05/01/2014 Sportscene


05/01/2014

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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Greetings, friends. If the frantic football festive season passed you

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by it's time to play catch-up. The Sportscene Christmas tree is gone -

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Steven Thompson and Pat Bonner helped me chuck it out the back door

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a short time ago - and the first Sunday highlights show of the year

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is here, and we have five cracking matches for you to help vanquish any

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January blues. We start in Paisley where Steven

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Thompson's St Mirren team were hoping to stop the Celtic

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juggernaut. Neil Lennon's side aiming for three points and to reach

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the milestone of 20 league games unbeaten this season. Commentary

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comes from Rob Maclean. Despite losing at Kilmarnock, then

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none sticking with the same team. Just someone changed to the Celtic

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team. Anthony Stokes is on. Scott Brown's pass. Kris Commons. Charlie

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Mulgrew. So unfortunate this bounced back into the arms of Marian Kello.

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Mulgrew. It is Commons. A wonderful effort. Celtic denied twice. Brown

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to Matthews. Good run from Adam Matthews. Mulgrew. This time, the

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post is kinder to mould grow. Celtic have believed.

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Joe Ledley. Anthony Stokes. Celtic are 2-0 up in Paisley. It is a

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devastating start. A quick double. James Forrest, waiting for the run

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of Adam Matthews. Good play from Matthews again. James Forrest.

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Unconventional goalkeeping from Marian Kello. It was crucial he got

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there in time, got there before Kris Commons. Kris Commons's corner,

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Mulgrew header. That was great from Scott Brown. Commons. Stokes. Celtic

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continue to work Marian Kello. He has been a busy keeper. St Mirren

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Park hemmed in. That was a great cross for Celtic's third. His 16th

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of the season. That was a lovely delivery will stop right over the

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top of Marian Kello. St Mirren are being blown away by Celtic. James

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Forrest, Commons. It is explosive, and it is 4-0. Make that 17 for the

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season for the outstanding Kris Commons. Celtic have destroyed St

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Mirren. There has been nothing Danny Lennon's team have been able to do

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about it. Stokes with a free kick. It could so easily have been a hat

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trick. He has got to be happy with this. What display from his claim.

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He is foiled. The terrific bit of defending there. Is there to be any

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crumb of comfort for set Mirren? Filed by Efe Ambrose. -- fouled by

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Efe Ambrose. And it was a yellow card.

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Second half, Celtic certainly stepped it up. They were really at

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us and caused those all sorts of problems. I thought they were

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exceptional from start to finish. It was a magnificent team performance.

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I can't ask any more of them. Great display from Celtic. In the

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first half, a couple of chances but a bit flat at times. Yes. They were

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really compact between the last four. This was the first goal. It

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was good to see Charlie back in there. The second chance was a

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beautiful bit of play from Commons. I thought it was a great save.

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Commons has been sensational. What was the general mood at half-time? I

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thought we were organised in the first half. For the first ten

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minutes of the second half, the same pattern was there. You cannot afford

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to switch off for a second against Celtic. There was a 20 minute spell

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where I thought they were sensational. You could say St Mirren

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should have defended this much better. They really struggled. This

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is the second goal. A vital goal. Danny Grainger past it. Jason

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Naismith was on the end of it. It was OK here. Joe Ledley had the

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ball. Beautiful little touch. The third goal, the ball comes in. John

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McGinn is the wrong side there. He has too much to do. You have to

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defend the situation better. Celtic were flying at that stage. You see

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Jason Naismith out of position. And another fantastic finish from

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Commons. He drives into the box, hungry for a goal. A lot to be

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critical of, but John McGinn, a player that has impressed you not

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just in this game but throughout the season. You see him breaking up

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play. He does an exceptional job. He's a player. He is an emerging

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young player. He is really developing and mature ring as a

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player. He has got a lot stronger. I feel like he has turned into a man's

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in the team. And there is more to his game. A beautiful pass. A

