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David Currie introduces reports and results from the SPFL. In the Premiership, Hamilton return to Ibrox to take on Rangers, while Aberdeen host Hearts.


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Good afternoon and welcome to the show.

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No referendum chat on this show but I'll be honouring my manifesto

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commitment to bring you scores, reports, results,

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We have not one but two keynote speakers -

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They'll be debating the footballing issues of the day in the studio

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and our reporters will bring us the stories of the day

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We'll hear from them in a minute - after the headlines.

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The lunchtime kick-off ended in a 2-0 win for Aberdeen over Hearts.

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Now for the whole story of today's lunchtime match.

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It was between Aberdeen in second place and fourth placed

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I spoiled the surprise by telling you the score earlier, but you'll

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want to know how what happened, happened so here's Liam Mcleod.

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A ninth straight home win for Aberdeen for the first time since

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1996. They will have seldom had an easy win over the Tynecastle team.

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They should have won with a more convincing scoreline. Logan, a

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superb goal to set the tone. Nicholson spurned the best chance

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for the visitors just before that. They deserved nothing from this

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encounter. Avlonitis's second-half mistake allowed them in for the

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host's second, with Stockley sendoff for a flailing arm.

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Mixu, a good win for Aberdeen. Their ninth home win on the spin. The

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first time they have done that since the mid-80s? Yes, Aberdeen are very

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strong, in terms of attack, and also in defence. I wasn't surprised that

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they got the victory today. What I was impressed with, Aberdeen,

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they're pressing game. They stopped Hearts playing. Hearts could not

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cope with that. Hence they earned the right to pass the ball and

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create goal-scoring opportunities. Not a bad day for Hearts, they could

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drop out of fourth spot today if St Johnstone stay ahead at Motherwell?

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Ian Carter and others will look at the defending and be very

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disappointed with the second goal. The second goal was not much worse

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than the first. To be fair, there was lots more wrong. All over the

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pitch, Aberdeen were, by a good distance, the better side. They

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deserve that, at least 2-0. Ian Castro's record doesn't look that

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impressive, 17 games and four wins? It's not the start he wanted or

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anticipated. We were talking about that earlier. When the manager goes

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into the club, he has a strong philosophy, tactically, how to play.

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He can confuse players to begin with, quite a bit. You get good

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results, like last week, and then not so good performances, like this

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week. It is up and down. In the long run, they get it right. We don't

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know, because we don't know what happens on the training ground. If

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there are certain, strong, specific tactics being put in place, it will

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get better after the sticky start. This is just guessing and

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speculating. Mixu, the idea that the players may be confused about what

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style of play they are playing, the tactics, there are some confusion

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among observers about what was going on when messages were being passed

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from Craig Levine, to Tom Daley, and then to another coach, quotes that

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Craig Levine was in the dressing room at half-time? Will they be

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vexed by that? Thyme it depends, if there is an agreement between the

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and director of football, whoever from upstairs, he wants as much

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information as possible, nothing wrong with it. If we saw those

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pictures today and they were winning, you would think, well done,

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get all of the information there, everybody working together. Because

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they lost, it is taken the opposite way. Also, the same thing happened

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in Robbie Nielsen's time. Craig Levine is an experienced coach, an

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excellent football man. He sees things. He had a pair of eyes in the

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stand. Why not use it as an extra tool to get that tactical advantage?

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What is the point of having a mentor if you are not letting him mentor?

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Exactly. I don't think anyone minds who says what, as long as they win.

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Use that, if that is possible. Great. More on that later, we will

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hear from both managers. Now we can catch up on what is happening around

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the country. I will start by telling you what is happening between

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Rangers and Hamilton at Ibrox. It is the first for their new manager,

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Pedro Caixinha. It looks good for him already. Rangers 4-0 up against

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Hamilton. The first is from Emerson Hyndman. Clint Hill is making a

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habit of scoring. Waghorn scored in the 55th, and the latest is from

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Wallace. Let's see how it is going at St Johnstone. They are not

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feeling too well at the moment, Motherwell are losing 1-2.

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Motherwell managed to get an equaliser through Scott McDonald,

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just before half-time. Since the interval, the home side have been

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more assertive, the more aggressive in an attacking sense. They went a

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second goal down to Liam Craig about ten minutes ago. St Johnstone had a

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couple of chances since then to increase the scoring. As it stands,

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St Johnstone will move into fourth place. Time we hit the Highlands and

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find out what is happening in the Derby, Inverness at home to Ross

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County. Good afternoon, Martin. It is 1-1. Richie Foran said it was a

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much win today. They are doing just that, fax to a blistering opening to

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the second-half, in which Greg Tansey's on target effort deflected

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off Andrew Davis and found the net. It was Nellie two after that, but

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the header wasn't on target. Tansey went close again. Then a long-range,

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before Billy Mackay struck the bar, which would have killed the game.

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County should have been on illegal to leave Baku even terms. Craig

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Curran, all the time in the world, six yards out, screwed his header

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wide. As it stands, it seems like a relegation battle awaits county,

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with Inverness on the up at the right time.

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To 18 just inside the top six, Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle.

