03/11/2013 Sportscene


03/11/2013

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the new SPFL Scottish Premiership, with comment on and analysis of the week's main talking points.


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Pat Fenlon Sportscene Constituency wants

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High energy autumn weather. Enjoy tomorrow if you can, the driest day

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of the working week before further spells of wet and windy weather come

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across the UK. We Scottish football is never short on

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drama and this Managerless Hibs without James Mc

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pak. In come Maybury, Forrester and Hefernan.

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Just wide. Managing to escape his marker in the

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middle. Given away cheaply by Hibs and given

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immediately back. Firing off target in the end.

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He worked that opening himself. Elusive play from Hefernan. When he

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cut in, you expect him to be working the goalkeeper. Hibs with plenty of

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early possession. Stevenson bursting into the box.

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Flinging himself at that. Simon Ramsden looks as if he's pulled up

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with hamstring trouble. It is an early change, his match is over.

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20-year-old Fraser Kerr takes his place.

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Stephen McManus, another one at the front and it is his first goal for

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the club. Good play from Sutton. This looks

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promising. It spins off the glove of Williams. It could so easily have

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gone in for goal number two. Suspended James McPake in the stand.

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That is a clearance. From Neil son. Blocked by the goalkeeper. He should

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have hit that quicker. That must have brushed the post.

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Great run from the midfielder. So close to adding to Motherwell's

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advantage. Robertson into a threat threatening

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position and the shot comes off the heel of Hutchinson. And spins

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behind. It might have been heading wide. But

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Neilson wasn't going to be taking any chances and helped this on its

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way. Taken out by Sean Hutchinson, it's

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outside the box but it is still going to be a red card. A big chance

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for Hibs as well. Did well to make contact outside.

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Vine, off the wall. That's a real anti-climax for Hibs.

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Is there to be one last chance? Big moment for the substitute and he

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fires wide. Robertson's pass. There's Hefernan,

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great stop by Neil sen and Motherwell look like they are

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hanging on for all three points. It was a good foul by Hutchinson, he

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genuinely went for the ball. We get that, thankfully. But I think

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overall with the chances, we deserved to win the game. How did

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the players respond to everything that's gone on? Well, I just thought

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the first half we were better than that. There seemed to be a lack of,

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lacking something, as if there's something eating away at them.

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Second time was better. Half-time, getting into them a bit because of

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it. Great three points for Motherwell, but how strange will the

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preparations have been for Hibs players Pat Fenlon leaving on Friday

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afternoon. It will be strange for them, a quick turn around for

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Sunday's game. It is strange especially the ones he brought in

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for the game. But looking at the team they played, it was the same

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team, so they have a job to do and it's not too bad. We will talk more

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about the managerial situation later on. But in terms of their form, not

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so great and again today, bit slack at the back. When it really mattered

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most, they needed a performance for Pat Fenlon, but it is easy to turn

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round and say it, but as a player, they care about their manager, we

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are going to do it for him. It was difficult for Jimmy Nichol

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yesterday, but they go into the game and defending is not there and that

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is one of the reasons why Pat Fenlon lost his job, poor defending that

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lost Hibs a goal yesterday. Let's look at the goal here. Was Ryan ma

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give earn at fault? The front two that shifted out of the area, that

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is for starters, they both got attracted to the ball. You are

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looking at ma given, he should do better. McManus wants it, attacks

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it, poor defending again all round. I think so, clever Motherwell, they

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try and move the front man and they take Stevenson gets attracted

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towards the man and leaves a gap where they attack. Hutchinson

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attacks the -- McManus attacks it brilliantly. Stuart not too upset

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about the red card situation. What did you make of that? It was a good

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foul. In the end he knew what he was doing. It was towards the end. I

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think the young fullback has got to help him. The fullback has got to

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come in to take Vine. Once he has gone the wrong side, I don't think

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there's anything else he can do. In the end, Hefernan has a good touch.

