skip to content
Foul by Jure Travner on Richie Towell, free kick awarded. David Wotherspoon restarts play with the free kick.
David Wotherspoon challenges Patrick Cregg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
John Rankin decides to take a short corner.
John Rankin replaces Derek Riordan.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Dargo. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Francis Dickoh finds the net with a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian.Inswinging corner taken by Callum Booth. The assist for the goal came from Paul Hanlon.
Martin Scott takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Gallacher.
Colin Nish takes a shot. Patrick Cregg gets a block in. Corner taken by Lewis Stevenson, Shot by Francis Dickoh. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Patrick Cregg is brought on as a substitute for Jim Goodwin.
Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Colin Nish on for Akpo Sodje.
Lewis Stevenson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Steven Thomson fouled by Lewis Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
John Potter fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John Potter.
The referee blows for offside against Paul McGowan. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Derek Riordan from left wing, save by Paul Gallacher.
Callum Booth fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan from left wing, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Lewis Stevenson is brought on as a substitute for Liam Miller.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Miller from the left by-line to the near post, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Darren McGregor. Francis Dickoh takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Akpo Sodje. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Craig Dargo produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from 20 yards from Derek Riordan. Save made by Paul Gallacher. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Callum Booth, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.
The referee shows Victor Palsson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Victor Palsson on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Jure Travner crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
David Wotherspoon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Craig Dargo challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Towell restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Miller played to the near post, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
Francis Dickoh challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Martin Scott takes a shot.
Paul Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jure Travner from right wing, save by Graham Stack.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Miller, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Marc McAusland results in a free kick. Callum Booth takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Paul Hanlon. Michael Higdon fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Foul by Richie Towell on Darren McGregor, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on David Wotherspoon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richie Towell, clearance by Jure Travner.
Inswinging corner taken by Jure Travner, Darren McGregor has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Shot from just outside the box by Derek Riordan goes over the target.
Callum Booth fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Akpo Sodje on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Paul McGowan has an effort at goal. Graham Stack makes a comfortable save.
The official flags Darren McGregor offside. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
Victor Palsson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Michael Higdon goes wide left of the target.
Effort on goal by Derek Riordan from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Scott by Darren McGregor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Callum Booth from right wing.
The official flags Craig Dargo offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Victor Palsson by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Francis Dickoh.
Michael Higdon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon, Header by Martin Scott from inside the area strikes the post. Shot from deep inside the area by Akpo Sodje clears the crossbar.
Martin Scott concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thomson. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Foul by Derek Riordan on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Martin Scott by Paul McGowan results in a free kick. Graham Stack takes the direct free kick.
Hugh Murray fouled by Liam Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Corner taken left-footed by Paul Gallacher from the left by-line to the near post, Jim Goodwin produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Foul by Jure Travner on Richie Towell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Darren McGregor. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Dargo is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
Lennon tells Saints to learn from experience
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has told his players to remember how low they felt following their recent defeat by Hibernian before they face the Edinburgh side again on Sunday.
Saints lost 2-0 at Easter Road earlier this month to allow their opponents to move above them in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table.
The Paisley side have an early opportunity to regain the advantage over Colin Calderwood's men; victory would take them back into 10th place.
And Lennon knows his side at least have to match Hibernian's hunger and make sure they are not chasing the game again following a poor start at Easter Road.
"We certainly know where we went wrong against Hibs," Lennon said. "They were the hungrier side that day, they were well at us.
"I spoke to the players after the game about how they felt and not to feel that way again.
"I certainly got that response and I've got that response in the last two games.
"They know they have got to turn up week in week out from the start of every game and make sure we give ourselves every opportunity."
St Mirren bounced back from the defeat with a cup win at Ayr before drawing 3-3 against Inverness in an entertaining SPL contest.
Saints dominated the second half but lost a goal on the counter-attack after conceding two goals to crosses into the box before the interval.
Lennon moved from a 4-4-2 formation to playing three central defenders after the break but he felt basic errors were to blame for the goals they lost, and does not feel he faces any dilemma over finding the balance between being threatening going forward and solid at the back.
"That's two on the trot that they have certainly been well at it on the offensive side of things," said Lennon, who has Jim Goodwin and Patrick Cregg available again.
"It was very uncharacteristic of us last week in the mistakes we made defensively. But we've certainly worked hard on the training ground this week and got it right.
