HIBS fought out a 2-1 win at Livingston last night to move a step closer to a top-six place in the Premiership.

Second-half strikes from Paul Hanlon and Stevie Mallan were enough to hand them three points against Gary Holt’s outfit.

The triumph means new Easter Road Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has now picked up 16 points from a possible 18 since taking over from Neil Lennon.

They are seven points clear of seventh-placed St Johnstone and above Hearts for the first time all season – although they have played a game more than both sides ahead of this afternoon’s fixtures.

TWO FOR THE ROAD…Marc McNulty congratulates first goalscorer Paul Hanlon.

Hibs took the lead in the 70th minute when a Mallan corner-kick was flicked on by David Gray for Hanlon to thump into the net from point-blank range.

The visitors swiftly doubled their advantage and once again Mallan was pivotal. Lewis Stevenson found the former St Mirren man in the box and, after neatly evading the challenge of Declan Gallagher, he clinically slotted the ball beyond Liam Kelly.

Ryan Hardie converted a penalty for the hosts, but it was too late for the Lothian outfit to snatch a point.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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