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  • Date:29 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:4,599
  • Templeton (62) Kyle - pen (81)
Goal!

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92:08 +2.08

Short corner taken by David Obua.

91:59 +1.59

Ryan Stevenson crosses the ball, blocked by Sean Lynch.

89:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Jure Travner. The ball is swung over by Ian Black, David Obua takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

89:12

Arvydas Novikovas delivers the ball, Shot from 12 yards from David Obua. Sean Lynch gets a block in.

88:16

Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson. Shot on goal comes in from Aaron Mooy from the free kick.

87:21

A cross is delivered by Arvydas Novikovas, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Kyle goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

85:49

Centre by Ruben Palazuelos.

85:28

David Obua takes a shot. David Barron gets a block in.

85:10

Ian Black sends in a cross, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.

84:55

Eggert Jonsson sends in a cross.

84:18

David Barron on for Patrick Cregg.

83:46

Arvydas Novikovas joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Templeton.

82:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on Craig Dargo. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Aaron Mooy from right channel, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.

80:59

John Potter is shown a red card. Penalty scored by Kevin Kyle. St Mirren 0-2 Hearts.David Templeton fouled by John Potter, the ref awards a Penalty.

79:48

Kevin Kyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Cregg. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.

77:30

Calum Elliot goes off and David Obua comes on. Aaron Mooy is brought on as a substitute for Marc McAusland. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on David Templeton. Ruben Palazuelos takes the free kick.

76:50

A cross is delivered by Craig Dargo, save by Jamie MacDonald.

75:47

Marius Zaliukas is given a yellow card. The referee gives a free kick against Marius Zaliukas for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Patrick Cregg from right channel.

72:53

Sean Lynch concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.

71:41

Corner crossed in by Ruben Palazuelos, Sean Lynch manages to make a clearance.

71:20

The ball is sent over by Calum Elliot, clearance by John Potter.

69:38

Patrick Cregg challenges Ryan Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.

68:41

Calum Elliot challenges Jure Travner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sean Lynch from left wing, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.

67:17

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Higdon.

66:11

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

64:47

Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.

64:01

Sean Lynch concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.

62:57

A goal is scored by David Templeton from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Hearts.

62:06

Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, clearance by Sean Lynch.

62:00

David Templeton sends in a cross, blocked by Marc McAusland.

61:18

Darren McGregor receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Darren McGregor. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.

60:44

The ball is delivered by Sean Lynch, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.

59:54

Corner taken by Ruben Palazuelos from the right by-line, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.

59:37

A cross is delivered by Eggert Jonsson, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter.

58:22

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Thomson from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Craig Dargo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

57:03

Sean Lynch takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

55:50

David Templeton is given a yellow card. Foul by David Templeton on Patrick Cregg, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.

53:59

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ruben Palazuelos.

53:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Lynch by Ian Black. John Potter takes the free kick.

52:42

Ismael Bouzid fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.

52:27

Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Calum Elliot results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Potter.

51:54

The ball is sent over by David van Zanten.

50:21

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Thomson from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Michael Higdon misses to the right of the target.

50:16

Jure Travner sends in a cross, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.

49:40

Effort on goal by David Templeton from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

49:12

Corner taken by Ruben Palazuelos from the right by-line, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

49:07

Kevin Kyle produces a cross, John Potter manages to make a clearance.

48:19

Ian Black produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

47:51

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.

46:54

Ruben Palazuelos produces a cross, save by Paul Gallacher.

46:04

Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.

45:06 +0.06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thomson on Ruben Palazuelos. David Templeton crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

43:25

Calum Elliot has an effort at goal from the edge of the area striking the post.

42:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Kyle on John Potter. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

39:46

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Stevenson.

37:28

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Kyle. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

35:07

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Stevenson from the right by-line, Kevin Kyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Potter. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

34:20

Jure Travner takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the net.

33:53

Corner taken by Steven Thomson from the right by-line played to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.

33:41

Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.

33:09

Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.

31:20

Effort from outside the penalty area by Ian Black goes wide left of the target.

29:43

Eggert Jonsson crosses the ball, clearance made by John Potter.

27:17

Ruben Palazuelos produces a cross, John Potter makes a clearance.

25:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

25:40

Ruben Palazuelos delivers the ball, John Potter manages to make a clearance.

