skip to content
Michael Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan McGivern on Alex Cooper.
Corner taken by Liam Craig.
Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robertson.
Owain Tudur Jones is brought on as a substitute for James Collins.
James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Boyd.
Free kick taken by Jordon Forster.
Alex Cooper challenges Jordon Forster unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jordon Forster receives a caution.
Jordon Forster concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Carey.
Unfair challenge on James Collins by Scott Boyd results in a free kick.
Stuart Kettlewell produces a cross.
James Collins takes a shot.
Handball decision goes against Michael Nelson.
Rocco Quinn takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Gary Glen takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Orhan Mustafi replaces Ben Gordon.
(Ross County) makes a substitution, with Alex Cooper coming on for Melvin De Leeuw.
Liam Craig takes a shot.
Danny Handling is brought on as a substitute for Jason Cummings.
Ryan McGivern takes a shot. Michael Fraser makes a block.
Shot by Jason Cummings went wide right of the post.
Corner taken by Graham Carey.
The referee blows for offside against James Collins.
Corner taken by Paul Cairney from the left by-line.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Cairney. Jordon Forster heads the ball into the goal. Ross County 0-2 Hibernian.Assist on the goal came from Paul Cairney.
The ball is crossed by Ryan McGivern.
Graham Carey takes a fantastic shot and struck the post.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.
Shot by Paul Cairney.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Brittain.
The second half begins.
It is the end of the first-half.
Melvin De Leeuw takes a shot. Ben Williams blocks the ball.
Gary Glen is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Luckassen.
Melvin De Leeuw fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick.
Shot comes in from Paul Cairney from the free kick that goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Brian McLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins.
Unfair challenge on Jordon Forster by Melvin De Leeuw results in a free kick.
Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern by Richard Brittain results in a free kick.
Graham Carey crosses the ball.
Liam Craig takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
Rocco Quinn is given a yellow card.
Rocco Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Cairney.
The referee blows for offside against Lewis Stevenson.
Foul by Jason Cummings on Branislav Micic, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
Kevin Luckassen concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hanlon.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick by Graham Carey goes left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brittain by Paul Hanlon.
Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.
Melvin De Leeuw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordon Forster.
Brian McLean makes a clearance.
Kevin Luckassen crosses the ball.
Jordon Forster heads at goal. Michael Fraser makes a block.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
Michael Fraser takes the free kick.
Foul by Liam Craig on Scott Boyd, free kick awarded.
A cross is delivered by Paul Cairney.
Liam Craig takes a shot. A parry by Michael Fraser prevents the goal.
Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
Melvin De Leeuw concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan McGivern.
Corner taken by Paul Cairney from the left by-line. Michael Nelson scores a headed goal. Ross County 0-1 Hibernian.Paul Cairney provided the assist for the goal.
Branislav Micic takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richard Brittain by Ryan McGivern results in a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Graham Carey.
Ryan McGivern restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan McGivern fouled by Stuart Kettlewell, the ref awards a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Rocco Quinn results in a free kick.
Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Rocco Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robertson.
Brian McLean takes the free kick.
Liam Craig challenges Richard Brittain unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Shot by Melvin De Leeuw missed to the left of goal.
Richard Brittain crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Ryan McGivern on Branislav Micic, free kick awarded.
The game kicks-off.
Adams calls for improved display
Boss Derek Adams has demanded a big improvement from Ross County when Hibernian come calling on Boxing Day following a dismal encounter the last time the sides met.
Hibs just managed to edge past the Highlanders with a 1-0 win in the William Hill Scottish Cup on November 30, in a tie that was branded "dire" by the County manager.
Now, as the two clubs prepare to do battle in the Scottish Premiership, Adams is expecting a lot more from his players this time around.
He said: "I thought it was a poor game. It was always a game that was going to be won by the one goal.
"There wasn't a lot of football, it was a bit of a scrap. We need to get away from that and get passing the ball and doing the things that we can do well.
