Hibs 0-0 Ross County: Hibs still without home win

Brian McLean and Mihael Kovacevic (right) crowd out  Ryan McGivern. Picture: SNS
Brian McLean and Mihael Kovacevic (right) crowd out Ryan McGivern. Picture: SNS
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Hibs made it three games without defeat but were still left looking for their first home win of the season as they battled out a grim no-scoring draw with Ross County.

The closest the Capital club came to scoring was a first half header from James Collins which crashed back of g the post while County’s Graham Carey passed up a glorious chance to clinch the points only a few minutes from time.

Pat Fenlon named the same side that had notched up the Easter Road outfit’s first win of the season against Kilmarnock, meaning the Hibs boss’ tenth signing of the season, former Rugby Park striker Paul Heffernan, could only find a seat on the bench.

There was, though, no place for French youngster Abdellah Zoubir who had agreed a move from Provence side Istres just hours before Heffernan’s surprise arrival.

After a minute’s applause to mark the death of former Hibs star Gerry Baker it was the home side which carved out the game’s first half-chance, Danny Handling sending a looping header over from Ryan McGivern’s cross.

But Fenlon’s side twice had Ben Williams to thank for keeping them on level terms in the space of just seconds, the goalkeeper thrusting out a boot to knock away Kevin Luckassen’s shot on the turn and then touching Mihael Kovacevic’s effort from range onto his left hand post.

Rocco Quinn should have had County ahead when he met Luckassen’s cut-back but he scuffed his shot wide.

Hibs had struggled to create a decent opening but they almost went ahead on the stroke of half-time, James Collins getting across Grant Munro to meet McGivern’s cross only to see his header crash back off the base of the post.

A Ben Gordon foul on Handling gave Liam Craig the opportunity to whip in a vicious free-kick but County goalkeeper Mark Brown held on before Handling carved his way to the bye-line only to see Collins blast the ball wide.

Hibs had more or less dominated the second half but they should have been behind din the 71st minute when Carey rode three challenges to open the way to goal but, with the net at his mercy, he somehow pulled his shot wide from eight yards out.#

Hibs: Williams, Stevenson, Nelson, Hanlon, McGivern, Handling (Stanton 82), Tudur Jones, Taiwo, Collins Heffernan 82), Vine (Caldwell 68).

Subs not used: Murdoch, Forster, Maybury, Robertson.

Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, Munro, Gordon, Kettlewell, Sproule (Maatseen 86), Brittain, Quinn (De Leeuw 54), Luckassen. McLean, Carey. Subs not used: Fraser, Boyd, Micic, Mustafi, Ross.

Referee: Iain Brines.