Hibernian 2 - 1 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premier at Easter Road

Date: 15/02/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 8,411

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Sam Stanton 10
Tom Taiwo 24


Ross Co

Richard Brittain 59

FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 19:20 GMT

Post-match reaction to Hibernian's 2-1 victory over Ross County.

Sam Stanton celebrates his Hibs goal
Sam Stanton celebrates his Hibs goal

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher heaped praise on Sam Stanton after the teenage midfielder turned in a man-of-the-match display against Ross County.

The diminutive midfielder was at the heart of everything positive for the home side and deservedly added his name to the scoresheet for the second consecutive week by curling a fine free-kick past Mark Brown from 25 yards.

Stanton, 19, could have netted a brace but saw a late drive well saved by Brown.

With the 2-1 triumph ending a winless run of five matches, Butcher was in buoyant mood when asked about the potential of his young playmaker.

Butcher said: "That goal just shows the confidence he has got and the ability he has got. It's a sweet left foot and he has a big future.

"He has just got a real appetite for the game and wants to get on the ball, make passes and carry it forward. He asks questions of the opposition and has great, great energy.

"Sammy is a great football player and he excites you - he lifts you off your seat. It would have been justice if he had got another goal at the end, he deserved that."

Hibs instead doubled their lead when Tom Taiwo converted a low cross from the excellent Danny Haynes, who was making his first start for the capital club.

And, although County ensured a nervous finale by halving the deficit through a fine Richard Brittain free-kick, Butcher was delighted by the resolve shown by his players - just one week after crashing out of the William Hill Scottish Cup against Raith Rovers.

Particular praise was reserved for Michael Nelson, who stood in as captain in the absence of the suspended Liam Craig.

Butcher added: "We have exciting young players but they are backed up by a resolute back five.

"I must say Michael has been outstanding this week. We call him Admiral Nelson and he has skippered every team he has played at.

"But this was the first time at Hibs and he has shown great leadership this week by saying: 'We need to get back to basics'. I thought that is exactly what we did and we ground out the result."

County boss Derek Adams, however, was adamant his side deserved at least a point from their trip to Edinburgh.

Yoann Arquin struck the bar with a header in the first period while Jordan Slew and Graham Carey threatened from distance, but County could not find a goal to add to Brittain's free-kick.

Adams was left cursing defensive lapses while insisting that had they drawn level, his side would have gone on to win the match.

He said: "If we had made it 2-2, I think we go on to win the game because you can sense the nervous nature around Easter Road.

"But we haven't been able to do that and I am disappointed to come away with nothing. We didn't deserve that.

"Particularly in the second half we were the better side, there's no doubt about that. We lost two soft goals to start with and Hibernian have not had to work for anything."

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