Ross County extended their revival by comfortably beating Hibernian to record their first Scottish Premiership back-to-back win since March.
At the end of a nondescript first half, George Harmon met Yan Dhanda’s cross to fire the visitors into the lead.
The lefty turned pitcher for the second as he singled off Alex Iacovitti to hit home.
County move up to 10th, while Hibs drop to sixth after dropping five to six.
Hibs started with a fast start that manager Lee Johnson had promised, although they had little to do with it. County didn’t do much, though, and were happy to sit back and let the hosts’ attacks destroy their composure.
The visitors’ first chance came in the 41st minute when Owura Edwards let Lewis Stevenson run past Jordan White, but Paul Hanlon made a brilliant block to keep out ball over the wall.
Malky Mackay’s men took any opportunity that fell their way. Dhanda went to an unmarked Harmon and – for the second time in two games – made no mistake, knocking a shot into the net at the back post.
Hibs responded by bringing in Elie Youan and Josh Campbell, but that did little to shine a light on their fortunes. In fact, it was Rocky Bushiri who came closest, forcing Ross Laidlaw hard for the County keeper to collect easily.
The visitors doubled their lead 20 minutes from time. Josh Sims dropped a beautiful ball to Harmon who skipped to the byeline, drawing an unsuspecting Iacovitti who was cool and composed.
And that was it. Another poor performance from Hibs, as County push themselves out of the bottom hole.
Musician – George Harmon
Hibs deal with Boyle as County’s renaissance continues – analysis
A very brutal goalkeeper for a Hibs fan. There’s a lot to talk about, but four shots on goal and no cuts.
When Martin Boyle hares, there is something threatening about him, a reference. Something else is happening in the Hibs shirt, they are rabbits in the lights.
Five defeats in six games is troubling for any manager and Johnson will not be let off the hook.
County were not at their attacking best but they played their game well, taking the chances that fell their way and slowing down every time.
The Highlanders are not missing Ben Purrington as much as they feared. Harmon has been excellent in the last two games, and Mackay’s recruitment will be improved.
Hibs travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday while County visit Celtic Park (both 15:00 GMT) in the final round of Premiership games before the World Cup break.
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Game over, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Ross County 2.
The test passed. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the center of the top box is too high. Assisted by Jair Tavares with a cross after a corner.
Corner, Hibernian. Presented by George Harmon.
Tested. Chris Cadden (Hibernian) is blocked outside the box. Assisted by Elie Youan.
The test is saved. William Akio (Ross County) saves the shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila assists with the ball.
Close, Ross County. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Jordan White.
Close, Ross County. Dylan Smith replaces David Cancola.
The test passed. Jair Tavares (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cadden with a cross.
The test passed. Josh Campbell (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Porteous.
Josh Campbell (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Victor Loturi (Ross County) fouled out.
Corner, Hibernian. Presented by Callum Johnson.
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jordan White (Ross County) fouled out.
Joe Newell (Hibernian) is fouled.
Josh Sims (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
The test is saved. Rocky Bushiri (Hibernian) head is preserved from the center of the box in the lower right corner. Assisted by Joe Newell.
Jair Tavares (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Callum Johnson (Ross County) is fouled.