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Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.
Garry O'Connor comes on in place of Roy O'Donovan.
Pa Saikou Kujabi fouled by Gary Teale, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
David Wotherspoon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.
Unfair challenge on Matt Doherty by David van Zanten results in a free kick. David van Zanten goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. David Wotherspoon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
A cross is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Steven Thompson. Shot on goal comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick, blocked by Jim Goodwin.
Kenny McLean goes off and Jason Naismith comes on.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, Shot on goal by Leigh Griffiths from just inside the area goes over the target. (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Matt Doherty coming on for George Francomb.
Nigel Hasselbaink crosses the ball, save by Graham Stack.
The ball is sent over by Kenny McLean, clearance by Lewis Stevenson.
The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.
The ball is swung over by David Wotherspoon, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Nigel Hasselbaink. James McPake takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Kenny McLean from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
George Francomb takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Aaron Mooy concedes a free kick for a foul on Roy O'Donovan. George Francomb shoots direct from the free kick, Jim Goodwin gets a block in.
Pa Saikou Kujabi crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee Mair.
The ball is delivered by Aaron Mooy, save made by Graham Stack.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Leigh Griffiths. David Barron takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
Jorge Claros produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Aaron Mooy coming on for Hugh Murray.
Centre by George Francomb, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Steven Thompson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack. Ivan Sproule leaves the field to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.
Centre by Kenny McLean, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
George Francomb challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Francomb goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, Headed effort on goal by Nigel Hasselbaink from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Teale, George Francomb manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by George Francomb, clearance by Lee Mair.
Foul by Hugh Murray on Roy O'Donovan, free kick awarded. Leigh Griffiths produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Jim Goodwin gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, save made by Craig Samson.
Ivan Sproule sends in a cross, save by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Jim Goodwin. The free kick is swung in right-footed by George Francomb, clearance made by Steven Thompson.
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Francomb by Steven Thompson. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale, Graham Stack makes a save.
Ivan Sproule produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Roy O'Donovan. The referee cautions Lee Mair for unsporting behaviour.
David Barron fouled by Pa Saikou Kujabi, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Foul by David Barron on Roy O'Donovan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by George Francomb.
Jim Goodwin booked for unsporting behaviour. Roy O'Donovan booked.
Gary Teale is ruled offside. George Francomb takes the free kick.
Pa Saikou Kujabi delivers the ball, clearance by Jim Goodwin.
Inswinging corner taken by George Francomb from the left by-line played to the near post, James McPake has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Kenny McLean, clearance made by James McPake.
Isaiah Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
David van Zanten crosses the ball, James McPake manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
A cross is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne, clearance made by Lee Mair.
Gary Teale takes a shot. Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
Corner taken by Gary Teale, Graham Stack makes a save.
Foul by Jorge Claros on Hugh Murray, free kick awarded. Gary Teale produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by James McPake.
Gary Teale produces a cross, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson by Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by George Francomb.
Foul by Hugh Murray on Isaiah Osbourne, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by George Francomb, clearance made by Hugh Murray.
Lee Mair takes a shot. Comfortable save by Graham Stack.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Jorge Claros. Free kick taken by Gary Teale.
Roy O'Donovan fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by George Francomb.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by George Francomb. Free kick taken by Gary Teale.
The ball is crossed by Lewis Stevenson, clearance by Lee Mair.
Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Roy O'Donovan results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
Foul by James McPake on Steven Thompson, free kick awarded. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb to the near post, James McPake takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Corner taken by George Francomb from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Hugh Murray.
Leigh Griffiths produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Steven Thompson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Fenlon focussed on home form
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is eager for his relegation-threatened side to follow up their win at Kilmarnock with victory over St Mirren and to ensure Easter Road once again becomes difficult territory for visiting teams.
Eleventh-placed Hibs moved three points clear of Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom club Dunfermline as Tom Soares scored twice in last week's 3-1 win at Rugby Park. It was their fourth away win of the season.
Fenlon told Hibernian TV: "The result last week at Kilmarnock was a good win. It becomes a very good win if we back that up with another win against St Mirren.
"We're quietly pleased, but there's still work to do."
Improving the home record is of paramount importance in the survival fight.
Hibs' record of one win in the capital in a year - September's defeat of St Johnstone - has contributed to their current predicament.
Fenlon, whose side have won four and lost nine of 15 games since he succeeded Colin Calderwood in November, added: "Over the last couple of seasons the home record hasn't been good enough. We need to rectify that quickly.
"Teams coming to Easter Road, when it was the old stadium, didn't fancy it too much. We need to get it back to that.
"I think teams enjoy coming to Easter Road now - it's a fabulous stadium, good, big pitch.
"In the short-term we need to make it a difficult place. We've got to make it as hostile as we can for teams and that starts on the pitch.
"What happens on the pitch is relevant to what gets the supporters agitated and that's what we need to do."
