Hibs 0-1 St Johnstone: Error gifts visitors win in game short on chances
A first-half mistake from Ryan Porteous was enough to hand St Johnstone all three points and leave Hibs sweating in the race for third.
The defender did well to win possession deep inside his own half but he inexplicably passed the ball straight to former Hibs loanee Glenn Middleton, who finished past Ofir Marciano from the edge of the area.
Hibs tried to carve out chances and threw everything at the St Johnstone goal in the second half but fell to another home defeat against the Perthshire side.
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Last updated: Saturday, 01 May, 2021, 15:17
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It’s a lovely spring day and as things stand, great conditions for a game of football. That being said, I’ll still be taking a waterproof a well as a pair of sunglasses to Easter Road this afternoon. You just can never tell. But, Hibs play their penultimate home game of the season this afternoon. St Johnstone are the visitors and three points for the Hibees would go a long way to sealing that third place. Join me from 1.30pm for the latest on the game.
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Team news is in
Just the two changes for Hibs as Drey Wright comes in for Kevin Nisbet, who drops out completely from the matchday squad and Ofir Marciano returns in goal in place of Matt Macey. Jack Ross did mention there were one or two players struggling with knocks during the week.
Marciano; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon; Wright, Irvine, Gogic, Newell, Doig; Doidge, Boyle.
Subs: Macey, Gray, McGregor, Stevenson, Magennis, Hallberg, Bradley
Callum Davidson has shuffled his pack
Just the seven changes to the Saints team
Parish; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; Brown, Bryson, McCann, Booth; Middleton, Kane, O’Halloran.
Subs: Wills, Rooney, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Conway, May, Gilmour, Melamed.
Wright comes in for just his tenth league start of the campaign. Would imagine he will line up on the right of midfield with Boyle pushed up top to partner Doidge in the absence of Nisbet.
Just about ready to go here at Easter Road. Hibs in the traditional green and white; St Johnstone in their yellow and blue change kit
We’re off at Easter Road, Hibs attacking the Dunbar End
Hibs playing 3-5-2 with Wright and Doig as wingbacks and Boyle up top as predicted
Free kick put in by Newell; Doidge gets his head to it but it lacks power and Parish gathers.
Wright does well tracking back, managing to dispossess O’Halloran and clearing the danger
Good work by Boyle, he feeds Wright on the flank and his cross is good but too close to Parish.
Hanlon gets a stern talking-to after a rather agricultural challenge just inside the Hibs half
Boyle gets away down the right, his low cross is cleared as far as Doig who takes aim but sees it blocked. Hibs then win a free kick on the edge of the centre-circle after a foul on Wright