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  • Date:02 May 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:5,037
  • Antoine-Curier (73)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Gareth Wardlaw produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

92mins

Steven Thomson takes a shot. Clearance made by Mark McLaughlin. Outswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Kenny McLean, save by Tomas Cerny.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McAlister by Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.

89mins

Tom Elliott crosses the ball, Paul Gallacher makes a save.

87mins

A cross is delivered by Kenny McLean, Darren McGregor takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.

87mins

The ball is swung over by John Potter.

85mins

Kenny McLean delivers the ball.

85mins

The ball is delivered by David van Zanten, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.

85mins

A cross is delivered by Kenny McLean.

84mins

Shot from just outside the box by James McAlister misses to the right of the target.

84mins

John Potter produces a cross.

83mins

Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wardlaw. Free kick crossed right-footed by John Potter from right channel, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.

82mins

The ball is swung over by James Chambers.

82mins

Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.

81mins

Lee Mair sends in a cross, clearance made by Tom Elliott. Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, clearance by Mark McLaughlin.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Alex Neil. The referee shows Alex Neil a red card. Indirect free kick taken by John Potter.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Chambers by Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Alex Neil.

76mins

Gary McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Darren McGregor. Tom Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny McLean. The referee books Tom Elliott for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Wardlaw comes on in place of Jim Goodwin. Darren McGregor restarts play with the free kick. Tom Elliott takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher. Ali Crawford takes a corner.

74mins

Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, Mickael Antoine-Curier grabs a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.Assist on the goal came from Douglas Imrie.

74mins

Mickael Antoine-Curier fouled by Darren McGregor, the ref awards a free kick. Mark McLaughlin takes the free kick.

73mins

Mickael Antoine-Curier is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

72mins

Kenny McLean challenges Tom Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark McLaughlin takes the free kick.

71mins

Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Michael Higdon, free kick awarded. Tom Elliott on for David Buchanan. Lee Mair takes the indirect free kick.

70mins

A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie.

70mins

Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Jim Goodwin gets a block in.

69mins

Ali Crawford sends in a cross, save made by Paul Gallacher.

68mins

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

67mins

Effort from inside the area by Kenny McLean misses to the right of the target.

66mins

The ball is delivered by Mickael Antoine-Curier.

65mins

The ball is crossed by Ali Crawford.

64mins

Centre by David Buchanan, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

64mins

The official flags Michael Higdon offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.

63mins

Alex Neil challenges Steven Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with James Chambers coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

61mins

Corner taken by Kenny McLean, Lee Mair has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

61mins

Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.

59mins

Mickael Antoine-Curier replaces Mark Carrington.

58mins

Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

56mins

Ali Crawford takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair. Douglas Imrie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

54mins

Tomas Cerny fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.

53mins

The ball is swung over by Ali Crawford, Paul Gallacher makes a save.

51mins

Douglas Imrie produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

50mins

The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie.

49mins

The ball is sent over by David Buchanan.

49mins

David Buchanan produces a cross, clearance made by Lee Mair.

48mins

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken by Ali Crawford to short, clearance made by Michael Higdon.

48mins

Simon Mensing fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Mark McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.

47mins

Michael Higdon challenges Simon Mensing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.

47mins

Steven Thomson fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

46mins

David Buchanan sends in a cross, clearance by Darren McGregor.

46mins

John Potter is brought on as a substitute for Craig Dargo.

45mins

The ball is sent over by Ali Crawford, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

44mins

Foul by Alex Neil on Steven Thomson, free kick awarded. Alex Neil shown a yellow card. Kenny McLean takes the free kick.

43mins

Shot from just outside the area by Nigel Hasselbaink goes over the bar.

43mins

Ali Crawford takes a shot. Steven Thomson gets a block in.

41mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor by Mark Carrington. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

41mins

The ball is sent over by James McAlister, clearance made by Lee Mair.

41mins

Alex Neil delivers the ball, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

40mins

David Buchanan delivers the ball, Steven Thomson manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Ali Crawford takes a shot.

38mins

Darren McGregor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

The referee blows for offside. Mark McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

The ball is swung over by Nigel Hasselbaink.

34mins

David Buchanan produces a cross, save made by Paul Gallacher.

33mins

Craig Dargo is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.

