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Terry Butcher hails Hibernian as Jason Cummings hits brace

By Lisa Gray

Hamilton 0, Hibernian 2: Hibernian boss Terry Butcher paid tribute to his players after the Edinburgh side took a huge step towards retaining their top flight status.

Goals either side of half-time by Jason Cummings saw Hibs win 2-0 in the Premiership play-off final first leg at New Douglas Park.

The first was an effort from distance that Hamilton goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert ought to have dealt with better.

And a Cummings chip then gave Butcher's side an even more comfortable advantage.

"It's horrible on the sidelines when there's so much at stake. It's a lovely feeling and a situation we wanted to be in," said Butcher.

"The players have done remarkably well in how they've bounced back (from the defeat by Kilmarnock)," added the former England defender.

"This (win) feels really good and we've scored two goals.

"It was a gritty performance and you need that in these games – high-pressure games.

"The players have stayed firm and shown great character," said Butcher.

Hamilton boss Alex Neil felt his side were unfortunate.

"It's half way in the tie and we're disappointed because we were the better team in the first half," he said.

"I can't fault the players but in the final third our decision making could've been better – Hibs just took their chances.

"We tried our best and that bit of quality in the final third was lacking."

The second leg is at Easter Road on Sunday.

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