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Jure Travner sends in a cross.
Jamie Hamill booked for unsporting behaviour. Caution for Hugh Murray.
The ball is swung over by Hugh Murray, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Effort on goal by Darren McGregor from just inside the area clears the bar.
Alexei Eremenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc McAusland. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Alexei Eremenko sends in a cross.
Shot on goal by Craig Bryson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside against Gareth Wardlaw. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Jamie Hamill from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Nick Hegarty, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Harry Forrester takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in.
Ben Gordon produces a cross.
Harry Forrester takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
The referee blows for offside. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Mohamadou Sissoko takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Foul by Marc McAusland on Harry Forrester, free kick awarded. Harry Forrester takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Sean Lynch takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
The ball is sent over by Nick Hegarty.
Shot by Harry Forrester from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Conor Sammon takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson.
Harry Forrester produces a cross.
Harry Forrester sends in a cross, blocked by Lee Mair.
Centre by Marc McAusland.
Harry Forrester takes a shot. Hugh Murray gets a block in.
James Dayton fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a . Paul McGowan is shown a red card for professional foul. James Dayton goes off and James Fowler comes on. Nick Hegarty is brought on as a substitute for Garry Brady.
Paul McGowan challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul McGowan is sent off by the referee. James Dayton leaves the field to be replaced by James Fowler. Nick Hegarty on for Garry Brady. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Marc McAusland concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Forrester on Darren McGregor. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Craig Bryson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Garry Brady, Mohamadou Sissoko gets a block in.
Sean Lynch is brought on as a substitute for Steven Thomson.
Jamie Hamill sends in a cross, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Craig Bryson. Alexei Eremenko hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren.
The ball is crossed by Alexei Eremenko.
Conor Sammon fouled by Lee Mair, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Effort from deep inside the area by Harry Forrester misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by James Dayton from the right by-line.
Foul by Garry Brady on James Dayton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Dayton.
Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Alexei Eremenko, Hugh Murray gets a block in.
Steven Thomson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren.
Shot from just outside the area by Craig Bryson goes over the bar.
Alexei Eremenko takes a inswinging corner.
Alexei Eremenko challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hugh Murray takes the indirect free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Harry Forrester goes wide of the left-hand post.
Hugh Murray sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Garry Brady.
Craig Bryson takes a shot. The assistant referee signals for offside against Conor Sammon. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line to the near post.
Jamie Hamill produces a cross, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
Steven Thomson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Harry Forrester is brought on as a substitute for David Silva. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Garry Brady from the right by-line.
Foul by John Potter on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from James Dayton from the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, Ben Gordon makes a clearance.
Jamie Hamill is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Mair.
The ball is delivered by Alexei Eremenko, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by David Silva goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
James Dayton scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren.Assist by Jamie Hamill.
James Dayton gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Jamie Hamill.
The ball is swung over by Darren McGregor, clearance by Frazer Wright.
Foul by Darren McGregor on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. The referee shows Darren McGregor a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Gareth Wardlaw delivers the ball, Frazer Wright gets a block in. Garry Brady takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
The ball is swung over by Marc McAusland, Hugh Murray takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Foul by Manuel Pascali on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
James Dayton crosses the ball, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
A cross is delivered by Ben Gordon, clearance by Jure Travner.
The ball is sent over by David Silva, save by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is delivered by Jure Travner, clearance by Craig Bryson.
The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, Jamie Hamill gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton, Header from deep inside the area by Mohamadou Sissoko goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on David Silva by Marc McAusland results in a free kick. David Silva restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by James Dayton.
Centre by Conor Sammon.
Foul by Hugh Murray on James Dayton, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Alexei Eremenko from the free kick, save made by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is sent over by Ben Gordon, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Jamie Hamill, Hugh Murray manages to make a clearance.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher. Corner taken by David Silva.
Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Jamie Hamill results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jure Travner.
Shot from just outside the box by Craig Bryson misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Jure Travner.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Ben Gordon results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Garry Brady from own half.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Alexei Eremenko results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Brady.
Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half begins.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Debut for Eremenko
Alexei Eremenko could make his Kilmarnock debut in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren at Rugby Park.
The 27-year-old Finland international signed on a season-long loan from Ukraine club Metalist Kharkiv and offers manager Mixu Paatelainen options in defence or attack.
The Killie boss has a couple of players carrying knocks but will give them every chance to recover.
Paatelainen is looking forward to the "adventure" of playing new-look St Mirren when the Paisley side visit Rugby Park.
Danny Lennon landed his first managerial post in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when he moved from Cowdenbeath to the Paisley club in the summer.
The former Hibernian boss said: "Having a new manager means they have new ideas as how to play.
"They have started the season very well. They have had a very tough opening three matches but they have managed to pick up four points.
"We have had them scouted and I have managed to see them a couple of matches "I don't think there will be too many surprises but it is always a new adventure when you play a new team with a new manager.
"I think it will be a very even game.
"Some people might say St Mirren is an easier game than against Celtic or Rangers but it's not, it's a very difficult match for us and we have to be on our toes to take anything from it.
"But it's three points at stake and that's what we want to do, accumulate as many goals as possible."
Craig Dargo is a major doubt for St Mirren after suffering a knee injury.
