Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin’s future is in doubt after his side lost a crucial Premiership match 6-0 to Hibernian.
Goodwin had been told by Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack that an “immediate response” was required from his side after the shock 1-0 defeat to non-league side Darvel on Monday but saw his side collapse at Easter Road in a comprehensive defeat.
The manager had said that he was “up for the fight” in the run-up to the game and said he believed he could turn around a run of form that had seen the team win only one of their previous nine games.
However, he saw his plans fall apart as Hibs, whose manager Lee Johnson has been under pressure himself, took a quick lead in front of their own fans.
Aberdeen goalkeeper saved a shot from Elie Youan but put it in the path of Josh Campbell who buried the loose ball in the back of the net to put his side ahead after ten minutes.
Campbell quickly doubled his side’s lead. Five minutes after the opener Joe Newell took a corner and Campbell rose unchallenged to nod a header past Lewis.
Just before half time, Hibs added a third. Again it came from a Newell corner but this time Youan was on the end of it, heading in from 10 yards.
As Hibs continued to enjoy control of the game in the second half, substitute Kevin Nisbet came on and he added a fourth with just under 20 minutes to go. The striker, who had pulled out of a move to Millwall ahead of the game, collected a pass from Campbell and stroked home his sixth goal in four games.
The scoring wasn’t over. A challenge from Liam Scales saw him receive a red card and concede a penalty when he dragged down Josh O’Connor. Campbell stepped up to score the penalty and round off his hat-trick.
William Fish then made it 6-0 with an injury time header from a free kick to add to Aberdeen’s pain.
That left Aberdeen with the worst defensive record in the league, and Goodwin in a precarious position.