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Partick Thistle look like bolstering their chances of a top six finish, a

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goal by Erskine after 73 minutes. Kilmarnock enjoy the better of the

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first half. Two or three good chances. In the early part of the

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second period, Thistle have turned it around. They hit the crossbar on

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two occasions, Lawless and Barton, before Erskine slotted in a shot.

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Championship leaders Hibs are keeping Pat Nevin on the edge of

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their seat. They are at home to Dumbarton. 14,000 fans on the edge

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of their seats. It is now 2-2. The visitors taking the lead with a

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penalty, nine minutes before half-time. The equaliser, coming

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courtesy of an own goal from Daniel Harvey. Robert Thompson, with a

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lovely shot. James Keatings had a chance to equalise. Martin has since

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sinned for Dumbarton, he dropped the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box.

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Martin Boyle was there too nodded over the goalkeeper. Crawling over

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the line. What a game. 2-2. Deep breaths, relax, enjoy. It's never

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been easy for Hibs. Not doing particularly well today, but a point

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would not be the end of the world? I think they would be disappointed,

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but it would not be the end of the world. There is still time for Hibs

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or Dumbarton to grab a winner. I feel, overall, Hibs will be

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comfortable this season and get promotion. No danger of Rangers

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dropping points at home to Hamilton. They hit them for six not alone

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though. The new manager's first match in charge, cruising? A little

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bit of a lift. They hit six against them before. That game against

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Celtic made a massive difference. I think that made a difference on the

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confidence of the players. You want a bounce when a new manager comes

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in, they needed to win today. Consider the way the other results

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are looking, it is a big one for Rangers. They want to make sure that

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they can consolidate their position, where they are in the league. It is

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looking good for them. We have mentioned the fact that Hearts have

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slipped up. We are heading straight to the Highlands. There has been a

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goal in the Highland derby. Is it for Inverness or County? An

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incredible moment, it is 1-1. It is Schalk, a massive goal for County.

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Expect Inverness to throw everything at this. 1-1. I think it is the

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police you need if Schalk has stuck a dagger into his heart, I missed

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that. It could be a very important goal? Absolutely, the way the match

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has gone, Cali Thistle had so many chances. A point would be all right,

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on the face of it, if Accies are losing? You're desperate to win this

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game, it gives you a bit of breathing space. There was a Miss by

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Curran, I thought that was their chance, but they've gone back, and

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Schalk has done very well for them. He scores important goals and he is

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always a danger. But what is going right to the death. A good game. I

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thought it was a well played game, pretty fairly played. I couldn't

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call it now. Mixu, could you call St Johnstone? A big win for Saints and

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they would go up to fourth? Motherwell have played well. Had

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loads of chances. Hit the bar, had close calls on a few occasions but

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St Johnstone are leading two-one. They've taken their chances.

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Fantastic two goals made a difference. Motherwell defensively a

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bit frail again today, Path? Maybe, but I would agree, the fact they

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created probably more and better chances. Scott taken one, another

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one he didn't take and he was furious with himself. We know's good

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player. His second goal, the half-volley was absolutely

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fantastic. However, more information coming.

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Well done, Pat. We will get back to you, Mick. There's been a goal at

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Rugby Park. Do tell, John. Things level here at Rugby Park with three

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minutes remaining. There was loads of pressure around the This is

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thistle goal area, couldn't get it clear and 25 yards out it was

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knocked in. What were you going to say? I was going to say about St

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Johnstone. Their mentality is so strong and they play their system,

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very simple system, so well and powerful. Even if an opponent plays

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well against them, they rely on their usual tried and trusted

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methods and style of play and get results. Fantastic. Kilmarnock,

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Connor Salmond scored. Only got up with for Hearts. He needed to score

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today. There were missed chances in the first half. Chelsea have just

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scored there, that's a big goal in the English Premier League, as well.

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For Salmon it's a big win. When you look at the results coming through

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it underlines how tight it is at the bottom of the league and what a

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difference one goal can make. Inverness and Ross 1-1, as well. The

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Killy Thistle match is interesting. If Thistle win this game they would

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have one foot in the top six already. Now it's interesting.

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They've lost a late goal. John Barnes said the last kick was a

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header. They were 1-0 up they've lost. They've done the same. Dnt

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strike me as if they're tiring. Sometimes you get unlucky. It

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happens lots, you think that's a team that's tired and losing

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concentration. They didn't look like that to me. They were maybe holding

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on a little bit. You have that little bit of an edge. You hold on

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to it and naturally just fall back a little and that seems to have been

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what's happened. Also the opponent throws maybe an extra player

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forward, tryings to get that winner. That's the way it goes. Lots of

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interesting scores in the Championship, Pat. Not least of

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which is the Hibs and Dunbaren to. Down to the bottom of the table,

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second bottom Ayr United one up to Dunfermline. It's a shock. Ayr have

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been having a tough time. United's scores, just been beaten or getting

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some draws. I felt really unlucky, I mean, McCall is one of my favourite

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managers anyway, he is great to listen to and speaks intelligently

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and knows the game well. To be fair, looking at them just now I think

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it's been unfortunate for them because he is getting the best you

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just about can get out of that side. 1-0. Still a bit tight. Raith Rovers

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up. Dundee having a troublesome spell at the moment. They're still

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hanging on to fourth spot. Might they be in danger of dropping out of

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the play-offs or have they a cushion? It helps Queens are not

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doing well today. Dundee having a poor spell at the moment. That's the

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way the season goes. You have good spells, poor spells. They have a

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poor one at the moment. Good for Raith Rovers and important victory

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because down where Raith Rovers are, you know, there's not too much

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breathing space there. So very important victory if they manage to

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hold on. To the end of the season, the business end of the season in

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the Championship and some clubs are waking up. Yeah, well, you have a

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fight, you are fighting for your lives. St Mirren, massive changes

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Jack has made. Is it ten players brought in. They seem to have done

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everything right when they brought them in, the win against Hibs was a

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big one, as well. No lack of confidence with St Mirren there.

