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  • Date:24 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Easter Road Stadium
  • Attendance:7,238
  • Sodje (25)
  • Dargo - pen (38)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:46 +2.46

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick. Paul McGowan restarts play with the free kick.

89:39

David Barron is brought on as a substitute for Hugh Murray.

88:29

Inswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean, save made by Mark Brown.

86:02

Foul by Steven Thomson on Ian Murray, free kick awarded. Steven Thomson booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Callum Booth.

84:14

Kenny McLean takes the inswinging corner, Gareth Wardlaw takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

82:48

Unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Craig Dargo results in a free kick. (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Gareth Wardlaw coming on for Craig Dargo. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

80:50

Shot from just outside the box by Derek Riordan misses to the right of the target.

79:07

Foul by Hugh Murray on Martin Scott, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jim Goodwin. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

77:59

The referee blows for offside. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

76:24

The official flags Akpo Sodje offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

76:06

Jim Goodwin is penalised for a handball. Derek Riordan takes the free kick.

74:31

Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Darren McGregor results in a free kick. Booking for Darren McGregor for unsporting behaviour. Lewis Stevenson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.

73:15

Ricardo Vaz Te takes the outswinging corner, Close range header by Ian Murray misses to the right of the target.

71:40

Ricardo Vaz Te comes on in place of Liam Miller.

71:13

David Wotherspoon leaves the field to be replaced by Lewis Stevenson.

69:10

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Ian Murray results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.

67:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hanlon on Craig Dargo. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kenny McLean from right channel.

66:27

Liam Miller fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin goes into the book. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.

66:02

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Ian Murray results in a free kick. David van Zanten takes the free kick.

64:40

Inswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean, clearance made by Akpo Sodje.

63:15

Darren McGregor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje. Ian Murray restarts play with the free kick.

57:59

The official flags Akpo Sodje offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

56:24

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kenny McLean, Mark Brown makes a save.

54:52

Ian Murray replaces Victor Palsson.

52:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul McGowan. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.

52:23

Handball by Richie Towell. Jim Goodwin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

49:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Victor Palsson. Jure Travner delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Callum Booth makes a clearance.

45:23 +0.23

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Scott. Richie Towell takes the free kick.

41:54

Shot from long distance by Kenny McLean goes wide of the left-hand post.

40:17

Kenny McLean is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

37:57

Francis Dickoh challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Craig Dargo and scored. Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren.

36:18

Inswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, clearance made by Victor Palsson.

35:35

Derek Riordan produces a cross, Liam Miller produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

33:48

Richie Towell concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Kenny McLean delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

28:57

Foul by Liam Miller on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.

27:29

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Miller.

27:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Callum Booth. Free kick taken by Darren McGregor.

25:43

A goal is scored by Akpo Sodje from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 St Mirren.Derek Riordan provided the assist for the goal.

23:27

Victor Palsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. The referee shows Victor Palsson a yellow card. Lee Mair restarts play with the free kick.

19:04

Jure Travner fouled by David Wotherspoon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jure Travner.

14:54

Paul McGowan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.

13:10

Liam Miller takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

11:50

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Scott. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

11:19

Akpo Sodje challenges Darren McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.

10:29

The official flags Craig Dargo offside. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.

10:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

9:28

The ball is sent over by Richie Towell, save by Paul Gallacher.

7:37

Liam Miller has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

6:29

Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Mark Brown.

5:48

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line.

5:11

Centre by Derek Riordan.

2:29

Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Martin Scott results in a free kick. Hugh Murray restarts play with the free kick.

1:06

Martin Scott fouled by David van Zanten, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Derek Riordan, Paul Gallacher makes a save.

Match Preview

Calderwood looks to the future Hibernian are seeking victory in all five of their remaining games of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season as manager Colin Calderwood prepares to further reform the playing squad. Hibs play a St Mirren side fighting to preserve their SPL futures a week after losing to bottom club Hamilton. Assistant manager Derek Adams is determined Hibs finish the season well in order to improve on this season next term, with winning football helping to attract new faces. Adams, conducting Calderwood's media duties while the manager was watching potential transfer targets, said: "It's very important because we're trying to finish in seventh position. "That's as high as we can go and we're going to strive to win every game between now and the end of the season." Hibs have a host of players who are out of contract at the end of the current campaign and goalkeeper Graeme Smith left the club with immediate effect this week after being told he would not be getting a new deal. Calderwood has informed those members of his current squad he deems surplus to requirements, while some, including Derek Riordan and Ricardo Vaz Te, must wait until the end of the season to find out their fate. Adams admits that may be unsettling, but he believes the players may perform better in order to prove a point. "It can be beneficial for both sides," he said. "It can be beneficial from the point of view players want to play - other clubs are looking at them, other managers. "The players will be looking after themselves but if they perform well they'll be looking after Hibernian Football Club as well." Hibs won two of Calderwood's first 17 matches in charge before an upsurge in fortunes coincided with the recruitment of six players during the winter transfer window. The aim is for further reinforcements next term. Adams added: "Hopefully over the summer there will be players coming in who can take the club forward. "We're looking to take in other players and blend a squad that can push us on from this season." St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has challenged his players to add a winning mentality to their increasingly consistent performances. Saints can restore their 12-point lead over bottom club Hamilton if they win at Hibernian and recent form will give them confidence. St Mirren have suffered late one-goal defeats against both halves of the Old Firm in their most recent games, which followed consecutive wins over Hamilton and Aberdeen. Lennon said: "I was certainly satisfied with the level of performances over the last two weeks but genuinely disappointed that we came away with no points. "We want to come away from Edinburgh on Sunday with three points having played the same quality of football. "It wasn't just the fact it happened in the Celtic and Rangers games, very difficult venues, but the level of performances over the last seven or eight weeks now. "We have seen it in flashes but there has been more of a consistency throughout. "What we have to do is take it on to the next level and make sure these level of performances come with a winning mentality." The former Cowdenbeath manager added: "We have set a benchmark in terms of level of performances now, our challenge every single week now is to raise that bar and improve the performances." Defeat for Saints would give Hamilton another glimmer of hope ahead of their home match against Aberdeen. A home win for Accies would then give them the opportunity to close the gap to three points when they travel to Paisley on the following bank holiday Monday. But Lennon is continuing to look up the table rather than over his shoulders at the Lanarkshire side. He said: "They are a good side and they are going to win football games like every other one above us. "But we are focusing on finishing as high up the league as we can by playing football that is attractive and pleasing on the eye, and giving our fans and directors something to be proud of."

