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  • Date:02 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:4,985
  • Higdon (60)
    Higdon - pen (63) Higdon (70)
  • Buchanan (42)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:38 +2.38

Darren McGregor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Neil.

90:37 +0.37

Aaron Mooy replaces Kenny McLean. Foul by Grant Gillespie on Steven Thomson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Thomson.

89:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Alex Neil. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.

88:52

David Buchanan fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. David Buchanan takes the indirect free kick.

86:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Flavio Paixao on Darren McGregor. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

80:29

Darren McGregor challenges Tom Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Crawford takes the indirect free kick.

76:30

Nigel Hasselbaink goes off and Grant Gillespie comes on.

74:38

Patrick Cregg comes on in place of Michael Higdon.

73:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugh Murray on Tom Elliott. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

70:35

Michael Higdon finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 3-1 Hamilton.Craig Dargo provided the assist for the goal.

69:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

67:51

Unfair challenge on David Elebert by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. David Elebert takes the indirect free kick.

67:03

Unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Darren McGregor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Crawford.

65:12

Corner taken by Ali Crawford from the left by-line played to the near post, Hugh Murray makes a clearance.

63:04

Martin Canning receives a red card. Penalty scored by Michael Higdon. St Mirren 2-1 Hamilton.Martin Canning gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo.

60:58

Michael Higdon finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. St Mirren 1-1 Hamilton.David van Zanten provided the assist for the goal.

60:16

The referee penalises Nigel Hasselbaink for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

59:28

Caution for Hugh Murray. Unfair challenge on Ali Crawford by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. David Elebert restarts play with the free kick.

58:05

Craig Dargo is brought on as a substitute for Jim Goodwin.

54:59

Tom Elliott fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Neil.

54:36

Steven Thomson takes a shot.

54:07

Tom Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor. Darren McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

52:04

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, Lee Mair takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.

50:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugh Murray on Gary McDonald. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.

49:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Jure Travner. Darren McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

49:09

Corner taken by Kenny McLean.

47:10 +2.10

Ali Crawford takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

47:05

Martin Canning fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.

45:17 +0.17

Michael Higdon is cautioned. David Elebert fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.

44:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Martin Canning. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.

42:47

David Buchanan scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.

40:19

Flavio Paixao takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

40:01

Kenny McLean takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Flavio Paixao.

38:48

Alex Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

37:53

Martin Canning gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Indirect free kick taken by Kenny McLean.

36:55

Ali Crawford fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.

34:22

Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald. Flavio Paixao restarts play with the free kick.

33:28

The offside flag is raised against Darren McGregor. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.

32:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Martin Canning. Indirect free kick taken by Kenny McLean.

31:21

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by David Buchanan results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

30:12

Flavio Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.

29:13

Michael Higdon is caught offside. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.

27:57

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ali Crawford, clearance made by Kenny McLean.

25:33

James McAlister takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.

23:21

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Alex Neil results in a free kick. Kenny McLean takes the free kick.

21:12

Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

20:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Nigel Hasselbaink. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

19:06

Booking for Gary McDonald for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Jure Travner. Indirect free kick taken by Kenny McLean.

18:38

Foul by Gary McDonald on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Darren McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

17:46

Corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

17:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford from the right by-line.

14:00

Paul McGowan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.

13:03

Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on David Elebert. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.

10:39

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on James McAlister. Martin Canning takes the free kick.

8:14

Foul by David Elebert on Lee Mair, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

6:44

David Buchanan fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Crawford restarts play with the free kick.

5:51

Foul by David van Zanten on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Ali Crawford takes the free kick.

