Hibs’ club captain David Gray says that his team mates deserve credit for ‘digging in’ and securing all three points against Forfar Athletic at Station Park last night.

Hibs went into the game missing ELEVEN first team regulars including the whole of the back five due to international call-ups but the makeshift defence kept a clean sheet and Gray scored a late winner with a header from Stevie Mallan’s free-kick to grab the win.

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The Easter Road side had the better of the play during the 90-minutes but Forfar did well and created a couple of decent chances.

Hibs have all but guaranteed a place in the last 16 with three wins from three although they still have to face Dundee at Easter Road in the final group stage match.

After the game Gray told BBC Scotland: “Obviously it’s nice to score but first and foremost we knew it was going to be a really tough game.

It was the third game in six days and credit to the boys. The aim was to come up here and win and find a way to win the game and we managed to do that.

“It wasn’t pretty but at the same time we came up here and did what we wanted to do.

“The longer the game is going on  you’re just looking to get one more chance.

“It was a scrappy game but you have to keep doing the right thing and hope that the opportunity is going to come and thankfully it did and we can get back down the road with the three points.

“This is the first time I’ve played here. I’d love to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed scoring but the way the game went they made it difficult for us and made it a really tough game.

“We knew that coming in and credit to the boys for digging in and getting the result.

“It’s good that some of the boys have managed to get some minutes into them.

“The manager was able to use the squad and of the boys get through the internationals unscathed and we get the whole squad we can go up to Ross County in a really good place.”

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