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David Wotherspoon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-0 St Mirren.
Daniel Galbraith delivers the ball, John Potter makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Galbraith, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Marc McAusland is shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Marc McAusland. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.
Daniel Galbraith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Derek Riordan.
Richie Towell fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.
David Wotherspoon booked. (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Craig Dargo coming on for Steven Thomson. Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Towell.
Derek Riordan takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Derek Riordan delivers a pass corner to short, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
Caution for Jure Travner. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jure Travner on David Wotherspoon. Derek Riordan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Hugh Murray gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon.
The ball is sent over by Marc McAusland.
Jure Travner fouled by David Wotherspoon, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jim Goodwin, save by Graham Stack.
Derek Riordan crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Colin Nish misses to the left of the goal.
Paul McQuade on for Lee Mair.
Foul by David Wotherspoon on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, save made by Graham Stack.
Ian Murray challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Jim Goodwin, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Blocked by Francis Dickoh.
Hugh Murray takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc McAusland. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Colin Nish on for Akpo Sodje.
The ball is sent over by Paul McGowan, Derek Riordan gets a block in.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save made by Graham Stack.
The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
Matt Thornhill leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Miller.
Derek Riordan finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Akpo Sodje.
Michael Higdon is caught offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by John Potter on Akpo Sodje, free kick awarded. Derek Riordan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Victor Palsson booked for unsporting behaviour. Marc McAusland fouled by Victor Palsson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Derek Riordan delivers the ball, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
Callum Booth crosses the ball, Marc McAusland gets a block in.
Paul McGowan fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Derek Riordan, comfortable save by Paul Gallacher.
Ian Murray receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Ian Murray. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
David Wotherspoon takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.
The referee cautions Matt Thornhill for unsporting behaviour. Matt Thornhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Callum Booth sends in a cross, Akpo Sodje produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Akpo Sodje, clearance by Marc McAusland.
The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, clearance made by Callum Booth.
Jure Travner crosses the ball.
Callum Booth sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by David Wotherspoon goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
David Wotherspoon fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Francis Dickoh takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan played to the near post, clearance by Darren McGregor.
The ball is delivered by Callum Booth, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
Short corner taken by Derek Riordan.
Unfair challenge on Victor Palsson by Jure Travner results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richie Towell from right channel, blocked by Darren McGregor.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a comfortable save.
Jim Goodwin fouled by Richie Towell, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Mair takes the indirect free kick.
Jure Travner is caught offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jure Travner, blocked by Richie Towell.
Steven Thomson has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
Patrick Cregg goes off and Hugh Murray comes on.
Akpo Sodje has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Jim Goodwin, Victor Palsson gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Ian Murray results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Paul McGowan fouled by Francis Dickoh, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Steven Thomson gets a block in.
Derek Riordan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Lee Mair results in a free kick. Derek Riordan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, blocked by Jure Travner.
Akpo Sodje is ruled offside. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Richie Towell takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Shot from just outside the box by Callum Booth goes over the target.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Akpo Sodje goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor by Akpo Sodje. John Potter takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jim Goodwin from right channel, Francis Dickoh makes a clearance.
Derek Riordan produces a cross, Richie Towell produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Francis Dickoh on Michael Higdon, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg restarts play with the free kick.
David Wotherspoon produces a cross, Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Patrick Cregg produces a cross, Francis Dickoh fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
Steven Thomson takes a inswinging corner.
A cross is delivered by Jure Travner, clearance by Richie Towell.
Centre by Richie Towell, clearance by John Potter.
Foul by Patrick Cregg on Derek Riordan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
Marc McAusland fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Steven Thomson challenges Victor Palsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Towell.
Corner taken by Steven Thomson from the left by-line played to the near post, Matt Thornhill makes a clearance.
Matt Thornhill has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Calderwood happy with recruits
Colin Calderwood declared himself happy with his recruited reinforcements as Hibernian go in search of a first goal of 2011 and a first win since November in the clash with St Mirren.
Hibs' last goal came in the 2-2 draw with Dundee United on December 29 and in seven matches throughout January they failed to score - their drought has now lasted more than 10 hours - and conceded 12 goals.
Akpo Sodje, who signed an 18-month deal from Charlton on deadline day, completed Hibs' six-strong recruitment with goalkeeper Jakub Divis also joining.
Midfielders Martin Scott, Matt Thornhill, Victor Palsson and Richie Towell, who can also play right-back, joined last week. Divis and Towell have signed loan deals, while Merouane Zemmama, Chris Hogg and Edwin de Graaf have left Easter Road.
Hibs boss Calderwood was satisfied with the new signings as he bids to improve on a record of two wins and 12 defeats in 17 games in charge and hopes his players gel swiftly.
He said: "What we've got is the right personnel, what we've got is good in terms of going forward with the club and I'm delighted with what we've ended up with.
"We've got to become a team very quickly. We've got to come together, with the new people coming in we've got to find harmony and cohesive football between us and we've got to have an end product.
"We've got to be better in both boxes and that's the work we're going to do this week and right until the end of the season.
"If we improve in both 18-yard areas, we will be okay."
