Ross County added to their revival by comfortably beating Hibernian to record their first back-to-back Scottish Premier League wins since March.
As a nondescript first half drew to a close, George Harmon met Yan Dhanda’s cross to put the clinical visitors ahead.
The left-back turned creator for others when he picked out Alex Iacovitti to stroke home.
County move up to 10th, while Hibs slip to sixth after a fifth defeat in six.
Hibs started with the fast tempo promised by manager Lee Johnson, although they did very little with it. County didn’t create much either, and were happy to sit back and let the hosts’ attacks flow.
The first real chance came for the visitors in the 41st minute when Owura Edwards chipped past Lewis Stevenson to cross for Jordan White, but Paul Hanlon made a vital block to divert the ball.
Malky Mackay’s men took the next opportunity that came their way. Dhanda crossed to an unmarked Harmon and – for the second time in two games – made no mistake, hitting a shot at the back post that nestled into the net.
Hibs responded by bringing on Elie Youan and Josh Campbell, but that did little to brighten their fortunes. In fact, it was Rocky Bushiri who came closest, hitting a powerful effort at Ross Laidlaw for the County keeper to collect easily.
The visitors doubled their lead 20 minutes from time. Josh Sims dragged a lovely ball into Harmon who jumped to the byline, pulled back to an unmarked Iacovitti and his finish was cool and determined.
It was another lackluster performance from Hibs, while County moved out of the bottom two.
Player of the Match – George Harmon
Hibs struggle without Boyle as county’s resurgence continues – analysis
A pretty brutal watch for a Hibs fan. Lots of possession to talk about, but only four shots on goal and no edge.
When Martin Boyle harries about there is a threat to it, some direction. When someone else in a Hibs shirt does that, they’re a rabbit in the headlights.
Five defeats in six games means trouble for any manager and Johnson will not be exempt from the heat.
County weren’t at their attacking best but they played their game perfectly, taking the chances that fell their way and slowing it down at every opportunity.
The Highlanders don’t miss Ben Purrington as much as they feared either. Harmon has been superb in the last two games, and once again Mackay’s signing is to be applauded.
What did they say?
Hibernian boss Lee Johnson: “I don’t think it was a lack of effort. We huffed and puffed but there was a serious lack of quality, lack of decision-making.
“It was a very good away performance that did a job on us and it’s really disappointing. There will be criticism and that’s fair. We all want to do well for Hibs, so we have to come out and fight against Kilmarnock. “
Ross County manager Malky Mackay: “I’m happy for the players because they’ve played so well in recent weeks and not really got the reward.
“To keep a clean sheet and score twice is fantastic and the courage we showed in the first half to get on the ball so much shows the confidence they have.”
What comes next?
Hibs travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday while County visit Celtic Park (both 15:00 GMT) in the final round of Premier League games before the World Cup break.
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- 6KennethSubstituted forCampbellon 45′minutes
- 19MitchellSubstituted forStevensonon 39′minutes
- 99KukharevychBooked in 30 minSubstituted forYou oneon 45′minutes
- 10Vieira Tavares
- 23You one
- 15WatsonBooked in 58 min
- 16HarmonBooked in 75 min
- 4CancolaSubstituted forSmithon 88′minutes
- 7EdwardsSubstituted forSimson 63′minutes
- 22TillsonBooked at 22 min
- 10DhandaSubstituted forAkioon 72′minutes
- 26WhiteSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaon 89′minutes
- Alan Muir
Match ends, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
Second half ends, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
Attempt missed. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Jair Tavares with a cross after a corner.
Corner, Hibernian. Developed by George Harmon.
Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Élie Youan.
Attempt saved. William Akio (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila with a through ball.
Exchange, Ross County. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Jordan White.
Exchange, Ross County. Dylan Smith replaces David Cancola.
Attempt missed. Jair Tavares (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cadden with a cross.
Attempt missed. Josh Campbell (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Porteous.
Josh Campbell (Hibernian) wins a free kick in their own half.
Foul by Victor Loturi (Ross County).
Corner, Hibernian. Developed by Callum Johnson.
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) wins a free kick in their own half.
Foul by Jordan White (Ross County).
Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).
Josh Sims (Ross County) wins a free kick in his own half.
Attempt saved. Rocky Bushiri (Hibernian) header from the center of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Newell.
Jair Tavares (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum Johnson (Ross County).
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