Hibs manager Jack Ross has watched Ryan Porteous bounce back from adversity before and he backs him to ‘do that again.’

The defender’s misplaced pass put St Johnstone through on goal as the Saints won 1-0 at Easter Road on Saturday. While Ross doesn’t believe Hibs deserved to lose the Scottish Premiership match, he knows an error has cost them and cut their lead in third to three points, but Porteous can respond from the harsh learning curve.

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Ross is backing the Hibs academy graduate to bounce back from his weekend error. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ross said: “We didn’t do enough to win, but I don’t necessarily think we deserved to lose. But we came out on the wrong side because of the defensive laps, otherwise it would probably have been 0-0. It was the wrong decision from Ryan to try to play a pass and I actually thought at first it was a bad clearance.

“It’s not, he’s tried to pick a pass, it was the wrong decision and we have been punished. Ryan cares about his football and he spends a lot of time working with myself and John Potter. He is prepared to take responsibility to get better but he also has broad shoulders. He takes criticism, sometimes wrongly, but he handles it and has matured.

“This is another time where he has to show that again. He has bounced back this season already and I think he will do that again. Overall, we dipped below the standards that we’ve been setting recently and it was a sharp reminder to the players. But we will be okay, we’ve shown plenty of times this season that we’ll respond in the right manner.”

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