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The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Foul by Jim Goodwin on Sean Lynch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Wardlaw. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Jure Travner. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right channel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
David Barron concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Jordan Kirkpatrick takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Douglas Imrie on Paul McGowan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Patrick Cregg from left wing, save by Tomas Cerny.
Jamie McCluskey is brought on as a substitute for Steven Thomson. Nigel Hasselbaink is penalised for a handball. Patrick Cregg delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Corner taken right-footed by David Barron, Gary McDonald makes a clearance.
Simon Mensing goes into the book. Jordan Kirkpatrick on for Marco Paixao. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Simon Mensing. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Marco Paixao takes the inswinging corner, David Barron makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, Gavin Skelton takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Cregg.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul McGowan, Header from deep inside the area by Gareth Wardlaw goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Douglas Imrie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Paul McGowan on Grant Gillespie, free kick awarded. Grant Gillespie takes the direct free kick.
David Buchanan replaces Flavio Paixao. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Skelton on Steven Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
David Barron replaces David van Zanten.
Corner taken by Paul McGowan.
Foul by Martin Canning on Gareth Wardlaw, free kick awarded. Paul McGowan takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Flavio Paixao. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie, Craig Samson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao by David van Zanten. Flavio Paixao takes the direct free kick.
Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Jim Goodwin goes over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, Craig Samson makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.
Flavio Paixao is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Marc McAusland concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Paixao. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Nigel Hasselbaink receives a caution. Nigel Hasselbaink handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton. Direct free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Darren McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Steven Thomson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Flavio Paixao fouled by Jure Travner, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Jim Goodwin is shown a yellow card. Steven Thomson fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Cregg restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Canning, Marco Paixao has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Aaron Mooy goes off and Sean Lynch comes on. Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Grant Gillespie results in a free kick. Darren McGregor takes the free kick.
Damian Casalinuovo goes off and Nigel Hasselbaink comes on.
Corner taken by Paul McGowan from the right by-line played to the near post, Damian Casalinuovo makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Douglas Imrie. Paul McGowan takes the direct free kick.
The second half kicks off.
The half-time whistle blows.
Aaron Mooy goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Aaron Mooy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wardlaw. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Paul McGowan, save by Tomas Cerny.
Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Gavin Skelton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, save by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken by Flavio Paixao, Steven Thomson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Patrick Cregg. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Gary McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Douglas Imrie takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Steven Thomson.
Steven Thomson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Paul McGowan challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Damian Casalinuovo. The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, Shot from close range by Flavio Paixao clears the bar.
Gary McDonald fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line, clearance made by Jure Travner.
Corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao, Steven Thomson makes a clearance.
Foul by Gary McDonald on Craig Samson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Foul by Gary McDonald on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg restarts play with the free kick.
Douglas Imrie takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Paixao on Craig Samson. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
The referee gets the game underway.
Accies boss hopeful over Hasselbaink
Hamilton manager Billy Reid hopes to have Nigel Hasselbaink back for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against St Mirren.
The Dutch forward has been struggling with a knee injury in recent weeks.
Skipper Alex Neil (hip) and long-term casualty James Gibson remain on the sidelines.
The match takes place under the cloud of the referees crisis and Reid is desperate to move on after warning about the danger of a strike weeks ago.
Reid has consistently warned that referees were being put under too much pressure as headlines over decisions dominated coverage of the SPL.
The Accies boss felt the need to speak out after reports on his side's victory over Motherwell last month focused heavily on a dubious decision by Craig Thomson, warning that "without a referee and a ball we don't have a game".
Reid was proved right as none of the clubs in the three divisions below the SPL have a league match this weekend after referees voted to withdraw their labour.
And the Accies boss is eager for talks to be held to solve the crisis after the referees hold their weekend of protest.
"I hope so for everybody concerned, for the whole of Scottish football, and especially referees," Reid said.
"It's a difficult job they have got, the pressure they are under is immense.
"If it's affecting their families as well, I certainly feel for them.
"Someone asked me a few weeks ago about this and I said it wouldn't surprise me."
Reid believes managers can take the pressure off referees by having a quiet word with them after matches instead of speaking out in the media.
"I've been a first-team coach for two or three years and managed for seven to eight years now and I've never been in front of the SFA," he said.
"I'm not going to say I pride myself on that but there is a line you can't cross with referees.
"If something goes against me then I'm first to chap the door at the end of the game and have a word with them.
