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St Mirren   0 - 2   Hearts

Highlights - St Mirren 0-2 Hearts

Highlights - St Mirren 0-2 Hearts

By Clive Lindsay

David Templeton continued his rich vein of form to inspire Hearts to victory over dogged St Mirren in Paisley.

The visitors dominated much of the match, but the Buddies were the more dangerous on the break and Stephen Thomson had a good effort saved.

Templeton's trickery took him into the penalty box and he fired home from 14 yards after 63 minutes.

The winger was then brought down by John Potter, who was sent off before Kevin Kyle scored from the spot.

The victory keeps Hearts six points clear of the pack in third place, while St Mirren remain six points clear of bottom side Hamilton in 10th place.

Calum Elliot had replaced virus victim Stephen Elliott for a Hearts side also missing injured influential midfielder Rudi Skacel.

Jamie MacDonald started in goal in place of Marian Kello and he was quickly under pressure.

St Mirren were without the suspended Gareth Wardlaw, leaving Paul McGowan to support Michael Higdon up front, and the pair combined to set up the first chance.

Higdon's head flick fell for McGowan, but the unmarked forward's poked effort from just outside the penalty box failed to find the target.

It was Higdon's turn to have a go and he nearly found the target at the second attempt after St Mirren were awarded a free-kick 20 yards from goal.

The striker's initial effort was fired aimlessly into the defensive wall, but he sent a low drive a couple of feet wide from the rebound.

Steven Thomson tussles with Hearts' Calum Elliot
Thomson and Elliot went close for their respective sides

Hearts were dominating possession, but they were being denied clear-cut chances inside a crowded Buddies penalty box.

Kyle chested down a Ruben Palazuelos cross, but the striker's fierce shot that was deflected wide off Paddy Cregg was typical of the visitors' attempts on goal.

St Mirren were forced into a change after only 24 minutes when the injured McGowan, clutching his side, made way for Craig Dargo.

It did not prevent St Mirren from continuing to create the better chances on the break.

A Higdon header put Thomson clear, but the midfielder's angled drive was fired against the legs of Hearts' stand-in goalkeeper.

Elliot dragged a shot wide at the other end as a disappointing first half drew to a close.

St Mirren were looking more dangerous now and threatened again when Darren McGregor's header landed kindly for Dargo, but he diverted the ball over from close range.

However, Templeton broke the deadlock after a trademark bit of trickery from the wide man.

He weaved his way through the heart of the St Mirren defence, rode his luck as the ball deflected back into his path off an opponent's foot, before firing past goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

Substitute Elliot was denied a second for Hearts when his low drive was deflected clear off Gallacher's legs.

St Mirren pressed for the equaliser but were caught on the counter-attack by Templeton, who was hauled down by Potter.

As the home defender headed for the dressing-room, Kyle stepped up to send Gallacher the wrong way from the penalty spot.

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 0-2 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Templeton 63
    • Kyle (pen) 82

    St Mirren

    • 01 Gallacher
    • 02 van Zanten
    • 06 Potter red card
    • 16 Travner
    • 17 McAusland (Mooy 79)
    • 08 Thomson
    • 14 McGregor yellow card
    • 19 McGowan (Dargo 23)
    • 20 Lynch
    • 27 Cregg (Barron 85)
    • 10 Higdon

    Substitutes

    • 12 Samson,
    • 03 Barron,
    • 33 Mooy ,
    • 45 Mclean,
    • 09 Dargo,
    • 15 McQuade,
    • 40 Lamont

    Hearts

    • 30 MacDonald
    • 04 Jonsson
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid
    • 26 Zaliukas yellow card
    • 06 Palazuelos
    • 08 Black
    • 12 Templeton yellow card (Novikovas 84)
    • 14 Elliot (Obua 78)
    • 16 Stevenson
    • 31 Mrowiec
    • 09 Kyle

    Substitutes

    • 01 Balogh,
    • 03 Wallace,
    • 05 Barr,
    • 13 Obua,
    • 24 Thomson,
    • 18 Novikovas,
    • 23 Glen
    Ref: AllanAtt: 4,599
    ST MIRREN
    HEARTS

