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Hibs return to the Premiership in style with win over Partick Thistle

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Hibernian returned to the Scottish Premiership with a 3-1 in over Partick Thistle at Easter Road.

The match kicked off in the worst possible style as Chris Erskine opened the scoring for Hibs after seven minutes.

Seven minutes later and Hibs were level through Martin Boyle, before Steven Whittaker poked home their second of the game just before half time.

In the second half, former Hibee Callum Booth brought down Martin Boyle in the box and Simon Murray converted from the penalty spot to make it 3-1.

After the match, Hibs manager Neil Lennon, said: “Delighted is an understatement. We were dozy [for Erskine’s goal], we gave them too much time to basically do what they liked after that the reaction was sensational.

“They thoroughly deserved to win the game they’re a youngish side at this level but they showed great maturity and quality.

“I’ve got goalscorers in the team Murray was outstanding up-front, he led the line brilliantly for us – and there were great performances all over the pitch. The reacted well to the pressure, it was a big crowd today, and I think the fans are going home thoroughly happy.”

Thistle manager, Alan Archibald, added: “We started really brightly, kept the ball, kept their fans quiet and scored a great goal. But once Hibs scored, the reaction after that was really disappointing.

“We invited pressure onto ourselves – their two first-half goals came from us giving the ball away in their half and they score five to six seconds later, which is a big disappointment.

“This league is full of good teams now and we need to make sure we’ve got the right approach and mind-set to manage the game 1-0, and keep doing what we’re doing when we’re hurting them.”

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