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Shot from just outside the penalty box by David Graham misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Willis.
Joe Cardle is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Ryan Thomson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Kenny McLean, Shot by Steven Thompson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Jim Goodwin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Gary Teale coming on for Paul McGowan.
Joe Cardle takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny McLean, Alex Keddie manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, Marc McAusland produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save. Kenny McLean takes a outswinging corner.
Outswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean from the left by-line, Marc McAusland has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Handball decision goes against Andrew Barrowman. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Graham Carey goes off and Illias Haddad comes on.
Joe Cardle fouled by Marc McAusland, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Cardle.
Nigel Hasselbaink is booked.
Unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Ryan Thomson results in a free kick. Ryan Thomson is shown a yellow card. Andy Kirk leaves the field to be replaced by Steven McDougall. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Paul Burns. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Willis, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
Foul by David van Zanten on Joe Cardle, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Willis from left wing, save made by Craig Samson.
Joe Cardle grabs a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline.Assist on the goal came from David Graham.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. Indirect free kick taken by Austin McCann.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Paul Burns. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Andrew Barrowman comes on in place of Liam Buchanan. Joe Cardle comes on in place of Patrick Boyle.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Paul Gallacher gets a block in.
Kenny McLean produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Nigel Hasselbaink produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Alex Keddie challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Paul Willis results in a free kick. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Graham Carey takes the outswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Potter by Marc McAusland. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Liam Buchanan. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Steven Thompson produces a cross, Nigel Hasselbaink scores a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. St Mirren 2-0 Dunfermline.Steven Thompson provided the assist for the goal.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis from the left by-line, Craig Samson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Alex Keddie. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Willis takes a outswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Liam Buchanan. Paul Willis takes the free kick, Andy Kirk takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Graham Carey. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Willis, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.
Andy Kirk challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Foul by Kenny McLean on Alex Keddie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Paul Burns concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Gallacher.
David Graham produces a cross, Andy Kirk has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Paul Willis results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Kenny McLean gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Dunfermline.Nigel Hasselbaink provided the assist for the goal.
Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Buchanan. Austin McCann restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick Boyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Samson. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Andy Kirk. Paul Willis restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Paul Willis. Steven Thomson goes off and Graham Carey comes on. Free kick taken by Kenny McLean, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Thompson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Alex Keddie. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save. Kenny McLean takes the inswinging corner, Jim Goodwin produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Andy Kirk challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Paul Willis concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Jeroen Tesselaar challenges Paul Burns unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Willis.
Close range effort by David Graham goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Paul Burns results in a free kick. Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Andy Kirk results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jim Goodwin from left wing, Jeroen Tesselaar challenges Austin McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Austin McCann restarts play with the free kick.
Jim Goodwin takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Triple boost for Lennon
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has received several fitness boosts ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Dunfermline.
Jon McShane has recovered from a knee injury, Hugh Murray played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors game as he recovers from knee surgery while Aaron Mooy has come through two training sessions unscathed following a stress fracture of the back.
Darren McGregor (knee) remains out for the season.
Their previous meeting with Dunfermline was the perfect example of how Saints have not always been able to turn performances into points.
Despite controlling possession and creating several clear chances, including a penalty, Saints came away from East End Park with a goalless draw.
"We were very disappointed in the opening game of the season not to take maximum points with the manner we played and the manner we created opportunities, maybe enough to win the game over again," he said.
"But we've come a long way since then, Dunfermline have certainly come a long way since then.
"They are a team that has accumulated most of their points on the road.
"They have had very impressive win up a Dundee, Perth and none more so than through at Easter Road just prior to the break.
"They will come here very, very confident on the back of that victory and a clean sheet.
"But, likewise, we are in a decent bit of form and we'll be ready for them."
Dunfermline welcome back Andy Barrowman following appendix surgery but have several fresh injury problems.
Martin Hardie (knee) and Andy Dowie (calf) are major doubts while Craig Easton (calf) will miss out.
Jason Thomson, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Steven Bell and Nick Phinn remain on the sidelines along with the suspended Gary Mason.
Defender Alex Keddie admits his side have taken a "massive" lift from keeping a clean sheet in trying circumstances against Hibernian.
Dunfermline went nine games without a win or a clean sheet, conceding 26 goals in the process, before their 1-0 triumph against Hibernian at Easter Road.
The rearguard action was all the more rewarding for Keddie given that Austin McCann netted Dunfermline's goal in the third minute and the success has furnished the centre-back with more belief ahead of the clash at St Mirren Park.
"That was massive for us," Keddie said. "We conceded a lot of stupid goals earlier on in the season.
"You take a lot confidence from defending a 1-0 lead without conceding for pretty much 90 minutes.
