League Cup finalists Hibernian came crashing back down to earth with a fifth straight Scottish Premiership defeat at bottom club Ross County.
After a goalless first half, substitute Blair Spittal’s 72nd-minute cross evaded everyone in the area before nestling in Matt Macey’s far corner to earn a first home league win since May.
The visitors, who had Christian Doidge sent off with six minutes remaining and Martin Boyle dismissed after the final whistle, looked laboured after Sunday’s Hampden win over Rangers.
The five-game losing streak is Hibs’ worst top-flight run since 2013-14 and leaves them seventh, although Jack Ross’ men have two games in hand on the four teams placed above them to try rectify their form.
County – who had three glaring chances to make the win more comfortable – move to within a point of Dundee in 11th place and four behind Livingston in 10th.
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- 2RandallBooked at 36mins
- 22TillsonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forCancolaat 62′minutes
- 17Charles-CookSubstituted forSpittalat 72′minutes
- 26WhiteSubstituted forWatsonat 81′minutes
- 32CampbellSubstituted forAllanat 76′minutes
- 3DoigSubstituted forGullanat 81′minutes
- 15NisbetBooked at 16minsSubstituted forDoidgeat 67′minutesBooked at 84mins
- 10BoyleBooked at 90mins
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Match ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.
Martin Boyle (Hibernian) is shown the red card.
Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.
Attempt saved. Harry Clarke (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Joseph Hungbo (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Iacovitti.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.
Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Callachan.
Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harrison Paton (Ross County).
Christian Doidge (Hibernian) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).
David Cancola (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Ross County. Keith Watson replaces Jordan White.
Substitution, Hibernian. James Gullan replaces Josh Doig.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.
Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Allan replaces Josh Campbell.
Attempt missed. Joseph Hungbo (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Goal! Ross County 1, Hibernian 0. Blair Spittal (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Paton.
Substitution, Ross County. Blair Spittal replaces Regan Charles-Cook.
Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).