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St Mirren Park (ATT 4,451) 23rd November 2013 - Kick off 12:45

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Terry Butcher steadies Hibs ship as 0-0 draw at St Mirren ends losing run

Last Updated: 24/11/13 8:07am

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Terry Butcher: Lost Paul Heffernan to injury early on

Terry Butcher: Lost Paul Heffernan to injury early on

Terry Butcher ended Hibernian's losing run in his first match as manager as the visitors drew 0-0 at St Mirren.

Hibs made the trip to Paisley on the back of four successive defeats, but in-form St Mirren were unable to inflict a fifth as a game of little meaningful action finished without a winner.

The result marked just the second time in six games St Mirren had failed to win, and the point was of more obvious value to a Hibs side marshalled by Butcher for the first time since his switch from Inverness.

Next job on the new boss' agenda is to get his side scoring goals - at no stage at Greenhill Road did they ever seriously threaten to find the net for the first time in five matches.

A failed first-half penalty appeal, after Jim Collins had gone down under Darren McGregor's clumsy challenge, was about as much penalty-box excitement as the travelling support could enjoy.

But there was plenty to admire in the way Hibs restricted their confident hosts to a handful of half-chances over the 90 minutes, the first of them sliced wide left-footed by Steven Thompson after Paul McGowan's pass had put him away.

McGowan's soft header was nodded out of harm's way by Alan Maybury, stationed on the goal-line, and after the break Thompson made a hash of a free header eight yards out.

Hibs enjoyed a decent spell without bothering Marian Kello unduly, and it was St Mirren who finished the stronger as John McGinn flashed a fierce 20-yard shot wide deep into injury-time.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 18 39
2 Dundee United 18 34
3 Aberdeen 17 34
4 Hamilton Academical 18 33
5 Inverness CT 17 32
6 St Johnstone 18 29
7 Kilmarnock 18 24
8 Dundee 18 21
9 Partick Thistle 18 20
10 Motherwell 18 17
11 St Mirren 18 11
12 Ross County 18 10