Football - Hearts too strong for Buddies

Relegation is now a very real possibility for St Mirren after the Buddies were handed a crushing three-goal defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.

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The 15-point lead Danny Lennon's men once enjoyed over Clydesdale Bank Premier League basement boys Dundee has been slashed to just eight, and could be cut to five with two games to play if John Brown's side beat Aberdeen on Sunday.

It was a woeful display from the Paisley outfit as they conceded after Jamie Walker's opener just 14 minutes in.

Kevin McHattie's free-kick 60 seconds before half-time gave them an uphill task in the second period but a spirited opening five minutes was quickly quelled when Kenny McLean was sent off after barging into the scorer of the second in the box, leaving Jamie Hamill to wrap up the win from the penalty spot.

Brown has questioned Saints' bottle, and if his side beat the Dons at home, the Buddies will have to prove their mantle by beating either Aberdeen at home or Kilmarnock away if they want to retain possession of their SPL destiny.

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