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Hibs’ Dismal Run Of Results Continues In The Highlands

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Hibs must now wait until their final match of the season against fellow strugglers Kilmarnock on Saturday to secure their top flight status after losing to Ross County in Dingwall tonight.

All eyes are now on Rugby Park and Terry Butcher’s men could find themselves in second-bottom place beforehand if results go against them tomorrow. Continue reading

Hibs lose to Ross County in ill tempered game

hibs badge Hibs remain fourth in the SPL despite losing 1-0 to Ross County at Easter Road today.
There was an air of confidence in the stadium when the team was announced with Irish full back Tim Clancy returning after a lengthy spell on the side-lines, replacing fellow countryman Alan Maybury who was left out of the squad.
Captain James McPake also returned to the starting line-up after his suspension, and the eleven men who took the field are generally considered to be Pat Fenlon’s strongest team.
There were a number of familiar faces in the away side with former keeper Mark Brown in goals, former assistant manager Derek Adams in the dugout alongside former striker Sam Morrow. On-loan midfielder Martin Scott was in the stand.
On a disappointing note however, the match kicked off before another poor crowd, with less than 9,000 in the stadium.
Hibs started brightly with Leigh Griffiths spraying passes to both wings, but it was 15 minutes before the first shot. The ball fell to Clancy outside the penalty box, but the full back’s effort went high over the bar and landed in the upper section of the away stand.
Five minutes later David Wotherspoon did well to dribble past two County defenders but his fierce shot was blocked.
Hibs best chance of a dire first half came on 25 minutes when a Griffiths’ corner was met by James McPake, but the skipper’s glancing header went narrowly past the post with Brown stranded.
Hibs dominated possession although chances were few and far between. Referee John Beaton incurred the wrath of both sets of supporters with his pernickety attitude to where free kicks should be taken from.
Just before the break, Griffiths and Eoin Doyle linked up well, and the on-loan striker managed to intercept a pass back and rounded Brown, but was forced to pass the ball wide to Paul Cairney who was chopped down just outside the box. From the resultant free kick, Wotherspoon slipped the ball to Cairney but his shot went well wide.
Scott Boyd was booked on 55 minutes for a foul on Griffiths, and Wotherspoon sent the free kick into the box, but McPake’s header was easily saved by Brown.
A minute later, Ross County took a shock lead against the run of play in their first attack. An Ian Vigurs shot from the left wing was deflected by Richard Britain whose looping header flew past Ben Williams from fifteen yards out.
Pat Fenlon then made a double substitution with Tom Taiwo and Wotherspoon leaving the field to be replaced with Jorge Claros and Danny Handling.
As Hibs pressed for an equaliser, the referee lost control of the game and booked Mihael Kovacevic for pushing Cairney. The former Partick Thistle midfielder was cautioned 30 seconds later for arguing with Kovacevic who was time wasting. The referee then spoke to members of the Ross County bench, then booked Griffiths and Clancy for complaining about County’s time wasting. He then booked McPake for an innocuous challenge as both sets of fans made their displeasure clear.
It was one way traffic for the rest of the game and Hibs should have equalised on 70 minutes when man of the match Ryan McGivern sent an inch perfect cross into the box, but Doyle’s close range header went over the bar. Three minutes later, the former Sligo favourite had the ball in the net only to see his effort ruled out for being offside.
On 77 minutes, McGivern sent in another inch perfect cross but Griffiths’ header flew straight into Brown’s arms.
In time added on, McPake was fouled just outside the box, but Griffiths’ free kick hit the wall and was cleared.
After the game, a dejected Pat Fenlon said: “We didn’t play well but didn’t deserve to lose. The emphasis was on us to win the game but we didn’t do that today. The back four were decent without being tested and on the positive side Tim (Clancy) James (McPake) and Gary (Deegan) got some game time.”
Eoin Doyle explained the reason behind missing the chance to equalise. He said: “It’s frustrating. The ball got lost in the lights for a split second, but as a striker it should be bread and butter for me.”
Hibs play table topping Celtic at Easter Road on Saturday.

Hibs: Williams, Clancy, McGivern, Hanlon, McPake, Deegan, Cairney, Taiwo, Wotherspoon, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs Murdoch, Claros, Stevenson, Handling Kuqi, Horribine, Donaldson
Ross County: Brown, Fitzpatrick, Munro, Boyd, Kettlewell. Brittain, Vigurs, Quinn, Cooper, Glen, Kovacevic. Subs Fraser, Tokely, Lawson, McMenamin, Morrow, MacPhee, Steven.
Referee John Beaton
Attendance 8980