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Having said that, I mean, although they're a lot of points between top

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and bottom I don't think quality-wise there is a massive

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between top and bottom of that league especially when you see St

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Mirren getting a little bit of a run. We talk about division being an

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extraordinarily interesting division, it is because anyone can

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be in it. I tell you what, we will stay in the Championship, it's

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full-time at Easter Road with Hibs and Dunbaren to. How did it finish?

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Hibs 2, Dumbarton 2. A crowd of over 14,000, they received their money's

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worth this afternoon. The visitors in front through Nade in the first

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half, scoring from the spot after a needless challenge by Barkley on

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Sterling. A slice of fortune for Hibs coming from the equaliser.

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McGinn with a cross. Harvey in trying to clear the ball could only

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turn the ball into the back of the net. At that point you would have

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expected Hibs to drive forward however Dumbarton took the lead. A

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wonderful shot 22 -- 22 yards out. A brilliant save in the Dumbarton

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goal. Saved from the penalty kick. Hibs equalised and the goalkeeper

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dropped the ball at the edge of the box. Boyle with a header over the

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line. Hibs threw the kitchen sink and everything else at Dumbarton in

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the last five minutes but couldn't snatch what would have been ap

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winner. Both teams applauded off the pitch. It finished 2-2. Thanks,

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Brian. Let's head to the Premier League and Rugby Park. Kilmarnock

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and Partick Thistle has reached its conclusion. We should have expected

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it with six of the previous nine meetings between these sides having

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been drawn, we should have expected this close encounter. It proved so.

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Partick Thistle the lead in the 73rd minute with a left foot strike which

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beat the Kilmarnock goalkeeper but four minutes from the end it was

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Connor Sammon who levelled with a 25-yard effort to ensure it's a

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point each here at Rugby Park. Both sides pushing for the top six.

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Partick Thistle remain there. But it's a vital point for Killie as

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they try to stay away from the fringes of of this relegation

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dogfight. On to the fringes of that relegation

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dogfight, that's where we find Motherwell. Today they were at home

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to St Johnstone. Over to riched a. Yes, another win on the road. Opened

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the scoring through Craig and got a second in the second half through

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the same player with a shot from a tight angle. In between they soaked

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up a lot of pressure defending heavily in the second half.

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Motherwell equalised before the break through McDonald. They threw a

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lot of attacks at the visitors in the second half. Ryan Bowman even

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hitting the post late on. St Johnstone lifted into fourth place

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with a victory and all but secure as position in the top six.

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It's all over in Inverness. Martin, did it finish all square? It did,

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1-1, truly incredible finishing. Sharp's late effort rescuing a

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crucial point for the side and handing at the same time a

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significant blow to Ritchie Forman. Tansey again with a free kick and a

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powerful long range effort but it looked like MacKay would kill the

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game with a close range shot that agonisingly clipped the bar. Curran

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looked like being County's culprit. An Ned I didn't know miss from six

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yards with a header. -- an incredible miss from six yards with

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a header. Full-time here, 1-1. It's full-time now at Ibrox. Rangers

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at home to Hamilton this afternoon. Convincing win for Rangers. 4-0

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winners over Hamilton. A first win then for Pedrow. Back to

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the Championship. Queen of the South and St Mirren, how did it pan out?

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What a result it was for St Mirren. The first half it belonged to Queen

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of the South in terms of possession of the ball and chances. Queens

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dominating for long periods. Incredibly it was a cross finding

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the back post area about 15 yards out to drill home with a quality

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strike to give St Mirren a lead. That will give St Mirren the

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confidence that was lacking in the first period. They doubled their

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lead nine minutes into the second half. It was a lively Morgan down

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the left side who made his way into the box of the he was bundled over

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by Mercer. It was Loy showing the confidence to step up to take the

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spot kick to calmly slot home. Queens, outplayed at this point but

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rallied to the closing stages going close but it was not to be. St

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Mirren picked up another great three points in their pursuit of

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Championship survival. It finished Queen of the South 0, St Mirren 2.

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Now Dunfermline and Ayr United. Doherty powered a header from the

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corner. It snuck across the goalline. That emboldened Ayr and

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then two good saves in quick succession. Dunfermline started

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really strongly. They continued into the second half. A fine chance

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squandered on 68 minutes. Michael Paignton then headed a ball straight

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at the keeper from a good goal-scoring position. Dunfermline

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fought for the equaliser. Ayr weathered releaptless pressure to

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take three huge points. Time to hear from Kenny Crawford

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watching championship action, this time Raith Rovers and Dundee United.

