Hamilton held top-flight St Mirren to a goalless draw in Paisley to secure a replay in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The Scottish Premier League hosts had the best chances of each half.

Former Accies striker Nigel Hasselbaink and Paul McGowan failed to cash in before the break and Gary Teale went close in the second half.

But the teams will meet again at New Douglas Park on 17 January to decide who will reach the last 16.

Hasselbaink's inclusion up front was the only change to a St Mirren line-up that had been unchanged for three matches, the forward earning a starting berth against his former club in place of the injured Steven Thompson.

Visiting manager Billy Reid made four changes to his Accies side, with goalkeeper David Hutton making his first appearance in a month since the 6-1 league defeat by Dundee.

St Mirren took charge as both sides made a lively start, withPaul McGowan first to test Hutton with a shot after just 90 seconds.

The Buddies had the best of few clear-cut chances in the goalless first half.

David van Zanten tried his luck from distance, Graham Carey embarked on an impressive solo run after an excellent halfway-line tackle only to see his shot blocked, and Hasselbaink hit the side netting after weaving his way in from the left.

Greig Spence had a rare effort for Hamilton just after the half-hour with a curling effort from outside the box that was carried wide of the right-hand post.

Moments later, he sent in a cross from the right at the second attempt that was headed wide by Jim McAlister.

St Mirren enjoyed a good spell just before the break, however, beginning when two of their ex-Hamilton players combined for the best chance of the half on 36 minutes.

Hasselbaink made a great run down the left wing and held off Martin Canning to send the ball low across the face of goal for McGowan, who was just inches away from turning it in at the far post.

Aaron Mooy then blasted wide of the left-hand post and substitute Gary Teale saw a promising cross from the right corner after good work by Hasselbaink booted clear by Lee Kilday just yards from goal.

McGowan's acute-angled shot on the hour was cleared into the side netting and he was later just off target with a drive from outside the box.

In between, Accies substitute Grant Anderson rolled a snap-shot into Craig Samson's arms after hard work by Simon Mensing to retain possession.

Teale tested Hutton after 69 minutes with a good drive that the goalkeeper stretched up to palm away then Kenny McLean also tried a long-range effort for the hosts.

The game was again enlivened in the closing 10 minutes as first Teale was agonisingly wide with a powerful diagonal effort from the right edge of the box and then the sides traded half-chances at each end through Hasselbaink and Mark McLaughlin.

However, neither was able to make the decisive breakthrough.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon: "It's frustrating that we didn't get the job done but we had a lot of possession, and have to give Hamilton credit for coming with a good game plan, a sort of siege mentality and trying to live off us to win the game.

"We learned from our mistakes against Ayr, and what's important when a team's defending as well as that is that you don't leave yourself wide open.

"We dominated the vast majority of possession and identified Hamilton's game plan early and tried to counteract that by putting Gary Teale on.

"It nearly paid off for us and we looked more of a threat in going forward, but the opportunities that came with the dominance and possession were few and far between."

Hamilton manager Billy Reid: "There was no point in us going gung-ho and not winning the match - there was a game plan to make sure we were tight as a unit and limited St Mirren in their chances.

"We knew they'd have plenty of possession but they didn't hurt us; we weren't really a goal threat in the first half, but in the second the two substitutions gave us a bit of impetus and we looked dangerous every time we broke.

"I have to give David Hutton a bit of credit - I left him out in the past couple of games but he's come back and kept a clean sheet. He didn't have many saves but their goalkeeper didn't make too many either.

"We had a lot of teenagers out there and to come here and draw with a St Mirren side who are flying high in the SPL is a bit of credit to them, and we look forward to the replay."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 03 Barron Booked
  • 05 Mair
  • 14 McAusland
  • 22 Tesselaar
  • 15 Mooy (McShane - 57' )
  • 17 Mclean
  • 23 Carey (Teale - 36' )
  • 10 McGowan
  • 11 Hasselbaink

Substitutes

  • 12 Smith
  • 07 Murray
  • 08 Thomson
  • 21 Teale
  • 19 McShane

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Kilday
  • 03 Hendrie
  • 04 Canning
  • 05 Mensing Booked
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 07 Imrie
  • 10 Crawford (Anderson - 55' )
  • 11 Gillepsie (Paul Currie - 75' )
  • 08 McAlister Booked
  • 09 Spence (Ryan - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Currie
  • 12 Gordon
  • 14 Paul Currie
  • 15 Anderson
  • 16 Ryan
Ref: Collum
Att: 3,091

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

3 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +1:58 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:50

Gary Teale fouled by Andy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.

89:57

David Barron is adjudged to have handled the ball. Martin Canning takes the indirect free kick.

88:51

Paul McGowan takes a shot. David Hutton makes a save.

88:02

The ball is sent over by David van Zanten, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.

87:01 Booking

Booking David Barron goes into the book.

86:49

Foul by David Barron on James McAlister, free kick awarded. David Hutton takes the indirect free kick.

86:40

The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, clearance made by Steven Hendrie.

85:08

Gary Teale produces a cross, David Hutton makes a save.

