Hibernian didn’t have it easy against Alloa in Tuesday night’s Betfred Cup quarter-final tie. The Easter Road side eventually prevailed 2-1, but they had to come from a goal behind to book their place in tonight’s semi-final draw.

With Jack Ross’s side trailing 1-0 at half-time, he made a key substitution which helped to change the game. He brought on Stevie Mallan in the 52nd minute.

The midfielder had a big impact on the game. His crosses into the box caused all sorts of problems for Alloa, and two of them were forced into the back of the net by Christian Doidge.

Showed what he is capable of

The 24-year-old has been in and out of the Hibernian starting line-up this season. However, he really showed what he is capable of in the second-half display. Indeed, it would not be a shock if Mallan returned to the starting line-up for Hibernian’s next game, against Dundee United on Saturday.

Stevie Mallan is congratulated by Alloa boss Peter Grant

Stevie Mallan is congratulated by Alloa boss Peter Grant (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)


If given the opportunity, he could make a big impact for Jack Ross’ team this season. Unsurprisingly, some Hibernian fans on social media were impressed with Mallan’s performance in the victory.

One fan on Twitter went as far as to clam that Mallan had ‘saved’ Hibernian from elimination from the Betfred Cup. Another claimed that the player had ‘changed the game’.

Good management to make change to team

Mallan certainly did have a big impact, and in a way it was good management from Jack Ross to bring him on. Although Ross and the Hibernian fans would have preferred a much more comfortable win, they got the job done in the end.

Alloa Athletic v Hibernian - Betfred Cup Quarter Final

Stevie Mallan in action against Alloa (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Mallan’s performance:

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