Ross County's miserable Scottish Premiership form continued with defeat by Hibernian in Dingwall.

Michael Nelson headed Hibs ahead from Paul Cairney's corner in the first half.

Jordon Forster was the scorer of the visitors' second as another Cairney corner was nodded home after the break.

And County could not recover as their run of league losses was extended to four, with Derek Adams' side last winning in October.

Indeed, they only have a draw against Hearts to their credit in their last eight outings.

For Hibernian, it was Terry Butcher's first league win as manager and the team's first victory in the Premiership in nine games.

The first chance fell early to County when Graham Carey did some good work down the left to supply Melvin de Leeuw but his shot went just past the angle of the woodwork.

The next opportunity produced Hibs' opener after 17 minutes when Cairney swung in a corner from the left and the defence latched on to other attackers, leaving Nelson free to head home off the underside of the bar.

The goal galvanised the visitors and County keeper Michael Fraser had to be on his guard to field a long-range Liam Craig effort and a header from Paul Hanlon, again from a corner.

At the other end Carey found the side netting with a 30-yard free-kick before both sides failed with free-kicks from just outside the box.

In the second half, Forster sent an inviting ball across goal but it was scrambled clear by the County defence.

County came close to an equaliser when Gary Glen fed de Leeuw, who then found Carey, but his effort came off the left post.

Hibs' second came 10 minutes into the second half, again from a header from a corner which had been causing the County defence so many problems. Craig delivered the ball and Forster dived to head it home.

Carey hit woodwork again while Rocco Quinn had a shot deflected past as County began to assert themselves.

However, Hibs maintained their lead to go within a point of the top six while County went four points adrift of the guaranteed safety of 10th place.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Ross County

  • 20 Fraser
  • 06 Micic
  • 03 Gordon (Mustafi - 68' )
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 05 Boyd
  • 21 McLean Booked
  • 08 Brittain
  • 10 Quinn Booked
  • 19 Luckassen (Glen - 45' )
  • 11 De Leeuw Booked (Cooper - 67' )
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 01 Brown
  • 09 Mustafi
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 15 Glen
  • 16 Cooper
  • 17 Ross
  • 18 Klok

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster Booked
  • 03 McGivern
  • 08 Robertson
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 11 Cairney
  • 10 Craig
  • 14 Collins (Tudur Jones - 85' )
  • 35 Cummings (Handling - 66' )
  • 16 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 26 Stanton
  • 27 Zoubir
  • 29 Caldwell
Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 3,383

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

1 5

Corners

5 7

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

90:00 +0:55

Alex Cooper (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:55

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

88:40

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

86:34

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

86:34

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

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces James Collins.

83:18

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:18

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

81:47

Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

81:47

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:52 Booking

Booking Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

80:48

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:48

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

78:41

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

78:41

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

77:54

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:35

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:20

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from long range on the left from a direct free kick.

71:36

Hand ball by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

70:51

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

70:25

Attempt blocked. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:13

Attempt blocked. Gary Glen (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Orhan Mustafi replaces Ben Gordon.

66:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

66:03

Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Jason Cummings.

64:01

Attempt saved. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:20

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

60:15

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

55:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Hibernian 2. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney with a cross following a corner.

54:14

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

51:48

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

51:21

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Graham Carey.

50:49

Attempt blocked. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:43

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

45:46

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Hibernian 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Gary Glen replaces Kevin Luckassen.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 1.

45:00 +0:52

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

44:51

Attempt missed. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

44:10

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:10

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

43:27

Attempt missed. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

42:40 Booking

Booking Brian McLean (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

42:23

Foul by Brian McLean (Ross County).

42:23

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

42:10 Booking

Booking Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

42:06

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

42:06

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:00

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:57

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

38:42

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

36:18

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

34:13 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

34:08

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

34:08

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

31:37

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:37

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

31:00

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

30:58

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

30:13

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

29:30

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:30

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

28:45

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

28:45

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:39

Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:59

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

23:10

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:10

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

21:26

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

20:52

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

20:19

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:03

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

17:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Hibernian 1. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney with a cross following a corner.

16:29

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

14:24

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:24

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

11:09

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

11:09

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:24

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

10:24

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:38

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

6:38

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

5:43

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:43

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

4:21

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

3:12

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

2:39

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:39

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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