85:03

A cross is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink.

83:30

Paul McGowan takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post. Blocked by James McAlister.

82:38

Mark McLaughlin takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

82:11

David van Zanten challenges Grant Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Douglas Imrie takes the free kick.

81:35

Gary Teale has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

79:42

Nigel Hasselbaink sends in a cross, clearance made by Simon Mensing.

79:30

Centre by Gary Teale, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.

78:32

Paul McGowan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Douglas Imrie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Kenny McLean makes a clearance.

77:17

The ball is sent over by Gary Teale.

75:56

Foul by Douglas Imrie on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Grant Gillespie goes off and Paul Currie comes on.

74:24

Effort from long distance by Kenny McLean goes wide right of the goal.

72:11

Unfair challenge on Grant Anderson by David Barron results in a free kick. Martin Canning takes the free kick.

70:21

Gary Teale sends in a cross.

69:11

Drilled left-footed shot by Gary Teale. Save by David Hutton.

68:27

Centre by Douglas Imrie, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.

68:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Mensing by Jon McShane. Mark McLaughlin takes the indirect free kick.

67:23

James McAlister sends in a cross, David Barron makes a clearance.

67:05

David Barron produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Lee Kilday gets a block in.

65:20

Corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the left by-line.

64:29

Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

64:15

Kenny McLean crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Hendrie.

62:24

Kenny McLean takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Simon Mensing.

61:33

Grant Anderson takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

60:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.

59:46 Booking

Booking The referee books James McAlister for unsporting behaviour.

59:34

Foul by James McAlister on David Barron, free kick awarded. Lee Mair takes the free kick.

59:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Barron by Simon Mensing. Indirect free kick taken by David Barron.

54:30 Substitution

Substitution Jon McShane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Mooy.

54:30

Corner taken by Douglas Imrie. Martin Canning takes a shot. David Barron gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Douglas Imrie from the left by-line.

54:30 Substitution

Substitution Grant Anderson replaces Ali Crawford.

54:30 Substitution

Substitution Greig Spence goes off and Andy Ryan comes on.

54:16

Shot on goal by Paul McGowan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

54:04

The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, clearance made by Greig Spence.

53:14

Kenny McLean sends in a cross, blocked by Simon Mensing. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale.

51:51

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale.

49:50

Foul by Steven Hendrie on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Marc McAusland takes the indirect free kick.

49:21

Centre by Gary Teale, save made by David Hutton.

47:20

Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mooy. Lee Mair restarts play with the free kick, Nigel Hasselbaink sends in a cross.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Aaron Mooy. Free kick taken by David Hutton.

43:03

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.

42:23

Kenny McLean crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Hendrie.

41:41

Centre by Gary Teale, clearance made by Lee Kilday.

40:33

Gary Teale takes the outswinging corner, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.

40:25

Gary Teale sends in a cross, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.

38:43

Aaron Mooy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

38:31

The ball is sent over by Nigel Hasselbaink, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

38:16

Grant Gillespie takes a shot. Martin Canning gets a block in.

36:22

A cross is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink, Close range effort by Paul McGowan misses to the right of the goal.

35:27 Substitution

Substitution Gary Teale on for Graham Carey.

34:59

Greig Spence crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by James McAlister misses to the right of the goal.

33:52

Graham Carey produces a cross.

33:14

Aaron Mooy crosses the ball.

32:19

Effort from outside the penalty box by Greig Spence goes wide right of the goal.

31:49

The referee blows for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by David Hutton.

29:15

Ali Crawford is caught offside. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.

28:07

Effort from inside the area by Nigel Hasselbaink misses to the left of the goal.

25:46

Indirect free kick taken by Lee Mair.

25:46 Booking

Booking Simon Mensing goes into the book.

24:50

Kenny McLean crosses the ball, Nigel Hasselbaink challenges Lee Kilday unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Kilday takes the indirect free kick. Simon Mensing challenges Kenny McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:36

Graham Carey fouled by Steven Hendrie, the ref awards a free kick. David van Zanten restarts play with the free kick.

20:51

David van Zanten produces a cross.

20:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Mensing on Aaron Mooy. Aaron Mooy takes the indirect free kick.

17:58

A cross is delivered by Lee Kilday.

15:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Mensing on Nigel Hasselbaink. Indirect free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.

14:52

Foul by David Barron on Ali Crawford, free kick awarded. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.

12:47

The ball is swung over by Aaron Mooy, David Hutton makes a save.

10:48

Grant Gillespie is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kenny McLean takes the indirect free kick.

10:16

David Barron has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

8:22

James McAlister challenges Graham Carey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Barron.

7:33

The ball is sent over by David van Zanten, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

4:04

Douglas Imrie challenges Kenny McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

2:30

Corner taken by Ali Crawford, Simon Mensing has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

2:21

The ball is crossed by Ali Crawford, clearance by Marc McAusland.

2:07

Steven Hendrie sends in a cross, Lee Mair makes a clearance.

1:31

Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by David Hutton.

0:41

A cross is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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