Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-0 Hibernian

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Hibs were unable to take all three points despite dominating possession against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Highlands last night.

Manager Terry Butcher made two changes to his side that drew with Motherwell on Saturday with Lewis Stevenson and skipper  Liam Craig being replaced by Duncan Watmore and Tom Taiwo.

Hibs started brightly and were unlucky not to take the lead in the 12th minute with Ryan McGivern’s powerful shot was well saved by Brill.

Aaron Doran then set up Inverness’ leading scoring, Billy McKay as play raged from end to end.

On 21 minutes, Danny Haynes collected a pass from Taiwo and saw his first effort blocked slicing his next effort wide of the post.

After half an hour, Paul Hanlon got onto the end of a Paul Cairney corner and only a terrific block prevented the central defender from opening the scoring.

Immediately after the break Watmore produced an exquisite piece of skill to evaded Josh Meekings and Gary Warren, but his cross was too powerful for James Collins to connect with properly.

Watmore continued to cause problems for the Caley defence as Hibs pressed for the three points.

Sam Stanton was next to try his luck after some neat build up play with Cairney but his final shot flew wide of the target.

Against the run of play, Doran brought out a fine save from Ben Williams with a powerful strike before the game petered out.

Butcher brought on all three subs in the final stages with Stevenson replacing Watmore, Craig replacing Haynes and Paul Heffernan replacing Taiwo.

Elsewhere, St Johnstone produced an unexpected win over Dundee United at Tannadice to move four points clear of Hibs with a game in hand.

Hibs travel to Firhill on Saturday to face Partick Thistle.

Hibs: Williams, Forster, Nelson, Hanlon, McGivern, Watmore (Stevenson, 70), Taiwo (Heffernan, 90), Stanton, Cairney, Haynes (Craig, 77), Collins. Unused substitutes: Murdoch, Maybury, Handling, Cummings.

Photo by John Preece

http://www.photoboxgallery.com/jlp-photography

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