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The ball is crossed by Graham Carey, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Jon McShane takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Foul by David Davis on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin takes the indirect free kick.
Kenny McLean takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Kenny McLean crosses the ball, blocked by Kenny Gillet.
David Barron crosses the ball, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
Lee Cox is brought on as a substitute for Richie Foran. Gregory Tade joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy McKay.
Graham Carey produces a cross, Ryan Esson makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line.
Centre by Graham Carey, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
The official flags Greg Tansey offside. Illias Haddad restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Jeroen Tesselaar. David Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny Gillet shown a yellow card.
David Barron produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Chris Hogg results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
The official flags Jon McShane offside. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny Gillet delivers the ball.
Gary Teale leaves the field to be replaced by Graham Carey. (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Jon McShane coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink.
Shot from outside the box by Johnny Hayes goes wide right of the target.
Billy McKay is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Gary Teale.
Billy McKay produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Johnny Hayes grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-2 Inverness CT.The assist for the goal came from Greg Tansey.
The referee blows for offside against Richie Foran. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
David Davis fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. David Davis is given a yellow card. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Steven Thompson on Ross Tokely, free kick awarded. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Johnny Hayes, Ross Tokely produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Nigel Hasselbaink delivers the ball, blocked by Ross Tokely.
Steven Thompson produces a cross.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Johnny Hayes.
Ross Tokely gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Gary Teale produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Ross Tokely sends in a cross, save made by Craig Samson.
Johnny Hayes takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Andrew Shinnie. Greg Tansey restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Paul McGowan.
Steven Thompson takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Centre by Paul McGowan, Kenny Gillet makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes played to the near post, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Kenny Gillet, Billy McKay takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale, Steven Thompson finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. St Mirren 1-1 Inverness CT.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Chris Hogg gets a block in.
Johnny Hayes delivers the ball, save by Craig Samson.
Lee Mair goes off and David Barron comes on.
The ball is crossed by David Davis.
The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, Chris Hogg makes a clearance.
Kenny McLean decides to take the corner short.
Centre by Jeroen Tesselaar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the left by-line, Craig Samson makes a save.
Greg Tansey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot from long range by Ross Tokely misses to the right of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Billy McKay sends in a cross, save by Craig Samson.
Corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jeroen Tesselaar, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
Kenny Gillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Shinnie. Johnny Hayes takes the free kick.
Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Illias Haddad. Indirect free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Greg Tansey takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Greg Tansey takes a shot. Clearance by Jim Goodwin.
Illias Haddad challenges Andrew Shinnie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Hayes restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Golobart. Free kick taken by Roman Golobart.
Outswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Kenny Gillet, Marc McAusland gets a block in. Blocked by Marc McAusland.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on David Davis. David Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Billy McKay is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes.
Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the left by-line, Andrew Shinnie takes a shot. Blocked by Paul McGowan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Golobart by Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
A goal is scored by Andrew Shinnie from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Inverness CT.Johnny Hayes provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Thompson clears the bar.
Corner taken by Gary Teale.
Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink, blocked by Ross Tokely.
The official flags Steven Thompson offside. Ryan Esson takes the indirect free kick.
Nigel Hasselbaink produces a mishit left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Billy McKay results in a free kick. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Lee Mair challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Hayes takes the free kick, Kenny McLean crosses the ball, Kenny McLean manages to make a clearance.
Thomson misses Caley clash
Midfielder Steven Thomson (calf) remains on the sidelines for St Mirren's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness.
Manager Danny Lennon has no fresh injuries with long-term knee injury victim Darren McGregor still out and Hugh Murray closing in on his comeback from knee surgery.
Lennon is relishing the opportunity for his players to atone for two of their biggest disappointments of a positive season so far.
Saints lost 5-0 at Celtic Park last weekend despite travelling to Glasgow in the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and with confidence from their recent draw at Ibrox.
The afternoon quickly turned sour when Marc McAusland's poor clearance allowed Georgios Samaras to put Celtic ahead within four minutes.
St Mirren have the chance to bounce back against Inverness and also avenge their 2-1 defeat in the Highlands in October.
Lennon said: "You go over one or two things and take positives out the game while analysing where you went wrong.