"But at the end of the day the decision is made and I can assure you, we don't get loads and loads of decisions going for us.
"It's part and parcel of the game and you just have to get on with it."
Reid has been assured all week that his match will go ahead and he is looking for his men to improve their home form after taking one point from a possible 18 so far this season.
"Our home form has been poor," said Reid, whose side lost 2-0 against Hearts last weekend.
"I don't want to keep going over it but the goals we have been giving away are absolutely criminal. If we stop doing that then we will be fine.
"I was actually quite pleased with how we played at Tynecastle, two great finishes separated the sides although they were bad goals from our point of view.
"Some of the goals we have lost recently are bordering on the ridiculous."
Michael Higdon is suspended for St Mirren after being sent off against Motherwell last week to earn an automatic one-game ban.
Steven Thomson, Steven Robb, David Barron and Paul Gallacher all played 90 minutes of a bounce game against Rangers in midweek and could all start.
Victory over Hamilton will take the Buddies six points clear of the New Douglas Park side, whom they drew 2-2 with in Paisley last month after coming from two goals behind.
However, manager Danny Lennon prefers to look up the table to St Johnstone and Hibernian who are ahead of St Mirren only by a couple of points.
He said: "In that game against Hamilton we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we climbed it quite well.
"But we have come a long way since then to be fair and we are continuing to look at improving.
"The league is very tight at this minute, regardless of what happens tomorrow.
"It's not just about us and Hamilton, there are going to be a lot of other teams around us.
"Our aim is to look directly at the teams who are above us and that's Hibs and St Johnstone.
"We know what our aims and objectives are but we have to break them down into small ones.
"That's our next challenge, to try and catch the teams who are just ahead of us."
Controversy at New Douglas Park
The Israeli match officials had a big call to make at Hamilton after St Mirren had a goal disallowed at New Douglas Park.
Referee Meir Levi largely impressed by allowing the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match to flow after being drafted in by the Scottish Football Association to cover for striking Scottish referees.
Simon Mensing had the ball in the back of his own net with just over 20 minutes to go but the own goal was chalked off by Meir's assistant as the match ended goalless.
Hamilton made three changes from their defeat against Hearts for the visit of St Mirren. Marco and Flavio Paixao were drafted into the team, along with Grant Gillespie. David Elebert, David Buchanan and Andy Graham all dropped to the bench.
Saints were without the suspended Michael Higdon and Kenny McLean was named among the substitutes as Steven Thomson and Aaron Mooy both started.
Accies started strongly and carved out a couple of decent chances early on. Gillespie was allowed to run unchallenged into the box in the opening minute before John Potter cleared the danger before he could unleash the shot.
Marco Paixao then picked out his twin Flavio at the back post who found Gary McDonald in space in front of goal but his shot looped high into the air before being gathered by goalkeeper Craig Samson.
At the other end, Saints were threatening when David van Zanten whipped a cross in from the right but Gareth Wardlaw just failed to connect with the header 10 yards out.
Hamilton still looked most likely to find the back of the net and Gavin Skelton tried his luck with an audacious attempt from 35 yards but the shot fizzed narrowly past the post.
The home side had the chance to pile on the pressure again when Dougie Imrie delivered a free-kick into the box that was nodded on by Martin Canning only for Flavio Paixao to hook over from six yards when it looked easier to leave the net bulging.
Saints had offered little in front of goal but Thomson collected on the edge of the area only to spurn the chance to open the scoring by screwing his shot wide, before a tame free-kick from Paul McGowan just before the interval fell harmlessly wide.
Hamilton should have been ahead shortly after the restart when Damian Casalinuovo picked out Flavio Paixao for the header and he had the crowd on their feet only to nod agonisingly wide of the target.
Accies threw Nigel Hasselbaink into the action for Casalinuovo, while Saints swapped Mooy for Sean Lynch.
The other Paixao brother, Marco, then passed up a great opportunity of his own when he met Dougie Imrie's corner only to send a firm header over the crossbar from close range.
St Mirren thought they had taken the lead with 71 minutes gone when Mensing stabbed a McGowan cross into his own net but the goal was disallowed by assistant referee David Elia Biton, seemingly for either a foul or an offside decision.
The referee had a call to make when Skelton went to ground under pressure from Lynch but no penalty was forthcoming for Accies with just eight minutes to go.
Samson pulled off a great save to deny Jim Goodwin late on before McDonald had the ball in the back of the net but a foul had already been given against Goodwin well before the effort crossed the line as the match ended in stalemate.
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