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Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian came from behind to earn a win that sent Ross County to the bottom of the Premiership.

The visitors took the lead at Easter Road when Craig Curran converted Chris Eagles' first-half cross.

Hibs drew level before the break, with Anthony Stokes heading home Dylan McGeouch's fine delivery.

County's Scott Fox made a series of second-half saves but could not prevent Kenny van der Weg diverting Brandon Barker's cross into his own net.

The home side got there in the end, and the victory moved them to within three points of third-placed Rangers.

Hibs started fairly brightly, but it was the visitors who struck the first, decisive blow.

Hibernian's Brandon Barker and Oli Shaw celebrate the winning goal against Ross County
Hibernian's Brandon Barker and Oli Shaw celebrate the winning goal against Ross County

Eagles was afforded far too much space on the left and showed great composure and technique to find Curran, who finished into the corner.

The lead did not last long, though, with Stokes' perfectly redirected header from McGeouch's curling cross hitting the post on its way into the net.

At that stage, a Hibs onslaught looked likely but County stood firm and frustrated the home side, who lacked intensity and ideas until the latter stages.

Stokes did have one clear opportunity before half time, when he race onto McGeouch's wonderful ball in behind, but at the vital moment he lacked composure and fired high over.

Ross County striker Craig Curran
Ross County striker Craig Curran opened the scoring at Easter Road

The second period offered little for long spells, with the home crowd becoming increasingly restless, until Hibs upped their energy. They were eventually rewarded.

Boyle raced clear but was denied brilliantly by Fox. Stokes then came close with an inspired chip that Fox tipped away.

However, the decisive moment came when Barker raced to the byline, pulled the ball across goal and Van der Weg inadvertently steered past Fox as he tracked the run of teenage striker Oli Shaw.

The Ross County keeper produced another good stop to deny Boyle, but there was no route back for Owen Coyle's side, who are now winless in seven matches.

Post-match reaction

Hibs manager Neil Lennon: "It's a fantastic day, a great performance from the team. Having gone a goal down as well I thought we played very very well. In the context of where we are in our season it's a fantastic win.

"They showed plenty of character, they didn't drop the heads. Sometimes we can switch off and the opposition can get us with a sucker punch. That wasn't apparent today. They kept going and played some lovely football at times and we got what we deserved.

"We have beaten a good side. As hard as I was on them last week, I'm lavishing praise on them this week. That was an important win."

Ross County manager Owen Coyle: "We went in front with a very good goal. That's one thing we have to learn, defending better when we take the lead. There's a lot of good work gone in there.

"My frustration of course is that you leave with no points. I think we've scored a perfectly good goal at the end that's been been ruled offside. I've seen it back, it certainly looks level.

"We're not standing here talking about our position in May. We're talking about December. When we came in we were a point off the bottom. What we've got to do is turn the fine margins in our favour."

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4HanlonBooked at 46mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 7McGinnBooked at 85mins
  • 20BarkerSubstituted forBartleyat 89'minutes
  • 28StokesBooked at 69mins
  • 32Shaw

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski

Ross County

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 15Davies
  • 2Fraser
  • 28van der Weg
  • 8ChowBooked at 66minsSubstituted forO'Brienat 84'minutes
  • 4RoutisBooked at 88mins
  • 17DraperSubstituted forLindsayat 60'minutes
  • 33EaglesSubstituted forKeillor-Dunnat 77'minutes
  • 22Mckay
  • 11CurranBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 9Dow
  • 10Schalk
  • 18Lindsay
  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 25O'Brien
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Keillor-Dunn
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
16,228

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Davis Keillor-Dunn.

  4. Post update

    Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  8. Post update

    Jim O'Brien (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Brandon Barker.

  10. Booking

    Christopher Routis (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

  16. Booking

    John McGinn (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  18. Post update

    Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jim O'Brien replaces Tim Chow.

  20. Post update

    Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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