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Scottish Premiership

Tynecastle Stadium (ATT 16,312) 4th May 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Colvin

Hearts Hearts vs St Mirren St Mirren

Hearts 3

J Walker (13)
K McHattie (43)
J Hamill (pen 54)

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St Mirren 0

K McLean (S/O 54)

SPL: St Mirren struggles continue after 3-0 loss to Hearts

Last Updated: 05/05/13 5:49pm

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Kevin McHattie is mobbed by team-mates after doubling Hearts' lead against St Mirren

Kevin McHattie is mobbed by team-mates after doubling Hearts' lead against St Mirren

The spectre of relegation still hangs over League Cup winners St Mirren as they went down 3-0 to Hearts in front of a vibrant Tynecastle crowd.

First-half goals from Jamie Walker and Kevin McHattie and a second-half penalty from Jamie Hamill gave the Edinburgh side a deserved win, Kenny McLean's red card compounding the Buddies woes; they remain eight points clear of Dundee, who have three games remaining.

An early deflected shot from Jason Holt forced St Mirren keeper Craig Samson into action while Lee Mair wasted a great chance to settle nerves shortly before Walker had the home fans on their feet.

He embarked on a slaloming run through the St Mirren rearguard before cracking one in off the underside of the bar (13) from 20 yards for only his second Hearts goal.

McHattie (43) then tried his luck with a 30-yard free-kick that flew beyond Samson's despairing dive, the keeper possibly unsighted.

The outcome of the game was effectively settled in the 53rd minute as first Steve Thompson saw his penalty appeals waved away, and Sam Parkin's header was hacked off the line.

Having gone so close at one end, the Saints promptly conceded at the other as McHattie was sent sprawling by McLean, who was on his way for an early bath before Hamill scored the resultant penalty (54).

Darren Barr headed Gary Teale's effort off the line to increase the visiting side's frustration and Saints will be anxiously awaiting news of Dundee's game against Aberdeen on Sunday.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 37 89
2 Aberdeen 37 75
3 Inverness CT 37 65
4 St Johnstone 37 54
5 Dundee United 37 53
6 Dundee 37 45
7 Hamilton Academical 38 53
8 Partick Thistle 38 46
9 Ross County 38 44
10 Kilmarnock 38 41
11 Motherwell 38 36
12 St Mirren 38 30

Match Reaction

Lennon: St Mirren will survive

Lennon: St Mirren will survive

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is sure his side will avoid relegation despite their 3-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.