Formation:451Manager: Colin Calderwood

Hibernian

Formation: 451Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

  • Mark Brown
  • Richie Towell
  • Francis Dickoh
  • Paul Hanlon
  • Callum Booth
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Liam Miller
  • Martin Scott
  • Victor Palsson
  • Derek Riordan
  • Akpo Sodje
  • SUBS
  • Jakub Divis
  • Michael Hart
  • Ian Murray
  • Ricardo Vaz Te
  • Colin Nish
  • Lewis Stevenson
  • David Stephens

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Match Report

Saints step closer to safety St Mirren edged closer to Clydesdale Bank Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw at Hibernian which moved them 10 points clear of bottom club Hamilton. Akpo Sodje struck his third goal in three games after 26 minutes as Hibs took the lead at Easter Road. However, the Buddies were awarded a soft penalty after 39 minutes when Francis Dickoh was adjudged to have fouled Paul McGowan and Craig Dargo netted the subsequent spot kick. Hibs now face an uphill struggle to finish top of the bottom half of the table, and sit eighth, one point behind Inverness having played two games more. St Mirren began the month with back-to-back wins for the first time this season before losses to either half of the title-chasing Old Firm. Despite the shock of being on the wrong end of Hamilton's first win since October, Hibs started the better today, without either side making the goalkeeper work in the opening quarter. Victor Palsson was booked for a lunge on Jim Goodwin in the centre circle after 24 minutes, a challenge which angered the Buddies midfielder and continued the duo's running feud which began in Hibs' February 2 win at Easter Road. Palsson was soon smiling when Hibs struck on the break after 26 minutes to take the lead. Derek Riordan played through strike partner Sodje to tuck into the bottom right corner. It was the striker's third goal in three games and fifth since moving to Easter Road from Charlton in January. Riordan then combined neatly with Callum Booth to tee-up Liam Miller, who should have done better than fire over from 12 yards. Saints levelled in somewhat fortuitous fashion six minutes before the interval. An innocuous-looking challenge by Dickoh on McGowan resulted in referee Alan Muir pointing to the spot and Dargo converted the penalty. Palsson was replaced by Ian Murray after 56 minutes and could not resist a parting word with Goodwin - justifying manager Colin Calderwood's change for fear of being reduced to 10 men. After Sodje evaded Darren McGregor on the right side of Saints' box but could not find a clinical touch, Goodwin found himself booked for felling Miller. Calderwood had an animated conversation with fourth official John McKendrick soon afterwards, at one point throwing his notes down in disgust inside his technical area. Lewis Stevenson replaced David Wotherspoon and Ricardo Vaz Te came on for Miller as Calderwood sought fresh impetus which never came. McGregor was cautioned for a foul on Sodje, who recovered to hit the post with a first-time volley from Booth's free-kick, but the flag was already raised for offside. Dargo was replaced by Gareth Wardlaw with six minutes remaining and the striker immediately called Brown into action, only to see his header from Kenny McLean's corner held. Steven Thomson was booked for tussling with Ian Murray before St Mirren replaced Hugh Murray with David Barron as the visitors held on.

Form Guide

    WDDLWL
  • Hibernian
  • VS
  • St Mirren
  • LLWWLL

Last Meetings

  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 20/02/2011
  • Hibernian
  • 2 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 02/02/2011
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 0
  • Hibernian
  • 29/08/2010
  • Hibernian
  • 2 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 30/01/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 21/11/2009
  • Hibernian
  • 2 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 15/08/2009

Top Scorers

Hibernian

  • D Riordan 10
  • A Sodje 4
  • L Miller 2
  • F Dickoh 2
  • D Wotherspoon 2
  • P Hanlon 2
  • CJ Nish 1
  • J Rankin 1
  • R Vaz Te 1
  • L Stevenson 1
  • C Booth 1

St Mirren

  • M Higdon 11
  • S Thomson 5
  • D McGregor 3
  • C Dargo 2
  • G Wardlaw 2
  • S Lynch 2
  • J Travner 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • P McGowan 1

Goals

Hibernian

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Mirren

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 31
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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