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Once he is there he is in trouble and should be five yards left of

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him. Once they gets there he has to take one for the team. It's paid off

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for them. They have won the game 1-0, so I think Stuart McCall will

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be a happy man to take three points. We will talk about Butcher and the

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Hibs managerial situation in depth shortly. How do you see that

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situation briefly developing over the next few days? We will see, it

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remains to be seen. Looking at it and you would say rod Petrie has got

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to get it right. There's been four or five managers going into Hibs and

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it's not gone right, and he is under pressure. It is going to cost top

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dollar to get Terry Butcher. They must make it the right signings.

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Hibs fans have not been happy. But if you get kwp butcher with the job

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he's done, you will have to pay top dollar. It is going to cost them a

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few bob if Hibs get him. We will revisit this shortly. Celtic started

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the weekend six points clear at the top of the table. Thoughts would

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soon turn to another Champions League mid-week mission, this time

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to Amsterdam. Dundee United were in the east enld of Glasgow looking for

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their first victory at Celtic Park in 20 years.

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Armstrong scored here last season. That is a lovely ball for Gary

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Mackay Steven. Really good play from United. So

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many attacking options here. Great one-two between stokes and

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Forest. It is a double clearance. Good defending by the youngster.

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That's Graham. Forrester forced into action. A couple of times the big

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Celtic number one has had to make a save.

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Didn't have the power to trouble the goalkeeper. A bit more pace on the

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ball perhaps he might have been able to generate more power in that

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header. Celtic looking for the opener before

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the break. That is for Ambrose. United managing to scoop it clear.

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What a run that was from Armstrong, he's in here and it's 1-0 to the

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visitors. A superb goal for Dundee United. Stuart Armstrong, finishing

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it off, but it was the Celtic rearguard was open, still had a lot

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to do, but do it he did. United think this came off van dyke.

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They have a corner, do Celtic. It's over again. Anthony Stokes was

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the match winner the last time the teams met at the end of August.

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Another good ball. Stokes is in. United just managing to keep Celtic

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at arm's length in the first half. They are looking for another one

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here. Armstrong almost in, but for a terrific challenge from van Dyke. It

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was good defending. Celtic continuing to knock on the

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Dundee United door. That should have been 2-0. How he's

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missed that, I don't know. Terrific instinct reaction from the

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goalkeeper. He takes the plaudits. Clock continuing to tick down.

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Dundee United haven't won here since 19 92 and that run is going to

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continue by the looks for things because Charlie Mulgrew has rescued

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a point in stoppage time. Flicking home the cross. Dundee United look

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to the heavens, they cannot believe this. I am very happy we dug out a

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point. We could have done better at times, particularly in the final

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third, but we have preserved an unbeaten run, so I am happy about

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that. We have four or five back for the game on Wednesday night. I

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thought we were going to see it through. I thought the players were

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fantastic for the first minute, the effort they put in and passed the

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ball well at times and caused problems. We were gutted at losing a

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goal late on, but it shows how far they have come that sappoint

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disappointed. Good point for Dundee United. One of those points,

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probably feels like a defeat for the Dundee United players, the way they

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lost at the end there. How good were United yesterday? Excellent. Just

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the way they set up the play, four, two, three, one and two sitting

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midfielders, Rankin and Gomez, this is a kick out, but it is the type of

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movement they showed all day, to get forward at will. It was a good first

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half, Celtic played their part, had a few chances but United were always

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dangerous in their movement. It was right throughout the game, great

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ball there, gets Mackay Steven, they were excellent from turning defence

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into attack. And they caused Celtic problems. You can see the movement

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here again. That is Rankin, he goes forward. The de defenders defenders

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are poor. Take nothing away from them, it is an excellent finish,

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great movement. A neat finish in the end from Armstrong. You have seen

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Dundee United this season, they have this huge attacking potential. This

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was a glaering miss from Graham. It was a fantastic ball N he is caught

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in two minds. Looks like he is going to go for the heading volley but for

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me it is the two defensive midfielders, they do so much work,

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cover so much ground, allows the front four to go and play. They get

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the fullbacks high and wide as well. Two really good attacking fullbacks.

