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
Hibs toil without Boyle as county resurgence continues – analysis
A fairly brutal watch for a Hibs fan. Plenty of possession to talk about, but just four shots on target and no cutting edge.
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.
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.
- 18Hendersonsubstituted forVieira TavaresAt 58′minute
- 6Kennehsubstituted forCampbellAt 45′minute
- 19Mitchellsubstituted forStevensonAt 39′minute
- 99KukharevichBooked in 30 minutessubstituted forYuanAt 45′minute
- 10Vieira Tavares
- 15WatsonBooked in 58 minutes
- 16HarmonBooked in 75 minutes
- 4Cancolasubstituted forSmithAt 88′minute
- 7Edwardssubstituted forSimsAt 63′minute
- 22TilsonBooked in 22 minutes
- 10Dhandasubstituted forAkioAt 72′minute
- 26Whitesubstituted forHivula-MaifulaAt 89′minute
- Alan Moore
Match ends, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
Second half ends, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
Attempt missed. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Jair Tavares with a cross after a corner.
Angle, Hibernian. Considered by George Harmon.
Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Élie Youan.
Attempt saved. William Akio (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila with a pass.
Substitution, Ross County. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Jordan White.
Substitution, Ross County. Dylan Smith replaces David Kankola.
Attempt missed. Jair Tavares (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cadden with a cross.
Attempt missed. Josh Campbell (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Porteous.
Josh Campbell (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Victor Loturi (Ross County).
Angle, Hibernian. Considered by Callum Johnson.
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan White (Ross County).
Dirty by Joe Newell (Hibernian).
Josh Sims (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Rocky Bushiri (Hibernian) header from the center of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Newell.
Jair Tavares (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum Johnson (Ross County).