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Sep 28, 2019 at 3pm UK at Simple Digital Arena (Paisley)
Attendance: 5,901
St Mirren

Result: Struggling St Mirren claim point at Hearts

Result: Struggling St Mirren claim point at Hearts
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It was stalemate in Paisley.

Hearts' recent resurgence in the Ladbrokes Premiership was slowed by goal-shy St Mirren in a 0-0 draw.

The Buddies have only scored three goals in seven league games this season and this stalemate was on the cards, with Hearts badly missing Steven Naismith as their injury crisis worsened.

Craig Levein's side began the game in the ascendancy and created the first opportunity on six minutes. A short corner ended up with Craig Halkett's blocked shot falling to Steven MacLean, who could only stab wide at full stretch.

Hearts started with an unfamiliar back three with Michael Smith central, and the experienced defender's ability in possession was evident as he stepped forward confidently and fired a fierce effort just wide from 35 yards on eight minutes.

The game burst into life after the Buddies had their first chance on 22 minutes when Ilkay Durmus' excellent whipped cross was sent narrowly wide by the on-rushing Kyle Magennis.

As the visitors reshuffled their defence after Halkett limped off to be replaced by Christophe Berra, St Mirren thought they had taken the lead but Tony Andreu's goal was controversially ruled out.

Magennis' deflected shot found the Frenchman unmarked just inside the box and he fired past Pereira but after initially not raising his flag, linesman Douglas Ross flagged for offside after deliberation with referee Andrew Dallas.

Levein will be concerned with Hearts' growing injury crisis but both his substitutes combined to almost put the visitors in front. Andrew Irving's left-footed deliveries twice found the imposing figure of Berra, who forced Vaclav Hladky into good saves.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first with both sides restricted to long-range efforts and speculative crosses.

The impressive travelling contingent screamed for a penalty when Irving tumbled over a challenge in the area on the hour but he was fortunate not to be cautioned for simulation.

The visitors spurned a glorious opportunity to claim all three points on 73 minutes. Uche Ikpeazu's strength and perseverance enabled him to hold off a defender before clipping a delicate ball to MacLean, but he somehow fired over from just six yards out.

With virtually the last kick of the game, Jonathan Obika almost won it for the hosts but his left-footed effort sailed wide.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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