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Robertson has been a star this year. They are a great counterattacking

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team. Playing at Parkhead when they can play on the counter probably

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suited them. So close to getting that first victory in 20 years.

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Celtic created chances but once again passed up plenty of chances.

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First half, they were excellent as well. It was a real end to end game.

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Stokes had a few chances. You see stokes cut nothing here. The second

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half, one shot, they had an unbelievable save from, usually

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Celtic, that is the save there, what a save it is, but usually they are

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throwing the kitchen sink at you, the goalie is picking off save after

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save. I have seen it years, year after year, at Celtic Park if you

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are 1-0 up, you are holding on by the skin of your teeth. United will

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be disappointed to lose that goal. They want to stay in this unbeaten

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run. It sounds bad to say, but they have some massive games coming up. I

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think it is very, very difficult to play these high intensity games all

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the time. People might say why can't they, but it takes so much out of

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them mentally and physically. There, to come away with a 1-1 draw, Neil

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was delighted. You could tell he was delighted. Mulgrew has gone in

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there, wasn't a great ball n but he's gone and attacked it. I think

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Dundee United will be very disaprointed but it was a good point

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for Celtic. Ajax on Wednesday night for Celtic. Still to come on

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Sportscene tonight: Rain of biblical proportions in

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Paisley as St Mirren took on Ross County.

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With Celtic stalling slightly the chance for the trailing pack to

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perhaps make up some ground. Inverness had such an exhilerating

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start to the season had faltered slightly losing their last two

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league matches. Terry butcher keen to ensure it was just a blip.

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Kilmarnock won their last two league matches putting to an end a horrible

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start to the season. Kilmarnock looking to win three

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straight league games. One change, Mackenzie replaces Barry Nicholson.

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Straight to the goalkeeper. Jackson has a good strike on him. Watkins

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gets involved. Watkins with a chip ball for Mackay. Deflection! Kaly

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thrustle take the lead after six minutes. -- Cali Thistle take the

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lead after six minutes. That looks like an own goal.

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Goalkeeper sent the wrong way. Draper made a great run. Didn't have

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a great finish though. Just too high.

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He's on his favourite left side and opened up for them and he curls it

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in. He is aplague out of position as a

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right back, normally a left fullback. Looked like he was out of

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position here. Wonderful finish from Graham, his first goal in over a

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year. Darren Barr, that is his first

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Kilmarnock goal and it is a great finish, too. Kilmarnock find

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themselves back in the game, with 15 minutes to play.

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Danny Williams is up. It's knocked behind.

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A job well done I think. Kilmarnock are sticky oi poenents. They passed

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it well. They look like a threat, pushing four men up at the end. We

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needed the third goal to kill them off. They put us under a lot of

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pressure, they had their wind on the side as well, it was difficult

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conditions. The way they played in the second half, if you keep playing

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like that and putting teams under that much pressure, you get your

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rewards. Front of the newspapers today, speculation on television and

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roo that Hibs are interested. It was on the front page of a national

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newspaper this morning. So I was told. That is all it is,

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speculation. It is a headline. We will see what happens. But, no, as

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far as I am concerned, that is all it is, speculation. Terry Butcher

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batting it. Huge speculation, he could be the next Hibs manager. How

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big a loss would Terry Butcher be to Inverness. A huge loss. You can

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understand why his name has been linked. He has done a fantastic job

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in the last couple of seasons. He is a character. He's one of these guys

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that seems to get the best out of his players. It would be a big loss

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for Inverness, especially up there. Again it is only speculation, there

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will be a few more managers names popping up in the next week or so. I

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don't think it will be Terry. I think he will be one of the

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frontrunners. He turned down Barnsley, he seems to enjoy life up

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in Inverness, you could look at the Hibs job as a bit of a poisoned

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chalice? Well the way it's gone you would have to say that, a right good

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job as well, if you are looking at Hibs and the size of club and what

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might be there if you get it right. But it's certainly enticing, a hard

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decision for him, a great team spirit up there, he's done well. He

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will leave a really good group of players for somebody to take over.

