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  • Date:01 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,631

Live Commentary

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Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, Chris Millar manages to make a clearance.

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Corner from the right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie, save made by Peter Enckelman.


Douglas Imrie crosses the ball, Liam Craig makes a clearance.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.


Jody Morris leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor.


Mickael Antoine-Curier challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.


Martin Canning is booked. Martin Canning challenges Steve May unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig.


Aaron Wildig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.


Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, Andy Graham takes a shot. Michael Duberry gets a block in.


Andy Graham fouled by Peter MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Graham.


Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, clearance by Mickael Antoine-Curier.


Unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Martin Canning results in a free kick. Steve May produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


Ziggy Gordon takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.


Peter MacDonald on for Collin Samuel.


Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig, Effort on goal by Collin Samuel from 12 yards. Tomas Cerny makes a save.


Steve May crosses the ball, clearance made by Ziggy Gordon.


Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathon Routledge. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.


The referee shows Murray Davidson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.


Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, clearance by Jody Morris.


Jody Morris fouled by Aaron Wildig, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


The ball is delivered by Douglas Imrie, clearance by Michael Duberry.


Aaron Wildig comes on in place of Mark Carrington. Jonathon Routledge is brought on as a substitute for Damian Casalinuovo. Tom Elliott is brought on as a substitute for James Chambers.


Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, save by Peter Enckelman.


The ball is delivered by Ziggy Gordon, Jody Morris makes a clearance.


The ball is swung over by David MacKay, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Liam Craig misses to the right of the target.


Chris Millar challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Chambers, save by Peter Enckelman.


Douglas Imrie takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Enckelman by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.


Shot by Mark Carrington. Steven Anderson gets a block in.


Steve May finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton.Assist by Liam Craig.


Arvydas Novikovas goes off and Alan Maybury comes on.


Drilled right-footed shot by Steve May. Save by Tomas Cerny.


Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, David MacKay takes a shot. Andy Graham gets a block in.


Murray Davidson challenges James Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Douglas Imrie restarts play with the free kick.


A cross is delivered by David MacKay, save made by Tomas Cerny.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Douglas Imrie.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, save by Peter Enckelman.


Damian Casalinuovo fouled by Michael Duberry, the ref awards a free kick. Douglas Imrie crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.


Drilled left-footed shot by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Save by Peter Enckelman.


Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve May. Murray Davidson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by David Buchanan.


The ball is sent over by James McAlister, save by Peter Enckelman.


Liam Craig delivers the ball, Andy Graham manages to make a clearance.


Douglas Imrie crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Anderson.


Unfair challenge on Martin Canning by Collin Samuel results in a free kick. Andy Graham takes the direct free kick.


Centre by James McAlister, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.


The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.


Foul by Steve May on Martin Canning, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.


Mickael Antoine-Curier is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damian Casalinuovo by Michael Duberry. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Buchanan, clearance by Michael Duberry.


Steve May finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton.The assist for the goal came from Collin Samuel.

Match Preview

McInnes looks for new Saints run Derek McInnes is looking for his St Johnstone side to begin another good run of form when they take on Hamilton at McDiarmid Park in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The Perth club had lost only once in nine games - away to Celtic - before Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle. However, rather than dwell on the negativity of three lost points in Gorgie, the Saints boss is looking at the defeat as a chance to start afresh. "We are looking forward to the game against Hamilton," the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder told Press Association Sport. "We were disappointed to lose the game against Hearts on Saturday. "We didn't play as well as we could and we know that but that game is in the past. "What I am looking for now is for us to go on another long run of good form. "We have been playing well of late as our record shows so we want to get back on track. "But we know it is not going to be easy because Hamilton are always a difficult side to beat as we have found out in the First Division and in the SPL. "They know us and we know them. They are at the bottom of the table but there is not much between the teams in the bottom part of the league so it will be a tough game." McInnes revealed strikers Steven Milne and Scott Dobie have left the McDiarmid Park club. The former Dundee player and the Perth club agreed to cancel the remaining term of his contract by mutual consent and Milne is set to sign for Ross County while Dobie is going on loan to Bradford City. McInnes will continue his search to freshen up his squad even in the wake of the transfer window closing. "We have been working hard behind the scenes to try to freshen up the squad and we will be looking to bring people in even after the transfer window closes," he said. "There will be quite a few players who have been paid up and who will be available to sign." Hamilton manager Billy Reid has backed Tom Elliott to get goals after signing the forward from Leeds. Elliott, 20, has signed a contract until the end of the season after being released by the npower Championship club. The 6ft 4in forward became the first Leeds player to make his debut while still at school in 2007 but made just four appearances for the Elland Road outfit. However, Elliott, a former England youth international, has had loan spells with Macclesfield, Bury and Rotherham and has made a total of 34 first-team appearances, scoring one goal. Reid told Press Association Sport: "Tom's a young lad who has promise. He has not managed to get a game recently because he had a bad injury. "He's got goals in him, he is a fair size and has good pace. He needs to settle down and start playing first-team football. "It has been a difficult few months for us. There are areas of the park we wanted to strengthen and we have done that." Hamilton can get off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with victory at St Johnstone but Reid knows they will have to break down one of the most stubborn defences in the league. St Johnstone have conceded just two goals in six games but Accies have also tightened up at the back in recent weeks. A 4-0 defeat by Rangers with an injury-ravaged side apart, Hamilton have not conceded more than one goal in a game since Christmas. Reid said: "It seems to be the thoughts of most people that one goal could win it. "The pitch is not conducive to free-flowing attacking football. "St Johnstone are a solid unit. They are very difficult to break down. They have good experience in their team. "They match up really really well. Derek McInnes has got them really well organised. "They are a tough nut to crack - not just for Hamilton Accies."

