Scottish Premiership
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Ross County 0-2 Hibernian

Ross County's miserable Scottish Premiership form continued with defeat by Hibernian in Dingwall.

Michael Nelson headed Hibs ahead from Paul Cairney's corner in the first half.

Jordon Forster was the scorer of the visitors' second as another Cairney corner was nodded home after the break.

And County could not recover as their run of league losses was extended to four, with Derek Adams' side last winning in October.

Indeed, they only have a draw against Hearts to their credit in their last eight outings.

For Hibernian, it was Terry Butcher's first league win as manager and the team's first victory in the Premiership in nine games.

The first chance fell early to County when Graham Carey did some good work down the left to supply Melvin de Leeuw but his shot went just past the angle of the woodwork.

The next opportunity produced Hibs' opener after 17 minutes when Cairney swung in a corner from the left and the defence latched on to other attackers, leaving Nelson free to head home off the underside of the bar.

The goal galvanised the visitors and County keeper Michael Fraser had to be on his guard to field a long-range Liam Craig effort and a header from Paul Hanlon, again from a corner.

At the other end Carey found the side netting with a 30-yard free-kick before both sides failed with free-kicks from just outside the box.

In the second half, Forster sent an inviting ball across goal but it was scrambled clear by the County defence.

County came close to an equaliser when Gary Glen fed de Leeuw, who then found Carey, but his effort came off the left post.

Hibs' second came 10 minutes into the second half, again from a header from a corner which had been causing the County defence so many problems. Craig delivered the ball and Forster dived to head it home.

Carey hit woodwork again while Rocco Quinn had a shot deflected past as County began to assert themselves.

However, Hibs maintained their lead to go within a point of the top six while County went four points adrift of the guaranteed safety of 10th place.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 20Fraser
  • 6Micic
  • 3GordonSubstituted forMustafiat 68'minutes
  • 4Kettlewell
  • 5Boyd
  • 21McLeanBooked at 43mins
  • 8Brittain
  • 10QuinnBooked at 35mins
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forGlenat 45'minutes
  • 11De LeeuwBooked at 43minsSubstituted forCooperat 67'minutes
  • 23Carey

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 9Mustafi
  • 14Maatsen
  • 15Glen
  • 16Cooper
  • 17Ross
  • 18Klok

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 23ForsterBooked at 81mins
  • 3McGivern
  • 8Robertson
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11Cairney
  • 10Craig
  • 14CollinsSubstituted forTudur Jonesat 85'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forHandlingat 66'minutes
  • 16Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 18Maybury
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 26Stanton
  • 27Zoubir
  • 29Caldwell
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
3,383

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

Alex Cooper (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces James Collins.

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from long range on the left from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Attempt blocked. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gary Glen (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Orhan Mustafi replaces Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt saved. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 0, Hibernian 2. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Graham Carey.

Attempt blocked. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Hibernian 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Gary Glen replaces Kevin Luckassen.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1714302745
2Motherwell181116-234
3Inverness CT1710341133
4Dundee Utd189541932
5Aberdeen1810261032
6St Johnstone17647422
7Hibernian18567-421
8St Mirren17548-919
9Kilmarnock185310-618
10Partick Thistle17368-1315
11Ross County173212-1711
12Hearts183312-20-3
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