"That's only as a development tool, it's not anything to do with criticism. You don't have to tell me or Marc McAusland that he's made an error in the first four minutes of the game.
"What I love about it is the way people bounce back from that and cash in on the experience of that mistake. "I was delighted, Marc McAusland never hid in the game, he still wanted to go and do the right things that he does every single week.
"Marc made a big error last week but he has been an absolute rock with us in terms of coming in and what he has had to deal with, on and off the pitch. He has handled it very, very well.
"Being a St Mirren fan, this club means the world to him. He has been a revelation for us in his consistency since he came in when Darren McGregor went out."
Inverness midfielder Aidan Chippendale will miss the trip to Paisley with a hamstring injury.
Defenders Josh Meekings (calf) and David Proctor (ankle) are both doubtful.
Caley manager Terry Butcher has hinted that he will reshuffle his side as he looks to get off the bottom of the table.
Heroic Hayes helps Inverness climb table
Jonny Hayes lifted Inverness off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a brilliant long-range strike to seal a 2-1 victory at St Mirren Park.
Hayes curled home from 25 yards in the 69th minute and Caley Thistle held on to jump three places and consign Aberdeen to bottom spot.
Inverness had dominated the first half after Hayes set up Andrew Shinnie for an 11th minute opener but St Mirren striker Steven Thompson headed home in first half injury time.
Hayes provided the one moment of real class after the break to net his second goal in four starts following his comeback from a shoulder injury.
The Irishman's absence was a key factor in Caley Thistle's period at the bottom but they can now look up after a solid performance.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon had changed his tactics but the move failed to pay off, although the game could have been different had the recalled Thompson converted a simple early chance.
The hosts lined up with a 3-5-2 formation with Jim Goodwin in the centre of defence and Gary Teale at right wing-back.
Inverness were pressing them high up the park with their 4-2-3-1 formation but the hosts had the early chances in wet and windy conditions.
Nigel Hasselbaink got a couple of shots in early on, forcing a corner which should have led to the opener.
Thompson had time to take a touch after Lee Mair headed Teale's delivery across goal but he then shot over from six yards.
Saints shot themselves in the foot three minutes later when Marc McAusland played a loose pass across his 18-yard box that was picked up by Hayes.
The Irishman could have shot himself but he played a composed square ball to Shinnie, who stroked home from 12 yards.
The goal was another personal disaster for McAusland, who gifted Celtic an early opener last weekend with a poor clearance.
St Mirren were struggling to recover from the blow and Inverness, who had Roman Golobart in for the injured Josh Meekings, continued to push forward.
Goodwin headed Richie Foran's header off the line following Hayes' corner and Greg Tansey curled in a dangerous cross towards Ross Tokely following a short free-kick but Thompson managed to glance the ball just past.
Lennon changed to a 4-4-2 formation around the half hour, moving Goodwin into midfield to shadow Shinnie, with Illias Haddad dropping to right-back and Teale pushing on.
Saints could not immediately turn the tide. Billy McKay, preferred to Gregory Tade up front for Inverness, got a shot in before Tansey drove just wide from 20 yards.
However, Teale put in some dangerous balls towards the end of the half and St Mirren levelled two minutes into injury time.
Esson was forced to push over Jeroen Tesselaar's over-hit cross for a corner and Thompson sneaked round the back to head home Teale's inswinging delivery.
David Barron replaced Mair at half-time with Haddad switching roles again to centre-back and both sides threatened in the early stages.
Samson dived to hold McKay's header before Tesselaar set up Thompson 16 yards out, with Esson parrying his measured strike.
Inverness had a spell of pressure but Esson then produced a smart save to push over Teale's 35-yard free-kick, which carried towards the top corner in the wind.
The game grew increasingly scrappy before Hayes lit it up. Tansey passed up the chance to shoot after a clever inside pass from Foran but worked the ball out to Hayes, who turned and curled the ball just inside the far post.
McKay almost capitalised on some confusion in the St Mirren defence seconds later as he beat Samson to a long ball, but he slipped and scrambled a shot just wide from the floor.
St Mirren brought on Graham Carey and Jon McShane and pushed for an equaliser but Caley Thistle defended their lead resolutely.
And Esson secured the victory in injury time when he got down well to hold Thompson's glancing header from a long free-kick from Goodwin.
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