24:51

Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, clearance by Marc McAusland.

24:21

Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Jure Travner results in a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.

23:40

Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Calum Elliot results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Patrick Cregg from left wing, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.

22:53

(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Craig Dargo coming on for Paul McGowan.

21:52

Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

21:45

The ball is swung over by Ryan Stevenson.

19:06

Ismael Bouzid fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

15:19

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.

14:19

Foul by Kevin Kyle on Patrick Cregg, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.

13:25

Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Thomson results in a free kick. Ryan Stevenson has an effort direct from the free kick.

12:41

Corner taken by Ruben Palazuelos from the left by-line, clearance by Marc McAusland.

12:41

Ryan Stevenson takes the inswinging corner, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.

12:19

Corner taken right-footed by David Templeton, clearance made by Darren McGregor.

11:43

Corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.

11:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Templeton, clearance by Darren McGregor.

11:08

The ball is crossed by Ruben Palazuelos, Shot from 20 yards by Kevin Kyle. Blocked by John Potter.

10:55

David Templeton sends in a cross, David van Zanten makes a clearance.

10:37

David Templeton takes a inswinging corner.

10:30

Centre by Ruben Palazuelos, David van Zanten gets a block in.

8:44

Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Elliot. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid. David Templeton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Michael Higdon.

8:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on David van Zanten. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

7:20

The referee blows for offside. John Potter takes the free kick.

6:47

Shot by Michael Higdon from 25 yards. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.

6:03

Ismael Bouzid challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Higdon produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

4:32

Darren McGregor challenges Calum Elliot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adrian Mrowiec takes the direct free kick, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Gallacher.

3:41

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.

2:58

Shot from deep inside the area by Paul McGowan clears the crossbar.

2:25

Unfair challenge on Darren McGregor by Calum Elliot results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

The match gets underway.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The second half begins.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Same again for Buddies St Mirren have an unchanged squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts. Gareth Wardlaw sits out the second game of a two-match ban but Craig Dargo could feature again after playing his first game for four months against Inverness on Boxing Day. Hugh Murray and Nick Hegarty remain on the sidelines but both are set to return next month. Manager Danny Lennon has urged his team to embark on a winning run as his injury problems begin to dissipate. Steven Thomson netted a double in a 2-1 victory at Inverness on Boxing Day as the midfielder continues to flourish following the calf problems that disrupted his first few months of the season. Lennon has seen a number of the club's most established players out injured for sizeable parts of the campaign, including David Barron, Michael Higdon, and recently Lee Mair and Hugh Murray. Craig Dargo had not played for four months before returning in the Highlands and helping Saints continue continue an improvement in form that has seen them lose just twice in six games, with one of the defeats coming courtesy of an injury-time winner by Celtic striker Gary Hooper. The victory in Inverness saw St Mirren move above Hibernian into ninth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and Lennon wants his players to build on the momentum when they host Hearts. "We are getting a few quality and important players back," Lennon said. "We have seen the importance of having a bit of quantity in your squad but the boys that have been out, there is a lot of quality within that. "Hopefully with getting them back we can have a wee run of points rather than stop-start. "I'm hoping we get a bit of luck with injuries and suspensions so we can come into the new year and have a full squad to choose from." Lee Wallace is set to return sooner than expected for Hearts. Wallace has been out since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury playing for Scotland against Liechtenstein on September 7 and it was initially feared he would miss the rest of the season. However, after impressing Jefferies in training, the 23-year-old, who had targeted the New Year's Day derby with Hibernian for a comeback, will come into contention. Jefferies said: "Lee Wallace has trained for the last two to three weeks and looked really strong. "He's looking so good and he's a naturally fit boy, he's in the squad. "I didn't expect him to be in this year. Okay, he's not had any games, but he has been training and when you're going so well the tempo at training has been unbelievable. "That's sometimes a better judge than putting him in a closed-doors game. "He's handled it, he's come through it well. There's nothing he feels about the injury at all. "He looks fit enough, so I've put him in the squad and I'm sure he'll be in the squad for the weekend." Wallace may even start with Rudi Skacel set to miss out due to a calf problem providing Ruben Palazuelos the chance to move forward into midfield from left-back. Jefferies added: "Rudi's got a little bit of a calf tear. He had it a few weeks ago and he's managed to get through. "We just felt it was starting to aggravate him a wee bit more so the physio feels missing a game might mean he might not be out for as long, if he did go out. "It might have put him out for five to six weeks, but we think he'll be okay and there's every chance he could be ready for the weekend if he misses out."

