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Hibernian 2-2 St Mirren: Hibs players 'not contributing' - Parker

By Jamie LyallBBC Scotland

Hibernian are "playing with seven or eight men", assistant coach Garry Parker said after the Easter Road side extended their winless run to seven games against St Mirren.

Adam Hammill's incredible opener for the visitors - struck from inside his own half - set the tone.

And although Hibs twice came from behind, the point leaves them eighth in the Scottish Premiership.

"No disrespect to St Mirren, we should be beating them," Parker said.

"We're playing without a couple of players that were not doing their jobs, not performing and letting us down. I'm not going to name names, they know themselves they are not contributing.

"They've just had a roasting and rightly so. We've got to think of our jobs as well the way things are going. It hurts. I'm hurting. It's just not acceptable."

St Mirren are now just a point above Dundee at the foot of the table.

Hammill's remarkable lob put them ahead and Paul McGinn again gave them the lead after Oli Shaw's second-half leveller. Ryan Porteous levelled the scores and neither side could find a winner.

Hammill stunner floors Hibs

Hibs are enduring their worst run of form since Neil Lennon brought them back to the top flight in 2017.

Their fans have grown accustomed to watching a swashbuckling team but even against struggling St Mirren, they would have settled for the ugliest of wins.

The last thing they wanted - and the last thing anyone expected - was to see the ball soaring over the head of the scrambling Adam Bogdan from over 50 yards away.

Hammill produced a screamer against Hearts just 11 days ago but this one was even better and struck from even further out - a yard or two short of the halfway line.

It was an outrageous goal, the opportunity smartly identified and brilliantly executed, and it gave the visitors something to hold on to. Not that they sat back.

Hibs came at them in the first half but lacked the precision to equalise, looking every inch a team with such a barren recent record. Flo Kamberi, Lewis Stevenson, Stevie Mallan and Shaw all had chances.

The slew of opportunities continued after the break. Kamberi and Daryl Horgan fluffed their lines from six yards when Stevenson's cross was headed into their path.

Eventually, Hibs pounced. Shaw's clever, ghosting run was picked out by Martin Boyle, and the striker side-footed home from point-blank range.

It happened while Kyle Magennis was down injured - off the pitch - and that angered St Mirren, but they turned whatever sense of injustice they felt into a second goal.

Hammill, a persistent nuisance, won a free-kick from Porteous out on the left. He bent it in himself and McGinn flicked it beyond Bogdan.

Hibs had it all to do again and back they came. Just six minutes after falling behind, Porteous powered a header in from Horgan's corner.

The closing stages were chaotic. Hibs had all the ball, Boyle was a menace, and St Mirren looked capable of landing a sucker-punch on the break.

Oran Kearney's men are the only Premiership team not to win away from home this season but even with Dundee's thumping of Hamilton Academical, this was a solid point in their quest to beat the drop.

'St Mirren's courage deserves credit' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

With both of these teams struggling for form, few turning up at Easter Road would have expected the 90 minutes that came their way - not least a goal-of-the-season contender.

Hammill's vision and ability were remarkable. His was a goal fit to win any game. And as Hibs, desperately short of confidence, struggled to string passes together, it looked like it could prove decisive.

Lennon's side were better in the second half but still lacked the spark that took them to a fourth-place finish last season.

St Mirren's courage deserves credit. They could easily have shut up shop early on and protected what they had but continued to push forward at every opportunity.

A point apiece was probably the right result in the end. But Hammill's red-hot strike will live long in the memory after a bitterly cold night in Scotland's capital.

'Yesterday it went out for a throw-in' - reaction

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney: "The first Hibs goal, Kyle Magennis goes down injured and I know he's maybe half-on, half-off the pitch, but we're down to 10 men. Some of our guys were more concerned with Kyle than seeing the ball out and then seeing where Kyle's at.

"Adam Hammill has the vision and is happy to try that. It sat up nicely for him, but the execution is top-drawer. It's one thing seeing it and another to execute it - it's a top finish."

St Mirren goalscorer Adam Hammill: "I tried it [a long-range shot] in training yesterday and it went out for a throw-in. That's probably the best goal I've scored."

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Bogdan
  • 23MavriasBooked at 64mins
  • 25Ambrose
  • 36Porteous
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10Boyle
  • 6BartleyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forMilliganat 49'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 14MallanBooked at 85mins
  • 7HorganSubstituted forMaclarenat 87'minutes
  • 32Shaw
  • 22KamberiSubstituted forSlivkaat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 5Milligan
  • 8Slivka
  • 9Maclaren
  • 18Nelom
  • 24McGregor
  • 47Gullan

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-2

  • 25Rogers
  • 2McGinn
  • 35FerdinandBooked at 85mins
  • 19Jones
  • 21Hodson
  • 27Edwards
  • 4McGinn
  • 7MagennisSubstituted forWillockat 58'minutes
  • 39ErhahonBooked at 31mins
  • 77HammillBooked at 90mins
  • 18MullenSubstituted forSmithat 17'minutesSubstituted forBairdat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 15Baird
  • 16McShane
  • 22Willock
  • 26Lyness
  • 28MacPherson
  • 44Eckersley
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
15,096

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 2.

  3. Booking

    Adam Hammill (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Charalampos Mavrias (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hammill (St. Mirren).

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Porteous (Hibernian).

  9. Post update

    Jack Baird (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Jamie Maclaren replaces Daryl Horgan.

  11. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).

  13. Booking

    Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

  15. Post update

    (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Booking

    Anton Ferdinand (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Anton Ferdinand (St. Mirren).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

  20. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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