Hibernian 0 - 1 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premier at Easter Road Stadium

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: J Beaton Att: 8,980

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers



Ross Co

Richard Brittain 57

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 18:30 GMT

Manager Derek Adams was thrilled as Ross County claimed a second Clydesdale Bank Premier League win of the season over Hibernian to end a nine-match winless run.

Ross County celebrate scoring the game's only goal
Ross County celebrate scoring the game's only goal

County travelled to Easter Road with one win - against Aberdeen on November 3 - in 11 matches in all competitions since beating Hibs 3-2 in Dingwall on October 20, but claimed victory courtesy of captain Richard Brittain's 57th-minute header.

Adams, who had a short spell as assistant boss at Hibs, said: "Delighted to finish the year on a high. We've had a great 2012 and it's even better to come to Easter Road and win.

"We've done well against Hibernian. Taking six points off Hibs this season is unbelievable for a club like Ross County."

County now have 21 points, level with 10th-placed St Mirren, and are on course to reach their points target for the campaign. They ended the first half of the season on 18 points.

Adams added: "It's a big three points in a tight division. We know how many wins and how many draws we need to pick up to stay in the division. We've started well.

"We need to do similar to what we did in the first half of the season but a wee bit better."

County, for whom Stuart Kettlewell suffered a hamstring injury to face a probable four-to-six week absence, set out to spoil and were resilient as Hibs lacked the guile to cut them open.

The first half was turgid and the second was little better, but Adams offered no excuses for the approach of his side, promoted as Irn-Bru First Division champions last season.

He added: "We've got a different outlook to Hibernian. They're trying to push higher up the table than we are.

"From my point of view we've got to stay in the game and take an opportunity when it comes along. We had to stop them creating chances."

Fourth-placed Hibs, who now play Celtic and Hearts in successive matches in a true test of their top-six credentials, lost at home for the third time this season after a poor performance.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said: "We didn't play well today. We didn't deserve to lose, but we didn't set the right tempo from the start.

"We're the home team. We've got to make sure we start the game better than that.

"The emphasis is on us to go and win the game and I didn't think we did that today.

"We looked a little bit flat, maybe waiting for something to happen rather than going and making something happen.

"We only really reacted once they scored. That's not good enough."

After starting the season well, Hibs now have four points from a possible 21.

Fenlon added: "I feel we've stopped a little bit. Getting to the points total we got to should encourage us to see can we kick on and be better.

"That's the key to it now, to try to add to that to make sure we can push on as a team."

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