Hibernian 2 Dundee 1: Ex-United striker Murray keeps Dark Blues rooted to the bottom

Simon Murray

Dundee remain rooted to the bottom spot after being swept aside by Hibernian.

Ex-United striker Simon Murray came back to haunt the away team and despite a gallant fightback, the Dark Blues suffered a fifth consecutive defeat.

It took Hibs just 63 seconds to take the lead as Martin Boyle scored from long range.

Marcus Haber got Dundee level with a header but Murray grabbed the winner after an outstanding cross from Anthony Stokes.

Dundee manager Neil McCann started goalkeeper Elliot Parish ahead of Scott Bain, who was dropped due to an “internal matter”.

Boyle took advantage of the Dark Blues losing possession ten yards inside the opposition half and ran unchallenged before firing a low shot into the bottom right corner.

Despite the setback, Dundee settled and responded with a header from Marcus Haber five yards out thanks to a wicked cross on the right from Roarie Deacon.

Jack Hendry headed just wide of the post while Kevin Holt had a shot from the edge of the area was deflected over.
Hibs goalie Ofir Marciano produced an incredible stop to prevent a Dundee lead early in the second period. Faissal El Bakhtaoui’s rocket from 16 yards was parried low to the Israeli handler’s right.

Stokes made a huge difference to Hibs after replacing an injured Dylan McGeouch. The ex-Celt had the ball in the net but was judged to be offside.

A melee ensued involving roughly a dozen players from both sides. Hendry went to the ground claiming to be struck but was booked along with Stokes and fellow Hibs sub Ryan Porteous.

Hibs regained the lead after a sumptuous goal from Stokes set up Murray in acres of space to volley the home side in front from eight yards.

The deflated Dark Blues were struggled to lay a glove on Neil Lennon’s men following the goal.

Boyle had an effort cleared by Hendry before Murray’s High cross went across the face of goal.

Dundee, who haven’t beaten Hibs at Easter Road since 2001, will have to wait until the international break in a bid to stop the rot when they host Kilmarnock on November 18.