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Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko booked.
Dean Shiels is shown a yellow card.
Graham Carey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jim Goodwin.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Hutchinson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Nigel Hasselbaink grabs a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 3-0 Kilmarnock.Assist by David van Zanten.
Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by James Dayton from the right by-line played to the near post.
David Barron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. James Dayton takes the indirect free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Paul McGowan misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Garry Hay by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the indirect free kick.
David van Zanten goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Paul McGowan is ruled offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Ben Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeroen Tesselaar. Free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar. Steven Thompson goes off and David Barron comes on.
Ben Hutchinson takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.
Nigel Hasselbaink challenges James Fowler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Fowler.
Close range shot by Dean Shiels goes over the bar.
Nigel Hasselbaink comes on in place of Kenny McLean.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner.
Dean Shiels takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Gary Harkins leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Hutchinson.
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Kenny McLean is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick. Manuel Pascali receives a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Paul McGowan. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from just outside the area by David Silva goes over the bar.
Gary Teale is ruled offside. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by James Dayton.
Manuel Pascali takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.
Liam Kelly leaves the field to be replaced by James Dayton.
Leon Panikvar goes off and David Silva comes on.
Steven Thompson takes a shot. Cameron Bell gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Panikvar on David van Zanten. Gary Teale takes the free kick.
The official flags Gary Teale offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Liam Kelly fouled by Kenny McLean, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Steven Thompson goes into the referee's book.
Zdenek Kroca is penalised for a handball. Penalty taken right-footed by Paul McGowan and scored. St Mirren 2-0 Kilmarnock.
Steven Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny McLean on Liam Kelly. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Paul McGowan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Shiels. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Steven Thompson produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels, Mohamadou Sissoko takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Unfair challenge on Leon Panikvar by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Jim Goodwin. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Steven Thomson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The official flags Gary Teale offside. Zdenek Kroca takes the free kick.
Paul McGowan finds the net with a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock.Assist by Jeroen Tesselaar.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Mair.
The referee blows for offside. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Zdenek Kroca results in a free kick. David van Zanten restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the right by-line to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kenny McLean.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Steven Thompson misses to the left of the goal.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.
Jeroen Tesselaar concedes a free kick for a foul on James Fowler. James Fowler takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Paul McGowan. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Gary Teale is ruled offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Dean Shiels challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Lennon wary of Heffernan
Boss Danny Lennon believes his St Mirren side will come up against Kilmarnock's version of Wayne Rooney in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at St Mirren Park.
Paul Heffernan has scored eight goals in six appearances this season, including in a hat-trick in the 5-0 Scottish Communities League Cup win over Queen of the South in midweek.
Lennon made favourable comparisons between the 20-year-old Irishman, who arrived in Ayrshire from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, and Manchester United star Rooney, who has started with 11 goals in nine games.
"Heffernan has scored eight in six appearances," said Lennon.
"They are raving about Wayne Rooney down in England but it is similar up here with him (Heffernan).
"They also have flair players like James Dayton and Dean Shiels and they are hitting a good bit of form at this moment in time, they are coming off a 5-0 victory in the cup so they will come in to the game with a great deal of confidence.
"They took a lot of teams by surprise last season and you have to give them a lot of credit in what they achieved.
"A lot of people had them down as relegation favourites along with us and they certainly rose above that and had an absolutely fantastic season.
"Likewise, we have a lot of good qualities and strengths ourselves.
"We come off the back of a very good performance (against St Johnstone).
"We've made a lot of improvements in a lot of areas this season although there is a lot of work still be done."
To that end, Lennon pleaded for patience from the minority of the Buddies support who are frustrated that their good play has not always been translated into points.
"I certainly believe the supporters are enjoying the brand of football they are seeing," he said.
"I would ask the small minority of them to be a little more patient.
"We do know that there has to be more of an end product.
"We certainly thought we had a more directness in the final third the other night."
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels believes his team's trip to St Mirren Park has the potential to be the SPL match of the day.
Lennon has followed in the footsteps of Shiels and predecessor Mixu Paatelainen by trying to introduce a free-flowing. passing style of football to his team.
Only one point separates the teams, with Kilmarnock ahead on 10 points in fifth place, and Shiels anticipates an entertaining contest.