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Yes, it finished here Raith Rovers 2, Dundee United 1. Their fifth

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consecutive league match without a win for Dundee. The problems mount

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for the manager who used to be manager here at Raith Rovers. Bar

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put Rovers ahead when he headed in a free kick on 41 minutes. Raith's

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lead was extended by Ryan Hardy's low left-footed finish four minutes

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into the second half. Raith had chances to make it 3-0 but it was

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Dundee to struggle to create but did pull one back on 81 minutes through

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Simon Murray. His 12th goal of the season. A neat finish in a crowded

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penalty box. It provided hope for the visitors. But they couldn't make

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that materialise into a leveller. Raith Rovers went on to it hit the

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post but they hng on to get their second win in three games and Raith

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Rovers jump to 7th in the Championship table. Time before the

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classified round-up to mull over one or two issues. We spoke about

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Rangers picking up points today. Hamilton dropped to the bottom of

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the table and now conceded in the last three matches, even I can work

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this out, 14 goals, Pat. You don't want to be hitting that form at this

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point in the season. Everyone battling in there. They are big

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important late goals today but there was no hope for them because they

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were 4-0 down. It is the hammerings that are happening now and again.

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They can be dispiriting a little bit. Playing against the likes of

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Rangers or Celtic, sometimes that will happen, maybe even Aberdeen at

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their best that will happen now and again. But once you are in that

:25:49.:25:51.

bottom position you need to have a fight, you need to have a battle.

:25:52.:25:55.

They will battle. We know they'll do that. But you get a horrible feeling

:25:56.:25:59.

they're going to have to do a lot of good stuff at home and obviously on

:26:00.:26:03.

their own pitch they feel more comfortable. Inverness move up a

:26:04.:26:10.

place today but they're level on points at the bottom. Hopefully we

:26:11.:26:13.

will hear from Ritchie but he will be disappointed. Yeah, they played

:26:14.:26:19.

well today. They created enough today to win the match. They've got

:26:20.:26:27.

the momentum now. They've had some positive results recently and other

:26:28.:26:32.

than totally opposite to the Hamilton, so I have a funny feeling

:26:33.:26:37.

that they'll climb up, so it will be interesting end to the season.

:26:38.:26:44.

Momentum for Caley Thistle. Inert why now for Motherwell. They're

:26:45.:26:47.

flirting with the bottom two spots. Every now and again you see a team

:26:48.:26:50.

and you look at the team and the players and the goal scorers and you

:26:51.:26:54.

think they're far too good. They should be able to do it. That's what

:26:55.:27:00.

I feel about Motherwell now. If they've players who can score goals.

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Pearson will come on as a substitute. They're very good

:27:04.:27:05.

players. But you are right, they're down in there, there is a battle

:27:06.:27:09.

going on. Honestly, I couldn't even begin to guess who I think is going

:27:10.:27:13.

to go down now because there was a period of time when you probably

:27:14.:27:18.

thought five different teams at five different times. Next week it will

:27:19.:27:19.

be totally different. I think the deciding matches are

:27:20.:27:27.

going to be played in the bottom six, you know, who gets relegation.

:27:28.:27:33.

I don't think it will be decided before that. It will be very

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exciting. Welcome at the topic is not that exciting. I am now going to

:27:43.:27:46.

do the classified results, and then plenty more chat in the last 30

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minutes of the show. Let's go to the classified round-up.

:27:50.:31:28.

Time for a look at the league tables in the Scottish Championship.

:31:29.:31:31.

Premiership, indeed. In the Championship, Hibs stay at

:31:32.:32:05.

the top and seven points clear of Falkirk.

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Exciting stuff at the bottom, wins for both St Mirren and Ayr United.

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In the English Premier League, let me work this out... Chelsea are 13

:32:52.:32:58.

points clear at the top. Well done, your faces lit up with delight at

:32:59.:32:59.

that. Sunderland picked up a point today

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at home to Burnley, but they remain at the foot of the table, two behind

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Middlesbrough and four behind third bottom Hull City.

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Newcastle United are just one point ahead of Brighton, but the -- they

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have a game in hand. Right, as I mentioned earlier, a

:33:41.:33:58.

hugely significant match in the Championship is imminent, and so is

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our reporter, Charlie. He is with the home side, who are second, about

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to play Morton in third. Is excitement building? Yes,

:34:14.:34:16.

anticipation for what could be the best game of the day. Second against

:34:17.:34:21.

third. This one really does promise much. Falkirk are in great form,

:34:22.:34:26.

unbeaten in nine. Morton are in terrific form. They have two

:34:27.:34:33.

exceptional managers, both of whom like playing football. There is a

:34:34.:34:38.

decent crowd growing. A good pitch, as it always is, because it is

:34:39.:34:41.

artificial. This could really be a good game. Easy for Peter Houston,

:34:42.:34:47.

he sticks with the same team that beat Ayr United. Jim Duffy is forced

:34:48.:34:52.

into a couple of changes, Michael Doyle is out altogether, Tidser is

:34:53.:35:02.

dropped to the bench. As I say, the results have gone for Falkirk and

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Morton this afternoon. This could be a really good match. It is a long

:35:10.:35:13.

time since I have had a good Saturday night out in Falkirk, that

:35:14.:35:17.

might change soon. Don't be heading out after the game, that is for

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sure. That is one to look forward to. Falkirk, should they win that,

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they go onto 51 points, four behind Hibs at the top? Yes, they have a

:35:30.:35:34.

good chance, and plenty of motivation in both Falkirk and

:35:35.:35:41.

