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Gary Teale takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.
Kari Arnason gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Gary Teale offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Thomas Reilly replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
Peter Pawlett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kari Arnason on Graham Carey. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
Header by Scott Vernon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by David Barron results in a free kick. David Barron is shown a yellow card. Fraser Fyvie restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Graham Carey, Rory Fallon manages to make a clearance.
Mitchel Megginson goes off and Peter Pawlett comes on.
Rory Fallon challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Jason Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson. Jason Naismith goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kari Arnason.
Unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by Lee Mair results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Jason Naismith takes the free kick.
Gary Teale is brought on as a substitute for Steven Thompson.
Foul by Douglas Imrie on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded. The referee shows Douglas Imrie a yellow card. Free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
Jim Goodwin challenges Fraser Fyvie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Youl Mawene leaves the field to be replaced by Rory Fallon. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
David van Zanten produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Rory McArdle goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.
David van Zanten takes a shot. Save made by Jason Brown.
Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey, clearance by Youl Mawene.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graham Carey. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Scott Vernon scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen.Mitchel Megginson provided the assist for the goal.
Goal scored by Nigel Hasselbaink from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.Paul McGowan provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Mitchel Megginson from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Considine goes over the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Nigel Hasselbaink. Mark Reynolds takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Graham Carey by Ryan Jack results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Graham Carey.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Rory McArdle results in a free kick. David Barron takes the free kick.
Shot by Fraser Fyvie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
The referee blows for offside against Mitchel Megginson. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson by Marc McAusland. Booking for Marc McAusland for unsporting behaviour. Fraser Fyvie takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Ryan Jack offside. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Jason Naismith replaces Marc McAusland.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Jack.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Fraser Fyvie. Kari Arnason produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Rory McArdle takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson. Paul McGowan booked for unsporting behaviour. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.
Fraser Fyvie challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Fyvie receives a caution. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Youl Mawene challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Gavin Rae results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Marc McAusland on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
Foul by Kari Arnason on David van Zanten, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Graham Carey fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Graham Carey.
Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Mitchel Megginson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Kari Arnason has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Paul McGowan, clearance by Andrew Considine.
Short corner worked by David Barron.
Kari Arnason takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Jim Goodwin challenges Mitchel Megginson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Fraser Fyvie from the free kick. Shot by Kari Arnason from outside the box goes over the target.
Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Marc McAusland takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Jim Goodwin. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.
Short corner worked by Paul McGowan.
Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Graham Carey from right wing, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Youl Mawene results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Youl Mawene. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Marc McAusland. Direct free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.
Gavin Rae challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
David van Zanten challenges Kari Arnason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Youl Mawene.
Short corner taken by Graham Carey.
Corner taken right-footed by Mitchel Megginson, clearance by Douglas Imrie.
Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside. Rory McArdle takes the free kick.
Graham Carey fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Paul McGowan decides to take the corner short.
Tesselaar misses out
St Mirren will be without Jeroen Tesselaar for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Aberdeen after the Dutchman was ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.
Aaron Mooy is available after playing for Australia Under-23s in midweek but leading scorer Steven Thompson serves the second of his two-match suspension, while Hugh Murray remains sidelined with a calf injury.
Long-term absentees Kenny McLean (collarbone) and Darren McGregor (knee) are also unavailable.
Defender David Barron admits the prospect of a European place is further incentive to get their top-six push back on track.
Champions Rangers will be prevented from competing in Europe next season unless they can publish overdue audited accounts and meet other financial criteria by March 31.
With administrators and now police examining the club's financial dealings and a tax bill that could hit tens of millions of pounds, their absence from Europe is looking an increasingly likely prospect.
Failure to secure a licence to play in Europe for Rangers would open another place for a team further down the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
With five Scottish clubs in Europe next term, all of the other top-six teams could automatically qualify for Europe, depending on the make-up of the William Hill Scottish Cup final.
Barron said: "I wasn't aware until earlier that a place in the top six could mean qualification for Europe.