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Hibs need a -- they demand a certain style of play. The fans want that

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and they want a win. It is a tough job to go in there. Does Terry Butch

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irfit into that? I think managers can adapt and hi gets results. I

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think he can get players. To go in there and sort out the dressing

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room, if there are problems, there are a few stories leaking out. Let's

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look at the goals, it was an important victory for Inverness,

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because they lost their last two league games. What did you make of

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the goals? Good play from Mackay. They have been unlucky in the last

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couple of weeks, but get a bit of luck there. There is the strike,

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going wide but sometimes you get your luck. It was good play. In this

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goal, the young lad Johnson switches off a bit. I played right back a

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couple of times but got hooked after 60 minutes I was that bad. It was a

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great finish. It was maybe naive for Johnson great going forward. It

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shows you the benefits of that, because people having a go,

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Stevenson playing right back, you have Graham playing right back,

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comes in and it is the only way he scores, because it suits his left

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foot shot. You have seen in the last couple of years, left siders playing

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on the right side, and I think I always used to have a problem

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playing against left ciders out there, it is difficult to play

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against. You had a lot of problems! . You don't win anything with kids,

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apart from Edinburgh derbies. Hearts youngsters may have been written off

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as relegation certainties but they are staring victory over Hibs meant

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they should have gone into a home match brimming with confidence. The

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Perth side also had a spring in their steps.

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There was hope within Tynecastle that Wednesday night's cup win over

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Hibs would give the league campaign a boost it requires. When Walker

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came close with this effort early on, confidence within the home fans

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began to grow. Lockside hadn't won at home in the league since August.

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Saints boss was hoping his side would grab three points on the road

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for the first time this season. It was Hearts who continued to push

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forward. Stevenson knocking the ball down for Jason Holt, his effort just

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over. The striking partnership of Stevie May has Hasselbaink was

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beginning to click into gear. However on this occasion, McDonnell

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pulled off a point blank save to deny saits the lead. Mistakes by

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Hearts defence are part of the reason for the club's poor run of

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form and once again questions will be asked. Hasselbaink played in

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Chris Miller, his cut back with aid of a deflection bouncing high for

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Hasselbaink to nod home. Hasselbaink allowed time and space to drift in

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between the central defenders. Magee scored a winner against Aberdeen

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earlier this season for Hearts and came within inches of an equaliser

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here. It was Walker with space down the right hand side, his cross not

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box, Magee stretching his leg out, couldn't get enough on the ball to

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force it into the net. Hasselbaink is not well-known for scoring with

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his head, but feels he should have found the net for a second time this

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afternoon when he was in between Magee and McGowan and heading over

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the cross bar. Saints started the second half in whirlwind fashion and

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scored a second in controversial circumstances. McDonnell clearly in

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an offside position when he received the pass. There was nothing he could

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do about Stevie May's sublime finish.

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A poor call by the standside assistant. But nevertheless, a

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magnificent finish from Saints top scorer. May finding the net for the

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ninth time this season. Saints almost made it three. Mackay's cross

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Hasselbaink with a chance and on this occasion over the top of

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McDonald's goal. One last chance for the home side, Carrick lewding the

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Saints defenders before firing a shot over the cross bar. There was

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to be Saints day. Wednesday night was a huge game and maybe

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psychologically it's taken a lot out of players, but at the same time St

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Johnstone played the other night as well, so I am not going to use that

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as an excuse. We never started the second half well enough. It's been a

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tough week but a great week, three wins and three clean sheets, and

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really pleased with the effort and performance today because we showed

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a lot of quality at times. You enjoyed watching that. A great win

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for your side. How good is this partnership, this develops

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partnership between May and Hasselbaink. It is good at the

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moment. The partnership between Stevie and him is really good. If I

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had to put these two upfront, obviously scored last Sunday and

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scored again a couple of goals each. Good play by Nigel here, managed to

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shift the ball quickly and continue his run. He wanted the ball there.

