02/10/2011 Sportscene


02/10/2011

Weekly round-up of action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, presented by Rob Maclean.


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Believe it or not, we're ten weeks into the season. For us it has gone

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Stokes doesn't miss it. Now that's a finish. Jim Jefferies is no

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longer the manager of Hearts. Lafferty is back. McKay and it's in

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the back of the net! Derby delight for Hearts. That is impettious.

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That is unorthodox. First blood for Rangers. He has found it. So ten

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weeks gone and Celtic went to Tynecastle ten points behind

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Rangers. Hibs assistants manager Billy Brown was back to watch the

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game. For Neil Lennon, last season going there was grim and never dull.

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Black thinks about the shot. Deflected goal. Ledley that, that

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could be a bad tackle. The referee goes to his pocket and it is a

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straight red. A perfect ball and a perfect finish or the Templeton. It

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looked like a hand. It is Neil Lennon's turn to take the walk up

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the tunnel. Hooper, 1-0. It should have been a red card. He's done it

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again. Great skill, great goal, but a second yellow for Commons. He is

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off. Here is the Hearts team Celtic return of Kris Commons, and El

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Kaddouri. The best of the match with Paul Mitchell. Black sends it

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through and Stevenson is in and forces a save from Forster. He was

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played onside. Majstorovic gave him a yard and Stevenson almost made

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Celtic pay. Back at Tynecastle, back on the touchline. Hamill

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swings it in. Zaliukas and almost touched in by tempson. Ki makes the

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block. -- Templeton. Not sure if Templeton got a touch. Ki blocked

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he got the power on the header that he was looking for. Granger

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presented it to Forest. Forest with ball. Majstorovic stretching out

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there. The chairman watching on to make the save. The ball goes

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behind. It is a good save from the in the SPL without conceding. But

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they're on the back foot here. Commons from his left on to his

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right and parried by Macdonald. Kris Commons comfortable to strike

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with either foot. This time the right. Bangura with the shot. For

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Hearts fortunately it goes over the top. Bangura controlled it well.

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Mel grew against Stevenson. The ball goes for a goal kick. There

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was an appeal for hand ball. Stevenson had his back to him. The

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ball simply hit his hand. No great 15 minutes gone. The hero is Skacel.

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Celtic didn't deal with the high ball. Templeton tumped it down and

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Skacel diswatched -- touched it down and Skacel dis batched --

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dispatched the ball. Commons has gone over the top and he is off.

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What an easy decision for the referee Kris Commons was sent off

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here in the 3-0 win in May goes down to ten men with the departure

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of Kris Commons. And Stokes Stevenson, past the keeper and in.

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Ryan Stevenson will wrap up the points for Hearts. Well he looked

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offside, but it will be a different phase of play. Clever from

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Templeton and calm from Stevenson. Mulgrew threw up an arm. But

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Templeton's clever back heel. And Hearts lead by 2-0. Misery for

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Celtic. There noise point in getting carried away, because we

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beat -- there is no point in getting carried away because we

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beat Celtic. We played well. But we can't just play like that today and

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then in two weeks not apply ourselves in the same manner.

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conceded a poor goal when we were on top. After half time we had

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control of the game. My biggest bug bear about today is... The amount

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of good chances we missed. We were flagrant in front of goal and away

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from home, the longer the game is 0-0, you give the opposition

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encouragement. I thraugts if we had got a goal it would have opened up

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Heart. But the first goal changed the nature of the game and then we

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lost our discipline. Or one player did. And let us down badly.

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happy doesn't quite cover it for happy doesn't quite cover it for

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Neil Lennon. That was your first time being back at Hearts since

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being sacked by Hearts, did it feel strange? Yes I didn't think I would

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be back as quick. We play Hearts in the League Cup and it was part of

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my job to go there. It was Prebble better to get it over with. Does it

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feel, do you feel better about going into the League Cup tie than

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you would have done a couple of week ago, because of Celtic's

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situation and Hibs? There has been a progression in our performances.

