Motherwell had one in the net through Jordan White in the first half but it was ruled out for offside before chances were had for both sides. In the end nothing could split them as Hibs remain top for now and the Well sit ninth.
The teams in this one were in contrasting moods. Jack Ross was looking for more of the same from his men after three opening Hibees victories, Stephen Robinson looking for a reaction from his Well men after a claim following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Livingston that the Steelmen were playing with ‘seven men.’
Motherwell had been boosted by the signing of Scotland international full-back Stephen O’Donnell before the game and he set the first real attack of the game in motion, launching a fantastic diagonal pass for Callum Lang, who was expertly denied a terrific goal by Ofir Marciano. The Lanarkshire side were having the best chances of the opening 10 minutes or so but Kevin Nisbet’s header over the bar at the end of a Hibs counter-attack showed how dangerous the home side can be.
O’Donnell almost had a debut goal but was well blocked by Paul Hanlon as he showed adventurous play to get into attack as Robinson’s men were proving to look the more dangerous in attack. Converting those chances into goals had to happen at some point and they were so close to getting in front.
White put a superb volley past Marciano but it was deemed to be offside as Sherwin Seedorf was obstructing the keeper’s view. This seemed to liven Hibs up a bit as they had a flurry of chances towards the half’s end. Both had threatened to score but nobody came up trumps in the first 45.
Again it was the away side starting on the front foot, having a few chances early on. They pressed on throughout the second half but Hibs had their openings too, Martin Boyle scuffing an effort wide from just yards out.
The likes of Scott Allan and Tony Watt were introduced as both teams looked for winners. Chances were drying up, speculative efforts for Jermaine Hylton and Christian Doidge highlighting both sides’ desperation for a winner.
But one wasn’t to come as Hibs’ winning run ends and Motherwell continue to search for a win. Here are three things we learned.
Robinson gets his reaction
The Well boss was scathing in his criticism of some of the Well players after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Livingston.
He certainly got the reaction he was looking for off his team in Leith as they looked more like the side from 19/20.
It’s only a point in Edinburgh but performances like this against others should see Motherwell pick up that first win sooner rather than later.
McCrorie would be brilliant for Hibs
Gogic was left with all the heavy lifting against Motherwell’s midfield trio and it did seem to overrun him at times, simply due to the extra numbers Well were committing to that area. Newell alongside him is more of a creative midfielder, less likely to do the dirty work Gogic does.
With bids launched for Rangers’ Ross McCrorie, you can see why Ross wants to add him. Having an extra enforcer in alongside Gogic would almost perfectly balance this Hibs side.
How good’s the point?
Both sides will have mixed feelings about this. Hibs will be pleased to remain unbeaten but perhaps disappointed they weren’t able to turn in similar performances that have inspired them to three straight wins. Motherwell could think that had they been a bit more clinical, they could have taken all three.
For Hibs, 10/12 points from the opening four is a good return and if Motherwell beat Hamilton next week, it’ll be five from five games, which whilst not spectacular wouldn’t be bad either. Overall both teams may look back on this a decent enough point at the end of the season.