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St Mirren   2 - 2   Hamilton

Dougie Imrie is mobbed by his Hamilton team-mates after putting the Accies 2-0 up
Dougie Imrie is mobbed by his Hamilton team-mates after putting Accies 2-0 up

St Mirren salvaged a point against Billy Reid's Hamilton but remain at the foot of the Scottish Premier League.

Jon Routledge stroked the ball home in 39 minutes to score his first for the Accies and Dougie Imrie headed a second while lying on the Paisley turf.

The fightback by Danny Lennon's struggling side was kick-started by Michael Higdon, whose shot on the turn from eight yards beat Tomas Cerny.

And in 73 minutes Higdon knocked in Saints' second to snatch a draw.

Despite the Lanarkshire side's 11th place in the SPL, manager Billy Reid was refusing to panic in the build-up to this match, preferring to highlight the things that had been going well for the Accies this season.

However, he was still without influential midfielder Alex Neil and Billy Gibson with hip and knee injuries respectively, while the home side were without first-choice goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, who failed to recover from a swollen knee in time.

Accies, playing 4-3-3, began the brighter and put the pressure on St Mirren with three early corners, a situation that had Lennon out of his dugout yelling at his players.

Accies defender Martin Canning's attempted clearance almost produced an own goal but his diving header went past the post.

At the other end Hamilton's Flavio Paixao picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, turned and struck at Craig Samson in the St Mirren net, who parried the ball for David van Zanten to turn behind for a corner.

Routledge's opening goal six minutes from the break was sweet in its execution, as the on-loan Wigan player hit the net with the inside of his right foot from 18 yards through a mass of players.

And Accies went two ahead when Nigel Hasselbaink worked his way down the right and crossed for Dougie Imrie to nod the ball over the line while lying on the ground.

St Mirren striker Gareth Wardlaw blew a great chance to get his team back into the match when he hit the side netting from close range when it looked easier to score.

But the home fans, who had been encouraged by a period of pressure on Cerny's goal, were finally given cause to celebrate when Paul McGowan's corner from the right landed at the feet of Higdon in the packed box and he turned and squeezed the ball in from eight yards.

The Buddies had to wait only 13 minutes for a deserved equaliser. A fabulous run down the left wing and cross by Jure Travner was finished by a grateful Higdon from 12 yards out with a side-footed finish.

Having drawn level, it would have been painful for St Mirren had they conceded a third. Only a smart punch on the ball by Samson from the head of Imrie prevented that scenario.

And Samson was called upon again towards the end of the match, diving superbly to save from substitute Damian Casalinuovo.

A late John Potter header over the bar was St Mirren's last chance to grab all three points.


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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 2-2 Hamilton FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Higdon 60
  • Higdon 73
  • Routledge 39
  • Imrie 47

St Mirren

  • 12 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair
  • 06 Potter yellow card
  • 14 McGregor
  • 16 Travner yellow card
  • 07 Murray yellow card
  • 27 Cregg yellow card (Mclean 58)
  • 10 Higdon
  • 18 Wardlaw
  • 19 McGowan yellow card

Substitutes

  • 30 Mathers,
  • 17 McAusland,
  • 25 Love,
  • 04 Brady,
  • 29 McLennan,
  • 45 Mclean,
  • 15 McQuade

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 12 Buchanan
  • 02 Goodwin (Graham 60 yellow card)
  • 08 McDonald yellow card (Elebert 61 yellow card)
  • 22 Routledge
  • 27 Mensing
  • 07 Imrie
  • 18 Flavio Paixao
  • 30 Hasselbaink (Casalinuovo 90)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 05 Graham,
  • 25 Elebert,
  • 24 Gillepsie,
  • 09 Casalinuovo,
  • 15 Lyle,
  • 21 Paixao
Ref: CollumAtt: 3,577
ST MIRREN
HAMILTON

