Motherwell endured a difficult afternoon in the capital, as their top six hopes took a serious dent in defeat to Hibernian.
First half goals from Marc McNulty and David Gray did the damage, as the Steelmen failed to lift their game to claim a place in the top half of the table.
The visitors were again unchanged, as they went in search of the win that would see them leapfrog the Hibees into the top six.
Within 30 seconds, it looked like they were off to a dream start. Gboly Ariyibi’s cross from the left caused havoc and Lewis Stevenson turned the ball against his own post, before it dropped out of play.
At the other end, Mallan and McNulty caused concern for Mark Gillespie, but both sides were enjoying attacking freedom on a difficult and heavy pitch.
Then, midway through the first half, the hosts got their chance. Tom Aldred blocked McNulty’s goalbound shot with his hand, with the referee pointing to the spot and booking the defender.
In-form McNulty made no mistake from the spot, blasting home to give his side the lead.
Motherwell remained positive but the sucker punch would come soon after. From a corner, Gray got the run on his marker to powerfully head into the net.
The visitors struggled to get a proper foothold and, as the match wore on, threw four up top in an attempt to salvage something from the game.
Ultimately though they were denied, leaving them with a task to salvage top six with three more games to go.