Hibs come from two goals down to draw with Buddies
- Saints took the lead through Conor McCarthy and Tony Andreu
- Hibs hit back through Scott Allan before Christian Doidge equalised with his 16th goal of the season
- Saints stay in 10th while Hibernian remain four points off 5th-placed Livingston
Hibernian and St Mirren shared the points after the home side came from two goals down in the first-half to draw level, in a game where the visitors will be the happier with a point. Gregor Kerr reports.
Jim Goodwin’s Saints took an early lead through Conor McCarthy before Tony Andreu shortly doubled their lead at Easter Road.
But Hibs – who scored five goals in midweek – fought back before the interval with goals from Scott Allan and Christian Doidge.
The Hibees had a hectic transfer deadline day less than 24 hours before, but new signings Paul McGinn, Marc McNulty and Greg Docherty would all have to do with a spot on the bench.
They could have done with some of them playing early on, after Conor McCarthy’s header from a corner found the back of the net for the Saints.
Hibs were ponderous, passive and lacking aggression, and one goal for the visitors soon became two, as David Gray found himself exposed by a long ball over his head. The cutback found Andreu who made no mistake from inside the penalty area.
Hibees boss Jack Ross may have been fearing any kind of scoreline from the Buddies, but against the run of play they were quickly back in the game.
Allan and Boyle traded passes on a rare Hibs break, and the former slotted well under Hladky to inject some life into a home side that hadn’t turned up until that point.
Things began to wake up for the Hibees, passing lanes became available and players were quicker to the ball. They still looked fragile at the back however, with a defence that had already conceded 37 goals before today.
But it was the Buddies backline that fell next as Stephane Omeonga hooked a ball up for Christian Doidge, who doesn’t miss these days, to head in the equaliser, his sixth goal of 2020.
By the hour mark Ross had all three of his new signings on the pitch as the game needed an injection of life. With twenty minutes remaining the home side started applying pressure.
McGinn saw a close-range header clawed away by Hladky, Boyle saw his shot deflect inches wide and closest of all came Scott Allan, who whipped his corner straight onto the crossbar.
But the second-half was quite the opposite of the first, and neither side looked likely to come through with the three points. Frustrating for the hosts, but vital for the visitors.