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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Joe Newell cautioned for barging over Middleton to avoid a 1v1 scenario. I believe they call that ‘taking one for the team’.
Middleton with another chance from the edge of the area but a deflection takes the sting out of it and Marciano collects
Irvine with a fantastic cross to the backpost, Boyle tries to flick it past Parish but the ‘keeper produces a fine save to deny an Aussie combination goal
Porteous gives the ball away again, but produces a robust challenge to win the ball back from O’Halloran, who is now moving a bit tenderly
Newell goes on a mazy run into the box - he should shoot, but he doesn’t and St Johnstone clear Doig then sends a speculative header (is there such a thing?) towards goal but Parish gathers
Newell with a cross looking for Boyle, he connects but it’s a goal kick. Hibs running out of time to find an equaliser before the interval