    Possession

    • St Mirren 60%
    • Hearts 40%

    Attempts on target

    • St Mirren 5
    • Hearts 10

    Attempts off target

    • St Mirren 5
    • Hearts 5

    Corners

    • St Mirren 3
    • Hearts 16

    Fouls

    • St Mirren 15
    • Hearts 17
    • Final Result
    • 92:51 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:08 David Obua decides to take the corner short.
    • 90:00+1:59 Ryan Stevenson crosses the ball, Sean Lynch gets a block in.
    • 89:43 Jure Travner challenges Ryan Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Ian Black, David Obua takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
    • 89:12 Arvydas Novikovas delivers the ball, David Obua has a drilled shot. Sean Lynch gets a block in.
    • 88:16 Unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by Ismael Bouzid results in a free kick. Aaron Mooy shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 87:21 Arvydas Novikovas produces a cross, Kevin Kyle produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 85:49 The ball is swung over by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 85:28 David Obua takes a shot. Blocked by David Barron.
    • 85:10 Ian Black sends in a cross, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:55 Eggert Jonsson produces a cross.
    • 84:18 Substitution Patrick Cregg leaves the field to be replaced by David Barron.
    • 83:46 Substitution Arvydas Novikovas joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Templeton.
    • 82:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on Craig Dargo. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Aaron Mooy from right channel, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 81:47 Penalty awarded for a foul by John Potter on David Templeton.
    • 81:47 GOAL - Kevin KyleSt Mirren 0 - 2 Hearts Kevin Kyle scores a penalty. St Mirren 0-2 Hearts.
    • 80:59 Sent off John Potter shown a red card.
    • 79:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Kevin Kyle. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:30 Foul by Marc McAusland on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 77:30 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Aaron Mooy coming on for Marc McAusland.
    • 77:30 Substitution David Obua comes on in place of Calum Elliot.
    • 76:50 A cross is delivered by Craig Dargo, save made by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 75:47 Marius Zaliukas is penalised for a handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Patrick Cregg.
    • 75:47 Booking Marius Zaliukas receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 72:53 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Sean Lynch results in a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
    • 71:41 Ruben Palazuelos delivers a inswinging corner to far post, clearance by Sean Lynch.
    • 71:20 Calum Elliot crosses the ball, John Potter makes a clearance.
    • 69:38 Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Calum Elliot on Jure Travner. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sean Lynch from left wing, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
    • 67:17 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
    • 66:11 The referee blows for offside against David Templeton. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 64:47 Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 64:34 Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 64:01 Sean Lynch concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
    • 62:57 GOAL - David TempletonSt Mirren 0 - 1 Hearts David Templeton finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Hearts.
    • 62:06 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line, Sean Lynch makes a clearance.
    • 62:00 David Templeton delivers the ball, Marc McAusland gets a block in.
    • 61:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Ryan Stevenson. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:18 Booking Darren McGregor shown a yellow card.
    • 60:44 The ball is delivered by Sean Lynch, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 59:54 Ruben Palazuelos takes the inswinging corner, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.
    • 59:37 The ball is sent over by Eggert Jonsson, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter.
    • 58:22 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Thomson, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Craig Dargo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 57:03 Sean Lynch takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 55:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by David Templeton. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
    • 55:50 Booking David Templeton shown a yellow card.
    • 53:59 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 53:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Sean Lynch. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
    • 52:42 Michael Higdon challenges Ismael Bouzid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 52:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Calum Elliot. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
    • 51:54 David van Zanten crosses the ball.
    • 50:21 Corner taken by Steven Thomson from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Michael Higdon misses to the right of the target.
    • 50:16 Jure Travner sends in a cross, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.
    • 49:40 Effort on goal by David Templeton from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 49:12 Corner taken by Ruben Palazuelos, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
    • 49:07 Kevin Kyle delivers the ball, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:19 Ian Black has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 47:51 Eggert Jonsson fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:54 The ball is sent over by Ruben Palazuelos, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 46:04 Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Eggert Jonsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:47 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:06 Ruben Palazuelos fouled by Steven Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Templeton, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
    • 43:25 Calum Elliot produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and hits the post.
    • 42:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Potter by Kevin Kyle. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 39:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the right by-line.
    • 37:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 35:07 Ryan Stevenson takes the outswinging corner, Kevin Kyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Potter. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 34:20 Left-footed shot by Jure Travner went wide right of the post.
    • 33:53 Corner taken by Steven Thomson played to the near post, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.
    • 33:41 Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 33:09 Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. John Potter takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:20 Shot from outside the area by Ian Black misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:43 The ball is sent over by Eggert Jonsson, John Potter makes a clearance.
    • 27:17 Ruben Palazuelos delivers the ball, John Potter makes a clearance.
    • 25:57 The official flags Kevin Kyle offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 25:40 Ruben Palazuelos produces a cross, John Potter makes a clearance.
    • 24:51 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
    • 24:21 Jure Travner challenges Ryan Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
    • 23:40 Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Calum Elliot results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Patrick Cregg from left wing, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
    • 22:53 Substitution Craig Dargo replaces Paul McGowan.
    • 21:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Paul McGowan. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:45 Ryan Stevenson delivers the ball.
    • 19:06 Michael Higdon challenges Ismael Bouzid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 15:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
    • 14:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Kevin Kyle. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Thomson. Ryan Stevenson shoots direct from the free kick.
    • Correction - 12:41 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
    • 12:41 Corner taken right-footed by Ruben Palazuelos, clearance by Marc McAusland.
    • 12:19 Outswinging corner taken by David Templeton, clearance by Darren McGregor.
    • 11:43 Corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line, clearance by Darren McGregor.
    • 11:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the right by-line, clearance by Darren McGregor.
    • 11:08 Centre by Ruben Palazuelos, Kevin Kyle has an effort at goal. John Potter gets a block in.
    • 10:55 The ball is sent over by David Templeton, David van Zanten makes a clearance.
    • 10:37 Inswinging corner taken by David Templeton.
    • 10:30 Ruben Palazuelos crosses the ball, David van Zanten gets a block in.
    • 8:44 Paul McGowan challenges Calum Elliot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid. Corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:15 Foul by David Templeton on David van Zanten, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
    • 7:20 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by John Potter.
    • 6:47 Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 6:03 Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ismael Bouzid results in a free kick. Michael Higdon fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 4:32 Darren McGregor challenges Calum Elliot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 3:41 The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
    • 2:58 Shot on goal by Paul McGowan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 2:25 Calum Elliot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 29 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 18 26 42
    2 Rangers 16 22 41
    3 Hearts 18 17 36
    4 Kilmarnock 18 9 27
    5 Inverness CT 19 5 27
    6 Motherwell 17 1 23
    7 Dundee Utd 15 -5 20
    8 St Johnstone 17 -13 18
    9 Hibernian 18 -10 16
    10 St Mirren 18 -14 16
    11 Aberdeen 18 -19 16
    12 Hamilton 16 -19 10

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