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beautiful pass. He drives at people with the ball. He should do this

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more often. First tackle, buying. Into the second tackle, bank. This

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young man does not give up. He is going in the right direction. What

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is his nickname? Meatball. Sorry. Next we're off to Rugby Park,

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Kilmarnock versus Aberdeen. Both sides had started off 2014 in

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dramatic fashion. In stoppage time, Peter Pawlett

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looks like he has scored. It is a big day for 17-year-old

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Robbie Muirhead. They have to get their noses in

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front. Michael Hector. It is an up and

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under. Boyd is putting the pressure on. We get away from Anderson. The

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referee blows. Chris Boyd. The referee disagrees.

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Good ball from Peter Pawlett. Taking on Jeroen Tesselaar. Wonderful

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skill. Peter Pawlett. And still it won't go in. Good play from Barry

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Robson against Jeroen Tesselaar. Flood. He is in all kinds of trouble

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now. Boyd is away from him, pickpocketing the Irish manner --

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and Langfield with the save and preventing Boyd from scoring his

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13th of the season. A real man in form is Boyd. Langfield has not been

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doing too badly himself. A big switch to Clohessy. He thought

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about coming to meet him. Boyd, then it comes to Johnstone. He is another

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in good form and good goal-scoring form as well, Chris Johnston. Under

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19 Player of the Season from the last campaign. Langfield may have

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got a touch to that. Kilmarnock of won three of their last four

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matches. That is Anderson. Well, it is a corner, but it could

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have been worse from an Aberdeen point of view. Chris Johnston

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knocked it back in, Anderson, just over his own bar. Cling and can hit

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them from here and that is what he has done! -- Sammy Clingan. He

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brings out the best in Langfield. He pats it round his post. Derek

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McInnes will want better from his team in the second period but

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another free kick chance for Sammy Clingan and another save from

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Langfield. Different kind of free kick, that time. Aberdeen's victory

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at Tannadice New Year's today really did lay down a serious marker for

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their season. As Paula drags it back to him again and Craig Samson is

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there. -- Peter Pawlett drags it back to him again. McGinn thinks he

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should have scored. A big, big chance, this, for Aberdeen. The best

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of their second period. His effort saved, by Craig Samson.

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It is Kilmarnock giving it away in the midfield area. McGinn has Peter

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Pawlett to his left and that is where it goes. He could have tried

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it himself, Niall McGinn. Again, it is Samson who has been called into

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action a couple of times against -- and this is McGinn's corner.

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Reynolds! Another league goal for Aberdeen and it could be another win

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for Aberdeen! Mark Reynolds leopard inside the penalty area, a rare

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foray for him into the Kilmarnock box and it reaps rewards. Nicky

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Low, the Dons playing out the last few minutes here. It is late,

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Clohessy, a red card for the Aberdeen substitute. He was late on

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Clohessy. It looked like he tried to pull out of the tackle but Craig

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Charleston flashes red at the Aberdeen midfielder. It is hard to

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take, the first half we had a couple of great chances, we could have

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taken our chances and it would be a different game. We were

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disappointing with set plays. We did not cause enough problems. It was

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pleasing to get the winning goal, it was deserved. The first half we were

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a better team. Let's start with the moment of

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controversy, the Kris Boyd disallowed goal. What do you think?

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Should it have stood? It is his left hand on Russell's shoulder. If his

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hand had been lower you could see he was using it to push himself. I

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can't believe you're not striking up for the strikers. He puts his hand

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on his shoulder and that is what does him in the end. He pulls back

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muscle. There is not an awful lot in it. I can understand why Boyd is

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disappointed. I must agree. I watched them last week and he did

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not play that well but he got the vital goal. When he's on the team he

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is a vital player for Kilmarnock, with Young Chris Johnson coming in

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off the side and linking with him. I dobbing we have criticised the

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Kilmarnock defending at times this season. It was better to date apart

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from one vital moment. They defended well. There is Craig Samson again,