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We looked good yesterday, although we got beat, it was a good step up

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and every game we have got better. It gives you heart to take on

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Celtic. Because you know, they're not doing as well as what they were

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and we're on an upward climb. confirms that Celtic don't ring as

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well. This was -- aren't doing as well. This was -- aren't doing as

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well. This was an awful build up. Why master vich -- Majstorovic

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didn't led that out of way. As soon as it drops to Skacel, he is a good

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striker of the ball, there was only one place it would ends up in the

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end. Stevenson may have been offside. But I think it is

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clutching at straws for Celtic. He finished it well. Yes I don't think

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Ryan, you can't blame the linesman for not getting I right. But great

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play from Templeton and a great firn. Templeton's got that in his

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locker. He's really good player. At that stage, much deserved. That

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will do Paolo sench owe a lot of good. The Hearts -- Sergio a lot of

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good. The Hearts fans think he has not set the place alight.

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beating Celtic is a big result and he was under pressure today. When

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you're at Heart and Hibs, you're under pressure to get results and

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it will do him a power of good and he can maybe increase his lease on

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his flat. Kris Commons made an impact for obvious reasons. But

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early in the game, you saw why he brings Celtic to life at times.

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He's good player. You know he is dangerous and got a good shot. He

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has not played in the last few weeks. But today he did well. But I

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mean what he did here, after his team going 1-0 down is crazy. And I

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thought Neil summed it up well, he has let his team mates down. There

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is 25 minutes to go and thrair well in the game at the time. After that,

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they have no chance. There was a rare sighting of the Hearts owner,

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I take its you were over exchanging pleasantrys with him. No, I never

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had much to do with him when I was there and I don't intend to have

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much to do with him now I have left. He was catching his private jet

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back to Lithuania. I love the look on the face of security officer

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there. The fear of doth was in her eyes. How sore are you about being

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sacked by Hearts? I am not sore now. These things help you. Jim and I

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done very well there. I showed Hearts a lot of loyalty in both

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periods frplts I have been sacked there twice. In the crunch I got no

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loyalty back. I'm not hurt about it. I was offered a good job with an

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equally big club and I have got a burning desire to do well there.

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And you know everyone's set up to do well. Rangers set out yesterday

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to stretch their SPL run to nine in a row. But it was a visit to Ibrox

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a year ago that gave Colin Calderwood his first win as Hibs

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Calderwood his first win as Hibs manager. That is a peach into the

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top corner. Colin Calderwood has an unlikely first victory as Hibs

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manager. Hibs were back to face a Rangers change showing one change

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from the win against Kilmarnock. A first start for bedo I ya. --

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to Wylde. Stack came to meet him. It is the first sights of goal that

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Rangers have had in the game. The last time Hibs came here, they one

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game so far. Rangers have one man down. Heads are playing on ASDA has

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been no was all. Sproule! -- Hibernian are playing on as there

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was no whistle. Stack was the hero. Great ball from Kyle Lafferty right

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through to the Croatian. Good first touch. Lafferty can certainly hit

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them from here. Stack get rid of it. Didn't look as though it had that

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much power in it. It is a slippy surface. Davies. Another great ball

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through for Lafferty. Penalty! Stack was the offender. He has

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denied Rangers a couple of times in the first half. In stoppage time of

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the first half, he concede a penalty. It is Whitaker. Over!

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Chance missed for Rangers right on the interval. In from Scott. He

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will get a second goal. Still plenty to head. Hanlon! Unlucky.

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Should have got that on target. Side net. This is all,. Onside.

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Saved by MacGregor. Chance of the game for Hibernian. He scored

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against St Johnstone midweek. He could not finish it today. Chances

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like that don't come along too long in Glasgow for a visiting side. The

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flag is up. The assistant referee says it does not count. Papac.

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Hibernian are defending well. Gregg Wylde. Good ball in. Lafferty! 1-0

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to Rangers. Moving into the final quarter of the game, nerves have

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settled thanks to Lafferty's second of the season. Terrific ball from

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Graeme wild. -- Greg Wilde. Rangers hoping to move 10 points clear of

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Celtic. Looking for a second goal here that would surely clinch it.

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This is Lafferty. Still plenty options there for him. Davies. Good

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save by Stack. We have seen that several times throughout the match

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for Graham Stack who has kept Rangers at bay. Not too clever that

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time from Hibernian. Jelavic did not quite catch the shot as he

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would have liked. Still does the one-goal advantage. -- just. Lively

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from Gregg Wylde. Now Davies. Good ball. Jelavic is wanting to cut

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ball. Jelavic is wanting to cut Losing 1-0 can probably never be a

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great outcome, but can Hibernian take some encouragement from that?

