Hibernian inched a further point away from bottom club Dunfermline after a stalemate with St Mirren.

Saints keeper Craig Samson was in fine form, thwarting early efforts from Leigh Griffiths and James McPake.

In a game of few chances, visiting forward Nigel Hasselbaink sent a second-half header narrowly past the post.

Late in the match, Griffiths and David Wotherspoon were denied in quick succession by the impressive Samson.

The capital club were searching for their first home win since beating St Johnstone in September, but Dunfermline's defeat at East End Park by Motherwell gives them a four-point advantage with a superior goal difference and a game in hand over the Fifers.

St Mirren remain in ninth place on 31 points having failed to pick up a victory since defeating Rangers on Christmas Eve.

Ivan Sproule replaced the injured Tom Soares as Hibernian made one change, while St Mirren were without the suspended Paul McGowan and Dougie Imrie - with Hugh Murray, Steven Thompson, Kenny McLean and Gary Teale coming in.

Hasselbaink was lively for the visitors in the opening stages and in the seventh minute beat George Francomb inside the box and centred for Thomson, who sliced wide.

Griffiths had a chance to open the scoring for Hibernian, but sent the ball wide of the far post from a narrow angle.

The hosts came close after 10 minutes from Francomb's corner. Captain McPake met the ball with a powerful header, but goalkeeper Samson's firm hand turned the ball away.

Lee Mair was then forced to make a clearance when Lewis Stevenson darted down the wing and delivered a tempting ball into the St Mirren penalty area.

With 30 minutes played, St Mirren's Teale blasted in an effort that was cleared by Paul Hanlon, then Mair was on hand again at the other end to clear a cross from Issiah Osbourne.

As half-time approached, Sproule passed up the chance to take a shot at goal, and by the time he eventually pulled the trigger he was crowded out and the ball was deflected out for a corner.

Immediately after the restart, Sproule saw another shot on goal from just outside the penalty drift wide of the right-hand post, then a Griffiths shot was blocked again by Mair.

Moments later, Griffiths stepped up and curled a free-kick that bounced off the St Mirren wall, then keeper Samson frustrated Roy O'Donnovan on the rebound by parrying the ball out for a corner.

St Mirren striker Steven Thompson appealed in desperation for a penalty when chasing a lost cause after being legitimately shoved off the ball.

Hasselbaink rose above the Hibs defence to head towards goal from a Teale free-kick, but sent his effort just wide of the mark.

Hibernian's Jorge Claros sent in a thundering low drive that skimmed across the top of the grass blades and inched narrowly wide as the hosts went in search of a winner.

Griffiths and substitute Wotherspoon were denied in quick succession by Samson before St Mirren squandered a great chance to steal the points.

Kenny McLean was clean through but swung the ball into the stand with a poor final touch.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 15 McPake
  • 19 Kujabi
  • 22 Francomb Booked (Doherty - 82' )
  • 08 Claros
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Sproule (Wotherspoon - 67' )
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 18 O'Donovan Booked (O'Connor - 90' )
  • 28 Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Doherty
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 25 Towell
  • 07 Wotherspoon
  • 09 O'Connor
  • 10 Doyle

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten Booked
  • 03 Barron
  • 05 Mair Booked
  • 06 Goodwin Booked
  • 07 Murray (Mooy - 69' )
  • 08 Thomson
  • 17 Mclean (Naismith - 82' )
  • 21 Teale
  • 09 Thompson
  • 11 Hasselbaink

Substitutes

  • 12 Smith
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland
  • 37 Naismith
  • 15 Mooy
  • 23 Carey
  • 39 Reilly
Ref: Collum
Att: 9,211

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

7 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:19 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +0:35

Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

89:42

The offside flag is raised against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.

88:56 Substitution

Substitution Garry O'Connor comes on in place of Roy O'Donovan.

87:48

Foul by Gary Teale on Pa Saikou Kujabi, free kick awarded. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

86:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by David Wotherspoon. David Barron restarts play with the free kick.

84:37

David Wotherspoon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

84:37 Booking

Booking Booking for David van Zanten for unsporting behaviour.

84:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Doherty by David van Zanten.

84:14

The ball is swung over by Lewis Stevenson, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.

82:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on Jorge Claros. Strike comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick, blocked by Jim Goodwin.

81:58 Substitution

Substitution Jason Naismith is brought on as a substitute for Kenny McLean.

