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Lennon hails 'Moravcik-esque' Mallan after Hibs run riot

Neil Lennon likend Stevie Mallan's technique to his old teammate's after Hibs' big win.

Stunner: Stevie Mallan has made a habit of scoring from range for Hibs.
Stunner: Stevie Mallan has made a habit of scoring from range for Hibs. SNS

Neil Lennon likened Stevie Mallan's ball-striking to that of Lubomir Moravcik after watching the playmaker bag a stunning double as Hibs trounced Hamilton.

Mallan took his Easter Road tally to nine goals since joining in the summer thanks to two long-range efforts as Hibs battered Accies 6-0.

The former St Mirren midfielder's sharp-shooting drew comparisons with Lennon's former Celtic teammate Moravcik, who's brilliant goals made him a hero of the Parkhead faithful.

"Mallan is an enigma really," said the Northern Irishman. "I've never seen anyone hit a ball as consistently as well as that since Moravcik days, he puts dip or bend on it 20-25 yards out.

"You're disappointed if he doesn't work the goalkeeper, actually.

"That's nine goals he's got from midfield already - exceptional going at this stage of the season. We're delighted with him."

recording their biggest league win since 2006.

Martin Boyle, Emerson Hyndman and Flo Kamberi also found the net, before Matt Kilgallon's stoppage-time own goal earned Hibs their biggest league win since 2006.

The comfortable win cut the gap at the top to two points, with Craig Levein's table-topping Hearts visiting Rangers on Sunday.

"All in all, we're in a really good place, good condition and playing some great football," added Lennon. "A result like that has been coming. We've been dominating games and creating lots of chances.

"It's very pleasing that the players have been rewarded for what's a really good run of form.

"Hearts have had a brilliant start - but we've not looked at them. There's been a lot of talk about them and this, that and the other. We had a job to do here - concentrated on building a team and slowly but surely it's beginning to take effect.

"It's only eight games, after 20 we'll see where we are. We've maybe been fortunate with the run of games, we've got big games coming up that will test us."

Accies remain outside the relegation spots despite the heavy loss. Manager Martin Canning warned his players they will find themselves in trouble if they put in any more gutless showings.

"It was sore and in terms of performances that was up there with the worst," he said. "It was unacceptable in terms of the level of fight and commitment.

"That's what we're known for and that's what we are, we're a working club and a fighting club and some of the new players need to realise that, that's what we expect when we bring you to this club.

"First and foremost you give me everything you've got and that's where we start and that didn't happen. You're looking some leadership there, guys to step up but it didn't happen."

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