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Ross County 2-1 Hibernian: Ross Stewart double seals comeback win

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Highlights: Ross County 2-1 Hibs

Ross Stewart scored two second-half headers as Ross County came from behind to beat Hibernian and earn a first Scottish Premiership win in 10 games.

The big forward profited from a terrible misjudgement from goalkeeper Chris Maxwell to level and his second came when Hibs captain Paul Hanlon failed to clear a cross.

Christian Doidge had nodded the visitors in front with his seventh goal in five games, but Jack Ross' side faded after the break and surrendered a lead for the eighth time this season.

This latest slip, the result of familiar frailties in defence, ends a nine-match unbeaten sequence in the Premiership and means Ross has followed two opening wins with one point from six.

Aggressive County knock Hibs out of stride

County were fortunate not to be further behind at the halfway stage, with Florian Kamberi fluffing a close-range chance, Jason Naismith hammering a shot against the crossbar and a Doidge header slamming into the turf and bouncing over.

Doidge made up for that miss when he stooped to meet a Scott Allan free-kick and the ball squirmed through the grasp of keeper Nathan Baxter.

Prior to the breakthrough on 34 minutes, the hosts had been reluctant to commit too many men forward, although a ricochet off a Hibs defender played in Brian Graham but the striker could not lift his shot over Maxwell, who was able to bat the ball away at the edge of his area.

Maxwell did well on that occasion but his blunder led to the equaliser. Coming to collect a deep cross from Josh Mullin, he only managed to get a slight touch, allowing Stewart to knock the ball into an empty net.

The goal came out of the blue but the Highlanders had been displaying more aggression to knock the visitors out of their stride and stifle the influence of playmaker Allan.

Stewart's second came after more poor defending, with Hanlon knocking a deflected cross back into traffic rather than out of play, with the forward planting a header beyond the dive of Maxwell from 10 yards.

Hibs had fallen out of the game but rallied again as Doidge knocked a shot wide from inside the six-yard box from a clever Martin Boyle header and a thunderous shot from substitute Stevie Mallan almost knocked Baxter off his feet as he pushed it away.

But they were also leaving big gaps at the back, with County threatening to add to their lead on the break before referee David Munro sounded the final whistle.

Ross Stewart is a forward in form

Man of the match - Ross Stewart

BBC Scotland's Eilidh Davies at the Global Energy Stadium

Stewart got himself into good positions throughout the 90 minutes and really made the difference in the second half.

The equaliser breathed new life into the home side, who prior to that had looked short on attacking ideas. The 23-year-old was rewarded on 75 minutes with a second as he found the bottom corner with a well-placed effort, bringing his goal tally to 11 goals for this campaign.

County 'go back to their roots' - reaction

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "The players started believing again that they can play at this level, with the second-half performance especially.

"We got people around the ball and we were making contact, which is a thing we hadn't been doing. We feel we got back to our roots, so to speak."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "It's hugely frustrating. We've been in a winning position twice in the past four days, so there are fine margins at the moment that we need to improve upon. We need to be more resilient from that position.

"The intensity we showed for the final 15 minutes was missing for the first part of the second half and that's where we need to get better."

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Ross will 'get to bottom of Hibs' inconsistency'

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Baxter
  • 18FosterSubstituted forFraserat 72'minutes
  • 5Morris
  • 4Fontaine
  • 3KellyBooked at 34mins
  • 14Mullin
  • 16SpenceBooked at 53mins
  • 24PatonBooked at 58mins
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forMckayat 84'minutes
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forErwinat 69'minutes
  • 27Stewart

Substitutes

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Fraser
  • 8Erwin
  • 9Mckay
  • 15Watson
  • 17Henderson
  • 20Spittal

Hibernian

  • 28Maxwell
  • 21Naismith
  • 25PorteousBooked at 41mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8SlivkaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHorganat 87'minutes
  • 20HallbergSubstituted forMallanat 77'minutes
  • 10Boyle
  • 23Allan
  • 22KamberiSubstituted forShawat 79'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Horgan
  • 14Mallan
  • 17James
  • 18Jackson
  • 32Shaw
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
4,196

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Hibernian 1.

Attempt blocked. Billy Mckay (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ross Stewart.

Attempt saved. Billy Mckay (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daryl Horgan replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Nathan Baxter.

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

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Billy Mckay replaces Michael Gardyne.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Ross County).

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Florian Kamberi.

Liam Fontaine (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Stephen Mallan replaces Melker Hallberg.

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

Attempt blocked. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Hibernian 1. Ross Stewart (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Marcus Fraser replaces Richard Foster because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Josh Mullin (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Lee Erwin replaces Brian Graham.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Hibernian 1. Ross Stewart (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Mullin.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Spence.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Melker Hallberg (Hibernian).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Harrison Paton (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Harrison Paton (Ross County).

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

Attempt blocked. Melker Hallberg (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Lewis Spence (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Spence (Ross County).

Booking

Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1513114693740
2Rangers15122145103538
3Aberdeen168532519629
4Motherwell169162822628
5Kilmarnock166551717023
6Hibernian164752429-519
7Ross County164571935-1617
8Livingston163671724-715
9Hearts152671626-1012
10Hamilton162681629-1312
11St Johnstone152671333-2012
12St Mirren1632111124-1311
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