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Hibs Pile On The Pressure For Well

By Alan Turnbull
May 12 2003

Hibs piled on the pressure for relegation haunted Motherwell at Easter Road on Saturday. A Grant Brebner penalty sealed the points for a Hibs team that had not alot to play for except professional pride. A poor crowd of just under 8,000 turned out at Easter Road to see Hibs take on basement boys Motherwell. Hibs made a few changes to the team that defeated Aberdeen last week with Anderson taking over in goal from Colgan, McManus and O'Connor didn't recover in time so the young front pair of Brown and Riordan retaining their place up front. Alen Orman was supposed to be starting in place of the injred Zambernardi but unfortunately the Austrian Internationalist had a fit before kick off and had his place taken by young Whitaker. Only 423 Well fans made the trip through for what many seen as a make or break game for the Lanarkshire club, probably just as well relay as the fare wasn't up to much. The first chance of the game came after three minutes, when Brebner attempted to lob 'Well keeper, Dubourdeau to little avail. Later, a Riordan free-kick picked out Scott Brown at the near post and the striker was denied by the Motherwell goalkeeper.The Hibs players felt they should have had a penalty, when Riordan appeared to be pulled down in the area by David Partridge, but the appeal was waved away. Brebner, finally broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after 64 minutes, when Murray was brought down in the box by Partridge. And a disgraceful head-but on Brown from 'Well captain Leitch was missed by referee, Willie Young, following the decision. Hibs went in search of more goals and Riordan almost added his name to the score-sheet with a decent shot but the effort took a deflection and ended up wide of the goal. Brown showed again, why he is quickly becoming the hot new name among the fans at Easter Road, with an amazing run four minutes from time and he was so unlucky with his effort coming back of the post. Full Time Hibs 1 Motherwell 0

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