Morton. At the moment, it is still possible to catch Hibs. It will be

:35:42.:35:48.

an exciting match. Will it be uppermost in their mind, catching

:35:49.:35:53.

Hibs? A while ago it looked impossible, now it looks feasible?

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Looks feasible because Hibs have studied a view times. There have

:35:57.:36:00.

been games where they have been playing well, but not getting three

:36:01.:36:05.

points. One win in six in the Championship, that is relegation

:36:06.:36:10.

form! Not quite, you are pushing it there. But they are not running away

:36:11.:36:13.

with it. But teams should not run away with that, because there are no

:36:14.:36:20.

easy games in that division. Falkirk and Morton, let's be honest, not to

:36:21.:36:26.

write them off, the expectation was Dundee United and Hibs. That is what

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everybody was watching for. But Falkirk and Morton had been in

:36:31.:36:34.

fantastic form. When Hibs have struggled this season, not only

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Hibs, but quite many teams, when they set their stall out to sit

:36:41.:36:45.

tight and defend with a compact defence, that is how teams approach

:36:46.:36:50.

it when they play Hibs. Hibs have excellent players, they pass the

:36:51.:36:54.

ball well. If you are open, they will punish you. They struggled

:36:55.:36:57.

because of that. Then counterattack, the longer the game goes, Hibs put

:36:58.:37:06.

players forward Sam that leaves gaps behind, counterattack, suddenly you

:37:07.:37:12.

are 1-0 down. It is because they are seen as the big team, and the

:37:13.:37:17.

expectation is there, if they miss a penalty, they almost always get more

:37:18.:37:21.

opportunities than the opposition, exactly as Mixu is saying. Teams are

:37:22.:37:25.

playing for that, they want the odd chance or break. Because Hibs have

:37:26.:37:28.

committed 70 players forward, it is kind of the Hibs way. That is the

:37:29.:37:34.

way I want to see them winning. Let's dip our toes in the waters of

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the English Premier League. West Brom against Arsenal, the lunchtime

:37:39.:37:42.

kick-off. That was watched by Martin Fisher. The start of play, a hired

:37:43.:37:50.

aircraft went overhead with a banner proclaiming Arsene Wenger out. By

:37:51.:37:54.

the end, the placards were unveiled in the away end. This was Arsenal's

:37:55.:37:57.

fourth Premier League defeat in five games. Apart from Sanchez, few

:37:58.:38:01.

players looked up to it. Poor marking allowed Craig Dawson to give

:38:02.:38:07.

Albion and early lead. Although Sanchez soon equalised, for all of

:38:08.:38:10.

their possession, they created little. In contrast, West Brom were

:38:11.:38:14.

always a danger on the counterattack will stop Hal Robson-Kanu, restoring

:38:15.:38:20.

the advantage from one such break, before another corner brought

:38:21.:38:23.

another goal and another for Dawson. He rose above statuesque Arsenal

:38:24.:38:30.

defenders. It was described as a game Arsenal had to win. Having lost

:38:31.:38:34.

it, the gap to fourth spot looks wider than ever. What will that mean

:38:35.:38:38.

for Arsene Wenger's future? I will put that question to you. We don't

:38:39.:38:41.

know definitively what will happen, what do you think is likely to

:38:42.:38:48.

happen? It is exactly what we said there, counterattacking, against

:38:49.:38:51.

Arsenal, who keep the ball, pass the ball well, loads of possession.

:38:52.:38:57.

Someone like West Brom, Tony Pulis, master of tactics, counterattacking,

:38:58.:39:00.

set pieces, they scored two set piece goals, not a surprise when you

:39:01.:39:06.

talk about Tony Pulis's side. It is not easy for big teams to play

:39:07.:39:12.

against so-called lesser teams. Because of the tight defence, and

:39:13.:39:15.

then counterattacking, then you have a really powerful player for set

:39:16.:39:22.

pieces, these results can happen. Chelsea, way to Stoke City this

:39:23.:39:30.

afternoon. Joy for Chelsea, despair for Stoke. Brilliant drama, you have

:39:31.:39:34.

to say, for the neutral. For so long, it looked like Mark Hughes

:39:35.:39:37.

would frustrate the club he used to play for once again. These two were

:39:38.:39:41.

locked at 1-1 heading into the final five minutes. Jon Walters first half

:39:42.:39:47.

penalty cancelled out Willian's fortuitous free kick. But Gary

:39:48.:39:52.

