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Not sure where to discuss St Mirren and Hamilton games so created a thread.

Saints visit Tynecastle today and Accies host Rangers tomorrow.

The league table is looking a lot better than a few months back. It could still be a decent weekend for us if the other two lose simply because it's one week closer to the end of the season.

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It looks we're in a critical period for the relegation battle. We have a five point cushion over St Mirren but face Rangers, Celtic and Hearts before going to Paisley on March 30th. The Buddies will no doubt be hoping to climb above us by the time we play that six-pointer as they have a decent run of fixtures against Livi, Killie and St Johnstone to come.

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3 hours ago, Cobra said:

Not sure where to discuss St Mirren and Hamilton games so created a thread.

Saints visit Tynecastle today and Accies host Rangers tomorrow.

The league table is looking a lot better than a few months back. It could still be a decent weekend for us if the other two lose simply because it's one week closer to the end of the season.

It looks we're in a critical period for the relegation battle. We have a five point cushion over St Mirren but face Rangers, Celtic and Hearts before going to Paisley on March 30th. The Buddies will no doubt be hoping to climb above us by the time we play that six-pointer as they have a decent run of fixtures against Livi, Killie and St Johnstone to come.

This topic's likely to have a lengthy lifespan, right to the last weekend, unfortunately....but probably a good place to keep running (a sticky?), to debate our progress v the other two.

Much as I'd love to see us gradually pick up points to open a healthy gap, I suspect we'll reach the split with all 3 clubs close enough for a couple of games to change the picture. We can, of course, do a lot to help our case by 'simply' winning our remaining 3 games with those two...but just like last week, a surprise point will be picked up here & there, by any of the three.

I think we've seen a lot in our last few games to be positive about, and a wee bit more confident of our survival......but I can't lose the feeling we really blew a good chance to get a wee step ahead, last night....just a point, but enough.

However, a couple of good defeats for Hamilton & St.M today, to keep us in 10th place, will be great.....not a Carlsberg weekend, but maybe a half-pint of Tennants. Better than nothing ;)  

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Should be 1-0 St Mirren but Tansey screws the ball just wide of the post when he just needed to hit the target to score.

Fine save from the keeper stops Naismith finding the opener at the other end.

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Another great chance for the visitors. Paul McGinn is a few yards out when a corner reaches him unmarked at the back post but he totally miskicks the ball.

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Dundee's game in Paisley is going to be a very competitive affair. Saints are looking much-improved.

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Saints fire in a couple of great crosses but can't find the finish. Even game so far with the Paisley side creating the better chances.

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So close to a penalty. St Mirren win a free-kick after a foul right on the line. Free-kick is fired over the bar.

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Hearts seeing plenty of the ball but struggling to create clear-cut chances as St Mirren have everyone behind the ball went out of possession.

Superb ball does come into the St Mirren box but Berra can't get enough on the header.

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St Mirren playing some worryingly good football. A fine exchange of passing and Hearts are lucky to escape as a couple of dangerous crosses are fired in.

Christ almighty. A real stramash in the St Mirren box as Hearts have about four or five shots but the keeper makes some stunning saves and Saints survive.

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A fine free-kick from Mulraney finds Naismith but he can't direct his header on target. The Jambos starting to pose more of a threat approaching half-time.

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So close to 1-0 St Mirren. McAllister breaks through one-on-one after a defensive error. He should score but fires inches wide.

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Half-time at the break 0-0. St Mirren four points behind as things stand. This one could go either way.

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Hearts showing lots of intent early in this second half but struggling to hurt St Mirren. A bit like their game against Dundee.

Saints look happy to sit back and wait for another chance on the break.

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GOAL! 1-0 Hearts

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Corner comes in from Lee and the unmarked centre-back Dikamona fires home with a powerful header. Poor stuff from St Mirren. Surely they had to pick him up.

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Hearts have been probing for the killer second but St Mirren are finally offering something in the final third in this second half. Hearts a bit all over the place at the back as Saints try to fashion a clear-cut chance. Tansey has a couple of efforts on goal but not really testing the keeper.

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FFS 1-1.

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Corner is whipped in and Clare heads past his own keeper.

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So close to 2-1 St Mirren thanks to a second own goal but the keeper makes a fantastic save.

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Great ball is whipped into the St Mirren box and Ikpeazu meets it but he gets under it and heads over when he really should have scored.

I wouldn't like to predict how this one will end.

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I can't see this St Mirren team finishing bottom. Hamilton could be in real danger as they're probably the weakest of the bottom three right now.

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Ten minutes to go. Both teams pushing for a winner. I think St Mirren probably look the more likely to nick it as Hearts are so short of ideas once they get to the opposition box. They seem overly reliant on crosses.

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