Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 1-1 Hibernian

Jason Cummings scores for Hibs against Raith
Jason Cummings scored his 16th goal of the season to give Hibs a point

Hibernian extended their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points but were held to a 1-1 draw by Raith Rovers at Starks Park.

Ex-Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson, who joined Rovers last month, gave the hosts the lead after 52 minutes.

But Hibs top-scorer Jason Cummings equalised with a wonderful free-kick.

Brian Graham and Cummings both came close to a winner but Raith forced a third draw with Hibs this season to end a run of six straight league defeats.

Their last point came against Hibs on Christmas Eve, so it was a positive start under new manager John Hughes, who was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he took his place in the dugout before the game.

Rovers had the better possession in the first half with Stevenson warming the palms of Marciano in the Hibernian goal with a 25-yard free-kick.

At the other end Cummings looked dangerous when the ball reached him but the home defence was well marshalled by Kyle Benedictus and Jean-Yves M'Voto.

Seven minutes into the second half Rovers took a deserved lead, Stevenson's crisp half-volley from 22 yards rifling into the top corner of the net.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon introduced winger Chris Humphrey and the visitors equalised on the hour mark.

Cummings scored with a wonderful free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box that Conor Brennan in the home goal had no chance of reaching.

The goal spurred Hibernian into action and Graham was inches away from a John McGinn cross.

Cummings went close to snatching a second but his effort drifted a yard wide of Conor Brennan's goal.

Post-match reaction:

Rovers manager John Hughes: "I'm happy with the result.

"Maybe the substitutes I made put us on the back foot rather than on the front foot. I maybe should have just waited a little bit. Hibs were chasing the game.

"In terms of commitment, organisation and shape, we were there. It took a wonderful free-kick for Hibernian to draw level and we were hard to beat."

Hibs boss Neil Lennon: "We were an absolute disgrace - a disgrace.

"We had the right colour (yellow) of jersey on today. You can't turn up and play for 30 minutes. We were abject.

"We are going for a title here and trying to extend our lead but we totally disrespected the opponent. I am not happy with that at all, and that is creeping in far too often."

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 23Brennan
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6BenedictusSubstituted forCoustrainat 59'minutes
  • 55Barr
  • 21Thompson
  • 12MatthewsBooked at 70mins
  • 4Callachan
  • 66StevensonSubstituted forJohnstonat 58'minutes
  • 11Barr
  • 9StewartSubstituted forMcManusat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Johnston
  • 16Coustrain
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 20McManus
  • 28Stevenson
  • 52Hardie

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 6BartleyBooked at 90mins
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forHumphreyat 59'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 19KeatingsBooked at 73minsSubstituted forBoyleat 76'minutes
  • 35Cummings
  • 29GrahamBooked at 41minsSubstituted forHoltat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Holt
  • 17Boyle
  • 27Humphrey
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 43Crane
  • 48Martin
  • 52Donaldson
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
4,172

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home22
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Hibernian 1.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Hibernian).

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Grant Holt replaces Brian Graham.

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers).

Brian Graham (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

Chris Humphrey (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces James Keatings.

Delay in match Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) because of an injury.

(Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

Booking

James Keatings (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

James Keatings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian24148239132650
2Dundee Utd24127534241043
3Falkirk25118640281241
4Morton24118536261041
5Queen of Sth248793334-131
6Dunfermline236892833-526
7Dumbarton2568113038-826
8Raith Rovers2468102332-926
9Ayr24410102338-1522
10St Mirren2328132242-2014
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