Cahill, before a corner, capitalised on defensive confusion in the Stoke

:39:53.:40:01.

ranks after Luiz's header was saved. He smashed it past Grant for his

:40:02.:40:06.

fourth of the season. Heartbreak for Mark Hughes. The Stoke fans here,

:40:07.:40:11.

also. Chelsea march on, their unbeaten run continues and they

:40:12.:40:14.

remain ten points clear at the top of the Premier League. Cheered you

:40:15.:40:19.

up after that Hibs result, another win for Chelsea. 13 points clear at

:40:20.:40:24.

the top of the table? Cahill scoring the goal should not surprise people

:40:25.:40:27.

who have watched Chelsea over the years. You look at the likes of John

:40:28.:40:35.

Terry, Lou -- Luiz putting in the header, they look unstoppable at the

:40:36.:40:41.

moment. Arguably, it was their trickiest game between now and the

:40:42.:40:44.

end of the season. It is hard to see them slipping up. Tricky, but they

:40:45.:40:49.

had 20 goal efforts, against Stoke's five. They have good goal-scorers,

:40:50.:40:56.

from defence, midfield and attack. They will always score. The way they

:40:57.:41:01.

played a system, switch it from one side to the other, to the wingbacks,

:41:02.:41:05.

that are really high, it seems difficult to block a defence against

:41:06.:41:17.

them because of their but width. A routine 4-0 victory against Hull.

:41:18.:41:23.

There were never really troubled asset culvert Lewin tapped in his

:41:24.:41:33.

first goal for the club. -- after their teenager scored his first

:41:34.:41:42.

goal. Valencia repaid the favour to Lukaku, and he raced clear to score

:41:43.:41:46.

his 21st of the season. He got another one at the death, rounded

:41:47.:41:50.

the keeper to score. Another one for Hull's survival hopes. What a blow

:41:51.:41:55.

this would be for Everton if they were to lose Lukaku. West Ham were

:41:56.:41:58.

at home to Leicester this afternoon. Unbelievable match. For West Ham

:41:59.:42:11.

fans they came close to grabbing an equaliser late on but poor finishing

:42:12.:42:15.

and excellent goalkeeping from Schmeichel has given Leicester their

:42:16.:42:20.

first away win of the season. The visitors had a two goal lead early

:42:21.:42:24.

doors but suspect defending in the West Ham back line on both occasions

:42:25.:42:29.

helped them out. A free kick got West Ham back in it but Vardy poked

:42:30.:42:33.

home before half-time for Leicester's third. Ayew reduced the

:42:34.:42:38.

arrears again. Leicester did just enough to continue their winning

:42:39.:42:45.

streak under Craig Shakespeare. The Leicester revival continues. You saw

:42:46.:42:48.

them mid week in the flesh, in the Champions League. A good result mid

:42:49.:42:57.

week. If anybody has the momentum at the moment it's Leicester. The

:42:58.:43:01.

result was, Wednesday against Seville they didn't play that well

:43:02.:43:04.

but Schmeichel like we heard again, he was excellent again today. You

:43:05.:43:08.

know, saved a penalty and other great saves. They have a top, top

:43:09.:43:14.

quality keeper there. When you score two goals in the opening six

:43:15.:43:19.

minutes... Eases the pressure a bit. Absolutely. They started well.

:43:20.:43:24.

That's a sign of confidence. They're carrying on from that European

:43:25.:43:28.

match, that confidence is there. Quick start, fast pass, score goals.

:43:29.:43:31.

But certainly Schmeichel, you know, the form he is in at the moment and

:43:32.:43:38.

his quality, keeps them alive. Back to all matters Scottish. Because

:43:39.:43:41.

Aberdeen beat Hearts today Celtic won't be able to win the title

:43:42.:43:46.

tomorrow. They will, however, be able to re-establish a 25-point lead

:43:47.:43:51.

at the top of the table. To do that they'll need to beat Dundee. You can

:43:52.:43:59.

follow the action in Sportsound at midday. Plenty of incentive there.

:44:00.:44:03.

Celtic can't win the title, they will win the title, it won't be

:44:04.:44:08.

tomorrow, they're away to Dundee. After having dropped points last

:44:09.:44:12.

week at home to Rangers. To be honest that's at the froer front of

:44:13.:44:16.

a lot of people's minds. Rangers had a good day. Having said that, let's

:44:17.:44:23.

look at the wider sense. They're miles ahead, not just points, but

:44:24.:44:28.

play, as well. They're getting great performances out of players who

:44:29.:44:32.

weren't doing as well, Armstrong more than anyone else. You have to

:44:33.:44:36.

applaud Rangers for coming back into it. Looking at what Celtic have done

:44:37.:44:49.

this season, by the way the free scoring Clint scores as well. We

:44:50.:44:52.

were team-mates. Realistically if you look at the way Celtic went

:44:53.:44:58.

through the season, a number of people asked me did Brendan Rodgers

:44:59.:45:01.

make mistakes during the game? Forget about that, he has made so

:45:02.:45:04.

many correct decisions this season and that's not just tactics, not

:45:05.:45:08.

just in the right people, but also bringing the right people in, as

:45:09.:45:10.

well, it's hard to say a negative thing about them. Celtic dropped

:45:11.:45:17.

points last week but Dundee dropped even more, they lost against St

:45:18.:45:23.

Johnstone. Paul Hartly Manager of the Month for February. March has

:45:24.:45:26.

been miserable so far. Two defeats including this one. I don't expect

:45:27.:45:33.

