Hibs 0-1 St Johnstone: Error gifts visitors win in game short on chances

Hibs take on St Johnstone this afternoonHibs take on St Johnstone this afternoon
Hibs take on St Johnstone this afternoon
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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That is that for the first 45 at Easter Road. Hibs started fairly strongly but that error by Porteous gifted Saints the opener and since then they have held firm as Hibs chase a way back into the game.

Truth be told, Hibs look a little heavy-legged at times. There’s been some nice passing and some good touches but too often it breaks down in the final third.

Hibs’ best chance probably fell to Boyle on 36 minutes when he did well to direct Irvine’s cross goalwards but couldn’t beat Parish in the St Johnstone goal.

Big second half needed from the hosts now. Don’t think we’ll see any personnel changes for the second period but something needs to change if they are to take anything from this game.

No changes for either side

Newell sends Boyle through on goal but he makes a meal of it and when he finally gets a shot away, it’s beaten away for a corner and St Johnstone clear

Boyle’s corner falls to Gogic and he tries an acrobatic effort but it flies just over.

O’Halloran does well on a driving run towards the Hibs box, he slips it out to Brown whose cross sails out for a goal kick

McCann next into the referee’s book for a sore one on Newell. Marciano arguing it should have been red...

Magennis on for Wright with around half an hour to play

Hibs almost playing a 4-2-4 at times now with Irine partnering Doidge and Boyle and Magennis on either flank; Newell and Gogic in the middle.

Newell gives the ball away and McGinn takes a booking to stop O’Halloran from getting a run on goal. 20 minutes to play, Hallberg preparing to come on as Middleton sends the free kick into the stand.

Hallberg on for Gogic

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