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Ross County 0-0 Hibernian: Hibs coach Ross pleased despite draw

By Jordan ElgottBBC Scotland

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross says he is pleased with many aspects of his side's performance, despite a frustrating Scottish Premiership draw with Ross County.

Kyle Magennis had an effort hit the upright, while Martin Boyle squandered two great chances for the visitors.

County's Connor Randall was dismissed late on for cynically bringing down Boyle as he ran through on goal.

Hibernian stay third, four points behind Celtic, who have a game in hand.

"It's difficult to be too critical," said Ross.

"I was pleased with a lot of what the players did, defensively we were solid and when you keep a clean sheet away from home it gives you a platform to take something.

"It's just the result that takes the shine off it. But what we've done is keep that momentum going."

It is just the second time in 11 games that County have kept a clean sheet, as Stuart Kettlewell's side edge up to seventh place.

The visitors will wonder quite how they head back to Easter Road with just a point, given this game could have been over within the opening 15 minutes.

Despite starting five players who had just returned from international duty, there was no sign of lethargy in the Hibs ranks.

Only a phenomenal challenge from Regan Charles-Cook stopped Boyle rolling in an opener after Joe Newell's lofted through ball had caught out the County defence.

And, from the resultant corner, Magennis' stunning effort, rattled a post and bounced clear.

Newell was at it again just minutes later, finding the electric Boyle, whose early shot was dragged wide.

The Hibs onslaught was relentless, and when Ross Doohan was finally beaten by Kevin Nisbet's strike, Alex Iacovitti was there to clear the ball off the line.

County weathered the storm but Hibs came out on the front foot for the second-half and Nisbet felt he should have had a penalty after being brought down by Charles-Cook. Referee Nick Walsh was not interested.

Doohan then made an outstanding double save from Christian Doidge, stopping the Welshman's effort before denying Nisbet at the second attempt.

County's hopes of a point were put in doubt after a clearance caught out Randall, who brought down Boyle when one-one-one and was shown a straight red card.

Doidge then missed a glorious chance, sending a header over at the back post, before new Scotland cap Paul Hanlon had his effort saved by Doohan as County held on for a point.

Man of the match - Ross Doohan

Ross Doohan
Newell was a strong contender, but Doohan ensured his side somehow emerged with a point.

What we learned?

Make no mistake, this was a major let-off for County. Though they had a settled patch in the second part of the first half, they were up against the ropes for the majority of the contest.

Only a mixture of poor finishing by Hibs and Doohan's outstanding performance earned them this point after they were cut open time and time again.

For the visitors, frustration will be the overriding feeling, but there were plenty of positives to take. Newell was once again outstanding in midfield and, on another day, this could have been a rout.

But there is no doubt Ross will look at this as two points dropped in the hunt for European football.

What next?

Ross County face Motherwell at Fir Park next Saturday (15:00 BST), while Hibernian will travel to Kilmarnock the same day (15:00).

What did they say?

We're happy with a point - County's Kettlewell

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell: "Both teams had chances, it was at times very open. We're happy with the point in the end, we'll be deadly honest and say that.

"When you go down to 10 men, we're obviously happy with the point and clean sheet that we get."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "We came away from home, kept a clean sheet, limited Ross County to few opportunities.

"It's difficult to be too critical, it's just one of those days - a strange day, the performance was really good, it's just the result that takes the shine off it."

Hibs head coach Jack Ross says it's hard to be critical of their draw with Ross County

Player of the match

MarcianoOfir Marciano

with an average of 6.74

Ross County

  1. Squad number12Player nameGrivosti
    Average rating

    6.31

  2. Squad number19Player nameLakin
    Average rating

    6.23

  3. Squad number7Player nameGardyne
    Average rating

    6.22

  4. Squad number17Player nameCharles-Cook
    Average rating

    5.93

  5. Squad number24Player namePaton
    Average rating

    5.92

  6. Squad number27Player nameStewart
    Average rating

    5.86

  7. Squad number21Player nameDoohan
    Average rating

    5.85

  8. Squad number18Player nameKelly
    Average rating

    5.81

  9. Squad number15Player nameWatson
    Average rating

    5.80

  10. Squad number9Player nameMckay
    Average rating

    5.78

  11. Squad number25Player nameDonaldson
    Average rating

    5.76

  12. Squad number16Player nameIacovitti
    Average rating

    5.67

  13. Squad number11Player nameVigurs
    Average rating

    5.61

  14. Squad number2Player nameRandall
    Average rating

    5.54

  15. Squad number22Player nameTillson
    Average rating

    5.42

Hibernian

  1. Squad number1Player nameMarciano
    Average rating

    6.74

  2. Squad number5Player namePorteous
    Average rating

    6.57

  3. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    6.55

  4. Squad number4Player nameHanlon
    Average rating

    6.52

  5. Squad number15Player nameNisbet
    Average rating

    6.45

  6. Squad number10Player nameBoyle
    Average rating

    6.39

  7. Squad number9Player nameDoidge
    Average rating

    6.35

  8. Squad number13Player nameGogic
    Average rating

    6.35

  9. Squad number16Player nameStevenson
    Average rating

    6.30

  10. Squad number11Player nameNewell
    Average rating

    6.29

  11. Squad number7Player nameMagennis
    Average rating

    6.20

  12. Squad number14Player nameMallan
    Average rating

    5.58

  13. Squad number19Player nameGullan
    Average rating

    5.27

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Doohan
  • 25DonaldsonSubstituted forGrivostiat 76'minutes
  • 15Watson
  • 16Iacovitti
  • 2RandallBooked at 79mins
  • 24PatonSubstituted forTillsonat 89'minutes
  • 11Vigurs
  • 19LakinSubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes
  • 17Charles-Cook
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forMckayat 82'minutes
  • 27StewartBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 3Tremarco
  • 8Shaw
  • 9Mckay
  • 10O'Connor
  • 12Grivosti
  • 14Hylton
  • 18Kelly
  • 22Tillson

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forGullanat 84'minutes
  • 13Gogic
  • 10Boyle
  • 11NewellBooked at 41mins
  • 7MagennisSubstituted forMallanat 64'minutes
  • 15Nisbet
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 14Mallan
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 26Mackie
  • 29Shanley
  • 33Barnes
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away27
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul McGinn with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul McGinn with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephen Mallan with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jordan Tillson replaces Harrison Paton.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Boyle.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    James Gullan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Gullan replaces Lewis Stevenson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Doidge with a headed pass.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Billy Mckay replaces Michael Gardyne.

  17. Dismissal

    Connor Randall (Ross County) is shown the red card.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Connor Randall (Ross County).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Joe Newell.

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