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outstanding, not just in taking crosses but he had to Clohessy three

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excellent saves. I know you picked him out last week but generally he

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defended really well. Nice and compact, putting in headers when it

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mattered, this is where they let themselves down. I think it is Kris

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Boyd who is marking him. He has a couple of looks in the run-up to the

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header and Kris Boyd is doing jumping from a standing start and

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Reynolds has run. It is about man-to-man marking. Here, it was

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neither. When you have to run on somebody you can always get six

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inches harder. I would be disappointed if I was a goalkeeper

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and seeing the defenders not doing their job. Nowadays we have two

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Clohessy post but most people now take them off. I like to have one on

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the post but it depends how they are playing that corner in. One player

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on, but if you take them off the post they have to do a job, no point

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going out there and standing around watching the game. I don't trust

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strikers! A moment of controversy, with Nicky Low sent off in this

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match as well. What do we think of this? A sending off for you?

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Unfortunately, it is. It is when both feet leave the ground. The

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referee is left with no option. He tries to... It is a definite

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sending-off. I know he is young, energetic, he has come off the bench

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today but as soon as you leave the ground two footed, whether side,

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back or front, you are off the pitch. Aberdeen, favourites for

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second spot for you? I like the way Derek McInnes has built the team and

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Robson coming into the team, they have Flood, an experienced player,

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Peter Pawlett has done exceptionally well, a young player coming through

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the system. Decent defence. They have a good unit and a good

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structure. A few contenders for that position. It has been the season for

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bad will for Dundee United, not a win to be had after six straight

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wins. There have been three straight defeats. Talk of the bubble bursting

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at Tannadice. Good Jackie McNamara steadied the ship? Hips were

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visitors. In contrast did, it has been a great season for Hibs. He

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helped bring the gift of much-needed Premiership points, a place in the

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top six and victory over Hearts. Paul Hoffman and James Collins

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started up front. Commentary from Paul Mitchell.

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Gray gets into position. Off the line by John Rankin. Paul Hanlon

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tried to turn it in. Collins got up well. Good defending by Rankin on

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the post. Forward to Sicily. -- Ciftci. His goalkeeper has missed

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it, he turns back but the flag is already up! Well, Mackay Stephen

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looks up at the referee. The flag stayed down, the goalkeeper shouted

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for it, for fresh air and was lucky the flag went up for offside.

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The ball has come back to it and he scores! Great passing from Paul

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Heffernan and hips have the lead and a sliding celebration of the

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captain. Dundee United under no pressure. Wilson was losing side.

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This is a clever flick from heaven. A great run by Liam Craig and easily

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beat the goalkeeper. Hibs are head with seven minutes to play until

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half-time. -- Hibs are ahead. He gets it out wide, against Forster.

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Turned away by Ben Williams. Didn't want to hold it. He pushed it clear.

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Good overlapping play from Andrew Robertson. The goalkeeper dealt with

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that. Hibs pushing again, desperate to get the ball into the box.

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Souttar got it away. That is delightful, the finished just wide.

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He gives Hibs are different to mention, Paul Heffernan. Watch this

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for a piece of skill. Setting himself up, it would have been a

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great goal. Souttar into Collins, a penalty! He

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put up at least one hand on him on the header, in fact, there was two

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there. That is an easy goal. He made his own error here, James Souttar.

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This 42-0. -- this is foot 2-macro-0. Mine for the season, Liam

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Craig. Cierzniak went one way, he put it the other. Hibs are two

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ahead, just over an hour played. The message from Terry Butcher, keep the

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ball. Good lay-off by Armstrong. Gary Mackay-Steven away from... That

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is a good save. He had to react. Well, you could watch Barrie McKay

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Steven Davis all day unless you are Hibs fan. Wonderful skins --

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wonderful skill. He thought better of it, with Brian

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Graham. Inside onto Goodwillie, taken! Forster, Goodwillie. This is

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a really good finish from the on loan striker. Seven minutes to play,

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a glimmer of hope for Dundee United. The goal-scorer, David

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Goodwillie. His side, trying to get level full stop Dundee United, three

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games played, three games lost recently.