Calderwood hopes Sodje will forge a successful partnership with top-scorer Derek Riordan, who is out of contract in the summer and whose future remains uncertain.
Calderwood said: "He (Sodje) was coming out of contract in the summer and we thought he might be a good help to us.
"We're obviously looking for an immediate input. He's got a freshness about him, he's got a physicality and a real willingness to work and run in behind.
"I think that will add to the other types of strikers we've got.
"He'll certainly be in the mix."
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has urged his players to keep Hibernian on the back foot from the start of their basement battle.
St Mirren can move five points above Hibs with a game in hand if they add to the Edinburgh club`s woes with another defeat.
Saints have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, going three games unbeaten and coming within two minutes of beating Dundee United last week.
And Lennon wants his players to maintain the pressure on Hibs from the kick-off.
"We`re hoping if we can get out the traps very, very quickly and keep them down, not give them any real opportunity to get a lift, I`m very confident we can build on the progress of the last few weeks," Lennon said.
"Over the last three games you take every positive. We are looking more solid, we managed to hold onto the lead until the final couple of minutes the other night.
"We are starting to look a bit more of a threat and we are getting experienced players back off the treatment table."
A relegation battle is nothing new to the bulk of St Mirren`s squad, while Hibernian have not fought one since going down in 1998 shortly after Alex McLeish took over.
And Lennon believes that contrast can only benefit his club as they battle with Hibs and Hamilton to steer clear of bottom place.
He added: "What we probably have in our favour is that a lot of our boys have been in that position for the last three or four seasons, so they know how to deal with that pressure week in, week out.
"It`s a thing that is relatively new to the Hibs players. Obviously surviving it for the last four years is a great trait.
"What happens at the lower end of the table, when it's as close as it is, there is a fear factor that comes in and sometimes the football suffers.
"It`s very passionate, very committed, but you want players to keep going out there and doing the right things and making it entertaining.
"That`s our message to the players, to keep going out there and doing the right things."
Hibs break duck
Derek Riordan and David Wotherspoon ended Hibernian's search for a first goal of 2011 and a first win since November as their second-half strikes secured a valuable Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over St Mirren.
Riordan's 63rd-minute strike was Hibs' first goal since the 2-2 draw with Dundee United on December 29 and Wotherspoon added a second in stoppage time to end a 12-match winless run.
The result handed manager Colin Calderwood a record of three wins and 12 losses from 18 matches in charge.
St Mirren, who began the evening two points and a place above Hibs in the SPL table, fell to 11th in the table after struggling to test Hibs' vulnerable defence.
The Buddies are now four points above bottom club Hamilton having played a game more. Accies have two games in hand on Hibs.
Hibs required a first win since the November 13 defeat of Motherwell and a first goal of 2011 to climb above their opponents into 10th place and they began on the attack.
Akpo Sodje, who made his debut after signing from Charlton on deadline day, was recruited to take the full burden away from top scorer Riordan as Calderwood's backing by the Easter Road board was demonstrated by the signings of six players in the January transfer window.
Four were in the starting line-up tonight and Matt Thornhill, signed from Nottingham Forest last week, shot wide from the edge of the area after four minutes.
A poor backpass by Callum Booth and a weak defensive header by Francis Dickoh exposed the hosts' defensive frailties soon after but Steven Thomson's corner came to nothing for Saints.
Richie Towell dragged a shot across goal, Sodje fired wide and Thornhill shot off target as Hibs continued to dominate the early possession.
Towell's deflected drive was saved by Paul Gallacher, but Thornhill sliced the rebound from a narrow angle with the goal gaping.
Sodje shot wide on the turn after receiving Ian Murray's cross before Thomson shot off target from 30 yards with the goal vacant after Graham Stack - the latest stopper to be used in Calderwood's goalkeeping rotation policy - raced off his line to clear a through ball with a header.
After Saints had been forced into an early change with Hugh Murray replacing Paddy Cregg, Michael Higdon saw the visitors' first effort on target saved by Stack low to his left.
Booth raced down the left for Wotherspoon to head wide as Hibs finished the half on the attack but still chasing a first goal of the calendar year.
Thomson had an effort blocked by Ian Murray within a minute of the restart before Victor Palsson tackled Higdon on the edge of the visitors' area and then found Sodje.
However, the striker snapped at his effort and could not find the target.
Thornhill, Ian Murray and Palsson were booked in quick succession for Hibs in a sign of their growing frustration as the Buddies remained resistant to their hosts' attacking threat.
But a goal finally came after 63 minutes, ending Hibs' barren run of more than 11 hours.
Ian Murray won a header 30 yards out after Saints half-cleared Stack's long clearance and Sodje knocked down for Riordan to skilfully net low beyond Gallacher. It was his ninth of the season.
Ian Murray then hit the outside of the post with a header from Riordan's cross after 76 minutes as Hibs went close to a second.
Gallacher denied Riordan after the forward had made space for a shot, with Saints increasingly stretched as they looked to get forward.
Riordan was then sacrificed for Danny Galbraith to a rousing ovation from the home fans before Wotherspoon swept in a second from close range as Hibs recorded just a fifth win of the season.
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