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Don't 'drift along', Ross tells Hibernian after 3-0 loss to Livingston

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Jack Ross has urged Hibernian not to "just drift along" for the remainder of the season after they sustained a third straight league defeat.

Josh Mullin, Jon Guthrie and Scott Robinson scored as Livingston won to move fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

League Cup semi-finalists Hibs are now three points off third-place Aberdeen and face Celtic next on Monday 11 January.

"This does give us a little breather," Ross told BBC Scotland.

"It is an opportunity for us to draw breath and re-group and say, 'right, what do we want to achieve for the rest of the season?'. I don't want us to just drift along.

"We need to respond to this week that we've had. We've got a tough game when we come back, but we've got an exciting month ahead."

Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was initially named in the Hibs starting line-up but pulled out after the warm-up and Dillon Barnes started for a third game running.

The visitors moved into an early lead when Robinson hooked the ball over the head of Lewis Stevenson and Mullin finished first time past Barnes.

Livingston strengthened their grip on the game from a Mullin set play. Barnes failed to punch clear and Ciaron Brown beat two Hibs men in the air before Guthrie pounced at the back post.

Hibs were rattled and could not get a foothold in the game, with Mullin bending a shot wide and then being denied by Barnes after more slackness in defence by the hosts.

The visitors continued where they laid off in the second period with Robinson chasing Guthrie's long ball and cleverly holding off Ryan Porteous and Paul Hanlon before rolling under Barnes.

Jason Holt then exchanged passes with Scott Pittman before drawing a save from the goalkeeper.

Substitute Jamie Gullan registered Hibs' only effort on target with a header that was saved in what turned out to be a thoroughly miserable start to 2021 for the green half of Edinburgh.

Man of the match - Josh Mullin

Josh Mullin scores for Livingston against Hibernian
Mullin was a persistent menace to Hibs and took his goal in style

What did we learn?

Head coach Ross was careful not to be too critical after Hibs' past two defeats and it was easy to see why with a number of openings created in both of those games.

However, Livingston's lead never looked under threat and the January transfer window may have come at the right time for Ross to revitalise his underperforming squad.

Livingston, having won at Easter Road for the first time since 2005, are looking more and more like an established top-six team after going back to basics under Martindale, who has won all seven of his matches in charge.

More solid defensive displays and a nous in attack has once again made them tough to beat and, on this form, even tougher to stop.

What did they say?

'Real sore afternoon' for Hibs - Ross

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "We defended poorly throughout and we weren't anywhere near creative enough or fluid enough. In all aspects of the game we fell short.

"There's no panic from us but equally we can't shy away from how poor we were. Our reaction to going behind wasn't good enough. It's a real sore afternoon for us."

Livingston manager David Martindale: "We came here with a wee bit of a game plan and I think it worked perfectly. They leave a lot of space in behind the centre-halves.

"We'd be really disappointed if you're sitting fifth and you were to finish outside the top six. Realistically, we've got to be aiming to try and stay in the top six."

Martindale aims to keep Livingston in top six

What's next?

Hibernian's next game is in nine days' time against Celtic in Glasgow (19:45 GMT). Livingston are at home to Ross County next Saturday (15:00).

Player of the match

GuthrieJon Guthrie

with an average of 8.98

Hibernian

  1. Squad number19Player nameGullan
    Average rating

    2.98

  2. Squad number25Player nameDoig
    Average rating

    2.96

  3. Squad number18Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    2.85

  4. Squad number8Player nameWright
    Average rating

    2.81

  5. Squad number33Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    2.67

  6. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    2.36

  7. Squad number5Player namePorteous
    Average rating

    2.34

  8. Squad number16Player nameStevenson
    Average rating

    2.30

  9. Squad number10Player nameBoyle
    Average rating

    2.24

  10. Squad number14Player nameMallan
    Average rating

    2.21

  11. Squad number9Player nameDoidge
    Average rating

    2.21

  12. Squad number4Player nameHanlon
    Average rating

    2.20

  13. Squad number15Player nameNisbet
    Average rating

    2.19

  14. Squad number11Player nameNewell
    Average rating

    2.19

  15. Squad number13Player nameGogic
    Average rating

    2.13

Livingston

  1. Squad number27Player nameGuthrie
    Average rating

    8.98

  2. Squad number17Player nameRobinson
    Average rating

    8.97

  3. Squad number14Player nameMullin
    Average rating

    8.92

  4. Squad number10Player nameSibbald
    Average rating

    8.92

  5. Squad number3Player nameBrown
    Average rating

    8.89

  6. Squad number18Player nameHolt
    Average rating

    8.86

  7. Squad number8Player namePittman
    Average rating

    8.85

  8. Squad number2Player nameDevlin
    Average rating

    8.76

  9. Squad number6Player nameBartley
    Average rating

    8.64

  10. Squad number25Player nameEfe Ambrose
    Average rating

    8.42

  11. Squad number33Player nameLawson
    Average rating

    8.29

  12. Squad number9Player nameEmmanuel-Thomas
    Average rating

    8.21

  13. Squad number12Player nameSerrano
    Average rating

    8.12

  14. Squad number32Player nameStryjek
    Average rating

    7.10

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 33Barnes
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forDoigat 67'minutes
  • 13GogicSubstituted forMurphyat 50'minutes
  • 10Boyle
  • 14Mallan
  • 15Nisbet
  • 11NewellBooked at 90mins
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forGullanat 67'minutesSubstituted forWrightat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Wright
  • 18Murphy
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Doig
  • 30Samson

Livingston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Stryjek
  • 2Devlin
  • 25Ambrose
  • 27Guthrie
  • 3Brown
  • 6Bartley
  • 18Holt
  • 14MullinSubstituted forLawsonat 74'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forSerranoat 75'minutes
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 7minsSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McCrorie
  • 9Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Forrest
  • 12Serrano
  • 21McMillan
  • 29Taylor-Sinclair
  • 33Lawson
  • 39Pignatiello
Referee:
David Munro

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 0, Livingston 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Livingston 3.

  3. Booking

    Joe Newell (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Marvin Bartley (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Mallan with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Josh Doig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Steve Lawson (Livingston).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Max Stryjek (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Julien Serrano.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott Pittman.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Drey Wright replaces James Gullan.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).

  15. Post update

    Jason Holt (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Livingston).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jon Guthrie (Livingston).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Scott Robinson.

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