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Without doubt. You can go to these places and the goalkeeper has to

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play well to start with. In general, the team played fairly well. They

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played with passion and pass the ball a lot. Rangers had some

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chances, but they always will. We were really happy with yesterday.

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You should not be happy getting beat, but this was a good

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progression and the team played well. The goalkeeper has to play

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well and Graham Stack certainly dead. If he does not play well at

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Ibrox, you are in trouble. He did exceptionally well yesterday and

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made some vital stops. Rangers will always have chances the way that

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they play, getting the ball in the box a lot. 0 complaints about the

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penalty? No. I was surprised about Whitaker, though. Complaints about

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the defending? At that period in the game, we were getting deeper

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and deeper. We knew that Gregg Wylde's left the would clots --

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caused us a problem. We were under pressure. No complaints about the

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goal at all for. You have to be pleased about the chances you

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created at the other end. Good chances to score before they did.

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We could have gone 1-0 up. MacGregor had some good saves. It

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was a good header. Maybe we should have scored there. They have had a

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lot of chances as well. I think Junior should have taken that

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earlier than what he did. Decent save by the goalkeeper. At the end

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of the day, Rangers probably deserved to win the game. We were

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not unhappy with the performance. Losing at Ibrox is not a big deal

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unless you are hammered and, but -- confidence is affected. Results

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like the midweek one were probably more significant. You put three

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goals past St Johnstone in their only away defeat this season.

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Ian Johnston are a good team defensively. Hearts could not score

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against them last week. Garry O'Connor can score a good cause.

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Tell me about the dive. I know Derek McInnes was unhappy. He has

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every right to be unhappy. It was a dive. He got a break there. It

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proved to be the winning goal and that made Derek match. I would have

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been the same for all stop there is a lot of talk about whether Garry

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O'Connor should be back in the Scotland squad. Kenny Miller is

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about. Can you understand why Craig Levein has not put him in that

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squad? Certainly. Craig has been in touch and spoken to Gary. He has

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come up here and is doing ever so well. Maybe he should just be left

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at the minute. Whether he has to call him in if there are injuries,

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I think he is there to do that. Let's just let him play, score the

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goals you scoring and get his confidence back. He is doing that.

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As the season goes on, I am sure he will come into contention for the

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Scotland squad. Inverness were bidding to escape

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bottom spot in the SPL. St Mirren were in the Highland capital.

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Jonathan Sutherland can tell us was matched only by equally

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atrocious finish as Inverness squandered an early chance to take

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the lead. Andrew Shinnie set up Goran Messina. He would get another

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chance here. Faint cries for handball, but nothing doing. Danny

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Lennon hoping for a St Mirren chance to brighten up his rainy day.

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Although it came from the head of a defender, St Mirren's first attempt

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on goal was unable to be kept out by the goalkeeper. With just over

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half an hour played, Inverness equalised with a well-worked goal.

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Andrew Shinnie finish things off here. -- finished. The former

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Rangers player with his first goal of the campaign and things level.

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It was a man of the match performance from Andrew Shinnie.

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Hitting the post here with the help of a deflection off Lee Mair.

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Andrew Shinnie's shot here went into the net together Inverness the

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lead, 2-1. And out of sorts St Mirren did have the ball in the

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back of the net. A fine finish from Paul McGowan was ruled out for

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offside. Danny Lennon later admitted some bearing did not

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deserve a share of the points. Inverness get their second SPL when

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I am not sure if he will score more goals. What do you think? He is

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running of the ball and that is great. His finishing leaves a bit

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to be desired. I think the goal that he got was really just his

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distance. It came off his knee. It is all right combinations. If

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somebody beside him complain of his running power, then Terry Butcher

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will be even happier with him. He is doing all right. I think you

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call that a right place, right time. Five I think so.

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It is one thing starting the season strongly. It is another maintaining

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momentum. That is what Motherwell wanted to do at Tannadice yesterday

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against Dundee United. Paul options in the box. Lovely cutback.

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Flood. Hayden has at chance for a second. The shot goes through the

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goalkeeper. Michael Higdon gets gifted this one. Michael Higdon

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still had plenty work to do. The keeper fumbles this threw his arms.

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Right on the stroke of half-time, United have a lot better have

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really given Motherwell all the encouragement they needed. That is

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poor for the goalkeeper. United trying to find a way back into this

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match. Decent cross from Garry Kenneth. Some shouts for handball.

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The referee is in a good position. Jamie Murphy brings it away from

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Motherwell. Murphy against floods. Great run. The goalkeeper comes out.