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Mackay-Steven, went for the glory himself. Hibs will be quite happy to

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see that sent wide. So many options, that was the wrong one. United being

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urged on. Robertson on the angle, McGivern tries to get the ball away.

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Dylan swings it in. David Goodwillie with a chance, a goal for Brian

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Graham! The striker's instinct was perfect. As the clocks hit 90 at

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Tannadice, Dundee United hit the equaliser. They have come from two

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goals down, it is two apiece. Brian Graham is the hero. It was a great

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test of character, the lads kept pushing there. We got just rewards

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in the end. The players' heads down because they feel we dropped two

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points but it is part of our experience and what doing. We were

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more than matched Dundee United today and we are proud of how we

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played. That start with Liam Craig, he has

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had a good season and that is him up to nine goals. What a return for the

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central midfield player. Since he gave him the captaincy he has taken

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on more responsibility within the team. That is a tremendous finish.

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If you have the midfielder making these runs, John Souttar has to do

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better, give better depth. It is a good finish from Liam Craig. He is

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making forward runs all the time. He could end up a tremendous return.

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Absolutely. This goal here, I think the young defender, he did not know

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where he was, his movement is in great going backwards. Is it a

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penalty? Onesie raises his hands you can see the referee giving it and

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Craig sticks it in the net which he has done on a number of occasions. A

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good finish. The young defender will be disappointed. Not the first

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important penalty Craig has dispatched. Again, he is an

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underrated goalkeeper. He puts it in the same area. He is an important

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player for Hibs. Making runs forward for a striker is important because

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without the ball at times... They are running past you, taking the

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centre half away, brilliant for the striker. Graham got the equaliser.

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How bigger point was this for Dundee United? Crucial. They have gone

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three defeats in a row at home against a revamped Hibs team but

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they were 2-0 down and looked as if they would lose. This was crucial to

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get in there. We have talked about the way Dundee United played the

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young players they have and the way they have to start defending a

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little bit better and that today will raise the confidence and get

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them back on the road to winning a few games. Showed character to come

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back. There is no doubting that Terry Butcher from the impact at

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Hibernian. Let's look at it in statistical form. Nine games so

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far, one defeat, 1-0 at Celtic Park. Pat, what has Terry Butcher brought

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to Hibs for you? When you are in the dressing room and someone walks in

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with his presence, the ex-England captain, Rangers captain, manager

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going through a great period up in Inverness, what you have to say is a

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great combination of the two of them, you are inspired right away

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and the way he says -- sends out the team, the structure, he will not

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have players playing out of the back and doing that, he will have them

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compact and onesie gets own players in not maybe this time around but in

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the summer, then you can see a real Hibs team. What can Hibs hope to

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achieve under Terry? Now they are into the top six I think it will be

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difficult for them to come out of it in the form they are in. I would

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predict them to finish in the top six. Plenty more to come from Hibs

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and on sports scene as well. Next weekend after all the best of

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madness, a semblance of normality returns. Join David Currie at 4:30pm

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on Saturday. We are back on Sunday night.

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Next to Hearts who started the day 17 points behind their opponents

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this afternoon, second bottom Partick Thistle. With relegation to

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the Championship looking virtually assured for Hearts now - especially

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following the derby day defeat to Hibs - just finding enough players

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to field a team has become a real struggle. Ryan Stevenson captained

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what remained of the threadbare Hearts squad. If it wasn't for

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Hearts, Partick Thistle might be more worried. They'd slumped down

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the table after ten games without victory. But they had high hopes for

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new striker Lyle Taylor who made his second appearance after arriving on-

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loan from Sheffield United. Commentary comes from Rob Maclean.

