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Graham Gartland comes on in place of Liam Craig.
Red card for Simon Mensing. Mark McLaughlin goes into the referee's book. Peter MacDonald booked for unsporting behaviour. Simon Mensing concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
David Elebert fouled by Daniele Invincibile, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Centre by Mark Carrington, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
The official flags Peter MacDonald offside. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
Mark Carrington comes on in place of Alex Neil.
Cleveland Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Chris Millar takes a shot from close in that strikes the post.
Foul by Daniel Grainger on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Ali Crawford crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Peter MacDonald is ruled offside. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Collin Samuel leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor.
Peter MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
The ball is crossed by Ali Crawford, Effort from the edge of the area by Jonathon Routledge goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Collin Samuel on Tom Elliott. Flavio Paixao has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Peter Enckelman.
The offside flag is raised against Daniele Invincibile. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Ali Crawford takes the outswinging corner, save by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken by Ali Crawford.
Collin Samuel sends in a cross.
Daniele Invincibile fouled by David Elebert, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Mark McLaughlin fouled by Peter MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Daniele Invincibile results in a free kick. Alex Neil takes the direct free kick.
Shot from close range by Mickael Antoine-Curier misses to the right of the goal.
Tom Elliott replaces James McAlister. Mickael Antoine-Curier fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mensing sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Ali Crawford from just inside the area clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, save made by Tomas Cerny.
Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ali Crawford. Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
Handball by Flavio Paixao. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Peter MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
Flavio Paixao delivers the ball, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Ali Crawford, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Ali Crawford takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Steve May goes off and Peter MacDonald comes on.
Booking for Alex Neil for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Neil on Chris Millar. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ali Crawford.
Ali Crawford takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ali Crawford, clearance by Murray Davidson.
Alex Neil challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Collin Samuel results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ali Crawford from left channel, save by Peter Enckelman.
James McAlister produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Simon Mensing results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
Ali Crawford delivers the ball, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Anderson on Mickael Antoine-Curier. The ball is swung over by Ali Crawford, Header by Mark McLaughlin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Daniel Grainger produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Alex Neil makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Elebert on Steve May. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left channel, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
Alex Neil is adjudged to have handled the ball. Daniel Grainger has an effort direct from the free kick.
Alex Neil challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Murray Davidson restarts play with the free kick.
Alex Neil fouled by Collin Samuel, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Neil takes the direct free kick.
Murray Davidson challenges James McAlister unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Neil.
David Elebert concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Steven Anderson on Mickael Antoine-Curier, free kick awarded. Ali Crawford crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Peter Enckelman.
Flavio Paixao has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark McLaughlin on Collin Samuel. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Tomas Cerny.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Millar. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Flavio Paixao. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
David MacKay fouled by Mickael Antoine-Curier, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
Steve May delivers the ball, save by Tomas Cerny.
The referee blows for offside against Steve May. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Carrington doubtful with groin strain
Hamilton midfielder Mark Carrington is set to miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match with St Johnstone due to a groin strain.
Mark McLaughlin resumed light training this week and could return to contention, but Dougie Imrie will start a two-match ban.
Alex Neil is set to continue for Accies after making his return from a hip injury against Dundee United, while Martin Canning and Marco Paixao remain out.
Gary McDonald knows Hamilton's next two games could determine whether they can escape relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hamilton are seven points behind the Buddies at the foot of the SPL entering this weekend's fixtures, but McDonald and the squad are remaining positive.
The midfielder said: "Every game's big now with nine games left.
"We're looking above. We need to catch St Mirren.
"It's so important we do that and for the club to stay in the division.
"It's two games we think are very winnable games and if we win them it can change things around very, very quickly.
"We have to start winning games now."
Hamilton are in control of their own fate, according to McDonald.
He added: "There are 27 points to play for and that's all we're thinking about.
"We've got St Mirren to play twice so it's all in our own hands, that's all you can really ask for.
"It's down to us now to put the performances in."
McDonald believes Accies have ample quality to preserve their SPL status, despite accumulating just six points from a possible 42 at New Douglas Park this term.
He added: "When you're not winning games it can affect confidence levels.
"But we've all got belief that we've got enough in the dressing room to make sure we're good enough to stay in the division.
"We've got to concentrate and make sure we play to our strengths.
"We've not won at home in the league all season and it's something we want to put right.
"If we could have put our finger on it we would have put it right a long time ago."
Jamie Adams and Danny Invincibile have joined the lengthy list of St Johnstone casualties.
Midfielder Adams is out for around three weeks with a hamstring injury and Invincibile has a back problem which is set to rule him out of the trip to New Douglas Park, with the striker more likely to be fit for Tuesday night's Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with Brechin.