Possession

  • St Mirren 52%
  • Hamilton 48%

Attempts on target

  • St Mirren 3
  • Hamilton 4

Attempts off target

  • St Mirren 0
  • Hamilton 1

Corners

  • St Mirren 6
  • Hamilton 8

Fouls

  • St Mirren 16
  • Hamilton 16
  • Final Result
  • 93:03 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:11 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to centre, save (punched) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 90:00+1:12 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, clearance by John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 89:22 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Nigel Hasselbaink replaced by Damian Casalinuovo (tactical).
  • 89:08 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 88:55 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 87:20 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 84:59 Foul by David Elebert (Hamilton) on Kenneth McLean (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 84:59 Booking David Elebert (Hamilton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:41 Attacking throw-in by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 82:10 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 81:34 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 80:21 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 79:31 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 79:15 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 78:26 Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 78:26 Booking Paul McGowan (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 77:48 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to near post, clearance by Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Attacking throw-in by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton).
  • 77:10 Foul by Jure Travner (St Mirren) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 75:41 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 75:41 Booking Hugh Murray (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:01 Defending throw-in by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton).
  • 74:33 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) to centre, clearance by Lee Mair (St Mirren).
  • 72:18 Assist (cross) by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from left side of penalty area.
  • 72:18 GOAL - Michael HigdonSt Mirren 2 - 2 Hamilton Goal by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).St Mirren 2-2 Hamilton.
  • 70:59 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 70:26 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 69:26 Foul by Andy Graham (Hamilton) on Kenneth McLean (St Mirren). Free kick crossed left-footed by Kenneth McLean (St Mirren) from left wing, clearance by Andy Graham (Hamilton).
  • 69:26 Booking Andy Graham (Hamilton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 67:43 Foul by Jure Travner (St Mirren) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right wing, resulting in open play. Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 67:43 Booking Jure Travner (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:34 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 61:05 Foul by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by John Potter (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 60:13 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Gary McDonald replaced by David Elebert (tactical).
  • 59:57 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Jim Goodwin replaced by Andy Graham (tactical).
  • 59:07 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to near post, resulting in open play. Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to centre, assist (header) by Darren McGregor (St Mirren) from centre of penalty area.
  • 59:07 GOAL - Michael HigdonSt Mirren 1 - 2 Hamilton Goal by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).St Mirren 1-2 Hamilton.
  • 57:51 Foul by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) on Darren McGregor (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 57:02 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 57:02 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Patrick Cregg replaced by Kenneth McLean (tactical).
  • 54:14 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 53:33 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 52:28 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 50:48 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 50:33 Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton) on Michael Higdon (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) from right wing, passed.
  • 49:26 Foul by Gary McDonald (Hamilton) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from left channel, cross by Hugh Murray (St Mirren), resulting in open play.
  • 49:26 Booking Gary McDonald (Hamilton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:47 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 46:40 Assist by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right side of penalty area.
  • 46:40 GOAL - Hugh MurraySt Mirren 0 - 2 Hamilton Own goal by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) (high centre of goal) from own half (6 yards).St Mirren 0-2 Hamilton.
  • 45:59 Foul by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • Correction - 45:09 Foul by Jure Travner on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Centre by Douglas Imrie, Mark McLaughlin takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
  • 45:09 Foul by Jure Travner (St Mirren) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right channel, header by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:00+0:06 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • Half Time
  • 43:48 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 42:26 Paul McGowan (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 41:58 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to near post, clearance by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 41:22 Foul by Gary McDonald (Hamilton) on Gareth Wardlaw (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 40:31 Foul by David Buchanan (Hamilton) on Patrick Cregg (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by John Potter (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 38:09 Assist (pass) by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from left channel.
  • 38:09 GOAL - Jonathon RoutledgeSt Mirren 0 - 1 Hamilton Goal by Jonathon Routledge (Hamilton) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.
  • Correction - 36:41 Handball by Flavio Paixao. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
  • 36:41 Handball by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 35:51 Darren McGregor (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 35:34 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
  • 35:12 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 34:44 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 34:22 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 33:17 Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) on Martin Canning (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 32:04 Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 31:52 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 31:25 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 30:14 Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Mirren) on Flavio Paixao (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 30:14 Booking Patrick Cregg (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:23 Foul by Gary McDonald (Hamilton) on Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by John Potter (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 28:57 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 28:30 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
  • 27:52 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 27:18 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 26:39 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) to far post, clearance by John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 26:25 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 25:42 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Jim Goodwin (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) from right channel, passed.
  • 24:30 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to far post, foul by David van Zanten (St Mirren) on Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 23:16 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 22:39 Foul by David Buchanan (Hamilton) on Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 22:22 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 21:35 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 21:28 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 20:09 Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 19:14 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) to centre, foul by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) on Gareth Wardlaw (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 16:49 Foul by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) on Gareth Wardlaw (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 15:55 Defending throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 15:43 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 14:58 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by David Buchanan (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 14:58 Booking John Potter (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 14:19 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 13:27 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Simon Mensing (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 12:38 Attacking throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 11:55 Attacking throw-in by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 11:12 Foul by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) on Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by David van Zanten (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 9:58 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) to centre, clearance by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 9:33 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
  • 8:42 Foul by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) on Gareth Wardlaw (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Mair (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 8:08 Defending throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
  • 7:53 Foul by Jure Travner (St Mirren) on Jim Goodwin (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 6:23 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to far post, header by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 5:55 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) to centre, clearance by John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 5:43 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 4:41 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
  • 3:39 Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren) on Jim Goodwin (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 3:09 Foul by Jure Travner (St Mirren) on Flavio Paixao (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:09 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao (Hamilton) to centre, header by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 1:07 Foul by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) on Gareth Wardlaw (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Mair (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 0:44 Defending throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
  • 0:07 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Simon Mensing (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 8 15 24
2 Celtic 7 13 21
3 Motherwell 8 2 13
4 Inverness CT 8 3 11
5 Hearts 8 1 11
6 Dundee Utd 7 -4 11
7 St Johnstone 8 -2 8
8 Hibernian 8 -5 8
9 Aberdeen 8 -2 7
10 Kilmarnock 8 -3 7
11 Hamilton 8 -10 6
12 St Mirren 8 -8 5

see also
Draw frustrates St Mirren manager
17 Oct 10 |  St Mirren
Accies boss rues defensive lapses
16 Oct 10 |  Hamilton


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