"That's very hard but we did it and we'll take confidence from it.
"We wanted to kick on and have another game straight away but we are definitely a wee bit more positive."
Dunfermline had started their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign with three clean sheets in four unbeaten matches before shipping goals at a worrying rate.
"You can't put your finger on it," Keddie said.
"Sometimes it's a wee bit of luck, sometimes it's the way the team is playing.
"In the last few weeks we have got a lot tighter as a unit, not just at the back, but the boys in front of us and the boys in front of them.
"We have done well but we just need to keep it going."
St Mirren were Dunfermline's first opponents this season, drawing 0-0 at East End Park in a game the visitors should have won on chances and possession.
But former Stranraer and Ross County defender Keddie feels more aware of what is required in the SPL as they prepare to face them again.
The 30-year-old, in his first season in the top flight, said: "We know what we are going to come up against as players and as a unit.
"We can only hopefully use that to our advantage and hopefully do a wee bit better.
"The biggest difference is you get punished for every mistake.
"It's a step up in standard, if you make a mistake you are going to get punished.
"The physical side and pace of the game doesn't really change but concentration levels need to be higher."
Strong Saints start wins it
First-half goals from Kenny McLean and Nigel Hasselbaink helped St Mirren to a 2-1 victory over Dunfermline at St Mirren Park.
Dunfermline midfielder Joe Cardle pulled one back after 63 minutes to set up a nervous finish for the home side but Danny Lennon's men held out for the three points their play deserved.
The victory meant St Mirren moved up to fifth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The home started the match with an attacking mindset and Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallagher was forced into good low stop from Jim Goodwin's long range strike after three minutes.
Two minutes later there were cries for a penalty when Paul McGowan's shot was blocked by Paul Burns just inside the penalty area but referee Crawford Allen waved play on.
St Mirren continued to threaten but Hasselbaink and Steven Thomson were both unable to find the target from promising positions.
Dunfermline looked to be struggling to contain their hosts and Gallagher again had to be at his best to turn McGowan's strike from distance round his post on 13 minutes.
From the resulting corner St Mirren defender Lee Mair found himself in space inside the area but his header from close range went wide of the post.
Lennon was forced to make a substitution after 18 minutes when he replaced the injured Steven Thomson with Graham Carey.
McGowan should have grabbed the game's opening goal after 22 minutes when Goodwin's excellent cross evaded the Dunfermline defence but the striker was unable to make any contact with the goal at his mercy.
The hosts finally got the goal their play merited after 25 minutes when Hasselbaink's weaving run ended with a neat cutback to Kenny McLean who slid the ball in from close range.
Dunfermline responded by creating their first chance of the match and Ryan Thomson passed up a glorious opportunity after an excellent delivery from Paul Willis - heading wide from eight yards out.
Hasselbaink was proving to be a constant threat to the Dunfermline defence and his superb delivery found Stephen Thompson who headed the ball across goal to McLean only for Gallagher to produce a wonderful stop from point-blank range.
St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson had been a virtual spectator during the first half but he was forced into an excellent save when Andy Kirk connected with Willis' dangerous free-kick.
On the stroke of half-time the home side doubled their lead.
Steven Thompson robbed Austin McCann inside the Dunfermline half and delivered a superb delivery which Hasselbaink converted in style.
St Mirren continued to enjoy the better of the play after the break and after 47 minutes Dunfermline defender Alex Keddie was forced to head the ball behind his own goal after good work by Hasselbaink.
Hasselbaink was involved again minutes later when he tested Gallagher from distance and he then turned provider for McLean who shot over from close range.
Dunfermline were struggling to offer any attacking threat and boss Jim McIntyre introduced Andy Barrowman and Joe Cardle in place of Paddy Boyle and Liam Buchanan in a bid to find his side a way back into the match.
It was the home side who continued to assert pressure though and Gallagher did well to parry away Graham Carey's free-kick.
On 62 minutes the St Mirren defence failed to deal with Cardle's cross and the ball deflected off Samson and into the goal.
St Mirren showed signs of anxiety after losing the goal and the visitors began to grow in stature.
Jim McIntyre made his final change of the match when he brought on Steven McDougall to replace Kirk.
Lennon responded by introducing Illias Haddad for Carey who had earlier come on as a substitute.
St Mirren began to regain a foothold on the match and Mark McAusland should have done better when he got on the end of McLean's dangerous corner.
Two minutes later Gallagher produced a brave low save at the feet of Steven Thompson after good work by David van Zanten.
Dunfermline substitute Cardle was causing the St Mirren defence problems and he unleashed a stinging effort after an excellent driving run, forcing Samson into a good stop.
A late effort from David Graham was as close as they were to come though and St Mirren held out for all three points.
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