Socceroo’s rollercoaster five minutes in Hibernian’s victory over Dundee

Lewis Miller goes from hero to villain as the Socceroos defender was sent off just 5 minutes after scoring the decisive goal.

Socceroo Lewis Miller scored and then was sent off minutes later, as Hibernian hung on to a 2-1 victory over Dundee in a pulsating contest at Dens Park.

The visitors took the lead in the first half with a well-worked move finished off by Jair Tavares and doubled their advantage after the break through Miller, who was sent off just minutes later.

Dundee grabbed what proved to be a late consolation goal with Owen Beck hitting the back of the net but the visitors held on to take all three points.

The result moves Hibs up to fifth in the table with the Dark Blues dropping down to seventh.

Coach Nick Montgomery said he would take it easy on the Socceroos full-back, after they hung on for their second consecutive win.

“You pick up a silly booking and you’re walking a tightrope. His second was maybe harsh but I’ve not seen it,” Montgomery said.

“In that moment you regret the first one because it affects you and the team but he scored a winning goal with the header so I’ll let him off.”

Dundee boss Tony Docherty and his Hibs counterpart Montgomery kept faith with their teams that beat St Mirren and Kilmarnock respectively in the last games before the international break.

The visitors had an early appeal for a penalty in the eighth minute when Miller went down under a challenge in the home box by Amadou Bakayoko but referee Don Robertson saw no offence.

Hibs then had a clear-cut chance to open the scoring when Tavares teed up Josh Campbell but he blasted over when he should have tested Dundee keeper Trevor Carson.

However, Hibs stormed into the lead in the 16th minute when Tavares played the ball wide to Dylan Vente who cut the ball back for Tavares and he made no mistake, rifling low past the exposed Carson.

The hosts came close to equalising just six minutes later when Bakayoko played in Luke McCowan who hit a crisp, low shot with Hibs keeper David Marshall pulling off a stunning stop, diving to his left.

Five minutes after the restart, Dundee’s on-loan Liverpool defender Beck embarked on a storming run deep into the Hibs half before being chopped down by Rocky Bushiri with referee Robertson deciding a yellow card was sufficient punishment.

Hibs then doubled their advantage in the 58th minute when Joe Newell swung a corner in from the right with Miller rising highest to head past Carson.

Just five minutes later, Miller’s joy turned to despair as he was shown what was his second yellow card of the afternoon – quickly followed by a red – for a foul on Beck.

From the resulting free-kick the ball was worked to Bakayoko but, with the goal at his mercy, the Sierra Leone international fired straight at Marshall who gratefully gathered.

Dundee grabbed a lifeline in the 86th minute – Beck’s initial shot was blocked but he reacted quickest to rifle home the rebound.

Marshall then made a stunning stop from a McCowan curler as Dundee pressed for a dramatic late equaliser with Hibs holding on to head back to Edinburgh with all three points in the bag.