80:52 Substitution

Substitution George Francomb leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Doherty.

80:52

George Francomb takes the outswinging corner, Shot on goal by Leigh Griffiths from just inside the area goes over the target.

80:22

Nigel Hasselbaink delivers the ball, save by Graham Stack.

80:11

The ball is delivered by Kenny McLean, James McPake makes a clearance.

79:59

Kenny McLean crosses the ball, clearance by Lewis Stevenson.

78:06

The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.

77:38

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee Mair.

76:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. James McPake restarts play with the free kick.

75:52

Shot on goal by Kenny McLean from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

75:38

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

75:08

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by George Francomb played to the near post.

74:21

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

72:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Aaron Mooy. George Francomb has an effort direct from the free kick, Jim Goodwin gets a block in.

72:17

Pa Saikou Kujabi crosses the ball, Lee Mair makes a clearance.

70:45

Aaron Mooy crosses the ball, Graham Stack makes a save.

70:25

The referee blows for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by David Barron.

69:48

Gary Teale sends in a cross, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

69:16

Shot from long distance by Jorge Claros misses to the right of the goal.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Mooy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hugh Murray.

67:15

George Francomb crosses the ball, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.

66:07 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ivan Sproule.

66:07

The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

65:25

The ball is swung over by Kenny McLean, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

60:51

Gary Teale sends in a cross, Headed effort on goal by Nigel Hasselbaink from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

60:51 Booking

Booking George Francomb receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

60:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by George Francomb.

59:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale, George Francomb makes a clearance.

58:31

Corner taken by George Francomb from the left by-line, clearance made by Lee Mair.

57:17

Hugh Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Roy O'Donovan. Leigh Griffiths produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Jim Goodwin.

55:59

Corner from the left by-line taken by George Francomb, save by Craig Samson.

54:36

The ball is crossed by Ivan Sproule, Craig Samson makes a save.

54:00

Unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. George Francomb delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, clearance made by Steven Thompson.

52:24

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.

51:36

Steven Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on George Francomb. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.

50:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Teale, Graham Stack makes a save.

48:17

Ivan Sproule has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:33 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:49

Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.

44:49 Booking

Booking Lee Mair is given a yellow card.

44:40

Lee Mair challenges Roy O'Donovan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:09

Centre by David van Zanten, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

43:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pa Saikou Kujabi on David Barron. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.

42:30

David Barron challenges Roy O'Donovan unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Francomb restarts play with the free kick.

41:19 Booking

Booking Booking for Roy O'Donovan for unsporting behaviour.

41:10 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jim Goodwin a yellow card.

38:53

Gary Teale is caught offside. George Francomb restarts play with the free kick.

37:44

The ball is delivered by Pa Saikou Kujabi, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.

36:23

Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb from the left by-line to the near post, James McPake produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

35:38

A cross is delivered by Kenny McLean, clearance made by James McPake.

35:01

Isaiah Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

33:52

Centre by David van Zanten, James McPake makes a clearance.

32:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Nigel Hasselbaink. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

31:03

A cross is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne, clearance by Lee Mair.

30:13

Gary Teale takes a shot. Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

29:58

Corner taken by Gary Teale, save by Graham Stack.

28:59

Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Jorge Claros results in a free kick. Gary Teale produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, James McPake gets a block in.

28:52

Gary Teale sends in a cross, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

27:43

Steven Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by George Francomb.

26:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugh Murray on Isaiah Osbourne. The free kick is delivered right-footed by George Francomb from right wing, clearance made by Hugh Murray.

24:38

Lee Mair takes a shot. Comfortable save by Graham Stack.

23:56

Hugh Murray fouled by Jorge Claros, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Teale restarts play with the free kick.

22:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Roy O'Donovan. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.

19:11

George Francomb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Gary Teale restarts play with the free kick.

17:55

Lewis Stevenson sends in a cross, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

16:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Roy O'Donovan. Jim Goodwin takes the indirect free kick.

14:13

Kenny McLean takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

10:10

Steven Thompson fouled by James McPake, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Mair takes the free kick.

9:49

The ball is sent over by George Francomb, save by Craig Samson.

8:55

George Francomb takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, James McPake takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

8:37

Corner taken by George Francomb from the right by-line to the near post, Hugh Murray makes a clearance.

7:48

Leigh Griffiths has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.

6:49

Effort from the edge of the box by Steven Thompson goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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