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Tynecastle (ATT 12,422) 29th January 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Hearts Hearts vs St Mirren St Mirren

Hearts 2

C Paterson (5)
J Hamill (pen 52)

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St Mirren 1

S Thompson (1)
M McAusland (S/O 51)

Scottish football: Hearts hit back to claim 2-1 win over 10-man St Mirren

Last Updated: 29/01/14 10:43pm

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Jamie Hamill: Netted the winning goal from the penalty spot

Jamie Hamill: Netted the winning goal from the penalty spot

Hearts picked up a second successive win in the Scottish Premiership after claiming a 2-1 victory over 10-man St Mirren.

The Jambos appear doomed to relegation, but they are not going down without a fight as Jamie Hamill's controversial penalty secured the points after Marc McAusland had been sent-off.

The visitors snatched the lead after just 29 seconds as Conor Newton's inviting cross was headed into the corner by Steven Thompson.

But St Mirren's joy was shortlived as Callum Paterson (5) latched onto David Smith's deflected cross and nodded the ball past Marian Kello.

Paterson could have added to his tally soon afterwards but Kello's superb reaction save kept out his close-range header, while the other goalscorer Thompson fired wide at the opposite end.

The Buddies began to get a grip on the game and McAusland's header hit the bar before Newton nodded narrowly wide of the net.

But the match turned in the home side's favour after the break as McAusland appeared to be harshly penalised for a challenge on Dale Carrick and Hamill (52) slotted in the resulting spot-kick.

St Mirren still mounted a fightback, despite the loss of McAusland, and Jim Goodwin's free-kick tested Jamie MacDonald, while Thompson flicked over the bar.

Carrick should have wrapped up the points for Hearts but he slid the ball against the post and St Mirren nearly punished this miss as Thompson volleyed over in the dying stages.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Hamilton Academical 11 23
2 Inverness CT 11 23
3 Dundee United 11 22
4 Kilmarnock 10 20
5 Aberdeen 11 19
6 Celtic 9 17
7 Dundee 11 16
8 Partick Thistle 10 11
9 St Johnstone 11 10
10 St Mirren 11 8
11 Motherwell 11 7
12 Ross County 11 5