Hibs v St Johnstone as it happened

St Johnstone beat Hibernian at Easter Road to move up to fourth in the Scottish Premier League.

11 February 2013 Last updated at 22:41

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  1. 2140: 

    I'm going to call it a night. Many thanks for your contributions and please join us again tomorrow evening for live coverage of Celtic v Juventus.

  2. 2139: 

    Murray Davidson has just been speaking to BBC Scotland and, when asked whether he will stay at St Johnstone beyond the summer, he replied: "You never know."

    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Absolutely delighted. We came here with a plan and it worked to perfection. All credit to the boys."


    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportsound I just hope Hibs don't put all their focus on the cup, like last season."

    MDCCXLV: "So Mr Petrie, why should I renew my Season Ticket again next year? What is the incentive to do so?#bbcsportsound"

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "At the moment, Hibs are in a rut. They can't seem to get out of it."

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston on St Johnstone

    "Tactically, they were spot-on."

  7. 2122: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibernian 1-3 St Johnstone

    It's all over and it's been a terrific night for St Johnstone. Three well taken goals and plenty of chances for Steve Lomas' side, who replace Hibs in fourth place. The hosts toiled and only really came to life in the final 15 minutes.

  8. 2121: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink picks up a booking for time wasting.

  9. 2120: 

    Ryan McGivern joins the Hibs attack again and this time flashes a shot across the face of goal.

  10. 2118: 

    St Johnstone have the ball in the net again after Gregory Tade squares for Nigel Hasselbaink to net but a push by the former on Paul Hanlon ensures a free-kick for Hibs.

  11. 2118: 

    An acrobatic effort from Ryan McGivern drifts wide as the match enters four minutes of stoppage time.

  12. 2117: 

    Final St Johnstone switch. Michael Doughty on, Mehdi Abeid off.

  13. 2115: 

    Lewis Stevenson's frustration boils over as he takes down Nigel Hasselbaink, resulting in a booking for the Hibs man.

  14. 2112: 

    Hibs are rallying and a few crosses into the St Johnstone box cause the visitors some concern but a clutch of the ball from Alan Mannus calms things down.

  15. 2109: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 1-3 St Johnstone (Griffiths)

    Hibs pull one back. A simple long ball through the middle sets Leigh Griffiths in on goal and the striker holds off his marker before finishing past Alan Mannus.

  16. 2105: 

    St Johnstone's first-half scorer Rowan Vine, who netted twice, makes way for Nigel Hasselbaink.


    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "This is embarrassing for Hibs fans. Saints could have been 5 up at half time. One league win since November. Hibs need a new manager. His name is Derek McInnes."

  18. 2102: 

    Into the last 15 minutes. Saints sitting comfortably on their lead, Hibs look forlorn.


    anon: "Why can't saints play like this more often? Good lads."

    Harry in Manchester: "Any remaining Hibs fans stay in your seats and show some support. No crowd means no goal!"

  20. 2058: 

    St Johnstone make their first substitution with Gregory Tade replacing Steven MacLean.


    Dougie W: "Have Hibs been the better team in any league game this season? Don't think so. We've been dominated by every team. Get a grip Fenlon/Hibs"

  22. 2055: 

    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon makes his final change with Daniel Handling on for Eoin Doyle.

    BBC Radio Scotland match commentator Paul Mitchell

    "St Johnstone are enjoying every minute of this."

  24. 2052: 

    An important tackle by James McPake prevents Mehdi Abeid getting clean through on the Hibs goal.

  25. 2050: 

    Some Hibs fans headed for the exits in the wake of that third St Johnstone goal.

  26. 2048: 

    An hour gone and Saints have this game all but won with Steve Lomas' side on course to move up to fourth in the SPL.

  27. 2046: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-3 St Johnstone (Cregg)

    St Johnstone's night just gets better and better and Patrick Cregg completes a superb passing move with a very composed finish from inside the box.

  28. 2045: 

    Hibs' night was encapsulated in their most recent attack. Leigh Griffiths receives the ball in space on the right, cuts inside and crosses but it goes straight to goalkeeper Alan Mannus.


    Zorba The Greek: "People calling for Fenlon to resign need their heads looked at. He took Hibs to a Cup final and to the top of the SPL. Give him time, guys."


    Chris McCall: "This game is too grim to listen to for a Hibs fan. I'm following the updates and listening to The Durutti Column instead.#bbcsportsound."

  31. 2042: 

    Steven Anderson is cautioned for a heavy challenge on Paul Cairney.


    Niall M: "@bbcsportsound why is Vine not taking the penalty to complete his hat-trick? Surely he would have been exuding confidence #bbcsportsound"


    Keith in Drylaw: "Just left the game to catch the 8:30 session at the bingo, and the bingo is busier."

  34. 2039: 

    Hibs look a bit more lively and Matt Done's near-post cross is cleared. From the corner, the ball is recycled back to the winger but again St Johnstone are able to clear.

  35. 2038: 

    Those changes mean left-footed Lewis Stevenson has been moved to the right-back area for the hosts.

  36. 2037: 

    Paul Cairney and Jorge Claros enter the fray for Hibs with Alan Maybury and Gary Deegan making way.


    Eric the Hibby: "I went to the match tonight. I walked out after 25 minutes. I am home now and half time is not even over. Oh and St J miss a pen. Same old mistakes."

  38. 2036: 

    Hibs are about to make a double change with Paul Cairney and Jorge Claros poised to come on.

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "Hibs have got to produce something, I'm pretty sure the half-time team talk would've been a lively one."

  40. 2034: 

    St Johnstone pick up where they left off in the first half with Liam Craig driving in a low shot that Ben Williams pushes out for a corner.

  41. 2033: 

    Hibs get the game re-started.

