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Hearts 1-1 St Mirren: Sean Clare own goal cancels out Clevid Dikamona opener

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Highlights: Heart of Midlothian 1-1 St Mirren

The Scottish Premiership's bottom side St Mirren fought back to draw with Hearts and deny the Tynecastle outfit a share of fourth place.

Clevid Dikamona rose to meet Olly Lee's corner and nod in his first Hearts goal in the second half.

But it was cancelled out by Sean Clare's headed own goal.

Dikamona then almost put the Buddies in front, his attempted clearance superbly saved by Zdenek Zlamal but St Mirren had to settle for a point in the end.

Oran Kearney's side move to within four points of Hamilton, who host Rangers on Sunday, and Dundee.

Hearts now trail Kilmarnock, who lost at Livingston, by two points.

Buddies start and finish with a flourish

The visitors had travelled to Edinburgh boosted by their display in last week's 2-2 draw at Aberdeen and set about quietening the home crowd.

Greg Tansey swept an early short just wide before Paul McGinn and Duckens Nazon could not get a hold of their shots when presented with chances inside the Hearts box. Kyle McAllister later robbed Christophe Berra and raced through to fire wide when he should have hit the target.

Craig Levein's side also made their attacking intent clear with Steven Naismith's effort kept out by Vaclav Hladky and the keeper denying Dikamona, Berra and Lee in quick succession at a corner.

And it was from a set piece that the home side ended the impasse, Dikamona left unmarked to convert Lee's delivery.

Clevid Dikamona scores
Dikamona marked his 19th Hearts appearance with his first goal for the club

But St Mirren refused to crumble and, from McAllister's corner, Clare seemed to get his bearings wrong as he knocked the ball past Zlamal, who had replaced Colin Doyle in the starting line-up.

Doyle's error had helped Motherwell defeat Hearts last weekend and Zlamal justified his inclusion with a stunning intervention to prevent Dikamona scoring an own goal.

Tansey fired wide again as St Mirren banked another morale-boosting performance if not the full three points.

Haring return a boost for Hearts - analysis

BBC Scotland's John Barnes at Tynecastle

Such has been the turnover of players at St Mirren they have used 38 in the Premiership this season as they look to find a formula for success.

The changes made by Kearney are beginning to bear fruit but is it going to be too late to get them out of their current situation?

There is a more organised and creative feel to their play and that was evident by the number of chances produced, particularly in the first half.

Hearts had Peter Haring back in the anchor role in midfield for the first time since the end of December, which was a positive as he got an hour under his belt after recovering from a hernia operation.

However, there seemed a lack of urgency and pace to their attacks and the final telling pass into the danger area was regularly the home side's downfall.

'Hearts decision making was cloudy' - reaction

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "We didn't move the ball quick enough, we didn't play with enough intent. Our decision-making became cloudy to say the least so it was a really disappointing day.

"Sean Clare just got caught and confused. I think there was a player holding on to him and spun him around and the ball's hit the back of his head. It happens but I would be really hopeful that we could score more than one goal at home in a game of this nature and if we had've done, it wouldn't have mattered."

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney: "Very happy with the performance and the endeavour again that was shown. We've created some good chances where possibly we could be ahead in the game and you end up with a different outcome.

"We've been building and building well. We're in a good strong place in relation to training's been good, attitudes have been good. We're all fighting for the same cause. I can't ask for anything more, it's just that possible wee bit of luck, how to change these one points into three points."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Zlamal
  • 28DikamonaSubstituted forMorrisonat 76'minutes
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 8LeeSubstituted forMacLeanat 68'minutes
  • 5HaringSubstituted forBozanicat 68'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 49mins
  • 23Mulraney
  • 9Clare
  • 19IkpeazuBooked at 38mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 3Shaughnessy
  • 7Bozanic
  • 13Doyle
  • 18MacLean
  • 35Keena
  • 38Morrison
  • 51Hickey

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 15Baird
  • 16Popescu
  • 3Muzek
  • 2McGinn
  • 8FlynnBooked at 57mins
  • 22TanseyBooked at 45mins
  • 28MacPhersonBooked at 54mins
  • 39Erhahon
  • 23McAllisterSubstituted forDreyerat 77'minutes
  • 9NazonSubstituted forJacksonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6MacKenzie
  • 10Dreyer
  • 11Jackson
  • 18Mullen
  • 20Cooke
  • 26Holmes
  • 33Corbu
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
16,705

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, St. Mirren 1.

Foul by Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anders Dreyer (St. Mirren).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) because of an injury.

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian).

Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian).

Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Anders Dreyer replaces Kyle McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Callumn Morrison replaces Clévid Dikamona because of an injury.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Oliver Bozanic replaces Peter Haring.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Steven MacLean replaces Olly Lee.

Goal!

Own Goal by Sean Clare, Heart of Midlothian. Heart of Midlothian 1, St. Mirren 1.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Clévid Dikamona.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian).

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Simeon Jackson replaces Duckens Nazon.

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mateo Muzek.

Attempt blocked. Olly Lee (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mateo Muzek (St. Mirren).

Booking

Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26193460144660
2Rangers26157455203552
3Aberdeen27155745311450
4Kilmarnock27137737271046
5Hearts2713593332144
6Hibernian27108940301038
7St Johnstone27115112734-738
8Motherwell26113122935-636
9Livingston2797112828034
10Dundee2746172456-3218
11Hamilton2653181753-3618
12St Mirren2735192055-3514
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