32mins

Foul by David Buchanan on Michael Higdon, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

32mins

The ball is crossed by Ali Crawford.

31mins

The ball is crossed by Paul McGowan, Craig Dargo takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.

31mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Foul by James McAlister on Kenny McLean, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Mair, save made by Tomas Cerny.

29mins

Ali Crawford takes a shot. Kenny McLean gets a block in.

28mins

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.

28mins

Mark McLaughlin fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.

27mins

Shot from just outside the box by Douglas Imrie misses to the right of the target.

26mins

David Buchanan crosses the ball, Kenny McLean makes a clearance.

26mins

Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Alex Neil takes the direct free kick.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Paul McGowan, Simon Mensing makes a clearance.

24mins

Jure Travner challenges Ali Crawford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jure Travner sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence. Ali Crawford delivers the ball, Shot from just outside the box by Alex Neil goes over the bar.

23mins

Ali Crawford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

23mins

Gary McDonald takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.

23mins

The ball is delivered by Alex Neil, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.

19mins

David Buchanan sends in a cross, Paul McGowan makes a clearance.

18mins

Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny McLean. Free kick taken by Jure Travner.

17mins

Jure Travner produces a cross, James McAlister manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, clearance made by David Buchanan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jure Travner, Simon Mensing makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Paul McGowan, save by Tomas Cerny.

15mins

David van Zanten takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny. Jure Travner goes into the book. Jure Travner challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Crawford crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Paul Gallacher.

14mins

Douglas Imrie has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

14mins

Douglas Imrie fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.

12mins

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

10mins

Craig Dargo delivers the ball, clearance by David Buchanan.

9mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Kenny McLean replaces Hugh Murray. Douglas Imrie has an effort direct from the free kick, Michael Higdon gets a block in.

4mins

Unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.

1mins

Gary McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick. Simon Mensing crosses the ball. Paul McGowan takes a corner.

Match Preview

Lennon urges final step St Mirren manager Danny Lennon will set his team out to win their Clydesdale Bank Premier League relegation battle against Hamilton despite the knowledge a draw would leave Accies with an all but impossible task to avoid the drop. Saints are nine points above bottom club Hamilton - and 12 goals better off - with three games left after their bank holiday meeting. But only victory at St Mirren Park would allow the home side to celebrate their survival in the top flight for a fifth consecutive season. Saints have won their previous two home games - against Hamilton and Aberdeen - and have performed well in three away games since. Late goals denied them a point against both Celtic and Rangers before they edged closer to safety with a draw against Hibernian. Lennon said: "The way we're playing, at home and the level of performances we're putting in on a consistent basis, we are capable of taking maximum points. "Hamilton have been picking up points recently and they will certainly have a right go because they have to win the game. "But we've got our players in a happy place at this moment and if we continue to get those levels of performance we'll give ourselves the opportunity to win games. "We've got a great opportunity, in front of our fans, in our own environment, to write our own history." Lennon has urged the fans to help them succeed in their goal of staying up after praising their backing in recent weeks. "Over the course of the last Hamilton game and the Aberdeen game they were fantastic, and last week even at Easter Road on Easter Sunday, they came out," he said. "It's great to put in these levels of performance but we want to pick up the points that I feel the players deserve." Lennon has captain John Potter and top goalscorer Michael Higdon back from suspension while midfielder Hugh Murray will set a new club record of 459 appearances if he plays. Hamilton defender David Buchanan believes the game presents an opportunity for Accies players to secure their futures - either at New Douglas Park or at another club. Former Bury left-back Buchanan all but accepts the inevitability of relegation and believes all Hamilton players should be using the run-in to showcase their abilities. "Everyone is playing for their future, whether it is to stay at this club or find another club in the SPL or the first division or wherever it may be," he told Press Association Sport. "We know where we stand. We have to win every game. "It's never over until it's over but we haven't even won a home game all season so it's a big ask. "But the television cameras have been at our games in the last couple of weeks and teams are trying to recruit for next season, Hamilton included. "So it's important that you put yourself in the shop window by trying to put in a positive performance." Buchanan, who was brought to Hamilton by Reid last summer, is keeping his own options open. "I'm out of contract at the end of the season," he said. "I haven't spoken to anyone at the club yet, obviously they will have their own agenda if they do get relegated. "I have a few clubs in the SPL and in England that are interested which is positive. "I am not saying I am better than this club. "I am part of the team that is looking like being relegated but I want to play in the SPL and I have already proved I can play in the lower leagues in England. "But I am not concentrating on that. "I just want to do my best for Hamilton. "I have too much respect for the people here and I will sit down and see where I am with them first and then take it from there."