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Great for your team, but McGowan should be throwing himself at that.

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Nigel wanted to win it again. Target man in the box. It was good. It was

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a decent game first half, pretty even. We got a little bit of luck

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here, a touch offside, but again, a lot of momentum in the second half,

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started the second half really well. That was a great finish. He can do

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no wrong at the moment. The Scotland squad is announced tomorrow. Is

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there a chance May could be in it? Probably too soon. It would be great

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if he is, I would be over the moon if he is, but he's developing, we

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have been so pleased with him this season. Stephen MacLean, he is up

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playing with somebody with so much experience and he helps him. Some of

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the things he learns during the game, we can't teach him. It is only

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when you playing with somebody upfront, he is getting better and

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better. He wanted to stay at St Johnstone, which is a massive thing.

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He wanted to stay. He wants to improve and play every week. If he

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carries on doing what he is doing, he's got a great chance. I see more

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Scotland caps in the future. Are you teaching those celebrations as well?

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You are on a great run at the moment. Great win against Motherwell

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last weekend. Stevie May and Hasselbaink very much at the fore.

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How high can they finish this season, could you finish second?

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Make sure we are safe, that is the biggest thing, make sure we are

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safe. We are bringing through more youngsters as well. It is tough. But

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here again, mortgageon played extremely well, a tough game for us

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and a bit of luck at the end of the game. As far as the seedson is

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going, a blip after the European games, we have managed to get

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ourselves back on track and hopefully that can continue. Wru do

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you see St Johnstone finishing? If they get some work like that with

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their goalkeeper, they should be finishing seshgd. They will be up

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there, good team spirit, good momentum. You would expect them

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fourth. That is your target. The Scottish rain is something we are

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used to. It can lead to faster pitches and more exciting football,

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it can also ruin everything. St Mirren and Ross County would be

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doused by the elements in Paisley. So, too was our match commentator

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John Barns. Ed Neat turn by McGowan and off the

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cross bar. Tenacious play by the St Mirren

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player. A good turn and a good effort.

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Paul McGowan, scores for St Mirren. After 25 minutes. A fine finish. As

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others lost their footing, he managed to remain composed and in

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the end it was a Nieto poke into the corner. -- neat toe poke not corner.

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That's number two. Another delicate finish there by the big striker. A

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lovely through pass there from John McGinn and Thomson didn't hang about

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before dispatching it beyond Mark Brown. Conditions are getting worse.

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The rain continues to fall. That pass held up in a piddle and that's

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allowed St Mirren to go on the attack. The effort carried away by

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Brown. The underfoot conditions setting up that opportunity for St

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Mirren. The referee has called a halt to the

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game and he is encouraging the players to make their way towards

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the tunnel. That was that. The match was indeed abandoned. Now it's not

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very often we would show you footage from an abandoned match but we

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wanted to give you an idea of what the conditions were like in this

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match. It sparked massive debate. The referee spent half an hour

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trying to decide whether or not the match could continue. Eventually he

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decided it couldn't continue, and afterwards he spoke to us. When we

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came out for the second half, the pitch had become worse than what it

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was before half-time. Players having to check their tackles, watch their

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run, the ball was thickened and the pitch had become unplayable and

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dangerous. The referee has prime responsibility for the players ae

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safety. I gave the ground staff at least two attempts to try and work

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hard on the pitch. They did work very hard, I am grateful to them for

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that. My prime responsibility is for the safety of the players and we

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deemed it wasn't safe enough to continue the match. There is no

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doubt in my mind we would have given ourselves a very good opportunity to

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go on and pick up all three valuable points today and the way the games

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are going, it looks as if ewe could have jumped a couple places on the

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back of that. Two games back-to-back abandoned. Yes, it is frustrating,

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but today it is obviously different, because we are obviously behind in

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the game. We had an opportunity to maybe score just after half-time.

