Bore draw at Easter Road

Stand-in referee Christian Lautier could not have enjoyed a more comfortable afternoon as Hibernian and St Johnstone played out a 0-0 draw.

Last Updated: 27/11/10 at 17:50

Parkin: Constant threat

Parkin: Constant threat

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Maltese, who covered for Scotland's striking officials, had no major decisions to make on a painless Saturday afternoon's work that saw him keep his cards in his pocket in the SPL clash at Easter Road.

After a nondescript first half, Saints created several chances after the break but failed to properly test goalkeeper Mark Brown.

St Johnstone striker Sam Parkin was a constant threat in the box but was unable to divert any headers on target.

Lautier had his first real decision to make after just six minutes when he appeared to call it right when Colin Nish pushed over Saints defender Michael Duberry as the pair chased down a ball into the visitors' box.

Hibs were enjoying the greater share of possession during the early exchanges and a neat move in the Saints half ended with John Rankin hitting a tame right-footed shot at goal from 18 yards after linking with Colin Nish.

The home side had an injury scare in the 20th minute when towering centre-half Sol Bamba went down inside the box but the Ivory Coast international was able to continue after receiving treatment at the side of the pitch.

In a match bereft of action at either end, the vocal Hibs fans were trying to encourage their team from the newly-built East Stand.

That enthusiasm, however, did not seem to transfer to the pitch as both sides fought out an uninspiring first-half battle.

Saints were having little luck trying to breach the Hibs rearguard while the home side were struggling to threaten in the final third with lone marksman Colin Nish often lacking support.

Hibs midfielder Edwin De Graaf finally produced a bright moment to add some excitement to the clash when he struck a half-volley from outside the box that St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman had to dive to save.

Hibs made the brighter start to the second period but it was St Johnstone that squandered a great chance to open the scoring.

Cleveland Taylor scooped a lofted cross into the box and the unmarked Colin Samuel had time to take a touch but he inexplicably tapped a harmless bounce ball into Mark Brown's arms.

Danny Grainger then launched an inswinging left-footed free kick into the box from the touchline that was missed by Hibs goalkeeper Brown and Saints striker Sam Parkin but the home fans were relieved to see the ball bounce past the post.

De Graaf did well to create space outside the area by nutmegging Duberry but his weak left-footed shot was easily collected by the goalkeeper.

The second period had chances and they were falling for the away team. Parkin struck a looping header over the bar after connecting with Grainger's free-kick.

Parkin went close again for Saints in the 70th minute, powering a header over the bar from Grainger's corner.

The Hibs fans were becoming frustrated by striker Nish's ineffective performance and a section booed as he was replaced by defender David Stephens seconds later, with manager Colin Calderwood having no other forwards at his disposal.

The fans also made it clear they were not in favour of captain Ian Murray's withdrawal from the team to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.

After illustrating his threat in the final third with his dangerous deliveries, Grainger then exhibited his defensive attributes as he made a timely block tackle just as Stephens was a about to pull the trigger from eight yards with Enckleman grounded.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 21 March 2015
15:00
Celtic 3-0 Dundee U Report
Partick 1-0 Inverness Report
Ross Co 2-1 Kilmarnock  
St J'stone 2-0 St Mirren  
12:15
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen  
Friday, 20 March 2015
19:45
Motherwell 4-0 Hamilton Report
Saturday, 14 March 2015
15:00
Hamilton 2-2 Ross Co Report
Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren Report
Partick 3-0 St J'stone Report
Friday, 13 March 2015
19:45
Aberdeen 2-1 Motherwell  

Footer 365

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge faces month absence with hip injury

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be out of action for a month after a scan revealed he had suffered a ‘slight muscle tear’.

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Mail Box

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

England Handicapped By Natural Pessimism

The England team will never achieve anything unless we all lighten up. Also, last season was simply Joe Hart's 'Frog Chorus', and 80 per cent was a conservative estimate of turds in the Liverpool punchbowl...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company