  42. 2032: 

    No changes at half-time and the second half is about to get underway.

  43. 2023: 

    St Johnstone have done little wrong in that first half but will they live to rue that penalty miss?


    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportsound If Ben Williams could deal with crosses he'd be world class."

  45. 2018: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibernian 0-2 St Johnstone

    St Johnstone preserve their lead until the break with Rowan Vine's brace the difference so far. It could have been even better for the visitors had Steven MacLean converted from the spot and Mehdi Abeid missed a chance on the break just before the whistle.

  46. 2016: 

    One minute of injury time being played.

  47. 2016: 

    Leigh Griffiths has had a really frustrating first half in the Hibs attack, having to come deeper and deeper to get possession and often getting crowded out. Manager Pat Fenlon will have to change things at half-time to turn this match around.

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "All the best players have been in blue and white, St Johnstone have been different class."

  49. 2012: 

    Hibernian have a corner then a free-kick in quick succession but the determined St Johnstone defence snuffs out the danger on both occasions. Steve Lomas must be delighted with his side's first-half showing.

  50. 2009: 

    Hibs win a free-kick around 28 yards from goal and Leigh Griffiths curls the ball just wide. Better from the hosts.


    The saints fan: "St Johnstone? 2 goals up? In the first half? #COYS #bbcsportsound."

  52. 2006: 

    St Johnstone are opening Hibs up almost at will and Mehdi Abeid bursts through on the left to drag a shot wide.

  53. 2006: 

    The Hibs keeper, who blocked a spot-kick last week, has kept his side in this game.

  54. 2004: 

    Ben Williams saves yet another penalty, diving to his left to block Steven MacLean's strike.

  55. 2004: 

    St Johnstone are awarded a spot-kick after Ryan McGivern trips Mehdi Abeid. The Hibs player is booked and Steven MacLean will take the penalty.


    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "It's ridiculous to have your top scorer (Griffiths) taking corners and free kicks from wide out. He should be in the box. Maybury has given two goals away. He's not up to it any more."

  57. 2002: 

    More pressure from Hibs but Leigh Griffiths' free-kick is poor and St Johnstone easily mop up the danger.

  58. 1959: 

    Ryan McGivern picks out Eoin Doyle on the edge of the box and chests the ball down before fashioning a shot but he does not get a hold of it and it is well off target.

  59. 1958: 

    What a start for St Johnstone - two up after 28 minutes. How will Hibs respond?

  60. 1957: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-2 St Johnstone (Vine)

    It's a second for St Johnstone and a second for Rowan Vine. The striker collects the ball on the left side of the box, cuts inside and superbly bends it past Ben Williams, with the diving Ryan McGivern unable to block the ball on the line.

  61. 1956: 

    St Johnstone win a free-kick over 30 yards out. Mehdi Abeid decides to take a shot but it sails well wide.

  62. 1954: 

    Rowan Vine scores his first goal since 30 January.

  63. 1953: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-1 St Johnstone (Vine)

    The visitors take the lead. Steven MacLean's swerving shot is parried by Ben Williams and Rowan Vine lashes the rebound home.

  64. 1953: 

    There are no takers for Eoin Doyle's teasing ball across the box and the striker may have been better to take a shot after being found in the area.

  65. 1950: 

    Sloppiness from Ryan McGivern gifts St Johnstone possession. Murray Davidson bursts into the box and gets to the byeline but his cross is blocked and hits him on the way out meaning the visitors miss out on a corner. Positive play from Steve Lomas' side though.

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "Defensively, this season Hibs are a major improvement."

  67. 1942: 

    St Johnstone press but are crowded out midway through the Hibs half. The hosts then break but their attacking efforts are also stifled. So far, it's been a quiet night for goalkeepers.

  68. 1939: 

    No real pattern to the game so far. It'll be interesting to see if the new signings on either side can make an impact tonight.


    Robbie Devenney: "Looks like it could be Doyle and Done on the wings for Hibs tonight, almost as good as the old pairing of Hanlon O'Hanlon#bbcsportsound"

  70. 1935: 

    Hibs have the first corner and Leigh Griffiths' inswinging delivery is claimed at the second attempt by St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

    Sportsound pundit Allan Preston on Hibs and St Johnstone's prospects

    "Second place is up for grabs for both sides."

  72. 1931: 

    Referee Kevin Clancy sounds the whistle and St Johnstone get the game underway.

  73. 1929: 

    The players are in the tunnel and captains James McPake and Murray Davidson shake hands.

  74. 1928: 

    Hibs, who have played a game more, sit fourth - one place ahead of St Johnstone.

  75. 1926: 

    Getting closer to kick-off now. Plenty at stake with only one point currently separating these teams.

  76. 1923: 

    Winger Matt Done makes his first start for Hibs since joining on loan from Barnsley while Saints hand a first start to on-loan Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid.


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  79. 1918: 

    I wonder if Gary Deegan can produce a spectacular goal like he did in Hibs' last match, the 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat of Aberdeen.

  80. 1917: 

    Liam Craig plays for Saints tonight against the team he will be playing for next season. The midfielder has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Hibs in the summer.

  81. 1914: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Done, Deegan, Robertson, Stevenson, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Claros, Cairney, Taiwo, Handling, Caldwell, Forster.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Anderson, McCracken, Wright, Callum Davidson, Vine, Cregg, Murray Davidson, Craig, Abeid, MacLean. Subs: Tuffey, Scobbie, Tade, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Doughty, Caddis.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  82. 1912: 

    Tonight's match at Easter Road is due to kick-off at 19:30 GMT and live Sportsound commentary is available on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, on digital radio and online.

  83. 1910: 

    Good evening and welcome to this evening's coverage of Hibernian v St Johnstone.

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