Match ends, Morton 0, Hibernian 0.
Hibernian were held to a draw by a Greenock Morton side that more than merited a point.
Morton had the best chance of the game, Bobby Barr's shot going through the legs of Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley and rebounding off the post.
Hibs looked tired and struggled to create clear-cut chances.
The result is a huge blow to the Edinburgh side's hopes as they attempt to pip Falkirk to second place in the Championship.
Manager Alan Stubbs rested midfielder John McGinn, who had been struggling with a back problem.
But Stubbs had to introduce the player midway through the second half as the visitors searched in vain for victory.
The first chance arrived on the quarter-hour mark, and it came for Morton - Mark Russell's long-range effort comfortably saved by Oxley.
Immediately after that, Hibs should have taken the lead. Liam Henderson was played through one-on-one with Derek Gaston, but the on-loan Celtic midfielder dinked his effort over the keeper and the bar.
Just before half-time Morton had a great chance to take the lead after a cross from Barr found the head of Declan McManus, but he failed to get enough on it and the ball trickled wide.
Hibernian struggled to create chances with the strike force of Jason Cummings and Anthony Stokes failing to click.
In the second half Stokes did produce a moment of real quality from 20 yards, a looping shot which Gaston did well to palm over.
Cummings then fired into the top corner of the net after being played in by Lewis Stevenson, but the assistant referee had his flag up for offside.
Morton almost took the lead after a mistake from Niklas Gunnarson allowed in Barr. His shot went through Oxley and came back off the post before Hibs scrambled to safety.
Hibs needed to add energy to their play and Stubbs introduced McGinn to the fray. The Scotland cap almost made an immediate impact, his shot from the edge of the area flying just over the bar.
But Stubbs' men failed to make that vital breakthrough against a resolute Morton side that looked solid throughout.
- 7McKeeBooked at 88mins
- 9JohnstoneSubstituted forSamuelat 90'minutes
- 21McManusSubstituted forMcCluskeyat 72'minutes
- 27GunnarssonSubstituted forMcGinnat 68'minutes
- 24McGregorBooked at 33mins
- 8FyvieBooked at 83mins
- 6BartleySubstituted forBoyleat 68'minutes
- 3HendersonSubstituted forKeatingsat 80'minutes
- 28StokesBooked at 62mins
- Stephen Finnie
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Morton 0, Hibernian 0.
Alex Samuel (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Joe McKee.
Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).
Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Morton. Alex Samuel replaces Denny Johnstone.
Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Joe McKee (Morton) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Bobby Barr.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Darren McGregor.
Attempt blocked. Luca Gasparotto (Morton) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by David Gray.
Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).
Foul by Stefan McCluskey (Morton).