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He spotted the pass brilliantly. United were appealing for a penalty.

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Motherwell still controlling the match. Gary Kenneth trying to see

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the ball out. Penalty. That is an easy call for Steven MacLean. Gary

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Kenneth trying to use his size and strength to keep it away and has

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conceded the spot kick. He had cover behind him. Michael Higdon

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with a chance. An aborted dive by the goalkeeper. He knew he had gone

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the wrong way. Simple penalty from Michael Higdon after 64 minutes.

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Motherwell are thrilled. 3-0 lead for Motherwell. How do United's

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respond? Smile on the face of the goalkeeper. I think he has faced

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several of these in training. Stephen two decks and. That could

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come back for Jon Daly. Jon Daly squeezes it in. Bringing Dundee

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United back to life. Dixon always good at these times of runs. Good

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finish. With 13 minutes to go, it runs off the face of clany. One or

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two shoots for hand ball. Seemed to two shoots for hand ball. Seemed to

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come off his body. Higdon was getting stick from the Motherwell

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boo brigade, so those goals will do him some good. I think this one was

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gift wrapped from Pernis. Good keeper errors I would say. One with

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the boot and one with the hand. Higdon he is a regular for a team

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that is third in the league and the Motherwell supporters will be a bit

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harsh on him. They will be harsh on you if you call them third in the

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league. They're second at the moment? He did that regularly for

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St Mirren and maybe with more confidence he will weigh in with

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the goals? We watched him a few times, we were going to go for him

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or John Sutton. But we picked Sutton. He is a big strong striker,

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he is difficult to mark and he is scoring. I'm sure Stuart's very

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happy with him. Ten games, 19 points, Motherwell and your next

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opponents after the international break. Yes we played them the other

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week in the League Cup at Fir Park and it was an exciting game. It

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could have been a game that ended in 6-6. I don't think defences were

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on top. When you look at a lot of games this season, there have been

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chances missed and you know we got through that night. And it gave us

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confidence. And obviously they're playing well and I have seen them a

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few times, they're a good side. So we will have to continue our

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progress. Peter Houston said they didn't deserve anything from the

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game. But they should have had a penalty. It was a ppblty, when you

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consider the penalty St Mirren got against Kilmarnock last week and

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they're denied that. Peter likes a pie or three after the game, but

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that would have dented his appetite. At Rugby Park the meeting 06

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Kilmarnock and St Johnston who have had most of their success on the

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had most of their success on the Stephen aner e Der son was

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Pennellised -- Anderson was penalised for holding back the

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player. This could be an opportunity. It is knocked behind.

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Dave Mackay has taken a sore one in the process. Shiels didn't look

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favourite to get there, but he did and forced the save from Enckelman.

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Pace from Sheridan and a good shot. A fine save and a block from

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Craig's effort. That was confident play from Sheridan. Almost the

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and it has gone St Johnston's way. A fine finish from a man in form.

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Just poked through by Robertson and slotted beyond Bell. Pascali just

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committed himself and exposed the needed to be on the line. Or else

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they may have had an equaliser. Enckelman not covering himself in

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glory there. Kilmarnock stepping up the search for an equaliser. What a

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tkperoshes effort that was. -- ferocious effort that was. This one

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didn't look on, but Enckelman wasn't getting there. Kilmarnock

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looking far more positive now. Heifer Nan deflected wide. --

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Heffernan deflected wide. Purposeful play by the striker. St

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Johnstone have barely been in it wrists there by the keeper. Once

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again Heffernan denied. It loops over the defender and away and

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Kilmarnock do have the equaliser. Pascali claims it. I think this

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will go down as an own goal off Steven Anderson. Nothing Craig

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could do about it on the line. Enckelman too stranded. That is an

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Anderson own goal. Heffernan is a thorn in the side of the St

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Johnstone side. He may have been better taking that first time on

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his left. Enckelman saved well. Kilmarnock picking up where they

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left off at the end of the first half. There is Fowler. He may feel

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he should have lit the target. It was a great block from Davidson.

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Neatly by the Kilmarnock front men. Enckelman again equal to it. He has

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got eight for the season Heffernan. What does he have to do to make it

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from Bell. Poor marking, good header. Enckelman taking no chances.