Formation:4231Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 4231Manager: Jim Jefferies

Hearts

  • Paul Gallacher
  • David van Zanten
  • Marc McAusland
  • John Potter
  • Jure Travner
  • Patrick Cregg
  • Darren McGregor
  • Steven Thomson
  • Sean Lynch
  • Paul McGowan
  • Michael Higdon
  • SUBS
  • Craig Samson
  • Kenneth McLean
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Mark Lamont
  • Paul McQuade
  • Craig Dargo
  • David Barron

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Match Report

Templeton pecks away at Saints David Templeton produced two moments of magic to conjure up victory for Hearts at St Mirren as they kept the pressure on the Old Firm with a 2-0 win. Firstly, the in-form winger teased his way through the middle of a powerless St Mirren defence before netting with a calm finish to put the visitors ahead on 63 minutes. Then it was another Templeton run which prompted a late hack on him from John Potter which saw the St Mirren defender sent off with nine minutes remaining. Kevin Kyle stepped up to put away the penalty and secure a victory which leaves Hearts in third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and the only credible title challenger to Rangers and Celtic. Hearts were without striker Stephen Elliott, meaning Calum Elliot was drafted into the attack, while Rudi Skacel was out with a calf problem. Jamie MacDonald was in goal for Marian Kello as the visitors aimed to repeat their 3-0 win at Tynecastle in October. St Mirren were without the suspended Gareth Wardlaw, leaving Paul McGowan to support Michael Higdon up front. St Mirren were the first to threaten in the fourth minute, Higdon's flicked header setting up McGowan for a dipping volley that dropped just over the crossbar. Hearts responded on 12 minutes when a cross from the left by Ruben Palazuelos was chested down by Kyle, but his fierce shot was deflected wide by Paddy Cregg. The visitors had another opportunity when David Templeton was brought down by Steven Thomson on the edge of the area, but Ryan Stevenson wasted the resulting free-kick. St Mirren made a 24th-minute enforced change when the injured McGowan, seemingly clutching his side, made way for Craig Dargo. Templeton, who had switched to the right flank, found himself unmarked on 32 minutes and set up Ian Black for a shot from distance that bounced wide of the target. MacDonald made his first save of the contest when another Higdon header put Thomson clear, but his angled drive was fired against the legs of the goalkeeper. Hearts had the first chance after the restart when, after good work from Stevenson, the ball broke to Black who sent a first-time effort from the edge of the area just over the bar. St Mirren full-back Jure Travner raced forward down the left but his cross, aimed at Higdon, was headed away expertly by Eggert Jonsson. St Mirren were looking more dangerous now and threatened again when Darren McGregor's header landed kindly for Dargo, who diverted over from close range. The deadlock was finally broken by a truly special goal on 63 minutes, Templeton weaving his way through the centre of the St Mirren defence before composing himself to slot beyond Paul Gallacher. Hearts almost added a second when Stevenson was twice denied by Gallacher, the brilliant double save keeping the home side in contention. Both teams made changes late on, David Obua on for Elliot for Hearts, while St Mirren withdrew Marc McAusland for Aaron Mooy to bolster their forward options. Templeton was not finished yet, however, and on 81 minutes another storming run was brought to an end with a despairing lunge by John Potter, prompting an immediate red card. Potter had no complaint as he trudged off, leaving Kyle to complete the punishment by slotting home the spot-kick. Kyle almost added a third for Hearts when he headed over a Palazuelos cross, but the damage had been done.

Form Guide

    WLDDLW
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Hearts
  • WWWWWD

Last Meetings

  • Hearts
  • 3 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 23/10/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 03/04/2010
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 16/01/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 2 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 03/10/2009
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 21/02/2009
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 08/11/2008

Top Scorers

St Mirren

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

Hearts

  • R Skacel 7
  • D Templeton 6
  • C Elliot 4
  • R Stevenson 2
  • S Elliott 2
  • I Black 1
  • K Kyle 1
  • A Novikovas 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 46
    • Goals per game 17
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hearts

    • Total goals 59
    • Goals per game 30
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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