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Kevin McHattie with the corner kick. He could not get that finishing

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touch. Good skills from O'Donnell. Steven Lawless. A shot on target for

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Partick this. Not one that was likely to find its way past

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Macdonald. ( Kallum Higginbotham, and through goes Lyle Taylor. His

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first goal for Partick this. -- Partick this. This whole ahead after

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14 minutes. -- Thistle ahead after 14 minutes. Ryan Stevenson. Every

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match an important match for heart. -- Hearts. Lyle Taylor scores. It is

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2-0 five minutes before half-time. In off the post. That was Ryan

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Stevenson. Jordan McGhee. Callum Paterson. David Smith whips it

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back. Ryan Stevenson could not keep that down. It was good play from

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Smith. Scrapping for everything, Ryan Stevenson. Reflected.

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Fortunately for Thistle, back off the bar. Fouled by Stuart Bannigan,

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and that is a yellow card for him. Kevin McHattie's free kick, a major

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disappointment. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Stuart Bannigan.

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Well, a second yellow is issued. Stuart Bannigan might well have gone

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off with a red card. Jordan McGhee had a chance to get Hearts on the

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scoresheet. No joy whatsoever for the home team.

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You have to be brave when you play at home. Too many times, there were

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not enough options. The second half was better. I thought we deserved

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it. I thought we were never so hard. We cannot afford to feel sorry for

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ourselves. We have got another game next week. We will have to work hard

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on the training ground. The second appearance from them. I

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think we will see more goals. Look at his strength and speed. He makes

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his own North. Good strength, Thistle have missed the focal

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point. Great build-up play. It was the first time since October that

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Partick this had scored two goals. Disappointing. He has got a bit of

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pace. It was a big task for him to play up front on his own. There

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could be a fight between yourselves and Partick Thistle. You have to

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bring in a player to make an impact. In terms of the Hearts

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defending, there are flaws here. Yes. Ryan Stevenson loses the run.

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He just loses a yard. He drops back onto the line. I think everybody has

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come to the point of thinking Hearts will get relegated. How much of a

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loss would it be? It would be a huge loss. It would be very disappointing

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for the fans. It is another derby time, and that the big derby. Fans

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have been incredible throughout the whole thing. Supporters have been

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immense. It is phenomenal. Do you think Hearts are gone? With every

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week, it is getting more difficult. Today, I think Ryan Stevenson was

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one of the most experienced players in that team.

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With four matches today - and Motherwell versus Inverness

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called-off due to a flooded pitch - there was only one Saturday match in

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the Scottish Premiership. It was in Dingwall where Ross County were

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hoping to keep their momentum going after a morale boosting victory in

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the Highland derby over Inverness Caley Thistle. St Johnstone arrived

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in search of their own morale boost after a heavy defeat to Motherwell.

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Commentary from Liam Mcleod Chuck that all together, what does it

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Ross County looking to build. They are making early inroads. We saw

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them scoring heavily before losing handsomely to Motherwell. That is

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not a bad ball, headed over by Jordan Slew. It was Evangelos

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Ikonomou's cross. David Wotherspoon. The delivery from Chris Millar.

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Davidson. Chris Millar. Graham Carey is poleaxed. You can see why.

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Alan Mannus takes no chances with that. Nigel Hasselbaink. Stevie May

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a thriving in the middle now. Ikonomou there. It was Stevie May

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who started this move. Nigel Hasselbaink helped.

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Nigel Hasselbaink has Chris Millar galloping to his left. Chris Millar

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looks a better option. Here he is. Wonderful counter attack from St

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Johnstone, though. They were defending a corner. Chris Millar

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could not find the target. This game could go either way.

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Richard Brittain's free kick is headed past by McLean. Another

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chance. That is what the spoon. He would

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have liked to have got more purchase on this effort, David Wotherspoon.

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Boyd got the final touch on the header. Ahead of Stevie May. Stevie

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May almost in again. He has managed 15 this season but it is away at the

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other end. Frazer Wright has been robbed. Carey is waiting and that

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looks like it could be the winner! Just two minutes left on the clock.

