Motherwell suffered their fourth defeat in five games, as second-half goals from Martin Boyle and Christian Doidge saw Hibernian ease to victory at Fir Park.

Manager Stephen Robinson made four changes to the side which had lost to St Johnstone a week earlier, with Jordan Archer handed a debut and Allan Campbell, Nathan McGinley and Christopher Long all returning to the starting lineup.

In a low key first-half it was the visitors who created the early openings, but neither Joe Newell nor Melker Hallberg could force debutant Jordan Archer into his first save in a Well shirt.

Tony Watt had the hosts' first chance of note as he found space six-yards out but, stretching, could only turn Callum Lang's excellent delivery wide of Ofir Marciano's goal.

The former Celtic man then fired a powerful effort over Marciano's goal after an impressive driving run down the left from Nathan McGinley.

As the half wore on it was Stephen Robinson's men who began to create the bulk of the openings - albeit without seriously testing Marciano in the Hibs goal.

Chris Long and Stephen O'Donnell both saw low cutbacks cleared by the Hibernian backline, before the returning Allan Campbell forced Marciano into an awkward save with an effort from 25 yards that swerved and dipped on its way towards goal.

Callum Lang could then only drive a free-kick from a great position straight into a wall of green shirts, before Marciano reacted bravely to clutch O'Donnell's low cross with Watt and Long both ready to pounce.

As the half came to a close the hosts thought they'd finally found a breakthrough.

Liam Polworth's free-kick was nodded across goal for the onrushing duo of Bevis Mugabi and Declan Gallagher who bundled the ball into the net - but the whistle of referee Andrew Dallas cut any celebrations short.

The second period started in a similar way, with Joe Newell's flicked header that was easily collected by Archer the first opening created by either team.

Newell was looking the visitors' main threat however, and he drew a foul from Allan Campbell right on the edge of the box that led to nervous looks on the home bench - but the Motherwell wall stood up bravely to Kevin Nisbet's powerful drive.

The home side then passed up a glorious chance to take the lead as the game finally burst into life.

Stephen O'Donnell's surging run from a Hibernian corner saw him find Tony Watt in space just inside the penalty area, but the forward lashed at the ball which ended up in the Davie Cooper stand.

He was almost made to pay immediately as Paul McGinn's cross looked destined to be turned in by Martin Boyle, but Jordan Archer somehow denied the Aussie winger from three yards.

Boyle wouldn't be denied for long however as he gave Jack Ross' side the lead.

Melker Hallberg's deep cross found the former Dundee man in space at the back post, and he took a touch before firing a clinical effort across Archer and into the net via the far post.

The Steelmen almost found an instant response as Bevis Mugabi met Liam Polworth's corner, but his bullet header cracked the post and was cleared to safety with Marciano rooted to the spot.

Both sides turned to the bench with 20 minutes remaining as Drey Wright was replaced by Christian Doidge for the visitors and Sherwin Seedorf took the place of Christopher Long for Motherwell.

The changes looked to take some of the sting out of the game after a frantic 15 minutes, with neither side looking likely to find a way to trouble either keeper as the game moved into its final 10 minutes.

Keen to change that and avoided a fourth defeat in five games, Stephen Robinson turned to his bench again - with Jake Hastie replacing Liam Polworth.

It was the visitors who almost sealed the points however, with goalscorer Boyle afforded far too much time at the edge of the box - but his low drive was deflected wide with Archer stranded.

That proved a warning shot for Jack Ross' side, who made the points safe with two minutes remaining.

Substitute Christian Doidge picked up possession on the edge of the area, before firing clinically beyond Archer and into the bottom corner of the net.

And they added some gloss to the scoreline with almost the last kick of the game as Jamie Gullan unselfishly squared for Kevin Nisbet to knock beyond Archer.

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