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Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

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Ross County fall to the bottom of the table after Hibs come back to claim victory.

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Davis Keillor-Dunn.

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

Foul by Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County).

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

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Brandon Barker.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Booking

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

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Davis Keillor-Dunn replaces Chris Eagles.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Ross County 1. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Brandon Barker.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Attempt saved. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Ross County).

Booking

Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) has gone down, but that's a dive.

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20145146153147
2Aberdeen2012353224839
3Rangers20113639251436
4Hibernian209653026433
5Hearts207762119228
6Kilmarnock206772427-325
7St Johnstone197482027-725
8Motherwell197392527-224
9Hamilton2055102733-620
10Dundee2054112130-919
11Partick Thistle2045111736-1917
12Ross County2044122033-1316
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