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Long range effort from David Barron misses to the left of the goal.
Paul Heffernan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Barron. Booking for Paul Heffernan. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Cillian Sheridan. Mark O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by James Dayton from the left by-line, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Paul McGowan on James Fowler, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Dayton.
Foul by Mark O'Hara on Dougie Imrie, free kick awarded. Paul Dummett takes the free kick.
Foul by Mark O'Hara on Dougie Imrie, free kick awarded. Caution for Mark O'Hara. Free kick taken by Gary Teale. Gary Teale takes a inswinging corner.
Corner taken left-footed by Dougie Imrie from the right by-line, Liam Kelly makes a clearance.
Jon Robertson fouled by James Fowler, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Dougie Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on James Fowler. Dougie Imrie shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Borja Perez goes off and Rory McKenzie comes on.
Paul McGowan fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gary Teale, Cameron Bell makes a save. Dougie Imrie takes the inswinging corner, save by Cameron Bell.
Dougie Imrie provided the assist for the goal. Sam Parkin replaces Lewis Guy.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Mark O'Hara on Dougie Imrie. Paul McGowan scores a placed penalty. St Mirren 1-1 Kilmarnock.
Lewis Guy fouled by Michael Nelson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Teale.
James Dayton produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Gary Teale fouled by James Dayton, the ref awards a free kick. Dougie Imrie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale, save made by Cameron Bell.
David Barron takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Inswinging corner taken by James Dayton from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Paul Dummett takes a shot. Fantastic save by Cameron Bell.
Dougie Imrie fouled by Mark O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Teale produces a cross, Jim Goodwin takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Unfair challenge on Dougie Imrie by James Fowler results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul McGowan.
Corner taken short by Dougie Imrie.
Mark O'Hara on for Manuel Pascali.
Dougie Imrie joins the action as a substitute, replacing John McGinn.
The offside flag is raised against Paul Heffernan. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Floated corner taken by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance. James Dayton fouled by Jon Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Manuel Pascali fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Effort from just outside the box by Manuel Pascali goes over the bar.
Steven Thompson takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
Effort from just outside the box by John McGinn goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Foul by Lewis Guy on Ryan O'Leary, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rory McKeown.
Jon Robertson takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Cillian Sheridan fouled by Marc McAusland, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McKeown takes the direct free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Steven Thompson misses to the right of the goal.
Liam Kelly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale, Close range headed effort by Marc McAusland misses to the right of the goal.
Shot from 20 yards by Steven Thompson. Save by Cameron Bell.
Jon Robertson takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Corner taken right-footed by Borja Perez from the left by-line, save by Craig Samson.
Effort on goal by Manuel Pascali from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Marc McAusland on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Borja Perez restarts play with the free kick.
Cillian Sheridan concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Assist on the goal came from Paul Heffernan.
Jim Goodwin gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan. Penalty taken right-footed by Liam Kelly and scored. St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock.
Lennon: Kilmarnock deserve more credit
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes the reaction to Kenny Shiels' public comments sometimes deprives his Kilmarnock team of the praise he feels they deserve.
Shiels has just returned from a three-match touchline ban received for comments made about match officials and faces another Scottish Football Association hearing early this year after accusing fourth official Andrew Dallas of an "outrageous fabrication" of evidence.
Shiels remained defiant after his latest charge but Kilmarnock were unaffected by his absence from the touchline and travel to St Mirren Park unbeaten in four difficult fixtures against Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian and Motherwell, which left them in the top six in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
And Lennon feels the furore surrounding Shiels' statements has taken some credit away from the Scottish Communities League Cup holders, although some of the Northern Irishman's remarks appear designed to remove the pressure from his players.
Lennon said: "For me, a lot of Kilmarnock's success is overshadowed by the media's relationship with the manager.
"Because he is so open in everything that he says, they try and make a full story out of it. Sometimes that deflects from the success Kilmarnock have had.
"If you look at Kilmarnock's season so far, they are in a better position, they have more points, have scored more goals, have conceded less goals, and they play football in the manner in which I believe it should be played in.
"For me, Kenny and his players don't get the credit I feel they deserve."
St Mirren can peg Kilmarnock back on Wednesday, though, having gone on a run of just one defeat, against Celtic, in seven SPL games after suffering a six-match losing run following the blow of losing key pair Darren McGregor and Paul McGowan to injury.
McGowan is now back following his shoulder problem and St Mirren could hand a debut to Newcastle midfielder Conor Newton against Kilmarnock after agreeing a loan deal.
Newton's Newcastle team-mate, Paul Dummett, is also available after the left-back extended his loan deal. But midfielder Kenny McLean will miss the game after undergoing minor knee surgery.
Lennon said: "We have got ourselves right back in there amongst the pack. The league table doesn't lie, the hardest thing is to go out there and score goals and put points on the board.
"That is something we want to continue. We had two fantastic victories here against Kilmarnock last season and that's something we want to continue going into the new year."
Kilmarnock are expected to be without Manuel Pascali (hamstring) and Mohamadou Sissoko (ankle), while Danny Racchi, Garry Hay and William Gros remain on the sidelines.
Manager Shiels believes his team are on course to "over-achieve" this season as they begin 2013 in the top six of the Scottish Premier League.
Last season was one of the most memorable at Rugby Park in many years with Killie's Scottish Communities League Cup success but the Ayrshire side missed out on consecutive top-six spots.
And Shiels has his sights set on a finish in the upper half this term having been pleased with their progress in the first half of the campaign.
"We have beaten four of the five heavyweights and we have drawn with the other ones," he said.
"So we have done well. We have won at Aberdeen, we have won at Hearts, we have won at Celtic.
"Our performances have been good and I'm more than happy with where we are at. With a game in hand, we are sixth.
"We are in the mix and it would be great to be in the mix coming into the end of March.
"If we were in and around that position, we would see that as an over-achievement. It would be great."
St Mirren are similarly on form going into the holiday fixture having lost just once, against Celtic, in seven SPL matches to put themselves three points behind Kilmarnock.
Shiels said: "St Mirren are a good footballing side and Steven Thompson is really in form and doing very well. They have got very good players. "The SPL is full of good players and St Mirren have more than their fair share of them. We know the qualities they have and we know we have to be on our game to try and match them.
"If you look at the quality that they have, it's a very difficult away game for us. We go there to hopefully consolidate our position in the top six if we can."
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