Celtic to have it easy tomorrow. Dundee will battle. They will defend

:45:34.:45:39.

with numbers. They use the counterattacking style of play. So,

:45:40.:45:44.

you know, wot won't be easy for Celtic tomorrow. Obviously Celtic

:45:45.:45:47.

like Pat mentioned are so much better than everybody else this

:45:48.:45:50.

season. They probably will get a victory again but won't be easy. It

:45:51.:45:55.

wasn't particularly easy for Celtic when they played Dundee at Celtic

:45:56.:46:00.

Park earlier. They won the match. 2-1. But Dundee played well. By the

:46:01.:46:05.

way what a brilliant goal that was, one of the best of the seasons, he

:46:06.:46:09.

makes it look easy. I don't suspect it will be easy but I don't think a

:46:10.:46:14.

lot of people will be betting on Dundee to win this. They don't often

:46:15.:46:18.

have two dull games in a row. They usually, if they have a quiet game,

:46:19.:46:23.

even if it's a game they win, and sneak a win, they go on a good game

:46:24.:46:31.

the next. Yeah, I don't think they're in any great danger. They've

:46:32.:46:34.

every possibility that they could maybe even push towards the top six

:46:35.:46:37.

this season. They would love to get a result. But in the end Celtic play

:46:38.:46:42.

at their best, we all know, quite simply Celtic will win this game if

:46:43.:46:47.

they play at their best. Paul Hartly knows that, Brendan Rodgers knows

:46:48.:46:52.

that, and they're just hoping they don't play to their best. Last week

:46:53.:47:01.

everybody said they would win. Both going for Celtic wins. 100%. Time to

:47:02.:47:07.

hear from managers, coaches, maybe even an interim manager, as well. We

:47:08.:47:13.

will start with the post-match reaction from that match when

:47:14.:47:19.

Aberdeen beat Hearts. First the boss of Aberdeen. It's great as a manager

:47:20.:47:26.

when you see a team relentless with their work. I thought we spoke

:47:27.:47:31.

before the game about those middle two-thirds of being aggressive and

:47:32.:47:34.

making the game go our way, pressing the life out of them and I thought

:47:35.:47:37.

we did that. I didn't think Hearts could cope with that. It's a

:47:38.:47:42.

situation where Aberdeen have shown they're in a position where they're

:47:43.:47:48.

stronger, more routined and across the 90 minutes managed to take the

:47:49.:47:53.

victory. Inside that there were some positive parts to our play. We had

:47:54.:47:57.

some opportunities and of course that comes down to clinical

:47:58.:48:01.

finishing, sometimes clinical defending and the ruthlessness, and

:48:02.:48:06.

quickness and dealing with things and we suffered through that today.

:48:07.:48:09.

What was your take on the sending off? I haven't seen it again. But

:48:10.:48:15.

from what I am told by one or two of the staff that have seen it, I think

:48:16.:48:20.

there is a foul initially on Jaden. Then it slows him down. He can't put

:48:21.:48:27.

pressure on the defender then. He turns around and I think he is

:48:28.:48:31.

caught, I think it's the palm of his hand. And the boy's face. So I think

:48:32.:48:36.

from maybe the referee's interpreted it, maybe he has seen it as a bit

:48:37.:48:39.

more than that. I think it's frustration he has been fouled. You

:48:40.:48:43.

could perhaps understand why fans are asking questions about the

:48:44.:48:45.

director of football and why he is in the dressing room at half-time.

:48:46.:48:49.

Is he giving advice and coaching advice? I think one of the things

:48:50.:48:56.

you probably have to look at is there is not much space. You are

:48:57.:49:00.

searching for something. We work in a very, very clear way. So he is not

:49:01.:49:04.

providing coaching advice is that what you are saying? That's my job.

:49:05.:49:15.

I have to get my dictionary out! An interesting phrase was Aberdeen were

:49:16.:49:20.

stronger and more routined. Yeah, there are certain pieces of jargon

:49:21.:49:25.

that happen within the coaching fra ternities. That's one of the ones

:49:26.:49:29.

just now. Does that mean they know what they're doing? Yeah, they're

:49:30.:49:33.

organised. We all use organised too much and structured too much. They

:49:34.:49:37.

do know what they're doing. They're a good side. They're having a

:49:38.:49:41.

brilliant run. But it was a hard day, a bad day for Hearts. The fact

:49:42.:49:46.

they've dropped down and are now in that position just now is really

:49:47.:49:50.

difficult for them. It's difficult to get momentum back because they've

:49:51.:49:56.

lost it. We can hear now from Jim McIntyre, the Ross County boss after

:49:57.:50:01.

his side's draw away in the highland derby. How valuable was Alex Sharp's

:50:02.:50:06.

goal there? It's the least we deserved, we put so much into the

:50:07.:50:09.

game. We were the better side in the first half. Without actually getting

:50:10.:50:15.

on the end of some good play. The referee's got to give a penalty on

:50:16.:50:22.

Alex. He says he doesn't see it, so that's disappointing. The throw-in

:50:23.:50:27.

that led to their goal is also a throw-in. So big decisions have went

:50:28.:50:32.

the wrong way. We should still defend better, I am not blaming for

:50:33.:50:36.

that, we should clear the ball. That gave Inverness that lift and we said

:50:37.:50:39.

to players at half-time you have done so much well but we knew

:50:40.:50:42.

