07/01/2017 Sportscene


07/01/2017

Including a focus is on this afternoon's matches in the Championship, League One and League Two. Plus news from the third round of the FA Cup. Introduced by David Currie.


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Good afternoon and welcome to the Results Show, the first

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Not even the Premiership's winter break can stop us.

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While the top divisions players are de-stressing from Dubai

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to Dundee, it's business as usual from the second tier downwards.

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Our studio guests between them have been on the books of six clubs

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They are Steven Thompson and Tam McManus.

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Now, let's say good afternoon to our reporters across the land.

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Firstly, to Bryan mechanic Glock than who is watching a game between

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Raith Rovers and Falkirk. Plenty of goals for you. Yes, it is Raith

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Rovers 1 Falkirk 4. Raith in front through Chris Johnson early on but

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goals have them well in command. Let us find out what is happening at

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more on the. More on the scored once in each half through an own goal and

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a Tidser penalty. Stirling has pulled one back, so 2-1 at the

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moment. Off to Somerset Park where Kenny Crawford is watched Ayr. The

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pars look to be extending their unbeaten run to seven games. Nicky

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Clarke diverted Talbot's low shot for the first on 26 minute, that

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became 2-0 on 3 3 minutes. That is the way it remains.

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Off to Paisley. St Mirren at home to Queen of the South. As we stand

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David more misery for St Mirren. They are trailing by a goal to nil.

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That came on half-time. A fine effort. Rankin, the new captain of

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Queen of the South set it up for Dobbie. 1-0 to Queens and as we

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stand, Queens looking for their first league win since September

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17th. Off we go to Hampden. Queen's Park. Fifth against second. It is

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even at the moment with 73 minutes gone. Forth ring ham gave Queens the

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lead. Russell's 13th of the season levelled at 39 and it is 1-1 at the

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moment. From Charlie to the Championship and

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lots of chat from our best guests. Where shall we start. Not St Mirren

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Park. Shall we forgot about that today. Let us talk Raith Falkirk.

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Tam. That is a surprise score line, is it not? Falkirk have been

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struggling. They have been inconsistent this season. Raith

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doing OK, there is only two points between them in the table, but

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Falkirk to go there and look as if they are going to turn them over, it

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is a big result for them. Raith are struggling. October 29th. I thought

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bringing in the two Ryans, to today would have had a big impact. Two

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dangerous players. They went a goal up. But it has been capitulation, we

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have been listening and it seems all Falkirk, they need to keep picking

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away at a play off place. The sides have been inconsistent. Neither won

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for a while. Dunfermline, one of your former club, 2-0 up on another

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team you used to play for. Dunfermline look as if they will be

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unbeaten in seven. It could be better, within the space of a

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minute. I can't believe he hit the second one. It is unbelievable. I

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thought he is going to go straight down the middle. He did, the

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goalkeeper put his hand up and it was a fantastic save. Unlucky the

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second penalty. Another couple of teams who have been doing well are

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more on the and Dumbarton, Dumbarton going into this, only lost three of

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their last ten, more on the had a sticky patch but they have had

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injuries and lost a couple of players. Dumbarton have been going

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well. The manager is doing well given the resources, more on the

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have been the stand out team for me, with the top to they have been

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sensational. What a job Jim Duffie is doing. It looks like they will

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get another three points. Steven doesn't want to talk about St

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Mirren. Queen of the South. Three new sign, one of them Rankin, he has

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made an immediate impact. I was looking at this before and I thought

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it's a risk, just throwing them in but Queens have been on a desperate

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run. Maybe desperate times call for desperate measures. He is probably

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supper fit, Rankin, he has not been playing for Falkirk, he has came in

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and a immediate reaction, Shetland up the goal. I think he will be a

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great signing. What end did I say, Queen of the South haven't won in 13

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games. September 17th the last one. St Mirren have a habit of losing

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goals late on. You have to look at the more on the game at New Year,

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where 93rd minute and lost that, it is, it is a poor result as it

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stands, we might score before the end of the game. Results elsewhere

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might not be that bad. If United lose. We need to start gaining, it

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doesn't matter if they lose if we don't pick up any points. Airdrie

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have been going well, away to Queen's Park today. Marc Wilson who

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sat in that chair, he hasn't done too bad. He is doing well. Second in

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the table. He has a good, I think Airdrie are full-time. I think they

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have turned full-time. So they have a good advantage. They are sitting

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top, the two teams. You get your players in, you can work with them.

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Peterhead 2, Livingston 2. Livingston have lost the last two

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game, two-2 away to Pete Herd. A couple of regular scorers on target.