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Frazer Wright didn't cover himself in glory at all that. Melvin De

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Leeuw, on as a substitute, but it on a plate for Graham Carey and after

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six defeats in a row it looks like County will win back-to-back games

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for the first time this season. A quick check of the watch and Derek

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Adams is almost there. They are looking to wrap this one up

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now. This is Tidser. That would have been some debut, the Ross County

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substitute. A couple of yards wide in the end. We want to win the game

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but so do St Johnstone. You have come off a defeat last week and then

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of a win Derby. It is a good start the year for us and six points in

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two games. Their goalkeeper had a lot to do of the differences were

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not and that is the disappointing thing. We should be coming away with

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at least a point and we are not because of a mistake. We will have

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to adjust ourselves and move on to next week. There is not a lot we can

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do about it. It was a poor game to lose. There

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was very little in it between the teams. You expect the defender to go

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quicker to the ball, deal with it, get it back to the goalkeeper and

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ecstatic with -- instead it is caught in the ball. It is a nice

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finish from Graham Carey but you are right, Frazer Wright has to deal

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with it one way or the other, just put it out of the bag. You can see

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here, he gets caught out a little bit. He expected the defenders to do

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better. Here's presuming Fraser will clear it. He has two three yards on

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him. It has been a fantastic 2014 for Ross County after victory in the

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Highland derby. Last year, 11 matches unbeaten, eight Matt --

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eight wins. Can you see anything similar happening this time round?

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Why not? They have added four players in the window. The chairman

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and the manager recognised the start of the season have not been good

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enough. Fair play to the chairman for coming out. Give him credit.

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Four new signings, the possibility of another couple. Jordan Slew with

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the pass. Impressive. He has brought a bit of belief to this team. He has

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a pedigree and he is a big, strong man. They needed to do something and

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they brought him in and in that game he had an influence. Ryan McGregor,

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for a man who has his heart and soul in the club, given the funds Derek

:47:16.:47:20.

Adams to bring buyers into Ross County, you have to give credit to

:47:21.:47:25.

him and the way he has gone about his business. It will be interesting

:47:26.:47:29.

in terms of the play-off place at the bottom of the table. St

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Johnstone slip into the bottom half of the table after being in the top

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half for such a long time and in terms of their fixtures coming up,

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these three fixtures against bottom six sides will be games they would

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hope to win? An easy game, the first one. It is getting really tight at

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the bottom. That is the great thing about the competition this year, we

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can assume Celtic will win the league, who will be fighting for

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second place? Down at the bottom is so tight between three or four, now

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St Johnstone are in the mix and there are great games coming up. St

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Johnstone will find it tough. The You think St Mirren will be in the

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play-off mix at the bottom? Or do you have loftier aspirations? Of

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course we do. Our season will be shaped in the games coming up, St

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Johnstone Festival but a reasonably disappointing period and we need to

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get back to winning ways and we hope to do that on Saturday. You can't

:48:29.:48:33.

predict games this year. Even teams at the bottom beating teams the top.

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The only team walking away with is Celtic but the rest are there and

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all capable of beating each other. Who do you think will finish in

:48:44.:48:49.

second bottom play-off spot? You put me on the spot. I don't really know.

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Thistle was favourite for a period, I watched them but now they have

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brought in a player which has made a big difference. Guys, thank you very

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much. What does it mean in terms of the Scottish Premiership table?

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Celtic, 54 points, 13 points clear of Aberdeen, who are second, one

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point clear of Motherwell, who have a game in hand. At the bottom,

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Partick Thistle are two points behind St Mirren and here we have

:49:20.:49:26.

it, second bottom, Ross County are now 19 points clear of Hearts.

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Ominous for them. That is it, that was the best Sunday highlights show

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off the year so far. With a bit of luck we will have six great games

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next weekend. From all of us here, thanks for watching. Good night.

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