Paixao's goal gave Accies a dream start in Paisley
First-half goals from Marco Paixao and Martin Canning gave Hamilton Accies victory over an in-form St Mirren side.
Paixao was on hand to give the Accies the lead after just three minutes from close range.
Minutes before the half-time break, defender Canning doubled Accies' advantage as Paixao turned provider.
And, despite St Mirren rallying in the second period, their chances of a comeback were extinguished when Lee Mair saw red for a last-man foul.
The victory for Hamilton represents only their second league win of the season and takes them four points clear of bottom side Falkirk.
St Mirren would have been in confident mood ahead of the game, having hit nine goals in their last three games.
But, within minutes, the visitors stunned the home crowd when they took the lead with just three minutes gone through Paixao.
From a corner, James Wesolowski's shot was blocked, but Paixao reacted quickly to prod the rebound and stab low into the net.
Accies almost doubled their lead through James McArthur, but Paul Gallacher saved well from the midfielder's powerful volley.
At the other end, Tomas Cerny was untroubled in the Hamilton goal until he stopped Andy Dorman's deflected shot.
But it was Billy Reid's men who found the back of the net again just four minutes before the interval.
Paixao swung in a cross to set up Canning to rifle home.
St Mirren emerged for the second half determined to force their way back into the game and could have pulled a goal back shortly after the restart.
A Dorman free-kick picked out Michael Higdon in the box and he connected with the header but nodded just wide of target.
Jack Ross then played a good ball to Billy Mehmet, who unleashed a ferocious shot from the edge of the box that Cerny did well to tip over the crossbar.
But a bad day for St Mirren was compounded with 20 minutes to play when Lee Mair was shown a straight red card for bringing down Mickael Antoine-Curier in a last-man situation and the full-time whistle was greeted by jeering by sections of the home crowd.
St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson: "We got off to a poor start. When you concede a goal in the manner we did then it gives Hamilton a lift and they're difficult to break down.
"The second goal we conceded from a set-piece before half-time compounded what was a very poor performance.
"We need to improve and get back to the standards we're capable of because we've got some tough games coming up.
"I didn't have a problem with Lee Mair's red card."
Hamilton manager Billy Reid: "We weren't at our best in the first half and St Mirren passed better than us. But goals change games.
"The first goal was a settler but it took until the second to take the pressure off us.
"But St Mirren have been playing well and scoring goals. So, to win and keep a clean sheet is satisfying."
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Saturday, 31 October 2009
Marco Paixao 3
05 Mair red card
06 Potter (Ramsey 86)
04 McGinn (Brady 74)
07 Murray yellow card
08 Dorman yellow card
12 O'Donnell (Innes 69)
02 McClenahan (Beuzelin 72)
07 Wesolowski yellow card
27 Mensing (Evans 80 yellow card)
09 Antoine-Curier yellow card (Flavio Paixao 83)
21 Marco Paixao
18 Flavio Paixao
Ref: FinnieAtt: 4,022
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:29 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:35 Corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman from the right by-line, Flavio Paixao manages to make a clearance.
90:00+1:04 James Wesolowski takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
90:00+0:06 Unfair challenge on James McArthur by Garry Brady results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
89:20 Corner taken right-footed by David Barron from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Richard Hastings.
88:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Flavio Paixao on Chris Innes. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
87:09 David Barron fouled by Grant Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
86:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Ross by Marco Paixao. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
85:41 David Elebert restarts play with the free kick.
85:41 Substitution Conor Ramsey replaces John Potter.
85:41 Flavio Paixao fouled by Chris Innes, the ref awards a free kick.
82:51 Substitution Flavio Paixao is brought on as a substitute for Mickael Antoine-Curier.
82:38 Effort from the edge of the area by Garry Brady goes wide of the right-hand upright.
81:00 David Barron takes the direct free kick.
81:00 Booking The referee books Grant Evans for unsporting behaviour.
80:39 Unfair challenge on David Barron by Grant Evans results in a free kick.
79:47 Substitution Simon Mensing goes off and Grant Evans comes on.
76:41 James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
73:42 Unfair challenge on Simon Mensing by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
73:03 Substitution Stephen McGinn leaves the field to be replaced by Garry Brady.