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But all in all, it is difficult to accept but we have to accept that,

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because it is the correct decision. So, what is it the right decision by

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the referee? I think so, when you look at the pictures in the first

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half and second half, there was a big difference. In the end the

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safety for the players, the conditions there, it's farcical.

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Players are risking getting injured and that is what you want to ajoyed.

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You are disappointed, you have been making every effort to say the pitch

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is great and get it along and don't worry about the puddles. It is

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always tough for the referee. He can't win, whatever decision he

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makes, people are going to have a go at him. But looking at that, he said

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the safety is paramount and for the younger viewers, a few years back,

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same conditions, momentum took McCoist, smashed his jaw, he was out

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for months, safety was the most important thing there and the

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referee called it right. In Dutch football they start off when they

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replay the match from the point they finished, so they would play 38

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minutes of this match with St Mirren leading 2-0. Good idea? No. Why not?

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What rules do you make, you keep it the same 22 that were on the pitch,

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when will you get that, somebody may get injured. It is a hard one. The

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referee called it right. You have to start the game again. Looking at the

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goals, Tom will be devastated, because the water helped his touch.

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It was an unbelievable first touch for the goal. It is one of those

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things. But they will need to start the game again. Nothing lost,

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nothing gained for St Mirren but what about the rest of the sides.

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Let's look at the table. Still one match to be played this

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weekend, Aberdeen with a chance to regain second place in the table if

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they can manage a win at home to par tick thistle. You were at this match

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and if Aberdeen get a similar result tomorrow, they will be delighted.

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They played well this game, even though sometimes they might lose

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goals thistle, they usually play a lot of football. Aberdeen to their

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credit, they were a different class that day. Thistle tomorrow, it is a

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tricky one for Aberdeen. They have the momentum, they are still in the

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cup. Thistle are doing well. Two good performances one against Celtic

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and they beat Inverness. How do you see it going tomorrow? It will be

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tough for thistle. They have had an excellent start to the season.

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Aberdeen have a lot of their big players back. It will be a tricky

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one for Thistle. Will Aberdeen finish second? I wouldn't want to

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put pressure on Derek, but they have a good squad. He's building a squad

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that is getting stronger and strong stronger. Is that how you feel,

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second place for Aberdeen, that was your tip at the start? I have said

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all season, good mix of youth and experience, they have that momentum.

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Certainly have confidence. They will be should be finishing second with

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the squad they have. We will have highlights of tomorrow's match on

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the BBC sport website from midnight tomorrow night. All the other

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matches are already there. Let's look at tomorrow's back pages to see

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what the guys in frint are saying. Ajax manager, having a tough time of

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it in the Dutch league, they play Celtic on Wednesday night. Let's

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talk about that Champions League match. Celtic obviously hoping for

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victory in Amsterdam. Do you think he can get it? I think they K the

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problem is that Ajax are struggling in the league. Might be a relief,

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they are quite a young team, it might not work in Celtic's favour.

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But they have a great chance. Probably the key game in the league

:43:42.:43:44.

for them. If they can get a result over there, there is still a good

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chance. Do you see Celtic managing to get three points on Wednesday

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night? They might have Commons back and this Ajax defence doesn't look

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the strongest. Big bonus for them, those players back, but away

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performances have been excellent in this campaign so far. And in the

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last couple of seasons. Certainly they can win it, but they would be

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delighted with a point, because to get to that AC Milan game at home, I

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think Celtic will win that and hopefully results elsewhere will

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enable them to go through. They have been excellent so far in the

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campaign. They deserve that bit of luck. I think they could take

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something out of the Ajax game on Wednesday. We shall see. That is all

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we have time for this week. Thanks to Callum and Billy. Hope you

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managed to avoid the downpower this weekend. -- down pour this weekend,

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at least it wasn't snoechlt good night.

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