"The chance to play in Europe is another great incentive for us to push on and I think even finishing in the top six would be a great achievement for the club.
"Everyone in the dressing room is adamant that we want a place in the top six, you want to be playing against the big teams in the league and it also means that we are competing at the right end of the league after battling at the bottom in recent years."
Aberdeen midfielder Stephen Hughes is likely to miss out but his hamstring strain is not as bad as first feared.
Peter Pawlett has recovered from a hamstring strain but a minor knee injury could see him miss out and Josh Magennis (ankle) and Michael Paton (hamstring) are also doubts.
Chris Clark, Isaac Osbourne, Russell Anderson, Rob Milsom and Yoann Folly remain on the sidelines.
Draw specialists share spoils
St Mirren and Aberdeen ended their recent goal droughts but neither side could get back to winning ways with a 1-1 draw in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Nigel Hasselbaink gave St Mirren a 57th-minute lead that brought to an end a run of four SPL games without a goal, but the hosts were pegged back almost immediately as Scott Vernon netted Aberdeen's first league strike in three matches to earn his side a point.
The result is St Mirren's fourth consecutive league draw, while Aberdeen had to settle for a third successive tie despite having the better chances throughout the game.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was forced into one change and opted for another following his side's 0-0 draw away to Dundee United last Saturday.
Jeroen Tesselaar missed out with a knee injury as David Van Zanten deputised at full-back. Further forward, Hasselbaink was preferred to Gary Teale as Lennon looked to increase his attacking options and end a run of four consecutive SPL games without a goal, a fact not helped by top-scorer Steven Thompson's continued absence through suspension.
Visitors Aberdeen were forced into one change following their 0-0 draw with St Johnstone. Stephen Hughes' hamstring injury is not meant to be as serious as first thought, but this fixture came too soon for the midfielder with Youl Mawene his replacement.
Hasselbaink and Dougie Imrie were the home side's preferred strike partnership and the duo linked early to create a chance for Hasselbaink.
Imrie's flick-on gave the Dutchman some space inside the penalty area but the striker mis-hit his attempt and Jason Brown gathered comfortably.
Aberdeen started slow but gradually started to take control and had their first chance in the 23rd minute. McArdle's deep cross found space for Kari Arnason to volley at the back post, but the midfielder hit his shot into the ground and the effort lacked the pace to beat Craig Samson.
Having forced one chance, the visitors responded with two more in as many minutes.
First Arnason's shot flew wide after space opened up 18 yards from goal, then Fraser Fyvie latched onto a direct ball into the penalty area and his shot across goal just went wide of the far post.
Aberdeen thought their pressure had paid off when they had the ball in the back of the net a minute before half-time, only for the goal to be disallowed. Ryan Jack stabbed the ball home after Fyvie's flick-on, but the midfielder was adjudged to have drifted offside.
Fyvie then wasted a glorious opportunity five minutes after the restart. The youngster latched onto a short back-pass by Lee Mair but hooked his shot wide with the goal gaping.
Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack was then unfortunate for the second time not to break the deadlock as his shot from 10 yards was twice blocked by Scott Barron.
Despite the recent barren spells from both sides, the crowd was then treated to two goals in as many minutes.
Hasselbaink turned his marker 25 yards from goal, headed into the centre of the penalty area and placed a left foot shot into the far corner of the net, giving the home side a fortuitous lead on the balance of play.
However, within seconds the match was level.
Mitchell Megginson controlled the ball on the edge of the six-yard box before touching off for Vernon to place his shot into the far corner from eight yards.
The pace of the match picked up and St Mirren constructed arguably their best move with Imrie switching play to the advancing Graham Carey on the left. Carey spotted the central run of Teale but the ball in missed the stretching substitute by inches.
With three minutes remaining Aberdeen substitutes Rory Fallon and Peter Pawlett almost combined to take all three points, the latter shooting wide under pressure after being played in by his team-mate.
Deep into stoppage time Teale almost won it, but his shot on the run from 20 yards was well held by Brown.
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