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Hibernian boss Terry Butcher thinks his players are lacking confidence in front of goal following the 0-0 draw with St Johnstone at Easter Road.

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Butcher watched the match from the stand because of a touchline ban, and he looked on wearily as his charges failed to make the most of an extra man following the dismissal of Patrick Cregg on 32 minutes.

And when Hibs looked like hitting the target St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus was there to thwart them.

"It was very frustrating and you could hear the crowd behind me and hear the comments," Butcher said. "All you want to do is give them what they want and that's goals and wins.

"They work hard and get into good positions, it's just the confidence of putting the ball in the box or having shots, you can see it's not there.

"Having not scored many goals nor having many wins at Easter Road this year, you could sense there is a fear of winning.

"As soon as the red card came out it was then St Johnstone's best spell of the game. That's something we can eradicate and work on and we will do.

"I'm disappointed with just the point. When we did get through there was Mannus throwing himself at everything."

After playing for more than an hour with 10 men, Saints boss Tommy Wright was happy to take a point from Leith.

He said: "Hopefully at the end of the season we can look back at it as a magnificent point.

"It's always difficult after going down to 10 men but I thought we limited them to very few chances and I think Alan only had one really difficult save to make in that time."

Wright admitted Cregg could have little complaints over his red card, adding: "Ten years ago it probably wasn't a yellow but he's slightly over the ball and I thought it was a red."

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