5:01

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Darren McGregor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

1:47

Alex Neil fouled by Kenny McLean, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Livelihoods at stake in relegation battle - Lennon Manager Danny Lennon will tell his St Mirren players their livelihoods are at stake ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League relegation showdown with Hamilton. The 11th-placed Buddies host bottom club Accies at New St Mirren Park, holding a six-point advantage at the foot of the SPL table with nine matches of the season remaining. Lennon used last week's international break to give his players time with their families and reiterate the importance of top-flight survival. He told Press Association Sport: "These are the people the players are there to provide for - we've got food to put on the table and roofs to put over heads. "A lot of my players are out of contract at the end of the season and they're playing for their futures. "For a lot of my players that will be their priority and their motivation." Lennon will use the moments before kick-off on Saturday to remind his players of their responsibility to their families and the supporters. "I've been drip feeding it into them all week," he added. "Every single game, that's my message. Every single game is important to us, not just this one, and it's not just about survival. "We've got a responsibility to our supporters to entertain them with good football, we've got a responsibility to our board to get results and we've got a responsibility to ourselves, be the best we can be and play to our potential and show everybody out there what good players we are." St Mirren are on a five-match winless run and a win over Accies would increase the safety margin to nine points with a game in hand. Asked whether victory would secure survival, Lennon, who has a fully-fit squad to choose from, said: "Definitely not. Although I'm very, very aware of where we are and it would be a massive lift for either club, we're under no illusions. "We want to get as many points as we can out of the nine remaining fixtures we have and finish this league as high as we possibly can. "Our main aim for this game is to send our fans home happy. "If we can do that I'll be happiest man in Scotland on Saturday." Hamilton have three key players suspended for the crucial relegation battle. Dougie Imrie completes a two-match ban while Mark McLaughlin begins the same punishment and Simon Mensing is out after being sent off in the goalless draw against St Johnstone. Jon Routledge is a major doubt with a knee problem but Martin Canning returns. Marco Paixao and James Gibson (both knee) remain out. Hamilton manager Billy Reid feels maintaining belief in their ability is the key factor for his players ahead of their crucial clash with St Mirren. Accies have not won in 20 SPL matches stretching back to October but Reid has maintained belief in his and his players' approach. The Lanarkshire drew against St Johnstone in their most recent game, after being seconds away from taking a point at Tannadice. And Reid feels there is no reason why they cannot claim a long overdue win in Paisley - if they capitalise on their periods of superiority. "I think you have to have belief in yourself," he said. "I've said all along we have a belief in what we're doing at the club. "Since my time here we have had five or six years of progressing every year. "It tells you a lot about yourself and your players when you are down at the bottom end of the table, when you are picking up defeats. "It's important you are positive and that there is not any negativity about the club. "The players are performing well enough but we need to turn these performances into results." Hamilton have drawn twice against their relegation rivals this season, letting slip a two-goal lead on their previous trip to St Mirren Park. Reid added: "In recent weeks, anyone that has played us will tell you that we have been more than in games, should have picked up points and not managed to do it. "We have to make sure when we're on top, we have to win. "We are where we are, we've not scored enough goals and every wee thing seems to go against us, but that's always the case when you are down at the bottom end of the table. "The most important thing is to look forward and we will certainly be positive for this game. "It's a place we have done well at and there is no reason why we can't do it again. "I just hope we get the breaks. I'm sure St Mirren are saying the same, the amount of last-minute goals they have lost is quite remarkable."

Formation:4141Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 451Manager: Billy Reid

Hamilton

  • Paul Gallacher
  • David van Zanten
  • Darren McGregor
  • Lee Mair
  • Jure Travner
  • Jim Goodwin
  • Steven Thomson
  • Hugh Murray
  • Paul McGowan
  • Kenny McLean
  • Michael Higdon
  • SUBS
  • Craig Samson
  • Jamie McKernon
  • Aaron Mooy
  • John Potter
  • Craig Dargo
  • Patrick Cregg
  • Marc McAusland