Inverness would probably get a rocket and come out all guns blazing

:50:43.:50:47.

and they had a good period in that second half also. In the period up

:50:48.:50:52.

to half-time you looked to get on top. Naismith was good, sharp very

:50:53.:50:56.

close to getting one, did you feel you would kick on from there? Yeah,

:50:57.:50:59.

we did. We told players to keep doing what you are doing and can we

:51:00.:51:02.

improve that final bit of quality that will get us the goal? I thought

:51:03.:51:08.

the reaction was great to go behind, obviously goals change games, it

:51:09.:51:12.

gave Inverness that lift for ten, 15 minutes. We had to weather the storm

:51:13.:51:17.

and we have counterattack and they've hit the bar and had a free

:51:18.:51:20.

kick, as well. But we have come back into it. We have made a brilliant

:51:21.:51:28.

chance with Craig, he should score, thought he was magnificent giving us

:51:29.:51:30.

everything he had and really putting them under pressure. Again just the

:51:31.:51:34.

spirit and the side, boys coming out, I thought the three boys that

:51:35.:51:37.

came off the bench done fantastically well and made an

:51:38.:51:41.

impact. That's what you need. Because we put so much into it and

:51:42.:51:44.

the way it's been going for us lately it's easy to feel sorry for

:51:45.:51:50.

yourself but whenever we dug in and I felt we finished the game really

:51:51.:51:55.

strengthly. Feels a wee bit hard done by with a couple of refereeing

:51:56.:52:01.

decisions but as he points out can't blame the ref for that Thistle goal.

:52:02.:52:08.

No, I think it's probably diverting there how the match went but I think

:52:09.:52:14.

Ross County overall have a little hangover from last season. They had

:52:15.:52:19.

a fabulous season, top six, won the League Cup. This season they've

:52:20.:52:26.

struggled to those standards and they're only four points from

:52:27.:52:31.

safety. So, hasn't been positive season for them but I do feel that

:52:32.:52:36.

the players they have, they should have enough to avoid the straight

:52:37.:52:40.

relegation play-off spot. You never know, because Caley Thistle are

:52:41.:52:45.

getting stronger. Caley Thistle are in that play-off spot at the moment.

:52:46.:52:51.

After today's match their manager spoke to Martin. Based on your

:52:52.:52:55.

second half performance in particular I am sure you probably

:52:56.:52:58.

felt that you deserve more out of that. Yeah. Yeah, obviously MacKay

:52:59.:53:04.

hit the crossbar, and we dominated at least half an hour of the second

:53:05.:53:10.

half. Obviously feels like a bit of a defeat. But I will try and flip

:53:11.:53:13.

that and we are a point better off than before the game. Proud of the

:53:14.:53:17.

lads, thought they were excellent the second half, shape was good, we

:53:18.:53:20.

looked solid and dealt with a lot of crosses into the box. Disappointed

:53:21.:53:23.

with the goal we conceded. But all in all, I thought the boys done very

:53:24.:53:28.

well. You asked for aggression today and we talked before the game about

:53:29.:53:31.

balancing that with the right sort of mental attitude. You seemed to

:53:32.:53:36.

get that. Yeah, particularly in the second half. It was a tense affair

:53:37.:53:40.

the first half, County had more possession than us. Once we started

:53:41.:53:48.

to play, causing them all sorts of problems, Ross was excellent for us,

:53:49.:53:51.

leading, driving us forward. All in all, it's a very good performance.

:53:52.:53:54.

Disappointing not to get the three points. He has come a long way since

:53:55.:53:58.

lambasting his players for their performances. Now he seems to be

:53:59.:54:04.

getting what he wants out of them. Yeah, trying absolutely anything

:54:05.:54:07.

that can work, especially down at the bottom you have to try nuclear

:54:08.:54:09.

options now and again. He has tried that. To be honest he has a reaction

:54:10.:54:15.

a few times. It's painful, one week a late goal and next week you lose

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two points with a late goal. You don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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Don't forget the team jumping out at me today, St Johnstone. Winning

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today at Motherwell, they now find themselves in the position they are

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in fourth place above Hearts. How do they keep doing it? A question we

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always ask on this programme just about every week. But our time this

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afternoon is rapidly drawing to a close.

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So we will bid you good night after a wee reminder

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Please don't forget to watch the highlights show tomorrow at six

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If you do you can see it at 11:40 on BBC One in HD.

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You can tune it to Off the Ball's Saturday Supplement

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Stuart and Tam's take on the day's events.

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Thanks to our guests Pat and Mixu, Messrs Nevin and Mr Paatelainen.

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The alternative spirit of 6 Music comes to Glasgow,

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MasterChef is back, to find the country's best home chef.

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David Currie introduces reports and results from the SPFL.

In the Premiership, Hamilton return to Ibrox to take on Rangers. Elsewhere, Aberdeen host Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County meet for the third time this season.

In the Championship, Dumbarton face Hibs at Easter Road, while Raith Rovers and Dundee Utd meet at Stark's Park.