Boos and jeers from Hibs fans at their own players have become commonplace, but Fenlon hopes his squad can earn the backing of the home faithful.
He added: "We've got to go and enjoy it. We've got eight, nine-thousand of our own supporters. We've got to embrace that and get them behind us."
Hibs must wait to discover if midfielder Soares and goalkeeper Graham Stack can recover from knocks in time for the game.
David Barron admits one of the benefits of signing a new contract for St Mirren is the certainty of being paid every week.
The 24-year-old defender was glad this week to complete a deal that ties him to the Buddies until the summer of 2014.
Hearts players have had regular battles to get their wages paid on time this season while current financial problems at Dunfermline meant players, management and staff are still to receive their February wages in full - 60% has been paid, with 20% more set to follow on Monday - with the club vowing to pay the remaining balances within 10 days.
Overshadowing all that is administration-hit Rangers' battle for survival with the Scottish champions set to have their squad decimated today by the administrators.
All of which has left an impression on Barron and ahead of tomorrow's trip to Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, he told Press Association Sport: "Since I have been at the club - that's six years now, - they have treated me unbelievably well.
"Everyone at the club up to the chairman has been great to me and I have to thank them.
"It is a really well-run club and it made my decision (to sign a new deal) easier.
"You see all the carry on at other clubs, not being paid wages and stuff like that. But in the six years I have had my wages every single week so you have to be thankful for things like that as well.
"There are probably a few boys who take it for granted - I probably took it for granted as well - but now you start to appreciate it more when you see players have not been paid at other clubs.
"On that part of it, the club has been terrific and with a new training ground and new stadium, it is a great place to be and I want to be part of it."
Midfielder Paul McGowan and winger Dougie Imrie are suspended for St Mirren.
Defender Marc McAusland's eye socket injury sustained against Aberdeen last week is not as bad as first feared although he will miss out this week as a precaution.
Hibs earn important point
Hibernian eased their Clydesdale Bank Premier League relegation worries in a stalemate with draw specialists St Mirren at Easter Road.
Buddies goalkeeper Craig Samson saved a first-half James McPake header and second-half shots in quick succession from Leigh Griffiths and substitute David Wotherspoon as 11th-placed Hibs moved four points clear of Dunfermline at the foot of the table.
Saints - now without an SPL win in nine matches, the last five of them draws - were lively on the break without ever testing Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack, but claimed a point due to a strong defensive display, coupled with Hibs' blunt attack.
Hibs' record of one win in the capital in a year - September's defeat of St Johnstone - has contributed to their current predicament but Pat Fenlon's side moved further clear of the Pars, who lost 2-0 to Motherwell.
Four of St Mirren's last five games have been goalless, the exception being last week's 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, and their last league win was against Rangers on Christmas Eve. Hope of a top-six finish must now be faint.
Hibs were without Tom Soares, whose double helped secure last week's 3-1 win at Kilmarnock, due to a dead leg, with Ivan Sproule starting in his place.
After Steven Thomson sliced wide from Nigel Hasselbaink's cut-back, Hibs went on the attack.
Leigh Griffiths shot across the face of goal from an acute angle after ghosting in behind Jim Goodwin before the hosts went close again.
Captain McPake met a corner with a powerful header, but Samson's firm hand turned the ball away.
St Mirren were on the defensive and Sproule saw an effort from the edge of the box deflect out for a corner, which Francomb whipped in and McPake headed off target.
It was the second time the Hibs defender had risen unchallenged to meet a set-piece and a warning to the Buddies.
Goodwin and Roy O'Donovan had an off-the-ball altercation, both booked after the visiting captain appeared to use a forceful elbow after taking exception for the Hibs striker challenging Samson for a through ball.
Had O'Donovan made more of the incident, Goodwin could have faced sterner punishment than a yellow card from referee Willie Collum.
After the restart, O'Donovan avoided a second caution for a tackle from behind on Murray before Hibs pressed forward, with Isaiah Osbourne, Griffiths and Francomb each having shots blocked.
Murray dragged down O'Donovan on the edge of the visitors' area, presenting Hibs with a free-kick 25 yards out in front of goal.
Griffiths' left-foot strike hit the wall before he volleyed a rebound into the floor which bounced high and fell for O'Donovan. However, the Irish striker could not get much of a touch and Samson saved.
St Mirren striker Steven Thompson appealed in desperation for a penalty when chasing a lost cause after being legitimately shoved off the ball. It was an illustration of how few chances the visitors were creating.
Jorge Claros drove narrowly wide for Hibs before Samson was again called into action, making a double save.
First he parried a Griffiths' effort and then turned substitute Wotherspoon's follow up around the post.
Kenny McLean blasted over on the counter attack after speeding beyond the Hibs defence as Saints missed an opportunity to steal all three points.
Griffiths fired wildly over as Hibs finished on the attack but the match ended goalless.
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