Formation:442Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 442Manager: Billy Reid

Hamilton

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

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Match Report

Hamilton hang on Substitute Mickael Antoine-Curier handed Hamilton a Clydesdale Bank Premier League lifeline when he headed the only goal in their must-win clash against relegation rivals St Mirren. Hamilton struggled to create chances despite dominating possession against 10-man Saints, until Antoine-Curier headed home Dougie Imrie's cross with 15 minutes left. St Mirren had Jure Travner sent off in the 25th minute after Hugh Murray had been stretchered off on his record-breaking appearance, and they failed to capitalise after Hamilton skipper Alex Neil was dismissed following the goal. Victory would have secured St Mirren's safety for a fifth consecutive season and they remain six points and 10 goals better off than the bottom club, but Accies at the very least have taken the fight another week and avoided the ignominy of seeing their rivals celebrate. A bleak day for the hosts started badly when Murray, who broke his former manager Tony Fitzpatrick's club record as he made his 459th appearance, was carried off after twisting his knee while sliding in on Jim McAlister before the five-minute mark. Kenny McLean came on. The visitors dominated possession even before their numerical advantage and Imrie came close with a 30-yard strike. David Buchanan sliced a Travner cross just over his own goal but Hamilton were soon back in control. And their grip in the game tightened when Craig Thomson handed Travner a second - and unavoidable - yellow card for a late tackle on Imrie 10 minutes after the left-back had been booked for pulling back Nigel Hasselbaink. Imrie came close again from long range before Hamilton almost shot themselves in the foot when Mensing gifted Michael Higdon the ball, but Tomas Cerny held the striker's effort from 25 yards. St Mirren kept both Higdon and Craig Dargo up front, moving McLean to left-back, but Accies were unable to exploit their man advantage before the break, with Ali Crawford and Hasselbaink both ending long spells of possession with wayward strikes. Accies created the chance of the half in injury-time when Imrie robbed Lee Mair of possession and crossed perfectly for Hasselbaink, but the Dutch striker headed straight at Paul Gallacher from close range and the goalkeeper blocked with his legs. St Mirren manager Danny Lennon moved to a 3-5-1 at half-time with defender John Potter replacing Dargo. Hamilton hit the bar four minutes into the second half - but only from a mis-hit Buchanan cross - and the pattern of the game remained unchanged with Accies failing to find an end product to their possession. Visibly frustrated manager Billy Reid made two changes around the hour mark with Antoine-Curier coming on to join Imrie up front and James Chambers playing just off them. Mark Carrington and Hasselbaink made way. Steven Thomson ran through to fire a shot that Cerny pushed over, moments before the midfielder went down theatrically following an innocuous foul by Neil, who had been booked for a poor and needless challenge on the same player just before the break. But the referee resisted demands to even the numbers. Saints threatened again on the break and Higdon squared to McLean, but he stabbed wide under pressure. Reid brought on striker Tom Elliott for Buchanan as the game entered the final 20 minutes. Hamilton were struggling to put the St Mirren defence under pressure until Imrie crossed from the left and Antoine-Curier rose at the near post to power a header into the roof of the net. Chambers soon set up McDonald, whose effort was blocked, and the goalscorer, whose shot was pushed just wide of the far post by Gallacher. But the game took another twist when Neil received his second yellow card in the 80th minute when he bundled over St Mirren substitute Gareth Wardlaw. However, Wardlaw volleyed over following a long ball in injury-time as Hamilton held on.

Form Guide

    LWWLLD
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Hamilton
  • LDLLWD

Last Meetings

  • St Mirren
  • 3 - 1
  • Hamilton
  • 02/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • M Higdon 11
  • S Thomson 5
  • D McGregor 3
  • C Dargo 2
  • G Wardlaw 2
  • S Lynch 2
  • J Travner 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • P McGowan 1

Hamilton

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

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 87
    • Goals per game 32
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hamilton

    • Total goals 76
    • Goals per game 21
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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