Dundee made four changes after last week's defeat against St Johnstone. Kevin McBride and Davide Grassi came back from injury. Brian Easton came in to make his debut and Kyle Benedictus returned to central defence.
Hibs had most of the opening play without opening up the Dundee defence. Douglas carefully watched a powerful 25 yarder from Griffiths fizz past the post after 10 minutes, but it was Dundee who came closest to an early opener.
Jim McAlister took Conroy's pass on the edge of the penalty area, spun away from his marker Williams had to pull off a fine lunging save to tip his shot round the post.
Hibs took the lead with their first penetrating attack after 28 minutes. Cairney's skillful run down the left took him past two men and into space. He looked up and fired over an accurate cross for Eoin DOYLE to plant an accurate header past Douglas from eight yards.
The Dee should have equalised during their best spell of the half, just before half time, but Nish shot carelessly wide at the near post after Davidson had found space on the right to set up the chance.
Hibs were just about worth their lead at half time, but Dundee were far from out of the game. The home defence hadn't looked totally convincing when the ball was in their penalty area, but Dundee couldn't play their way in there often enough. Dundee's five man midfield was fairly sucessfuly in keeping possession and covering the defence, but couldn't put Hibs under serious or sustained pressure.
Sadly, just like last week, the game slipped away from the Dee in the opening minutes of the second half. Wotherspoon found too much space on the right and cut into the box. Dundee couldn't clear his pass inside and in a scramble on the penalty spot Jim McAlister downed Cairney to concede a penalty. Leigh GRIFFITHS whipped the ball in off Douglas's left hand post and a difficult challenge for Dundee suddenly looked impossible.
Barry Smith sent on Nicky Riley in place of Kevin McBride, the holding midfielder, and Jim McAlister moved in behind Colin Nish. A further change saw Milne and Boyle replace Nish and Davidson. There was the odd neat spell of passing, but nothing that hurt Hibs, or even threatened to open them up. A
Hibs looked far more threatening, even in spells when they had less of the ball. Leigh Griffiths was the oustanding player on the pitch and looked like creating danger every time he got the ball. A clever pass from Griffiths sent Cairney through. He nudged the ball past Douglas, but Irvine cleared his angled shot.
A third goal for Hibs was no great surprise. It came from the impressive WOTHERSPOON, who cut in from the right to shoot across Douglas and just inside the far post from 15 yards.
Dundee then enjoyed a lengthy spell of possession in the Hibs half, but couldn't set up anything approaching a chance. Hibs on the other hand nearly scored the next time they mounted a serious attack. Doyle passed up two good late chances, screwing the ball across the face of goal, then blasting high over the bar after a good set up by Cairney.
Dundee never gave up, and kept probing up to the final whistle. But they had nowhere near enough penetration to threaten Hibs goal, and didn't create a single chance in the second half.
Hibs moved to the top of the table with this win, which was certainly well deserved. Dundee played better than last week and for long spells looked composed and competitive. However, there was a huge gulf in the quality of the two teams' top players and Hibs extra ability ensured that they came out on top in the key moments of the match.
In spite of the scoreline the defence looked far more organised than last week, and Davide Grassi's return made a difference. Brian Easton looked as if he will fit in well, though he was up against a very good opponent in David Wotherspoon. On the other side of the pitch Paul Cairney, the former Partick player, showed what a good signing he has been and he continually threatened to open up the right side of the Dundee defence.
Dundee tried their best, but had no-one to provide the penetration that Griffiths and the wide players gave Hibs. The better side won, convincingly in the end, and so consigned the Dee to their fourth consecutive defeat.
Hibernian FC 4-4-2
Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern
Wotherspoon, Deegan (Taiwo 74), Claros, Cairney (Harris 87)
Doyle, Griffiths (Kuqi 76)
Unused subs; Murdoch (gk), Maybury, Handling, Caldwell,
Goals; Doyle (28), Griffiths (49 pen), Wotherspoon (73)
Booking; Clancy (foul on Easton)
Dundee FC 4-1-4-1
Irvine, Benedictus, Grassi, Easton
McBride (Riley 53)
McAlister, Davidson (Boyle 67), Kerr, Conroy
Nish (Milne 67)
Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Lockwood, John Baird, Gallagher
Booking; Riley (foul on McGivern)
Referee; Willie Collum
Report; James Christie