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Marc McAusland takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
The referee shows Tim Clancy a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Gary Teale takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Gary Teale misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance made by David Barron. Michael Higdon takes a shot. Marc McAusland gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Steven Thompson results in a free kick. Nigel Hasselbaink joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Carey. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, Close range header by Shaun Hutchinson misses to the right of the target.
Steve Jennings challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Graham Carey from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Graham Carey by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Michael Higdon goes into the book. Chris Humphrey is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Keith Lasley.
Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Foul by Tom Hateley on Graham Carey, free kick awarded. The referee shows Tom Hateley a yellow card. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.
Steve Jennings receives a caution.
The referee blows for offside. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Jim Goodwin. Tom Hateley has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Jim Goodwin challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Jeroen Tesselaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Graham Carey goes wide right of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Marc McAusland. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Samson by Shaun Hutchinson. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Unfair challenge on David Barron by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Graham Carey, save by Darren Randolph.
Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Douglas Imrie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Caution for Douglas Imrie. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Paul McGowan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Steven Thompson challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Carey, Close range header by Lee Mair goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Graham Carey misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hateley. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Craig Samson. The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Thompson. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Hutchinson fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Jim Goodwin. Jim Goodwin receives a yellow card. Steve Jennings restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Law. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left channel, Henrik Ojamaa concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Samson. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the right by-line, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale, save made by Darren Randolph.
Douglas Imrie fouled by Tom Hateley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graham Carey from left wing, clearance made by Steve Jennings.
Foul by Stevie Hammell on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Barron.
Paul McGowan has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line, clearance by Keith Lasley.
Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Imrie calls for cutting edge
Dougie Imrie insists St Mirren must start turning chances into goals if they are to have any hope of a top-six finish in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Imrie joined Saints from Hamilton last month and has been impressed at the attacking threat of his new club, however admits they need to find their killer touch in front of goal.
Ahead of Saturday's meeting with Motherwell at New St Mirren Park, manager Danny Lennon's side are currently two points behind sixth-placed Aberdeen.
"In the two games I have played so far we have created numerous chances and not been able to take them. It's really important that we can start to convert these chances into goals," said Imrie.
"A place in the top-six is what we are all looking to achieve and although we haven't been picking up points recently we are still very much in the race.
"You only need to look at Aberdeen who started off the season poorly and now sit in sixth place, what we need is a run of consistency.
"Motherwell are a very good team and have been having a great season, it will be a tough game on Saturday but if we play as we can then we have a good chance."
Saints will be without Hugh Murray for the clash with Motherwell.
The 33-year-old defender has been sidelined for a month after sustaining a calf injury.
Long-term absentees Kenny McLean (collarbone) and Darren McGregor (knee) also remain unavailable for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Keith Lasley is determined to help Motherwell finish as high as possible in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League - and hopefully earn himself a new deal.
The midfielder is out of contract in the summer and says he is happy to focus all his efforts on his football for now.
But, with the Steelmen riding high in third spot in the SPL, the 32-year-old knows a successful end to the season is more likely to lead to an extended stay at Fir Park.
Lasley said: "I don't think it's any secret that I would like to stay at the club but there is nothing that's been said yet.
"I'm just concentrating on my football and trying to progress the team.
"Hopefully we finish as high as we can and that helps when the negotiations come around.
"The better we can finish this season, I'm sure the better the budgets are for the manager, as it would be at any club.
"Sometimes these things really matter, where you finish in the league."
He added: "I'm not saying there isn't any anxiety. You are always thinking about where you are going to be playing, it's always there in your mind somewhere.
"But, at this stage, it's just about the football and hoping that side of things takes care of itself.
"It can work both ways. Some players might feel a bit of anxiety or it might keep others on their toes to try to win a new deal.
"It depends on the player's character. I'm sure as soon as the club is ready to talk to players, they will."
Motherwell are boosted by the return of skipper Stephen Craigan for the game.
The defender has served a two-match suspension and could be in the contention for the visit to Paisley.
Defender Steven Saunders (Achilles) remains out, while reserve goalkeeper Lee Hollis is still sidelined with a hip injury.
Buddies and Well share the spoils
St Mirren and Motherwell had to settle for a share of the spoils in a feisty Clydesdale Bank Premier League goalless draw.
The home side had by far the best of the first half and Darren Randolph pulled off a wonderful save to deny Gary Teale after a period of sustained pressure.
However, third-placed Motherwell found their stride after the break and St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson produced a stunning stop from Michael Higdon to prevent the visitors from leaving with three points from a bad-tempered clash.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon made two changes to his side following the 1-1 William Hill Scottish Cup draw with Ross County last weekend, with Graham Carey and Dougie Imrie returning and David van Zanten and Aaron Mooy dropping to the bench.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall decided to stick with the side that put six past Morton without reply last weekend, meaning captain Stephen Craigan was on the bench after returning from suspension.
The home side were chasing a first win since Christmas Eve - when they beat Rangers 2-1 - and they made a lively start against a Motherwell side looking for a third successive league victory.
A flowing first-minute move ended with Paul McGowan's shot being blocked by Motherwell defender Tim Clancy. The loose ball fell to Dougie Imrie and his powerful drive was batted away by Motherwell goalkeeper Randolph at his near post.
The visitors took time to settle but home goalkeeper Samson was called into action when he punched Tom Hateley's free-kick to safety in the 10th minute.
Both sides have won plaudits for their attacking play this season but there was a real battle going on in midfield.
Chances were scarce but Imrie combined with Teale to create an opening for Steven Thompson, whose shot was blocked by Clancy.
Graham Carey then burst forward from deep as Motherwell were cut open again - but he dragged his shot wide from 18 yards.
Teale was impressing for St Mirren on the right wing and he almost fired his side ahead on the half hour mark.
Teasing and tormenting Steven Hammell, he cut inside and his deflected shot nearly looped in - with Randolph pulling off a fine stop.
Motherwell were under real pressure and McGowan found a yard of space at the edge of the box and cracked a 20-yard effort inches past the upright.
The visitors had offered little in attack but had a strong penalty claim turned down in the 37th minute when Marc McAusland appeared to foul Nicky Law. Referee Craig Charleston waved away the appeals.
Tempers were frayed and Imrie earned a booking for a challenge on Shaun Hutchinson before the break, much to the disgust of the home fans.
Motherwell began the second half with more purpose and Hutchinson headed over from Hammell's corner seconds after the restart.
That was a let-off for Saints, who then had goalkeeper Samson to thank for keeping the score level in the 50th minute. Higdon met Henrik Ojamaa's cross with a bullet header, but Samson produced a wonderful point-blank stop.
Motherwell were a team transformed after their lacklustre first-half display and continued to press, with Tom Hateley curling a free-kick narrowly wide.
Tackles were flying in as the game threatened to boil over. Hateley was in the thick of a few incidents and was rightly booked for a foul on Carey midway through the half.
Motherwell continued to look the more likely and Shaun Hutchinson glanced a header wide in the 84th minute after meeting Tom Hateley's corner.
St Mirren could not get up the park and Craig Samson was again called into action when he pulled off a fine fingertip save from Ojamaa's curling effort in the closing stages.
There was one final chance for St Mirren when Gary Teale found Paul McGowan at the edge of the box, but he fluffed his shot.
Incredibly, Motherwell then raced up the park in injury-time and almost won it when Chris Humphrey's attempted cross crashed off the bar with Samson beaten.
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