"Going to the three centre-backs in the second half, it strengthened us. Sometimes you have to counter whatever the opposition are doing.
"Systems are only there to guide and give them a platform. It wasn't a system that was the problem, we just didn't do basics right defensively. It wasn't rocket science where we went wrong.
"The way we played offensively, I was very, very confident, even at 3-2 down that we could go on and not just draw the game but win the game, if we kept the basics right at the back.
"That's the positives I want to take and build upon."
Hibernian goalkeeper Graham Stack has played down his role in the club's resurgence and insists the entire squad deserve credit for finally putting smiles back on the faces of their fans.
The Englishman's return to the starting line-up for the first time since August has coincided with morale-boosting back-to-back wins over St Mirren and Kilmarnock.
Easter Road manager Colin Calderwood took the decision to rotate his four goalkeepers and Stack, finally fit after persistent back problems, appears to have taken his chance.
The 29-year-old will again be in nets at St Mirren.
Stack is pleased to have played a part in easing the club's relegation worries but feels the whole squad, boosted by six January arrivals, have helped turn the tide at the Edinburgh club.
The former Arsenal custodian said: "The turnaround's nothing to do with me.
"We've won our last two but I'm not the only one who has come in and done okay. There's been a few good individual performances that have helped us kick on.
"Sitting up in the stand and looking down it looked like we were low on confidence but when I got out there for my first game it didn't feel like that at all - I felt part of a team that had a bit of bite.
"That could have been down to the new boys who came in and weren't aware of what had been going on. It was a fresh start, including for myself after being out for so long."
Dickoh strikes late winner
Francis Dickoh headed a late winner to secure Hibernian's third consecutive victory and move them 11 points clear of Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom club Hamilton.
The defender struck from close range following Callum Booth's 87th-minute corner to seal a 1-0 success and leave St Mirren firmly in the relegation equation.
Hibs midfielder Martin Scott had twice headed against the woodwork but there was little between the teams in a scrappy encounter.
The game appeared to be drifting to a goalless draw but the late drama gives Hibs a huge cushion over Accies, who have not won since October, while St Mirren remain five points above the Lanarkshire side.
Hibernian had leapfrogged St Mirren in the table with a 2-0 triumph at Easter Road earlier this month, before following it up with victory over Kilmarnock.
St Mirren, who matched Hibernian's 4-4-2 formation, were determined to atone for that below-par performance and they started well with Jim Goodwin flicking Paul McGowan's corner wide.
Booth's misjudgement allowed McGowan a brief sight of goal but the angle was too tight to shoot and Paul Hanlon prevented Hugh Murray from finishing his cutback.
McGowan soon set up another opening when his cross was headed down by Michael Higdon but Craig Dargo just failed to connect.
Hibernian, who were without the suspended Ian Murray, created their first chance in the 13th minute when Scott headed off the post following a David Wotherspoon cross, and Akpo Sodje shot over on the turn seconds later.
Derek Riordan volleyed a difficult chance just over from 20 yards but St Mirren came back into it and Graham Stack did well to hold McGowan's left-footed strike from the edge of the box.
The half continued in a scrappy fashion amid windy conditions with Hanlon defending well for Hibs as St Mirren tried to exert pressure.
Scott hit the woodwork again in injury-time after Sodje's flick-on but Paul Gallacher had his looping header covered as it hit off the top of the bar.
Stack took no chances with Jure Travner's inswinging free-kick, diving to punch the ball away as it swirled in the wind.
But the second period was proving even more scrappy, although Riordan produced a much-needed moment of quality when he took a return pass from Scott and blasted a powerful strike from 20 yards which Gallacher fumbled wide.
McGowan continued to provide the class for St Mirren, his well-timed pass allowing Dargo a chance on the counter-attack but the striker's attempted chip cleared the crossbar.
Dargo almost broke the stalemate with a clever through ball for Higdon but the striker was flagged offside in what was a marginal decision, although Stack was quickly off his line.
Another opening soon appeared for Saints but McGowan's touch for once let him down as he ran on to Hugh Murray's pass.
Colin Nish replaced Sodje and soon saw a deflected volley flash wide, with the corner producing a better chance.
Booth's delivery fell for Dickoh, whose powerful low strike from 10 yards was blocked by the diving Gallacher.
But Gallacher was beaten moments later. Left-back Booth's deep delivery was headed back in by Hanlon and his centre-back partner headed it in from underneath the bar.
"Chelsea v Tottenham"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk