Will Fish hooked at half time as Hibernian suffer frustrating loss vs. St Johnstone – Man United News And Transfer News

Manchester United loanee Will Fish only played 45 minutes as Hibernian suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of St Johnstone.

Fish was named in the starting XI by Nick Montgomery alongside Rocky Bushiri Kiranga at the heart of the Hibs’ backline.

The Carrington academy graduate has started 100% of Hibs’ league matches this season (32) – such has been his importance to the side and Montgomery.

The Easter Road outfit were sunk on this occasion by St Johnstone, whose goals were grabbed by Adama Sidibeh and Tony Gallacher, who found the back of the net with nine minutes of normal time left on the clock.

Hibs’ only goal was scored by Chris Cadden. The full-back slotted it in a parried save from St Johnstone goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov after the shot-stopper failed to bring a shot from Myziane Maolida under his spell.

The result has left the Hibees in seventh position in the Scottish Premiership, one point below Dundee United who have a game in hand.

During the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, Fish made just one clearance and as many interceptions.

The centre-back failed to register a block or make a tackle. He delved into one ground duel, which he lost.

Fish was required to contest three challenges in the air. He came out on top on two occasions. The 21-year-old had 50 touches of the ball to his name.

He found his Hibs teammates with 35 of the 40 passes he attempted, managing a pass completion rate of 88%.

Fish tried to deliver one cross and four long balls. He found his intended target with the cross and two of the long balls he pinged.

(Stats obtained from Sofascore)

The United loanee was taken off with the score still at 0-0 and was replaced by Nathan Moriah-Welsh. The Guyana international saw out the rest of the game.

It was undeniably a disappointing performance for Fish and Hibs. As the inquest into the events at Easter Road begins, it will be intriguing to discover the rationale behind Montgomery’s decision to substitute Fish, whether due to injury or another factor like a knock.

Up next for Montgomery’s men is an away trip to face Motherwell in seven day’s time.

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