Formation:352Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 451Manager: Billy Reid


  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Michael Duberry
  • Jody Morris
  • Murray Davidson
  • Chris Millar
  • Liam Craig
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Steve May
  • Collin Samuel
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Alan Maybury
  • Jamie Adams
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Sam Parkin
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Liam Caddis



Match Report

May at the double as Saints match to win A superb double from teenage striker Stevie May earned St Johnstone a deserved 2-0 home victory and left Hamilton rooted to the foot of the SPL. The impressive 18-year-old struck early in both halves to secure his first Premier League goals and send the McDiarmid Park outfit level with Inverness in fifth. Accies knew they could have leapfrogged Hibernian off the bottom of the table with a victory but were up against it as soon as May fired in the opener after only three minutes. And the youngster's brilliant second, less than two minutes after the break, ensured the points would stay in Perth. St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes handed an immediate debut to winger Arvydas Novikovas, signed on loan from Hearts just hours before Monday's transfer deadline. Hamilton were forced into an unscheduled change just before kick-off when David Elebert picked up an injury in the warm-up and was replaced at right-back by youngster Ziggy Gordon. The defender's introduction made it a hat-trick of debutants for Accies, with recent signings Mark Carrington, released by MK Dons, and Republic of Ireland Under-23 international James Chambers also making their first starts. Gordon was put under instant pressure by St Johnstone, as May combined down the Saints left with Novikovas. However, the Lithuanian took too long as he burst into the box and was snuffed out just as he looked to get a shot away. But only seconds later, the home side took a fourth-minute lead. Chris Millar's ball down the right flank allowed Collin Samuel to beat the covering Andy Graham with his pace and the Trinidad and Tobago international's cut-back from the bye-line was perfect for May to drill in from eight yards out. With Michael Duberry and Steven Anderson repelling everything that Hamilton could throw forward for strike pairing of Mickael Antoine-Curier and Damian Casalinuovo, St Johnstone looked comfortable with their lead. Accies did at least register a shot on target in the 30th minute but Antoine-Curier's left-foot effort from the edge of the box trundled safely towards home keeper Peter Enckelman. The Saints goalie looked less comfortable 10 minutes from the interval, however, as Hamilton threatened from a couple of right-wing corners. With Enckelman flapping at Dougie Imrie's first delivery, Liam Craig was forced to nod off the line as Martin Canning's looping header looked set to sneak in at the post. Imrie's second corner caused more problems but Canning arrived just too late at the edge of the six-yard box to capitalise. May almost grabbed a second at the other end on the stroke of half-time after superb combination play with Samuel. Dave Mackay's low ball to the edge of the area was dummied by Samuel but May found Cerny's legs with his effort on the stretch. St Johnstone made a half-time switch, with Novikovas making way for Alan Maybury, and the replacement full-back was involved as the home side doubled their lead only a minute after the interval. May had already raced clear before being denied by Cerny's save but there was to be no stopping his second of the night moments later. Maybury's shot from the left side of the area was deflected into the path of the teenage marksman and he showed great skill to knock the spinning ball over Cerny with a deft flick of his right foot. Hamilton boss Billy Reid made a triple change in the 57th minute - replacing Casalinuovo, Carrington and Chambers with Aaron Wildig, Jon Routledge and debutant Tom Elliott - in a bid to find a way back into the match. The alterations briefly gave the Lanarkshire outfit impetus but they still struggled to create anything meaningful in the crucial last third of the pitch. Midway through the half, they worked an opening when the towering Elliott knocked on Routledge's free-kick but Steven Anderson brilliantly blocked Antoine-Curier's shot on the turn. Immediately at the other end, Samuel had a shot hacked off the line by David Buchanan after Duberry had nodded down Millar's corner. As play continued, May was denied his hat-trick when he struck his volley just too close to Cerny. Anderson produced another crucial block in the 75th minute to prevent Elliott from getting on the end of Antoine-Curier's cross on the break. But the visitors looked a beaten bunch as St Johnstone finished the match bossing possession. Mackay spiralled a free-kick over the bar from a promising position with five minutes remaining but it was to be May's double that separated the teams come the full-time whistle.

Form Guide

  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Hamilton

Last Meetings

  • Hamilton
  • 1 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 23/10/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 3
  • Hamilton
  • 08/05/2010
  • Hamilton
  • 1 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/03/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 1
  • Hamilton
  • 28/11/2009
  • Hamilton
  • 0 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 03/10/2009

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1


  • D Imrie 2
  • N Hasselbaink 2
  • M McLaughlin 1
  • S Mensing 1
  • M Antoine-Curier 1
  • M Paixao 1
  • F Paixao 1


St Johnstone

    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 15
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 14
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins