Hibs debrief: Doidge disappointment, profligate in front of goal, freshening up the team
A look back at how Hibs’ fifth league defeat on the trot following a grim night in Dingwall that saw Ross County win their first home game since May and the Capital club have two men sent off.
Player of the match
A tough ask selecting a stand-out Hibs player after a) a defeat and b) the manner of the loss but Chris Cadden provided plenty of ammunition for the forwards in both halves. Kevin Nisbet worked hard and on another night might have had one or two goals but while Hibs were better in the first half, there weren’t many individual performances worthy of the same adulation as Martin Boyle’s Hampden display, for instance.
Gavin Duncan harshly booked Kevin Nisbet a quarter of an hour in and made a series of calls in the first half that both baffled and irked the Hibs players and fans – especially when two Staggies players escaped punishment for broadly similar challenges. Couldn't not caution Connor Randall when he brought a probing Boyle run to an unceremonious end and a further yellow for Jordan Tillson following an agricultural challenge on Chris Cadden was warranted. The two red cards for Martin Boyle and Christian Doidge will require further scrutiny but Jack Ross was certainly less than enamoured with the official’s performance.
Benefit of hindsight
Jack Ross kept faith with ten of the 11 players who started at Hampden, making just one enforced change as Darren McGregor replaced the suspended Ryan Porteous. But perhaps the side might have benefited from a few fresher faces keen to make an impact. Scott Allan and Jamie Gullan were given second-half run-outs but with the possibility of Boyle and Doidge missing games through suspension the duo may be called upon again. Doidge’s suspension is a particular blow given his absence was keenly felt during his injury lay-off.
Moment you may have missed
Midway through the first half, Craig Samson called substitute Lewis Stevenson back from his warm-up. Was Josh Doig injured? Nope – the goalkeeping coach was using the defensive stalwart to pass a message onto Matt Macey. Stevenson was too far away for us to make out the jist of the message but as it was just before a goalkick, it may well have been distribution-related.