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Ryan Thomson shown a yellow card.
Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths.
Corner taken short by Joe Cardle.
Effort from long distance by Daniel Galbraith goes wide right of the goal.
Martin Hardie takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
Martin Hardie fouled by David Wotherspoon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Austin McCann.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Steven McDougall. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
Sean O'Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven McDougall. Martin Hardie restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Richie Towell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dowie.
Andy Kirk leaves the field to be replaced by Martin Hardie.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ivan Sproule. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Leigh Griffiths. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Joe Cardle replaces Paul Willis. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Garry O'Connor goes off and Akpo Sodje comes on.
Paul Willis receives a yellow card.
Outswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, save by Paul Gallacher.
Paul Willis produces a cross, clearance made by David Stephens.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Richie Towell is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Stevenson. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Austin McCann results in a free kick. Isaiah Osbourne restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Willis by Paul Hanlon. Paul Hanlon receives a caution. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Steven McDougall comes on in place of Liam Buchanan.
Junior Agogo leaves the field to be replaced by Ivan Sproule.
Lewis Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dowie.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis from the right by-line, Garry O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
Garry O'Connor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Corner taken by Paul Willis from the left by-line.
Effort from long distance by Leigh Griffiths goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Alex Keddie. Direct free kick taken by David Stephens.
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, clearance by Alex Keddie.
Austin McCann produces a cross.
Foul by Paul Hanlon on Paul Willis, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, David Graham makes a clearance.
Ryan Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths.
Outswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Ryan Thomson.
Handball decision goes against Leigh Griffiths. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Junior Agogo crosses the ball.
The ball is swung over by Lewis Stevenson, clearance made by Austin McCann.
Paul Willis takes a shot.
The ball is swung over by Paul Burns, David Stephens makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leigh Griffiths on Alex Keddie. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Daniel Galbraith fouled by Paul Willis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Galbraith.
Austin McCann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. Free kick taken by Sean O'Hanlon.
Foul by Andy Kirk on Lewis Stevenson, free kick awarded. David Stephens restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Kirk takes a shot. Save made by Graham Stack. Corner taken by Paul Willis from the right by-line.
Foul by Paul Hanlon on Liam Buchanan, free kick awarded. Paul Willis takes the direct free kick.
Lewis Stevenson fouled by Andy Kirk, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Sean O'Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan. Direct free kick taken by Paul Willis.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Andy Dowie results in a free kick. David Stephens takes the direct free kick.
Junior Agogo takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon, Andy Dowie makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Paul Hanlon, Andy Dowie makes a clearance.
Daniel Galbraith sends in a cross, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
Ryan Thomson challenges Daniel Galbraith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Junior Agogo.
The ball is swung over by Lewis Stevenson, clearance by Alex Keddie.
The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Junior Agogo has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Leigh Griffiths takes the outswinging corner, save by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Stevenson on David Graham. Direct free kick taken by Andy Kirk.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Graham on Daniel Galbraith. Junior Agogo produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Paul Gallacher.
Liam Buchanan is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Willis, clearance made by Junior Agogo.
Liam Buchanan delivers the ball, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Keddie on Garry O'Connor. David Wotherspoon takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Paul Burns, Goal scored by Austin McCann from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Dunfermline.Paul Willis provided the assist for the goal.
Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
David Wotherspoon crosses the ball.
Stack desperate to go into break on a high
Hibernian goalkeeper Graham Stack has told his team-mates to make sure the international break is an enjoyable one by beating Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hibs have four points from their last two SPL games - the 3-2 win at St Mirren and last weekend's 0-0 draw at Celtic - and are chasing a second home win of the season against the Pars at Easter Road.
Former Arsenal, Reading and Wolves goalkeeper Stack said: "We got a great result in Paisley, we went to Celtic and got a cracking result there and it will all be undone if we don't win at the weekend.
"There's nothing worse going away on an international break when you've not got a game for two weeks and you feel like you need to put things right.
"It's nice to go away knowing you've climbed the table, you've put in a good shift, a good performance and you've got a few days off."
Hibs are two places above 11th-placed Dunfermline in the table, but Stack knows they must perform at the same level as they did at Parkhead to claim the three points.
He added: "We can't afford to take our foot off the gas now after getting two good results in the league.
"We can't just assume Dunfermline are going to come to Easter Road and roll over.
"We know where they are in the table, we know they've struggled of late, but we've played them before this season, been 2-0 up and been cruising and before we've known it we've been pegged back to 2-2.
"We need to make sure that's not the case at the weekend.
"Our recent form has been fairly good and it's a case of staying on track."
Stack was pleased to keep out the usually-prolific Celtic at Parkhead, with Hibs having conceded 21 goals in the previous 12 SPL games.
The 30-year-old added: "To go there and keep a clean sheet was really pleasing.
"We've probably not kept enough this season, certainly from a personal point of view. You have targets at the start of the season and I'm slightly behind it at the moment."
