Hibernian's misery in front of goal continued as St Johnstone, playing for an hour with 10 men, held on for a point at Easter Road.

Paddy Cregg was sent off for a late tackle less than a minute after coming off the bench.

Hibs pressed in the second half but they could not break down Saints.

Alan Mannus made a great late save to keep out a James Collins header and the Hibs striker had a strong penalty claim waved away in the dying seconds.

Terry Butcher, serving a touchline ban, has been in charge of Hibs for five games but many of the shortcomings he inherited remain painfully evident with the Edinburgh side now having scored just twice in nine games and remaining four points behind sixth-placed Saints.

There was no shortage of endeavour but Hibs lack guile in the final third and there is a chronic lack of pace.

Jason Cummings, who has scored a barrowful of goals at Under-20 level, was given a first start but the teenager and strike partner Collins were largely feeding on scraps.

And when Collins did divert a header on target in injury time Mannus made a fantastic save, while the Hibs striker can feel aggrieved not to have won a spot-kick when Tam Scobbie clipped his leg as he shaped to shoot.

Hibs were in a hurry to get the ball forward but the visiting defence coped comfortably with the early series of long balls aimed at their penalty box.

Jordon Forster headed over from a Liam Craig corner and good work from the defender later set up a shooting chance for Paul Cairney.

Mannus made a good diving parry and the loose ball was just out of reach of Lewis Stevenson on the six-yard line.

Cregg was then given his marching orders for a crude challenge on Cairney, just seconds after replacing Murray Davidson.

Referee Alan Muir had been getting a hard time from the home support after his booking of Scott Robertson, who had mocked the positioning of a defensive wall by marking out 10 paces, but that was nothing compared to the ire of the fans from Perth following the dismissal.

A reshuffle from the depleted visitors saw David Wotherspoon switched from the centre of midfield to the right and the move almost paid immediate dividends.

Making his first appearance at Easter Road since his summer departure, Wotherspoon left two opponents standing before drilling in a low cross that needed a good reflex save from Ben Williams to prevent an own goal from Michael Nelson.

The second half opened with another stop to prevent an own goal; this time it was Mannus pushing away a sharp deflection off Gary McDonald.

The Saints keeper then clawed away a tantalising cross from Cairney that the sliding Cummings was inches away from connecting with.

A powerful, long-range strike from Craig flew straight at Mannus and Collins hooked an awkward shot over the crossbar as Hibs struggled to find an opening.

A final onslaught saw Collins at the heart of the drama and the game ended in a cacophony of boos for the officials.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster
  • 03 McGivern
  • 08 Robertson Booked (Thomson - 63' )
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 11 Cairney Booked
  • 10 Craig
  • 35 Cummings
  • 14 Collins Booked
  • 16 Stevenson Booked (Zoubir - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 26 Stanton
  • 27 Zoubir
  • 29 Caldwell
  • 38 Thomson

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 Mackay
  • 03 Scobbie Booked
  • 18 Davidson (Cregg - 30' Dismissed )
  • 25 Jahic
  • 05 Wright
  • 07 Millar (Miller - 37' )
  • 08 McDonald
  • 14 Edwards (Easton - 85' )
  • 17 May
  • 10 Wotherspoon

Substitutes

  • 04 Cregg
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 15 Banks
  • 19 Miller
  • 22 Croft
  • 24 Easton
  • 41 Kane
Ref: Alan Muir
Att: 8,776

Match Stats

Shots

10 2

On target

5 1

Corners

6 1

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

90:00 +3:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

90:00 +2:33

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:43

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

88:41

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

88:27

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

86:06

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:06

Foul by Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone).

85:27

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

85:27

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Brian Easton replaces Gwion Edwards.

84:43

Attempt missed. Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:01

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

84:01

David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:56

Hand ball by James Collins (Hibernian).

79:49

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:49

Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

78:37

Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

76:23 Booking

Booking Paul Cairney (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

76:18

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

76:18

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Abdellah Zoubir replaces Lewis Stevenson.

70:28 Booking

Booking Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

70:21

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

70:21

Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:55

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sanel Jahic.

68:57

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

67:59

Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:57

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Thomas Scobbie.

65:02

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:02

Foul by Gary McDonald (St Johnstone).

62:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Kevin Thomson replaces Scott Robertson.

59:46

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

59:27

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

59:27

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:00

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

59:00

Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:00

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:56

Foul by Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone).

54:15

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

54:15

Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:19

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

50:51

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:51

Foul by Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone).

49:02

Attempt saved. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

45:00 +2:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

45:00 +2:30

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

45:00 +2:30

Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:44

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:44

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

44:02

Attempt missed. Gary McDonald (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:09

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

43:09

Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:23

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

41:23

Gary McDonald (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:32

Attempt saved. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Chris Millar.

36:05

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

36:05

Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:48 Booking

Booking Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

34:43

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:43

Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

31:36

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:36

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

31:00 Dismissal

Dismissal Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) is shown the red card for fighting.

30:12

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:12

Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

29:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Patrick Cregg replaces Murray Davidson because of an injury.

28:32

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:32

Foul by Gary McDonald (St Johnstone).

25:57 Booking

Booking Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

25:09

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:09

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

19:59

Attempt saved. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:22

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

17:22

Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:37 Booking

Booking James Collins (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

16:31

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

16:31

Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:01

Attempt missed. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from very close range is too high.

15:20

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary McDonald.

12:55

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

12:55

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:10

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:10

Foul by Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone).

7:12

Paul Cairney (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:12

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

6:14

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:14

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:14

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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