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Betfred Scottish League Cup – Hibernian v Alloa. Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK. 20/07/2019. Pic shows: during the second half as Hibs play host to Alloa in the Betfred League Cup at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh Credit: Ian Jacobs

 Hibs’ Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom revealed that his half time substitutions were tactical after a ‘sloppy’ first half against Alloa Athletic yesterday.

Florian Kamberi and Josh Campbell were replaced at the break by Fraser Murray and Scott Allan, and both contributed to the subsequent 2-0 victory.

Murray’s sublime ball over the visitors’ defenders allowed Christian Doidge to lob the keeper and put the side ahead, much to the relief of the home fans.

Allan then dictated play and created several opportunities before Tom James (pictured) wrapped things up with six minutes remaining with a superb curling effort which flew into the ‘postage stamp’.

Hibs remain in third place in Group C of the Betfred Cup, one point behind leaders Arbroath and level on points with Elgin City who have played one game more.

Hibs face Arbroath on Tuesday night before making the trip to Elgin next Friday so qualification is very much in their own hands.

After the game Heckingbottom said: “First half we were sloppy and there were a couple of things I didn’t like. We had to change the shape at half-time because they were sitting in and the shape we were playing played into their hands.

“We had to get more width into the team in the second half. We had 20-odd shots, 14 on target and only got two goals, so it’s similar (to last week).

“We got two good goals and that will do the new boys the world of good.”