Motherwell had a couple of decent attacking drives early on. James Scott flashed one particularly impressive effort past Ofir Marciano’s far post. Martin Boyle had Hibs’ best chance of the opening stages but found his shot blocked by Peter Hartley.
Jake Carroll had a free kick saved by Marciano before Allan Campbell fired wide. Chances weren’t coming thick and fast in the opening half hour, but when they did crop up, it was always for those in claret and amber.
The early stages of the second half presented Hibs’ biggest chance. Florian Kamberi got free at the backpost but could only guide a low diving header onto the post.
It was the only real chance of the second half until Well substitute Christy Manzinga’s excellent effort was denied by an even better Marciano save. Motherwell go five points clear in thrid with a point whilst Hibs remain in sixth. Here are three things we learned.
Omeonga gives Hibs’ midfield legs
It was his first start since arriving back on loan at Easter Road and Stephane Omeonga looked very impressive. This was also his only start since August but the Belgian didn’t look one bit out of place.
The key component he brings to Jack Ross’ midfield is legs. Omeonga can put in the hard yards that allow the likes of Joe Newell and Melker Hallberg to play to their strengths.
Hibs’ Genoa loanee limited the influence of Motherwell’s top assister Liam Polworth and pressed aggressively at every opportunity.
Well attackers given chances
With Jermaine Hylton and Chris Long both missing the Fir Park clash through fitness issues, Stephen Robinson handed some Well attackers opportunities to impress.
Ross MacIver was given his first professional start whilst Christian Ilic made his second league start in claret and amber. Against a solid Hibs backline, both showed good flashes but were unable to make a solid impact on proceedings.
Ilic was hooked after an hour, replaced by Sherwin Seedorf and Manzinga replaced MacIver for his second appearance of the season. Neither were able make a crucial contribution as Motherwell’s most promising play came down the left with James Scott, who was replaced by home debutant Mikael Ndjoli.
Defence trumps attack
Much has been made of how good both sides attacks have looked at times this season. Motherwell were limited in their options up top whilst Hibs had in-form forwards in Christian Doidge and Martin Boyle out from the start.
In the end though both defences were very good. Boyle was effectively nullified by Jake Carroll and the Well defence whilst Doidge didn’t get a sniff all day.
Up the other meanwhile and the likes of Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson used their experience to keep a young Well frontline out.