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McAllister for Pete Herd and for Livingston, I watch him every week,

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the video goes through and Buchanan scored every week. He missed a

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penalty but on the score sheet again. Two of the most prolific

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marksmen. Both are extremely good players. ... I think they lost a

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couple of players, I don't think the same amount of funding is available.

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They have had a few good cup ties against ranger, maybe the money has

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dried up. There has been a goal between the game against Airdrie and

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Queen's Park. It is member Geevor, he was miles of space. Very calm and

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Queen's Park. It is member Geevor, collected. Slipped under the

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goalkeeper. What was that we were saying about

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goalkeeper. Marc Wilson doing a great job? The

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fifth of the Championship match, the first because it was played last

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night. It was also the biggest -

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between the division biggest two clubs - and with its biggest

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crowd of the season. There was just a point separating

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leaders Hibs from second placed Dundee United when they met

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at Easter Road. Our reporter Liam McLeod has

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the story of the match. This was a massive statement by an

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irresistible Hibernian side and with no empty seats this result against

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their only real rivals for promotion will send optimism through their

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veins and that like to end this top flight hiatus. Cummings was the

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headline grabber. In truth there were no failures in green and white

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on the night, United were outfought. That will worry Ray MacKinnon as

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they fell behind the Edinburgh team who will fancy their chances. John

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McGinn came off the bench as he returned from ankle surgery,

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McGinn came off the bench as he Scotland international scored the

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best of the bunch. A cracker, a solo effort to ensure of the points. It

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is not an iron grip on the Championship but it is a huge signal

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of intent from Neil Lennon's men who begin 2017 as they mean to go on. We

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will hear from the managers of Hibs and Dundee shortly, after we have

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heard from Martin, he is watching Livingston away to Peter head.

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What game it has been. Peterhead 2, Livingston 3. They thought they had

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gone ahead, a ridiculous decision, a backpass, scored, he was flagged

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offside, he should never have been offside. He got that third and

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looked as though they will extend a lead. Retro technology there from

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Martin, sorry about that, that is on his mobile. Let us hear from the

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managers after the big match in Championship. Neil Lennon and Ray

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MacKinnon. I couldn't have asked any more of the players from start to

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finish. They were brilliant. Exhilarating performance. Great

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intensity, quality concentration, and three great goals and there

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could could have been more, against, very very good Dundee United team.

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The game was lost in the first 20 minute, to go 2-0 down, we never

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showed composure on the ball and the lose a goal after five minutes was

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not the ideal start. You know, I said to the guys, so important when

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you come to a place like to show composure, we didn't do it for 20

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minutes and we gifted Hibs the the composure, we didn't do it for 20

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game in the first 20s. All we have done is got a bit of a Kursk and

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yeah, as, we have been saying that from day one, we just, we didn't

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make this out to be a huge game, the biggest game because the next one is

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Dumbarton away, and you know that is tough, o so it is a competitive

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league, sometimes you can't create the atmosphere, but when you get an

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league, sometimes you can't create atmosphere like tonight you can see

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what it means to player and what it atmosphere like tonight you can see

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I brings out. And they have really responded. Going into the second

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half of the season you would be four points behind the leader, that tells

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me I have a great chance of winning the league. Said that to the

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players. Regroup, refocus and we make sure from every game into the

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end of the season we give everything we can to try and get promotion.

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That was the bosses speaking to Bryan after the match. Tam, you were

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there, Neil Lennon says it was exhilarating, did you feel, hold on,

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can you hold on to that thought. There has been a goal, you will

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enjoy this. Maybe not. Sorry, it is 2-0 Queen of the South, a freak goal

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in many ways, a grave save first of all from the goalkeeper. Got the

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ball away, ball came back off the post, eventually it fell for Joe

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Thompson, his debut on loan from Celtic, he had to tap into a empty

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net. I am not sure it was offside. The linesman said the goal would

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stand, stand it does and Saints are trailing two goals to nil. Where we

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were? I made my boy go along to see that. Never mine. Done for cruelty.

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The match last night. Neil Lennon said it was exhilarating, Tam, are

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you still exit rated? It was a fantastic game, from Hibs from start

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to finish. I spoke to Neil fantastic game, from Hibs from start

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game, he said it was the best performance he has seen since he was

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a manager there, I agree. I have seen Hibs maybe, seven or eight

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times this season, they went 4-4-2, they played Connors behind Cummings

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and Boyle and Humphrey on the wing. It was a change from the last 18

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months. Great width. Humphrey, the first time he got the ball he left

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Dixon on his backside. That was the catalyst, he went at them all night.