Shiels said: "I am sure the purists will want to watch this game and I'm sure the geography and locality will lend itself towards a decent crowd.
"We have watched them quite a lot and they are a very good team.
"They are putting on a good style of football and I reckon that potentially this could be the best game in the league this Saturday."
Midfielder Gary Harkins agrees that the game could excite the fans.
"I've seen a bit of them," he said. "They are playing some great football.
"It will be tough to play against but hopefully it will make it a good game.
"On paper, it should be good to watch and have goals in it but we will need to wait to see what Saturday brings."
Harkins has settled in well to Kilmarnock's brand of football since joining from Dundee in the summer.
Harkins, who started his career at Blackburn, said: "I'm enjoying it. I'm finding my feet and enjoying the way we're playing.
"You're playing football and passing and moving, which I like to do.
"I feel as if I'm improving and will do as the weeks go on.
"It's just getting the game time to do it and working under the manager and Jimmy (Nicholl), I will get better."
Shiels is not satisfied with Kilmarnock's points total despite pre-season scepticism over their ability to absorb significant personnel changes.
"You saw that when they were all doing their predictions and Kilmarnock were bottom or second bottom," Harkins said.
"You just use that to kick on. We've always had belief in the changing room and we will continue that belief and hopefully pick up wins.
"The gaffer has signed players that are comfortable in the system and the way we want to play."
McGowan at the double for Buddies
St Mirren moved up to fifth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table with a convincing 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock thanks to two goals from Paul McGowan and another from substitute Nigel Hasselbaink.
McGowan, recalled to the starting line-up after being left out in midweek, headed in Jereon Tesselaar's excellent cross from the left on the half-hour and added the second from the penalty spot a minute before half-time after Zoenek Kroca was harshly penalised for handling in the box.
Killie had enjoyed the better of the play in the early stages and Craig Samson had to make fine saves from Paul Heffernan in the first half and Manuel Pascali in the second.
Kroca headed against the bar twice late in the second half but Hasselbaink wrapped up all three points with a neat header at the back post with five minutes remaining.
St Mirren had not scored in their three previous home league games and manager Danny Lennon made just one change from the side that beat St Johnstone in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Tuesday, with McGowan replacing Hasselbaink up front.
Both sides had been praised for their free-flowing football in the opening weeks of the season and both were keen to build patiently from the back in the early stages.
Kilmarnock were first to threaten after one of those fine passing moves as Gary Hay slipped the ball through for the in-form Heffernan but his shot on the turn was well parried by Samson.
Cammy Bell was called into action for the first time after 15 minutes when Steven Thompson's downward header was tipped round the post by the Kilmarnock goalkeeper.
The hosts then went ahead against the run of play on 32 minutes when Tesselaar's excellent cross from the left was headed across Bell and into the far corner by McGowan for his first goal of the season.
Having got the goal, St Mirren grew in confidence and Thompson just failed to get on the end of another fine cross by Tesselaar before Gary Teale had claims for a penalty waved away.
The home side were awarded a penalty just on half-time, though, as Steven Thomson's cross struck Kroca's arm inside the box. Referee Stephen Finnie originally turned away the claims but reversed his decision on advice from his assistant and McGowan stepped up to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.
St Mirren nearly added to their lead within five minutes of the second period as McGowan released Teale down the left and his cross was just out of the reach of the on-rushing Thomson.
McGowan was at the heart of everything the hosts did going forward and more neat skills from the former Celtic striker created space for the cross where he found Thompson in the box and his header was brilliantly saved by Bell.
Killie boss Kenny Shiels brought on David Silva and James Dayton in an attempt to get back into the game and moments later Manuel Pascali's long-range drive forced Samson into a fine save.
McGowan nearly had his hat-trick on two occasions, firstly with a wonderful chipped effort 10 minutes from time but the ball crept inches over the bar before another right-footed effort flew just wide of Bell's right-hand post.
Kroca headed against the bar from a corner but St Mirren wrapped up all three points with five minutes to go as Hasselbaink headed in at the back post from David Van Zanten's cross.
Kilmarnock went close again to a consolation goal but another Kroca header crashed off the bar before the hosts wasted a great opportunity for a fourth as Teale opted to pass to Hasselbaink when through on goal but the Dutch striker was in an offside position.
Bell made one final save from Thomson's header in stoppage time as St Mirren cruised to their first league victory in four games.
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