Kevin Nisbet netted a hat-trick as Hibernian prolonged their good begin to the season with a complete 4-1 victory at Livingston.
A double from Nisbet and one other from Christian Doidge had Jack Ross’ facet three objectives forward by half-time.
Livingston narrowed the hole through a Lyndon Dykes penalty however Nisbet claimed the match ball by rolling in a spot-kick of his personal two minutes from time.
Livingston made two modifications from the facet crushed by St Mirren on the opening day of the season. Out dropped Alan Forrest and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, changed by Scott Robinson and Ciaron Brown.
Hibs additionally made two switches following their victory over Kilmarnock. In got here Doidge and Daryl Horgan, with Scott Allan dropping to the bench and Drey Wright lacking out via damage.
The primary likelihood of the sport went the best way of the house facet. Dykes did nicely to fizz a ball throughout the six-yard field for Robinson who couldn’t steer his shot contained in the close to publish.
Doidge then might have marked his return to the facet with a aim however glanced his header from Joe Newell’s cross huge of goal.
His strike accomplice, although, would fare higher after 15 minutes. Horgan fired in a cross from the left that the Livingston defence fared to clear, giving Nisbit an opportunity for a tap-in for his first Hibs aim following his summer time transfer from Dunfermline.
Hibs continued to look the extra threatening nevertheless it was Livingston who had the subsequent likelihood, though Robinson’s deflected free-kick lacked the tempo to hassle Ofir Marciano.
As an alternative it was the guests who struck once more after 38 minutes with the identical pair combining to good impact. Horgan’s supply this time was floated to the again publish the place Nisbit rose highest to energy in a header.
It was 3-Zero earlier than half-time. A Newell nook was not cleared and Hibs scrambled the ball to Doidge who tapped in on the again publish for his first aim of the season.
Livingston reacted by making two modifications at half-time and gave themselves a lifelong on the hour mark once they acquired a aim again from the spot.
Ryan Porteous was booked for hauling down substitute Matej Poplatnik and Dykes thrashed dwelling the penalty for his facet’s first aim of the season.
Nisbet accomplished his hat-trick from the spot late on after Marvin Bartley had fouled Newell within the field.
What they stated…
Livingston supervisor Gary Holt: “It is not ok, it is so simple as that. Individuals are not taking sufficient accountability. You have to do your shift and put the trouble in. They did not do this within the first half. Hibs took their foot off the gasoline within the second half. They will should go away and have a look at themselves.
“Ending fifth final season – that is finished, that is within the historical past books. That ain’t going to maintain you within the league.”
Hibernian hat-trick hero Kevin Nisbet: “I am delighted. It is nice for a striker to get off the mark shortly. Each strikers scoring offers us a little bit of confidence for Tuesday.
“I used to be assured coming in to the match at present. I again myself and I am assured in my skill. I do not [have a goals target]. I am simply attempting to attain as many objectives as I can and put factors on the board. I’ve come to an enormous membership.”
Hibs journey to Dundee United within the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday at 6pm – reside on Sky Sports activities Soccer – earlier than Livingston make the journey to Motherwell on Wednesday at 7.45pm..