Anier sinks Hibs

04 August 2013 05:46

Henri Anier marked his Scottish Premiership debut with an 83rd-minute winner as Motherwell piled more misery on Hibernian following their thrashing by Malmo with a 1-0 victory.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams had saved his back four moments earlier when they were caught out by a long ball over the top for John Sutton.

But the Hibs defence, who conceded seven against the Swedes in the Europa League 10 days earlier, were unlocked by a simple headed clearance to allow the Estonian to race through and deliver an accomplished finish.

The defeat puts Hibs boss Pat Fenlon under more pressure ahead of the derby against administration-hit Hearts at Tynecastle next Sunday.

Fenlon's problems did not end after the Malmo game with James McPake, Jordon Forster, Tim Clancy, Paul Cairney and Rowan Vine all unavailable through injury or suspension and Ryan McGivern not fit enough to start.

But centre-back Michael Nelson and striker James Collins made their debuts after signing during the week and the fit-again Fraser Mullen and Owain Tudur Jones came into the starting line-up.

Collins showed some good early movement in the lone striker role but Motherwell took control midway through the half after moving from a flat midfield to a diamond, with James McFadden given the freedom to roam behind Bob McHugh and Sutton.

Visiting midfielder Keith Lasley got the first shot on target in the 26th minute when he fired in a left-footed effort after a one-two with Iain Vigurs and McFadden clipped a ball over the top of the Hibs defence for McHugh to run on to, but his header was two yards off target.

Motherwell dominated possession until the break and created the first chance of the second half when McFadden cut the ball back to McHugh, but the striker could not get enough power into his left-foot shot and Williams had an easy save.

Lee Hollis made his first save in the 52nd minute when he comfortably held Liam Craig's driven free-kick. Hibs soon had a better chance when they put together a string of passes and Mullen whipped in a powerful cross which Collins headed a yard wide.

Source: PA