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Hibernian 0-0 St Johnstone

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian's misery in front of goal continued as St Johnstone, playing for an hour with 10 men, held on for a point at Easter Road.

Paddy Cregg was sent off for a late tackle less than a minute after coming off the bench.

Hibs pressed in the second half but they could not break down Saints.

Alan Mannus made a great late save to keep out a James Collins header and the Hibs striker had a strong penalty claim waved away in the dying seconds.

Terry Butcher, serving a touchline ban, has been in charge of Hibs for five games but many of the shortcomings he inherited remain painfully evident with the Edinburgh side now having scored just twice in nine games and remaining four points behind sixth-placed Saints.

There was no shortage of endeavour but Hibs lack guile in the final third and there is a chronic lack of pace.

Jason Cummings, who has scored a barrowful of goals at Under-20 level, was given a first start but the teenager and strike partner Collins were largely feeding on scraps.

And when Collins did divert a header on target in injury time Mannus made a fantastic save, while the Hibs striker can feel aggrieved not to have won a spot-kick when Tam Scobbie clipped his leg as he shaped to shoot.

Hibs were in a hurry to get the ball forward but the visiting defence coped comfortably with the early series of long balls aimed at their penalty box.

Jordon Forster headed over from a Liam Craig corner and good work from the defender later set up a shooting chance for Paul Cairney.

Mannus made a good diving parry and the loose ball was just out of reach of Lewis Stevenson on the six-yard line.

Cregg was then given his marching orders for a crude challenge on Cairney, just seconds after replacing Murray Davidson.

Referee Alan Muir had been getting a hard time from the home support after his booking of Scott Robertson, who had mocked the positioning of a defensive wall by marking out 10 paces, but that was nothing compared to the ire of the fans from Perth following the dismissal.

A reshuffle from the depleted visitors saw David Wotherspoon switched from the centre of midfield to the right and the move almost paid immediate dividends.

Making his first appearance at Easter Road since his summer departure, Wotherspoon left two opponents standing before drilling in a low cross that needed a good reflex save from Ben Williams to prevent an own goal from Michael Nelson.

The second half opened with another stop to prevent an own goal; this time it was Mannus pushing away a sharp deflection off Gary McDonald.

The Saints keeper then clawed away a tantalising cross from Cairney that the sliding Cummings was inches away from connecting with.

A powerful, long-range strike from Craig flew straight at Mannus and Collins hooked an awkward shot over the crossbar as Hibs struggled to find an opening.

A final onslaught saw Collins at the heart of the drama and the game ended in a cacophony of boos for the officials.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Williams
  • 23Forster
  • 3McGivern
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forThomsonat 63'minutes
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11CairneyBooked at 77mins
  • 10Craig
  • 35Cummings
  • 14CollinsBooked at 17mins
  • 16StevensonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forZoubirat 76'minutes


  • 18Maybury
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 26Stanton
  • 27Zoubir
  • 29Caldwell
  • 38Thomson

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 3ScobbieBooked at 35mins
  • 18DavidsonSubstituted forCreggat 30'minutesBooked at 31mins
  • 25Jahic
  • 5Wright
  • 7MillarSubstituted forMillerat 37'minutes
  • 8McDonald
  • 14EdwardsSubstituted forEastonat 85'minutes
  • 17May
  • 10Wotherspoon


  • 4Cregg
  • 11Hasselbaink
  • 15Banks
  • 19Miller
  • 22Croft
  • 24Easton
  • 41Kane
Alan Muir

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, St Johnstone 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

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    Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

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    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sanel Jahic (St Johnstone).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

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    David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, St Johnstone. Brian Easton replaces Gwion Edwards.

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    Attempt missed. Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by James Collins (Hibernian).

  16. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Booking

    Paul Cairney (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).