January 17, 2022

Hibernian struggle again to stun 10-man St Johnstone

Jamie Murphy arrange the equaliser and scored the winner as Hibernian got here from behind to beat 10-man St Johnstone following a late turnaround at McDiarmid Park.

Saints had led till the 83rd minute, however Murphy performed in Kevin Nisbet to degree earlier than netting himself three minutes later following an skilled help from fellow substitute Scott Allan to seal a 2-1 victory.

Saints captain Liam Gordon headed the hosts in entrance 5 minutes earlier than half-time, however Craig Bryson was despatched off in first-half stoppage-time after some poor decision-making.

Hibs dominated the second half and the late comeback stopped their run of six consecutive cinch Premiership defeats.

How Hibernian surprised St Johnstone…

Each side had been lacking firepower. Saints had been with out the suspended Chris Kane plus the injured Stevie Might, David Wotherspoon and Glenn Middleton. Hibs had misplaced Christian Doidge and Martin Boyle following their purple playing cards in Dingwall on Wednesday, though Murphy was again on the bench after harm.

Saints handed further attacking duties to wingers Eetu Vertainen and Michael O’Halloran, whereas Hibs striker Jamie Gullan got here in for his second begin of the season.

The guests had the early possibilities. Josh Doig despatched an effort broad from 20 yards, Nisbet was flagged offside after netting and Josh Campbell compelled a save.

O’Halloran curled broad from lengthy vary, however Saints had in any other case not threatened earlier than Gordon rose to move dwelling after Ali Crawford returned his personal half-cleared nook. Ryan Porteous couldn’t preserve the ball out on the road.

Hibs got here near an prompt equaliser when Campbell hit the surface of the close to submit with an agile diving header following Gullan’s nook.

They had been quickly given a lifeline when Bryson went in for a studs-up problem on Joe Newell because the ball bounced in between the midfielders. Referee Euan Anderson was yards away and issued a second yellow card. Bryson had been booked earlier for a poor problem on Porteous.

The second half instantly settled right into a sample of Hibs attacking and Saints defending and the probabilities got here rapidly.

Paul Hanlon chested the ball down in house 10 yards out however slipped simply as he was about to shoot. Chris Cadden hit the bar after Doig’s deep cross and Nisbet headed dwelling, however Anderson blew for a foul by Campbell.

Zander Clark made a superb cease from Murphy’s volley, Porteous headed inches broad from a nook and the goalkeeper stopped Doig’s effort along with his toes.

The stress lastly paid off when Murphy rolled the ball to Nisbet, who slotted simply contained in the submit from 12 yards.

Hibs went searching for the winner and rapidly received it. Allan saved his composure in a crowded penalty field and picked out fellow substitute Murphy on the far submit with an excellent piece of imaginative and prescient, and the previous Motherwell and Rangers participant side-footed dwelling from six yards.

Saints couldn’t carve out an opportunity to degree and Porteous hit the bar on the counter-attack deep into six minutes of stoppage-time earlier than Nisbet volleyed over from the rebound.

What’s next?

Sunday 28th November 11:00am

Kick off 12:00pm

St Johnstone journey to Dundee on Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm) as their Scottish premiership marketing campaign continues.

In the meantime, Hibernian host Rangers, stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer and Sky Sports activities Predominant Occasion from 7pm; kick-off 7.45pm.