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Match Report

Higdon treble leaves Hamilton stranded St Mirren striker Michael Higdon's second-half hat-trick all but consigned Hamilton to relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. David Buchanan scored just before the break to give bottom side Accies the interval lead but in a remarkable 10-minute turnaround at New St Mirren Park, Higdon scored with a header, a penalty and a wonderful volley to ensure it ended 3-1. Hamilton, who had defender Martin Canning sent off when he conceded the spot-kick with a challenge on Buddies' substitute Craig Dargo, are nine points behind the 11th placed Paisley side and have played a game more. With games running out, and on the evidence of their second-half collapse, Billy Reid's side have to hope for a football miracle if they are to beat the drop. The early stages showed why both clubs were at the wrong end of the SPL table. In a frantic start to proceedings neither side could get any sort of passing game going although admittedly they were not helped by the blustery conditions. The first moment of concern for Accies came in the 13th minute and was self-inflicted. Canning's pass back to Tomas Cerny was too high and the Hamilton keeper had to head clear to avoid the ball going behind for a corner. Accies forced their first corner in the 17th minute through the efforts of the lanky Tom Elliott, who was leading the line with Nigel Hasselbaink, but it came to nothing. The ball was in the air far too often for any sort of pattern to develop but in the 26th minute it was the visitors who created the first clear-cut chance of the game. Hasselbaink drove down the right and his clever through ball found Jim McAlister racing into the St Mirren box but his close-range shot was parried high into the air by Buddies' keeper Paul Gallacher who gathered at the second attempt. St Mirren fans' simmering discontentment became audible when Higdon sent a drive from distance past Cerny's right-hand post five minutes later, when he had better options. Five minutes from the break Accies midfielder Flavio Paixao broke past a weak tackle by Saints defender Darren McGregor to go through on goal alone but his attempted chip was beaten away by Gallacher and Ali Crawford drove wide of the target from the edge of the box. The immediate thought was that it might prove to be a costly miss but the small band of travelling fans were in raptures just before the break when Buchanan scored from 20 yards after Hasselbaink's shot had been blocked. The Lanarkshire side bounded out the tunnel for the second half and within four minutes Gallacher had to make a decent save from Elliott's header following an in-swinging cross from McAlister. St Mirren increased their efforts in a bid for the equaliser. In the 52nd minute Kenny McLean's corner from the right was headed back across goal by McGregor and at the second attempt Buddies' defender sent a toe-poke towards goal which Cerny saved. Moments later, Jure Travner's cross from the left was missed by Paul McGowan but it still fell to Steven Thomson at the back post but the midfielder's right-footed drive hit the side-netting. In the 59th minute Dargo replaced former Hamilton midfielder Jim Goodwin as the Buddies tried a more positive approach and two minutes later it paid off when David van Zanten's cross from the right was met by Higdon who dived to head past Cerny from six yards. In the 63rd minute there was more trouble for bewildered Accies when Canning was red carded by referee Willie Collum for a foul on Dargo as the former Kilmarnock striker broke in to the Hamilton box, and Higdon swept in the spot kick. In the 71st minute Higdon completed his hat-trick in memorable style when he volleyed into the top corner from 14 yards after racing on to Dargo's raking pass which had evaded Accies backtracking skipper Alex Neil. Hamilton looked shattered and Dargo flashed a drive over the bar just before Higdon was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Patrick Cregg. St Mirren were mostly content to keep possession in the final minutes happy in the knowledge that their SPL status was probably secure for another season.

Form Guide

    DLWLLL
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Hamilton
  • LDLLLD

Last Meetings

  • Hamilton
  • 0 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 27/11/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 2 - 2
  • Hamilton
  • 16/10/2010
  • Hamilton
  • 0 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 05/05/2010
  • Hamilton
  • 1 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 13/03/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 0
  • Hamilton
  • 27/02/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 2
  • Hamilton
  • 31/10/2009

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • M Higdon 8
  • S Thomson 4
  • D McGregor 2
  • G Wardlaw 2
  • S Lynch 2
  • C Dargo 1
  • J Travner 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • P McGowan 1

Hamilton

  • F Paixao 3
  • D Imrie 2
  • N Hasselbaink 2
  • M McLaughlin 1
  • S Mensing 1
  • M Antoine-Curier 1
  • J Routledge 1
  • M Paixao 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 24
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 14 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hamilton

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 17
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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