Hibernian 0-2 Ross County: Visitors secure successive wins

It was George Harmon's second goal in four days after scoring the winner against St Mirren
George Harmon scored his second goal in four days to put County on course for victory

Ross County stepped up their revival by comfortably beating Hibernian to record their first back-to-back Scottish Premiership wins since March.

As a nondescript first half came to a close, George Harmon met Yan Dhanda’s cross to push the clinical visitors into the lead.

The left-back was the creator for the second when he picked out Alex Iakoviti to slot home.

County move up to 10th, while Hibs slip to sixth after a fifth defeat in six.

Hibs started with a fast tempo that boss Lee Johnson promised, although they did very little with it. County didn’t do much either, and were happy to sit back and let the hosts’ attacks play out on their own.

The first proper chance came for the visitors in the 41st minute when Owura Edwards jinked for Lewis Stevenson to cross for Jordan White, but Paul Hanlon made a vital block to deflect the ball over the bar.

Malki McKay’s men took the next opportunity that fell their way. Dhanda crossed to an unmarked Harmon and – for the second time in two games – he made no mistake, flicking a shot that nestled into the net at the back post.

Hibs responded by bringing on Alli Iwan and Josh Campbell, but it did little to brighten their fortunes. In fact, it was Rocky Bushiri who came close, hitting a powerless effort past Ross Laidlaw for the County goalkeeper to pick away easily.

The visitors doubled their lead 20 minutes from time. Josh Sims slipped a lovely ball into Harmon who skipped to the byline, pulling back to an unmarked Iakoviti and his finish was cool and composed.

And that was it. Another lame performance from Hibs as County push themselves out of the bottom two.

Player of the match – George Harmon

A goal and an assist from a player who has taken to top-flight Scottish football like a duck to water.
A goal and an assist from a player who has taken to top-flight Scottish football like a duck to water.

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A fairly brutal watch for a Hibs fan. Plenty of possession to talk about, but just four shots on target and no cutting edge.

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When Martin Boyle hears about, there is some threat to it, some direction. When anyone else in a Hibs shirt does it, they are a rabbit in the headlights.

Five defeats in six games spells trouble for any manager and Johnson will not be relieved of the heat.

County were not at their attacking best but they played their game perfectly, taking the chances that fell their way and slowing it down at every opportunity.

The Highlanders are not missing Ben Purrington as much as they feared. Harmon has been superb in the last two games and again, Mackay’s recruitment should be praised.

what’s next

Hibs travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday while County visit Celtic Park (both 15:00 GMT) in the final round of Premiership games before the World Cup break.

Player of the match

JohnsonCalum Johnson

Hibernian

  1. Squad number1Player nameMarshall

  2. Squad number33Player nameBushiri

  3. Squad number16Player nameStevenson

  4. Squad number4Player nameHanlon

  5. Squad number5Player namePorteous

  6. Squad number12Player nameKaden

  7. Squad number20Player nameMelkersen

  8. Squad number11Player nameNewell

  9. Squad number32Player nameCampbell

  10. Squad number99Player nameKukharevich

  11. Squad number19Player nameMitchell

  12. Squad number6Player nameKenneh

  13. Squad number18Player nameHenderson

  14. Squad number23Player nameYuan

  15. Squad number10Player nameJair Tavares

Ross County

  1. Squad number12Player nameJohnson

  2. Squad number16Player nameHarmon

  3. Squad number14Player nameLottery

  4. Squad number6Player nameYakovity

  5. Squad number22Player nameTilson

  6. Squad number7Player nameEdwards

  7. Squad number10Player nameDhanda

  8. Squad number15Player nameWatson

  9. Squad number4Player nameCancola

  10. Squad number30Player nameSmith

  11. Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw

  12. Squad number11Player nameSims

  13. Squad number26Player nameWhite

  14. Squad number18Player nameAkio

  15. Squad number19Player nameHivula-Maifula

lineups

Hibernian

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 5Porteous
  • 33Bushiri
  • 4Hanlon
  • 12Kaden
  • 18Hendersonsubstituted forVieira TavaresAt 58′minute
  • 6Kennehsubstituted forCampbellAt 45′minute
  • 11Newell
  • 19Mitchellsubstituted forStevensonAt 39′minute
  • 99KukharevichBooked in 30 minutessubstituted forYuanAt 45′minute
  • 20Melkersen

Substitutes

  • 3Cabraja
  • 10Vieira Tavares
  • 16Stevenson
  • 21Dabrowski
  • 23Yuan
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Fish
  • 32Campbell
  • 47Aiken

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 12Johnson
  • 15WatsonBooked in 58 minutes
  • 6Yakovity
  • 16HarmonBooked in 75 minutes
  • 4Cancolasubstituted forSmithAt 88′minute
  • 14Lottery
  • 7Edwardssubstituted forSimsAt 63′minute
  • 22TilsonBooked in 22 minutes
  • 10Dhandasubstituted forAkioAt 72′minute
  • 26Whitesubstituted forHivula-MaifulaAt 89′minute

Substitutes

  • 9Samuel
  • 11Sims
  • 17Olaigbe
  • 18Akio
  • 19Hivula-Maifula
  • 21Munro
  • 30Smith
  • 31Eastwood

Referee:
Alan Moore

Attendance:
13,930

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