"There wasn't much in the game. Being honest, it was dire from both teams. I wouldn't have liked to have watched the game myself."
County head into this clash languishing in 11th spot in the table, albeit still within touching distance of those above them.
Adams added: "We need to get back on a winning run that is going to propel us up the league. We've got that opportunity against Hibernian because it's a home game.
"We are in a situation where it's still very tight in the bottom six. A win can really help you and we have seen that in recent weeks with the likes of St Mirren and Kilmarnock.
"We want to try to catch those teams above us now."
Adams believes there are positives to be taken from last week's narrow defeat to Dundee United but concedes that putting the ball in the net has been a problem.
He said: "We had a lot of good play at times, especially in the first half and late on in the game as well.
"We just need to get on the end of the crosses that are coming into the box. We need to get that goal ahead to give us something to hold on to and that confidence to keep on going in the game."
Meanwhile, plans are already well under way to bring reinforcements to Dingwall next month.
Adams said: "We've got to strengthen the squad in January.
"We have to because the squad we've got just now is a bit depleted. We are already well down the line in trying to add over the festive period.
"If you look at the strength in depth, we have to do that.
"The players we have here already are going to be helped by players coming in."
Midfielder Marc Klok could come back in for the clash after missing the 1-0 defeat by Dundee United with a shin knock.
Defender Steven Saunders is back in contention after missing several weeks with a hamstring problem.
Hibernian manager Terry Butcher is taking no notice of Ross County's poor form ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash in Dingwall on Boxing Day.
The Staggies have gone eight games without a win which has left them sitting second-bottom of the table, their 14-point gap over Hearts helped by the Jambos' 15-point deduction for entering administration.
In the midst of County's struggle sits Butcher's first - and so far only - win since taking over as Hibs boss from Pat Fenlon in November.
When the two sides met in the fourth-round of Scottish Cup at the Global Energy Stadium last month, a first-half drive from Danny Handling took the Easter Road side into the next round.
However, Butcher remembers how difficult their task was, not least because his side had to play the last 20 minutes a man down after Paul Cairney picked up a second yellow card.
The former Motherwell boss said: "They have been unlucky with a few things that have gone against them but they still have a good squad, still got some good players, players who are capable of hurting you.
"We know how hard we had to work to beat them in the cup and we don't want to go down to 10 men again like we did,
"We certainly want to play better and have that same steel and resilience that we had when we won in the cup."
The game, however, will take place under the pall of the tragic death of Easter Road youth player David Paul on Sunday.
The 18-year-old passed away at his home in the early hours before 13-year-old Jamie Skinner, who had left the Hearts Academy a couple of weeks ago, died after collapsing on the pitch playing for Tynecastle Boys club under-14 side.
While Edinburgh football continues to mourn the tragedy Hibs skipper Liam Craig admits he is "embarrassed" to even speak about football
Craig, who played for Tynecastle Boys club, said: "At times like this football doesn't matter.
"I am a bit embarrassed to talk about football when two families have lost their sons.
"As Hibs captain and a Hibs player, you are never prepared for this.
"I heard the news on Sunday and sat in a daze for most of the day and then the news came though about young Jamie as well and Tynecastle is a club I played for at under-13s.
"The important thing is that we remember David and the club will do that.
"It is important that we are there for the younger players that played with him day in, day out.
"But the reality is we have a game of football on Boxing Day and we will do everything we can to win that game.
"We need to stick together and be professional and we will be ready for it. We are going up there to win the game and afterward help each other through it."
Rowan Vine and Owain Tudur Jones return to the Hibernian squad.
Both players missed the goalless draw against St Johnstone at Easter Road on Saturday for personal reasons.
Defender James McPake (back) remains out but striker Paul Heffernan and winger Alex Harris are back training with the first team again after recovering from respective thigh and ankle injuries but it is too early for both.
© 2004 - 2015 football.co.uk