Michael Higdon (groin), David Barron (knee) and Paul McQuade (calf) remain on the sidelines but Steven Thomson is pushing for a return after taking part in two closed-door games following his injury.
Former Grimsby midfielder Nick Hegarty may also be involved after signing for Saints on transfer deadline day.
Garry Brady admits the arrival of Lennon has brought a fresh impetus to players already at the club.
Saints were tipped to struggle this season after a huge transformation over the summer with Lennon bringing in 11 players who are largely untried in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
But they have collected four points from games against Dundee United, Celtic and Hibernian.
Brady had played more than 100 games for the Paisley club before Lennon took over but he admitted he was fearful for his Saints future after Gus MacPherson was sacked.
However, Lennon handed the former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder a one-year contract and Brady is determined to keep proving his worth to the manager.
The 34-year-old said: "It`s a big season for everybody. With a new manager coming in, it`s a clean slate and it keeps everyone on their toes, proving that you can do a job.
"Whether you`re a young boy or an old boy, everyone is in the same boat.
"With my contract being up and with Gus going, I didn`t know who was coming in or whether I would be offered a new contract.
"When I got offered a new contract, you know he obviously wants you.
"It`s a case of proving yourself to the new manager that you are worthy of start, that you can do a job for him.
"It`s the same at every club when a new manager comes in, everybody seems to get a wee extra bit of motivation.
"I don`t know if it`s a mental thing but it does seem to work. Hopefully we can sustain it."
Eremenko makes his mark
Alexei Eremenko proved an instant hit with the Kilmarnock support after he thumped in a free-kick winner against St Mirren on his debut at Rugby Park to give his side a 2-1 victory.
The Finnish international, who has joined on a season-long loan from Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv and looks a real coup for manager Mixu Paatelainen, scored after 56 minutes to claim the points for his new club.
Kilmarnock had dominated the opening half and should have led by more than James Dayton's 29th-minute strike.
St Mirren levelled through Steven Thomson soon after the restart, but were unable to come back a second time as they were reduced to 10 men with Paul McGowan's sending off.
The on-loan Celtic forward was red carded for an apparent off-the-ball altercation with Manuel Pascali sparked by McGowan's failure to kick the ball out with Dayton, who had to be withdrawn, down injured in the opposite half.
St Mirren restored Thomson to their midfield, but were short of options in attack with Craig Dargo (knee) and Michael Higdon (groin) both missing through injury.
Kilmarnock offered the first threat, Conor Sammon's cross setting David Silva up at the far post, but his effort was comfortably gathered by Paul Gallacher in the St Mirren goal.
Silva then turned provider in the home team's next attack, his ball infield setting up a shooting chance for Craig Bryson, but his long-range attempt swerved wide of the mark.
Gallacher was forced into a fine stop in the seventh minute when Silva this time chose to go it alone and his powerful strike from distance needed pushing away for a corner.
Eremenko was impressing with his early touches and Gallacher needed to be alert again to keep out a direct free kick arrowed goalwards by the newcomer.
Kilmarnock were by now deserving of a lead, but a goal was proving elusive and from Dayton's corner, Momo Sissoko's far-post header looped agonisingly over the crossbar.
St Mirren managed a rare foray upfield after 24 minutes, Mark McAusland producing a fine low cross from the right, but Thomson's flicked header was always going wide.
Kilmarnock finally went ahead in the 29th minute, courtesy of a brilliant individual strike from Dayton, the winger cutting inside on the right before unleashing a fierce angled drive.
Dayton's joy was obvious and he darted the width of the field to embrace his manager, Paatelainen, who relaunched the midfielder's career this summer.
After his release from Crystal Palace in May 2009, Dayton struggled to find another club and spent last winter at Glenn Hoddle's football academy.
Kilmarnock should have doubled their advantage when another clever Eremenko pass set up an easy header for Silva, but he nodded over the crossbar from close range.
It was to be Silva's last contribution as he limped off in the 38th minute to be replaced by Harry Forrester, on loan at Kilmarnock from Aston Villa, who shot wide with his first touch.
Paul McGowan had the first attempt of the second half only seconds after the restart, but his attempt to surprise Cammy Bell dropped over the crossbar.
The visitors delivered after 48 minutes when Wardlaw's knock-on played Thomson in on goal and he thumped it in from close range with Kilmarnock protests at a possible handball in the move ignored.
Kilmarnock restored their lead in the 56th minute when Eremenko's free-kick caught out Gallacher at his near post and the St Mirren goalkeeper could only fumble it into the net.
St Mirren withdrew Thomson, who seemingly picked up a knock scoring his goal, on the hour mark and introduced another midfielder, Sean Lynch.
Gallacher redeemed himself a little with a fine stop after 62 minutes, beating away Sammon's shot after the Kilmarnock striker had been well set-up by Bryson.
There was controversy in the 63rd minute when McGowan was sent off for an apparent off-the-ball altercation with Pascali.
The incident was sparked by Kilmarnock anger at McGowan's failure to kick the ball out of play with Dayton down injured in the other half of the field after a collision with Jure Travner.
Forrester was also making an impact and he came close to making it 3-1 to Kilmarnock with a run and shot that fizzed just over the crossbar in the 78th minute.
Sissoko was next to burst from forward from defence and his 25-yard shot had Gallacher beaten only bounce the wrong side of the post, while the St Mirren goalkeeper made a superb one-handed stop to deny Forrester.
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