Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

St Mirren's Cammy Smith (centre) and Dunfermline's Nat Wedderburn
St Mirren's Cammy Smith (centre) and Dunfermline's Nat Wedderburn

St Mirren and Dunfermline both had to settle for a point in a game of plenty chances in Paisley.

Adam Eckersley's half-volley almost put the Buddies in front but Pars goalkeeper Sean Murdoch did well to turn it over.

The visitors went close late on when Michael Paton's low effort was flicked wide by a defensive boot.

St Mirren now have nine games to reduce the four-point gap between them and ninth-placed Ayr United.

The Honest Men's home loss to Falkirk means the Paisley men have reeled them in ever so slightly, but both St Mirren boss Jack Ross and Dunfermline counterpart Allan Johnston will feel that a little more cutting edge in front of goal would have delivered three points.

Murdoch worked hard to deny Cammy Smith, Rory Loy and the impressive Lewis Morgan.

Michael Moffat had a couple of good opportunities for Dunfermline and Kallum Higginbotham also tested Billy O'Brien early on.

The visitors claimed for a penalty when St Mirren defender Gary Irvine sent Paul McMullan sprawling, but referee Stephen Finnie was unmoved by the appeals.

Post-match reaction

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "When you look at other results it's a point gained.

"The performance reflected a team that was trying to win the game.

"It's a point in the right direction and given where we were a little while ago - almost written off - I think we're back in contention to avoid finishing in bottom place."

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston: "It must have been a great game for the neutral.

"St Mirren put us under a lot of pressure early on but after the initial 15 minutes I thought we weathered the storm and were the better team.

"It was just our final decision-making that let us down.

"Gary Irvine put a challenge in from the back on Paul McMullan and it looked a penalty."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 3IrvineBooked at 20mins
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 24Davis
  • 44Eckersley
  • 10Mallan
  • 22McGinn
  • 25ToddSubstituted forLoyat 54'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forDemetriouat 80'minutes
  • 17Morgan
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Demetriou
  • 15Baird
  • 16Loy
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 42Magennis

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20HigginbothamBooked at 3minsSubstituted forPatonat 74'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 21HerronBooked at 30mins
  • 18McMullanBooked at 80mins
  • 9Moffat
  • 37Clark

Substitutes

  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 11Cardle
  • 15Spence
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 30Gill
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
4,582

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Harry Davis (St. Mirren).

(Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Billy O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Stelios Demetriou replaces Cameron Smith.

Booking

Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Andrew Geggan.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Michael Paton replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian27159342172554
2Falkirk28139648311748
3Morton26129538271145
4Dundee Utd2612863526944
5Queen of Sth2898113639-335
6Dunfermline2771193637-132
7Dumbarton2879123745-830
8Raith Rovers2878132639-1329
9Ayr27510122544-1925
10St Mirren2749142644-1821
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