Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 0-0 Hibernian

Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs' Hibs side have won just two of their last 10 Championship matches

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.

Hibs, Morton
Hibs struggled to break down an organised Morton side

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.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Miller
  • 2Kilday
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 17Russell
  • 16Barr
  • 7McKeeBooked at 88mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 8Forbes
  • 9JohnstoneSubstituted forSamuelat 90'minutes
  • 21McManusSubstituted forMcCluskeyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lamie
  • 10MacDonald
  • 11McCluskey
  • 12Scullion
  • 18Samuel
  • 20McNeil
  • 33McMullan

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 27GunnarssonSubstituted forMcGinnat 68'minutes
  • 24McGregorBooked at 33mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 2Gray
  • 8FyvieBooked at 83mins
  • 6BartleySubstituted forBoyleat 68'minutes
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forKeatingsat 80'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 28StokesBooked at 62mins
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 14Handling
  • 17Boyle
  • 18McGinn
  • 19Keatings
  • 25Logan
  • 30Thomson
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,308

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution, Morton. Alex Samuel replaces Denny Johnstone.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

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.

Booking

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).

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Liam Henderson.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe McKee (Morton).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Kilday.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Stefan McCluskey replaces Declan McManus.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Bobby Barr.

Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. John McGinn replaces Niklas Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Marvin Bartley.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Attempt blocked. Denny Johnstone (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Bobby Barr (Morton) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Declan McManus (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers34255486315580
2Falkirk351813460342667
3Hibernian34197853341964
4Raith Rovers35178105146559
5Morton351110143941-243
6Queen of Sth35126174654-842
7St Mirren35118164251-941
8Dumbarton34106183461-2736
9Livingston3477203650-1428
10Alloa3548232166-4520
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