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Friday, 8 March, 2002, 17:10 GMT
Hibs revival continues
Livingston 0-3 Hibernian

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Bobby Williamson made it two wins out of two as the new Hibs manager with a convincing victory over Livingston at Almondvale.

Garry O'Connor put the visitors in front and captain John O'Neil double the lead just before the break. An own goal from Morten Peterson completed another good afternoon for Hibs after months of misery.

Livingston squandered a couple of gilt-edged chances with the score at 1-0 but fell out of the game in the second half.

The West Lothian side have now lost three consecutive matches and are in danger of slipping out of the third position slot they have occupied for so long.

Hibs stuck to the same XI that beat St Johnstone last week, while the home side were boosted by the return of skipper Stuart Lovell after three months on the sidelines with a broken leg.

Oscar Rubio was handed a starting role for Livingston despite being doubtful with a groin strain and Carlos Aurellio returned.

Nick Culkin gifted Hibs the opening goal
The first good chance of the game fell to Hibs when Craig Brewster turned and twisted by two defenders on the edge of the penalty area before curling a shot against the junction of post and bar.

Livingston looked lively up front and David Bingham headed wide from a good position after a deep cross from Quino had eluded the Hibs defence.

The pace and skill of David Fernandez was tormenting the visitors but the Easter Road side showed determination and aggression throughout their ranks and never allowed the hosts to settle.

After 15 minutes Hibs took the lead in bizarre fashion when Culkin made a mess of Marvin Andrew's pass back, controlling the ball on his chest but fluffing his kick allowing the onrushing O'Connor to stab the ball over the line from a few yards out.

Bingham missed a glorious chance to draw level when he scuffed a shot wide of the target from six yards out.

An even more incredible miss followed soon after when three Hibs defenders misjudged a long ball allowing Fernandez to run through and flick the ball over goalkeeper Nick Colgan, but the Spaniard hooked his shot past an empty goal.

Garry O'Connor and Marvin Andrews challenge
Culkin made amends for his earlier slip when he produced a good save to push away Brewster's fierce drive.

On the stroke of half time Hibs doubled their advantage when O'Neil met O'Connor's cross on the edge of the penalty area and after miscuing a left foot shot the ball fell back into his path and he deftly lifted the ball over Culkin with his right foot.

Fernandez continued to shine in the second period and was unlucky to see his venomous angled shot crash off the bar.

Brewster saw another useful strike flash over the bar after a neat one-two with O'Neil.

With O'Neil and Arpinon pulling the midfield strings for Hibs, Livingston began to run out of steam.

Hibs were looking the more threatening and added another goal in the 78th minute when substitute Petersen headed a Ulises de la Cruz cross into his own net.

Livingston: Culkin, Hart (Xausa 71), Rubio (Petersen 48), Andrews, Santini, Tosh (Wilson 60), Lovell, Quino, Aurellio, Fernandez, Bingham.

Subs Not Used: Broto, Caputo.

Booked: Tosh.

Hibernian: Colgan, Smith, Caldwell, Murray, De la Cruz, O'Neil, Jack (Wiss 81), Arpinon (Brebner 86), Orman, O'Connor, Brewster (Hurtado 88).

Subs Not Used: Caig, Townsley.

Booked: Caldwell.

Att: 6,463

Ref: K Toner

BBC Scotland's Alastair Alexander
"A convincing victory for Hibs... Livingston well out of it"
Hibs manager Bobby Williamson
"We're taking our chances at this moment in time"
Hibs goalscorer John O'Neil
"We're happy that we're picking up points"
Livi manager Jim Leishman
"We'll be there at the death"
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