Scottish Premiership
Hearts2St Mirren1

Hearts 2-1 St Mirren

Hearts came from behind to defeat St Mirren and record consecutive wins for the first time this season.

The Scottish Premiership's bottom side were behind within a minute from a Steven Thompson header.

But Hearts were level four minutes later as Callum Paterson rose unmarked to head in from close range.

And, when Marc McAusland was ruled to have felled Dale Carrick shortly after the break, the defender was sent off and Jamie Hamill scored the penalty.

Hearts thereafter survived a couple of nervous moments against the 10 men from Paisley to boost their faint hopes of avoiding relegation.

The Edinburgh side, docked 15 points at the start of the season, had moved into positive points for the first time at the weekend.

St Mirren scorer Steven Thompson
Thompson had put St Mirren ahead after a minute at Tynecastle

But St Mirren, who drew on Saturday, started the more confident of two unchanged line-ups.

The visitors were ahead within a minute when Thompson rose above two Hearts defenders 10 yards out to head home from a Conor Newton cross.

Hearts' young defence looked full of nerves as the Buddies looked to stretch their lead, but some poor defending allowed the Edinburgh side back into the game.

David Smith's cross from the right took a deflection into the St Mirren penalty box, where Paterson rose unmarked to head the equaliser.

Hearts manager Gary Locke

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Interview: Hearts manager Gary Locke

The visitors failed to learn their lesson and, when Sam Nicholson cleverly made room for himself wide on the Hearts left minutes later, the cross found Paterson in acres of space in front of the St Mirren goal.

However, this time the forward's header was close enough to Marian Kello for the former Hearts goalkeeper to produce a superb save that sent the ball onto the roof of the net.

St Mirren steadied themselves and ended the first half the more dangerous side once more.

Jamie MacDonald was beaten after McAusland stooped to meet a corner kick, but the defender's header from 12 yards came off the face of the crossbar and the goalkeeper also made a good near-post block to deny Adam Campbell.

Hearts came out after the break with renewed vigour and a Danny Wilson header was deflected off the face of the crossbar and Paterson's attempt to score on the rebound was blocked in front of goal.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

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Interview: St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

However, the home side did go ahead through a hotly disputed penalty that led to McAusland's dismissal after Carrick crashed to the ground as he sped into the box with minimal contact from the defender.

Despite Hamill's confident spot kick giving them the lead, Hearts remained vulnerable and a fine Jim Goodwin free-kick was turned wide by MacDonald at full stretch, while Thompson flicked a great chance over the crossbar from three yards.

Carrick ought to have done better than fire off the face of the post at the other end after pouncing on a ball over the Buddies defence, but the visitors had even more chances.

St Mirren substitute Gregg Wylde was causing Hearts all sorts of problems, forcing a near-post save from MacDonald before finding Thompson in space at the back post only for the striker to loft his volley high over the bar.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 5McGowanSubstituted forMcGheeat 83'minutes
  • 3McHattie
  • 2Hamill
  • 16McKay
  • 4Wilson
  • 28NicholsonSubstituted forKingat 76'minutes
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 67mins
  • 12Paterson
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forOliverat 82'minutes
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 13Ridgers
  • 19King
  • 20Tapping
  • 29Oliver
  • 30McGhee
  • 31Beith

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 48mins
  • 14McAuslandBooked at 51mins
  • 4McGregor
  • 12CampbellBooked at 34minsSubstituted forWyldeat 65'minutes
  • 24Newton
  • 10McGowanBooked at 22minsSubstituted forvan Zantenat 90'minutes
  • 9Thompson
  • 7McGinn

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 17Reilly
  • 26Brady
  • 27Grainger
  • 30Dilo
  • 39Wylde
  • 43Hughes
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
12,422

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hearts 2, St Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hearts 2, St Mirren 1.

Attempt saved. Scott Robinson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. David van Zanten replaces Paul McGowan.

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Jordan McGhee replaces Dylan McGowan.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Billy King.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Gary Oliver replaces Dale Carrick.

Attempt saved. Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Scott Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Sam Nicholson.

Dale Carrick (Hearts) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by James Goodwin.

Attempt blocked. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

Danny Wilson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Adam Campbell.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Sam Nicholson.

Attempt missed. Adam Campbell (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Conor Newton.

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2320304463
2Aberdeen2414371345
3Motherwell231427444
4Inverness CT221147837
5Dundee Utd239771234
6St Johnstone23959532
7Hibernian247710-628
8Kilmarnock247413-1125
9St Mirren246612-1624
10Ross County236314-1421
11Partick Thistle244911-1721
12Hearts255515-225
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