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Sissoko takes one and he lets St Johnstone in. Sheridan, can he

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score? He can and St Johnstone back in front. And Sheridan makes it

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four goals in three games. A cool finish after Sissoko's error. And

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0:36:400:36:48

the Saints lead at Rugby Park. save by Cammy Bell. Almost his

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save by Cammy Bell. Almost his second of the afternoon. BT A lot

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has been made of the SAS partnership and they do link well

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together. I think Derek has been looking for a partnership for a

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while and I have seen them twice in the last week and they have been a

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handful both times. Good movement, both strong. Both got good skill

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and scoring goals. Appreciated by the management. The connection

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between two goals were they were both from defensive errors, but the

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finishing was clinical. It I like Gary Connor's finish against Dundee

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United on his left from a bad angle. But he has done well there. He got

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the goal against Heart and he is in good form. It is four in three for

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Sheridan and those are good raish owes. When you have a good

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partnership, while one is occupying the defence, the other is stealing

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in to score. Yes it works. At the end of the season, St Johnstone

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were struggling to score. Against us the other night they could have

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scored another two or Three goals and so could we. But they're

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dangerous and lively. There demois panic listen they get into a

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scoring -- tr is -- there is no panic when they get into a scoring

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position. Ian Murray was there and I don't think he would be happy

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with that. Nor with that. A dodgy bit of facial hair. That is why the

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centre halfs are keeping away from him. St Johnstone happy with a

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share of fourth. 11 of their points have come on the road. Yes I think

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on Wednesday it was the first goal they had lost away from home at

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Easter Road. They're a good side and play good football. I have

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watched them two or three times and they're a hard team to may against.

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They're going to do well this season. I think we can assume

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Aberdeen are fans of Friday night football after what happened

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football after what happened against Dunfermline at Pittodrie.

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And so the Friday Night Project begins and there will be plenty of

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applause from the crowd at Pittodrie. Vernon putting the home

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side ahead in the sixth minute. Foster with the cross, poor

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defending and Vernon's header too strong for Paul Gallagher. It was

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one way red coloured traffic and Dunfermline had a header wide. But

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Foster would terrorise the Pars all night. So would Vernon. All

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Gallacher keeping Aberdeen out. A long throw was partially repelled,

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but his follow up cross found Vernon with the final touch,

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probably from an offside position. But it stood and Aberdeen 2-0 in

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front. Foster and Vernon combined to set up Fraser Fyvie for his

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first goal since returning from injury. Aberdeen 3-0 up on the

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stroke of half time. Friday night football not doing down so well for

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Jim McIntyre. In the second half the one way traffic continued.

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Arnson hit the post. And Fallon should have scored. A John porter

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mistake then let in Vernon for his hat trickment but Gallagher

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produced a fine save. And then there was ver none to claim his hat

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trick. Give whran the season has served up -- given what the serve

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has serve up so far, a remarkable has serve up so far, a remarkable

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four nil victory. Are you a fine fan of Friday night football, or

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will it interfere with your drink. Well if it gets a crowd in, it is

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worth trying. I don't know if Dunfermline will vote for it. We

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proposed it at Kilmarnock, but I don't think the police were happy

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about it. I don't know if Friday night rates come in for over time.

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Anything is worth trying. If we can improve the number that come to the

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games. I think we should have a go. Myself, you're right, that is my

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only night out. Aberdeen are behind it, that was an important win you

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would imagine. And for Scott Vernon who has scored for them last season

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with Maguire as a partner. And this is what he does so well. I think if

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you play him up front on his own, it doesn't suit him. He is not the

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quickest F you get the ball in the box and get it in the air, he will

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attack them. And he is dangerous. You know, I think he needs a

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partner beside him. So threfr signed Fallon and we have been

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talking about partnerships, maybe that is giving him more freedom.

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Yes I lope they don't click too well. They're in the same position

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as us in the league. Not wishing anything afternoony and Craig, I

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hope they're not as good. reality dawning for Dunfermline?

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They are a point off the boot Tom - ebottom. It will be tough. But

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maybe it will be tight as well? whole league is tight. There is not

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lot between the teams. They have lost eight goals in two games. I

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think that, I was talking to Jim today and they could have lost more

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goals on Friday. I think their keeper had four saifrs. So I mean

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it was always going to be tough. You come up a league and you don't

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sail into it. But they have got a lot of lad there is a will fight

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for them. I think they will do OK. You can see SPL highlights online

0:43:520:43:57

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0:43:570:44:01

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