Dunfermline have struggled since the 2-2 draw with Hibs at East End Park in September, picking up one point and scoring just twice in the five matches since.
Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher believes the squad`s unity is more important than ever after their options were limited further in the build-up to the game at Easter Road.
An under-strength pool was reduced further when Gary Mason lost his red card appeal and on-loan Hearts full-back Jason Thomson suffered a groin injury that could sideline him for several weeks.
Dunfermline were already without Kevin Rutkiewicz, Nick Phinn and Steven Bell, while Martin Hardie is not ready to play despite returning to training.
The Scottish Football Association`s fast track tribunal decreed that Mason deserved to be sent off by Stevie O`Reilly for a sliding tackle on Dundee United forward Johnny Russell during last weekend`s 4-1 defeat and the midfielder received an instant two-match ban.
"It`s not been a great week from that viewpoint, firstly with Masey`s appeal," said Gallacher of their selection problems.
"I`m absolutely devastated and we`re in a bit of shock that he`s not won his appeal.
"We`ve watched it on numerous occasions and I can see why it`s a foul, but to get a red card and then to lose his appeal is incredible.
"The referee came in and spoke to us and you can understand if he had left the ground and flew in to the tackle, but I think he was just overstretching. There was no malice in it whatsoever.
"I think after that there were a few wayward tackles that got let off.
"It`s something we just need to take on the chin.
"With regards to injuries, there are so many injuries. Boys are coming back and they break down so we have had no luck at all with injuries.
"It`s a tight-knit group. We are down to the bare bones but we are not looking for excuses, we will stick together and hopefully perform on Saturday and get a result.
"If we perform the way we know we can and especially if show the desire we showed in the second half on Saturday, hopefully get the three points."
McCann seals Pars win
Dunfermline drew level with opponents Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table after Austin McCann's early goal secured a 1-0 win at Easter Road.
Former Hearts defender McCann netted his first goal for the Pars following more than 100 appearances after three minutes.
And Hibs were unable to beat an inspired Paul Gallacher in Dunfermline's goal as their struggles in Leith continued.
Hibs recorded three home wins in February, but have one win at Easter Road since - the September 28 defeat of St Johnstone.
It was Dunfermline's third win of the season - all of which have come away from East End Park - and first since August.
For all Hibs' attacking options - again Garry O'Connor was joined by Leigh Griffiths and Junior Agogo in an attacking line-up, with Ivan Sproule and Akpo Sodje in reserve - they looked blunt, with the quality of supply a growing concern.
The Pars, meanwhile, were workmanlike and worthy of victory through the one moment of quality in an otherwise dour game.
Hibs were seeking to continue a mini-revival after the win at St Mirren and goalless draw at Celtic - either side of the Scottish Communities League Cup loss to the Bhoys - and manager Colin Calderwood retained the same XI which began the match at Parkhead.
Striker O'Connor shot straight at Gallacher in the second minute, but moments later the hosts were trailing, with their defensive fragility exposed all too easily.
A Paul Willis cross from the right was converted at close range by McCann, who had made a run from deep.
The Pars had only scored first in three prior SPL games this season, winning two of them, and were looking to improve their record.
Hibs attempted to respond, but the final ball continually let them down.
The visitors were playing on the counter attack and Andy Kirk's attempted chip went over after 25 minutes.
Dunfermline slowly claimed more possession, but both teams were struggling to string together any meaningful passage of play.
The Pars went close after 36 minutes after Ryan Thomson's knockdown found Kirk, whose drive deflected narrowly wide of the post.
From the resulting corner Andy Dowie headed over and his complaint of being impeded in challenging for the ball was dismissed.
Danny Galbraith fired a 30-yard free-kick wide as Hibs again failed to test Gallacher.
Gallacher saved from Griffiths after David Wotherspoon's attempted cross and O'Connor's bid to follow up was blocked as Hibs missed the chance to draw level at the interval.
The hosts resumed on the attack, but John Potter and his defensive colleagues repelled the attempted crosses into Dunfermline's box.
A Wotherspoon cross was met by Griffiths, whose looping header was tipped over by Gallacher before O'Connor mis-cued a shot after the on-loan Wolves striker's cut back.
Griffiths missed a glorious opportunity after turning inside the edge of the area following Paul Hanlon's pass, the striker dragging his shot wide with only Gallacher to beat.
After Agogo was replaced by Sproule, David Stephens did well to block Liam Buchanan's run into the box.
Hanlon became the first player booked for persistent fouling before Gallacher turned O'Connor's header from Wotherspoon's cross over the bar.
Richie Towell came on for Lewis Stevenson as Hibs looked for a fresh creative spark and with 11 minutes remaining Sodje was introduced for O'Connor. But Hibs' troubles continued.
Wotherspoon had an effort saved by Gallacher before blasting the follow up over.
Galbraith shot well wide before Gallacher turned a Griffiths shot around the post in the first of four minutes of stoppage time.
Goalkeeper Graham Stack came up for the resulting corner, which was over-hit and the Pars prevailed as Hibs left the field to jeers from the home crowd.
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