Correction - 71:35 Marco Paixao takes a short corner.
Correction - 71:35 Substitution Guillaume Beuzelin comes on in place of Trent McClenahan.
71:35 Short corner taken by Marco Paixao.
71:35 Substitution Trent McClenahan leaves the field to be replaced by Guillaume Beuzelin.
68:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Mensing on Jack Ross. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
68:10 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Chris Innes coming on for Stephen O'Donnell.
66:57 Sent off Lee Mair is sent off.
65:50 Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
Correction - 65:44 Mickael Antoine-Curier fouled by Lee Mair, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Canning.
65:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Lee Mair.
63:05 Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Higdon clears the bar.
61:14 Foul by Stephen O'Donnell on David Elebert, free kick awarded. Mark McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.
58:55 Free kick taken by Marco Paixao.
58:55 Booking Andy Dorman shown a yellow card.
58:41 James McArthur fouled by Andy Dorman, the ref awards a free kick.
58:21 Andy Dorman is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
57:48 Mark McLaughlin challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.
55:46 Andy Dorman challenges Richard Hastings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
54:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
54:00 Foul by Michael Higdon on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
52:45 David Barron crosses the ball, save by Tomas Cerny.
51:41 Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
51:41 Booking Mickael Antoine-Curier is given a yellow card.
51:24 Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Mickael Antoine-Curier results in a free kick.
50:58 Headed effort from the edge of the area by Michael Higdon goes wide of the right-hand post.
50:32 Foul by James McArthur on Hugh Murray, free kick awarded. Andy Dorman restarts play with the free kick.
49:27 Hugh Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Direct free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
48:15 Billy Mehmet has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
47:28 Mickael Antoine-Curier concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McGinn. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
46:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+1:45 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+0:45 Corner taken by Richard Hastings.
42:14 Foul by Michael Higdon on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Elebert.
40:12 Assist on the goal came from Marco Paixao.
40:12 GOAL - Martin Canning:St Mirren 0 - 2 Hamilton Goal scored by Martin Canning from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 0-2 Hamilton.
39:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao, clearance by Jack Ross.
37:28 Unfair challenge on Simon Mensing by David Barron results in a free kick. David Elebert takes the direct free kick.
36:59 David Barron takes a inswinging corner.
33:36 Andy Dorman takes a shot. David Elebert gets a block in.
32:33 Mark McLaughlin challenges Billy Mehmet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Hugh Murray.
30:46 Marco Paixao restarts play with the free kick.
30:46 Booking Hugh Murray is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
30:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao by Hugh Murray.
29:17 Mickael Antoine-Curier challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free
27:00 Trent McClenahan fouled by Stephen O'Donnell, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Hastings takes the free kick.
26:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Hastings by Hugh Murray. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
25:17 Cross/shot by Jack Ross.
24:30 Richard Hastings challenges Andy Dorman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McGinn.
23:58 Shot on goal by Stephen McGinn from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
23:39 Handball decision goes against Mickael Antoine-Curier. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
23:04 Andy Dorman takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
21:59 James McArthur takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
21:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McArthur by Hugh Murray. Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
19:15 Lee Mair takes the direct free kick.
19:15 Booking James Wesolowski receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
18:55 James Wesolowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McGinn.
18:27 James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Correction - 17:07 Mickael Antoine-Curier is adjudged to have handled the ball. John Potter takes the free kick.
17:07 Mickael Antoine-Curier is adjudged to have handled the ball. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
14:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
12:26 Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Marco Paixao results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
9:39 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Dorman.
9:31 Hugh Murray produces a cross, clearance by Trent McClenahan.
7:58 Foul by Martin Canning on Billy Mehmet, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Andy Dorman from the free kick, save by Tomas
7:11 Unfair challenge on David Elebert by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. David Elebert takes the direct free kick.
5:19 Stephen O'Donnell concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Hastings. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
2:03 Richard Hastings provided the assist for the goal.
2:03 GOAL - Marco Paixao:St Mirren 0 - 1 Hamilton Marco Paixao fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.
1:30 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings from the right by-line,
0:08 Billy Mehmet challenges David Elebert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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