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Greenock Morton 0-0 Hibernian

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Cappielow
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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 0, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 0, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Alex Samuel (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Joe McKee.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Alex Samuel replaces Denny Johnstone.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    Joe McKee (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Bobby Barr.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luca Gasparotto (Morton) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by David Gray.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

    Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Stefan McCluskey (Morton).