeat.

With the bulldozers ready to move in to redevelop the ground and remove the slope, Kenny Miller won the points for Hibs.

German striker Dirk Lehmann saw a powerful shot saved by Dons keeper Jim Leighton.

But moments later Miller made Leighton pay, as he ran onto Nick Colgan's free-kick and headed the ball over the on-rushing keeper.

Colgan did well to keep out Arild Stavrum's close-range effort as the Edinburgh side held out to claim victory on a landmark day.

Down the slope

Hibs boss Alex McLeish was delighted to have recorded victory on the day the fans bade farewell to the Easter Road slope.

"It was pretty appropriate that we scored the winning goal hitting down the slope," McLeish said.

"It was as if it had been straight out of the script," McLeish said.

"I felt we passed the ball about very well. We told them to go out and enjoy the game.

"Even if Europe is not as great a possibility, we still have to play well for the fans and prestige."

Luckless Dons

Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl felt his side were unlucky to lose to Hibs but that they looked a little bit jaded.

He said: "I was disappointed to lose this game with a goal like that which started from a kick by their goalkeeper.

"We had some good control of the first half and we created two 100% chances through Arild Stavrum and Derek Young.

"Some of the players looked over-used. We have played a lot of games and Dow, Mayer and Guntveit looked tired.

"We still have a lot to play for because we must improve for next season, and when we can still mathematically get off the bottom we must do our best to get as close to the teams above us.

"They only had us under real pressure for 10 minutes of the second half but in the second half we did not create enough chances."


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