Jody Morris is out for a further month after his back injury was confirmed as a stress fracture, while Michael Duberry, Kevin Moon (both groin) and Sam Parkin (broken leg) remain absent. Moon is set to return to training next week.
Manager Derek McInnes believes St Johnstone's next two matches will shape their season.
McInnes said: "The next two or three games will determine how successful our season can be in both the league and the cup.
"We've got five league games left (before the split) and we're in a battle with a couple of teams to try and get in the top six.
"For us to have the points we do with so many games to play is credit to the players.
"SPL survival was the main priority and once we reached that target we could see where it took us. That's where we are at the minute.
"We probably need a couple of big, big results to get in the top six."
St Johnstone have drawn four of their last six games in all competitions and McInnes would settle for a win no matter how good the display at Hamilton as his ninth-placed side seek to cut the five-point gap to sixth-placed Motherwell.
The Saints boss said: "We've had a lot of good performances within the last six games.
"But you would sacrifice a performance for a result all day long, especially at this stage of the season.
"We want a good result more than anything."
However, he knows it will not be easy against an Accies side fighting for survival.
McInnes added: "Any time I've ever played or managed St Johnstone at New Douglas Park we've had nothing but a right tough, difficult game and that's what we expect on Saturday.
"We know our opponents will come out fighting because that's in their make-up.
"But we want the three points and we need to make sure we're the hungriest team and put in a performance we know we're capable of.
"If we do that we'll give ourselves a chance to pick up all three points, which would be very important to us."
Accies held in Saints stalemate
Hamilton's home hoodoo continued as they failed to break the deadlock against St Johnstone in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at New Douglas Park but the Lanarkshire side went a point closer to safety.
Perth defender Danny Grainger struck the outside of the post with a free-kick in the first half before Saints keeper Peter Enckelman made a couple of fine saves from Ali Crawford and Flavio Paixao.
In the final moments, after the visitors had survived a couple of goal attempts, Accies defender Simon Mensing was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Chris Millar.
But although the match ended with the SPL's bottom side still looking for their first home league win of the season, they moved to within six points of second-bottom St Mirren who lost at Hearts, although the Paisley side have a game in hand.
It was not the greatest of games.
Accies skipper Alex Neil made his first start of the season in place of injured Mark Carrington, while stopper Mark McLaughlin returned to replace suspended Dougie Imrie.
In a reshuffled visitors' side in came Alan Maybury, Chris Millar and Steven May, with Peter MacDonald and Graham Gartland dropping to the bench with Jamie Adams out injured.
Saints started the game the more positive side but the early stages were disjointed and scrappy with neither keeper seeing much action and was summed up in the 14th minute when Accies wide-man Flavio Paixao had an effort from 20 yards which limped past the post.
The first close call came midway through the first half after Neil handled the ball at the edge of the box to prevent Millar going through on goal.
From the resultant free-kick Grainger curled the ball over the wall but watched as it struck the outside of the post before going behind.
On the half-hour mark Accies threatened to an extent when stopper McLaughlin rose highest in a packed St Johnstone box to head an Ali Crawford free-kick wide of the target.
In the 36th minute McLaughlin injured his shoulder after a climbing over McDiarmid Park striker Collin Samuel to win an aerial challenge in the centre circle and initially he looked to be in real trouble but he played on after treatment.
A goalmouth scramble in the Accies box moments later ended with May's close-range header saved by Tomas Cerny.
Two minutes from the break Saints keeper Peter Enckelman made a fine save from Crawford's drive, pushing the ball behind the post but the visitors easily survived the corner.
In stoppage time Enckelman made another good save from Paixao's angled-drive before there was a penalty claim for handball by Accies which was ignored by referee Bobby Madden.
MacDonald replaced May for the start of the second half for the Perth men.
The lively end to the first period had encouraged the home fans but their enthusiasm soon waned as the stalemate continued.
In the 55th minute the Lanarkshire club made a substitution of their own when former Leeds striker Tom Elliott replaced Jim McAlister.
Moments later Accies striker Mickael Antoine-Curier flashed a shot wide from eight yards out after some disarray in the Saints defence.
However, the game deteriorated further as the free-kick count slowly mounted.
Paixao then fired in a low free-kick from 25 yards which Enckelman was glad to save before a timely intervention by Mensing prevented Samuel getting on the end of a MacDonald cross.
Just before Cleveland Taylor replaced Samuel, a quick St Johnstone break ended with MacDonald sending a shot from 25 yards just past the post.
In the 81st minute the home side were let off when Grainger raced in to the Accies box before cutting the ball back for Millar whose first-time shot clipped the post before going behind.
In the final moments, after a late flurry by Accies which came to nothing, Mensing was shown a straight red card by Madden for a bad challenge on Millar.
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