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He really, he thunderstorm apart in the first half. That is where the

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game was one. Hibs cruised the second half. It could have been 3 or

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4. Could have been four or five. I am saying it is three because my pal

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scored the third. Coming back from injury. He is the best player in the

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Championship for me. Great for hubs to have him back, it gives Neil a

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selection, where are you going to put him in? You have Cummings and

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Bartley. Mechanic McGeouch, if he is going to keep this formation with

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the wide player, because they have been narrow with their play, that is

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the most dynamic performance of the season. Commons as well. He... It

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will be interesting to see ho he fits them in. Does he need to, given

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the strength of the squad? I don't think this minute they need Commons

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to be honest. I think he is a good player, I thought he was quiet last

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night within the game. I don't think McGinn coming back, you have Keating

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coming back, he can play behind Cummings. I don't think he is a

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necessity but Neil Lennon rates hip. We heard from Bryan interviewing

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them last night, a while ago, we will hear from Bryan again, he is in

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action again, watching Raith. Yes, it is still Raith 1 Falkirk 4. Not

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as exhilarating a match as Easter Road last night. Nevertheless lots

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of entertain. For the fans inside the stadium. The home fans thought

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they were on a roll just after nine minutes Johnson scored the opener,

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Raith without a win in the last eight games. Well, they took their

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chance there when Johnson was played in by Stevenson.

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a great at that time, they were dominating the game, however, as it

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was, Ryan Stevenson, making his home debut this afternoon, he was

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injured, with concussion. That changed the game, Falkirk hitting

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back quickly, Myles Hippolyte with a stunning free kick. Bob McHugh

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back quickly, Myles Hippolyte with a it 2-1. A neat turn on the edge of

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the box before slipping the ball beyond Kevin Cuthbert. Then a double

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forum Craig Sibbald just before half-time, one before and one after

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the break, that has put Peter Houston's side on target for their

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first victory in the last five games. This would be a massive win

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for Falkirk. They are looking to try and push their way into the

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promotion places in the Championship. We have played 87

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minutes. 4-1. Richard Wilson is next, Greenock Morton against

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Dumbarton. What is happening? It is still 2-1 Morton. They have had the

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two best players the pitch in Nesbitt and Ross Forbes, who has

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two best players the pitch in been pulling the strings in

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midfield. Nesbitt's cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate

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Gregor Buchanan. Nesbitt was tripped for the penalty that Michael Tidser

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converted. Dumbarton have worked hard and persevered, and Andy

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Stirling pulled a shot -- pulled a goal back with a shot from here edge

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of the area. It was deflected into the net. They are fighting for an

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equaliser, but Morton are holding on. Time for Kenny Crawford at

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Somerset Park. Yes, almost 90 minutes gone. This

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Somerset Park. game has all been about taking your

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chances. Both sides have had an equal amount of chances. Dunfermline

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have taken there is, Ayr have squandered ears. The first

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Dunfermline goal was on 26 minutes. Nicky Clark diverted a Jason Talbot

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shot into the corner to put the visitors 1-0 up. That became two in

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some style and 33 minutes when a corner was half cleared by Ayr,

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allowing Dunfermline Wright Andy Geggan to hook the ball into the far

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corner. His fifth in all competitions this season. I am

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sweating a bit and it is not because of the action but how warm it is.

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Thanks for that. I do not know what to say. Let's go to Paisley. Chick

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Young has got the chills. It looks like St Mirren could be frozen out

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of this division. They are trailing 2-0. Three minutes left to play.

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Queen Of The South have killed this. St Mirren were the better team in

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the first half. There was a magnificently worked goal on

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half-time. 45 minutes. In June by new signing John Rankin, who played

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in Stephen Dobbie. It was clipped over the goalkeeper to put Queen Of

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The South ahead. 2-0 with another loan signing scoring the goal for

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Queen Of The South, Joe Thomson, on loan from Celtic. It was a clever

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shot and a great save from Scott Gallacher. Stephen Dobbie rattled

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against the post and it fell for a tap in. There is a third. Queen Of

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The South have a third goal. St Mirren all over the place at the

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back. I do not know who got the final touch. It is all over for St

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Mirren. They have been torn apart. The heads are down. 3-0. It minutes

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had been played. Let's go to Hampden and Charlie Mann. To minutes left at

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Hampden Park. It is very cold. The home side are holding on, 2-1. They

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took the lead on 21 minutes, a great finish by Gregor Fotheringham. It

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was a backheel pass the goalkeeper. Airdrie equalised and 39 minutes. It

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was a good header from Iain Russell, his 13th this year. But the home

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side took the lead. The free kick was given away by Daniel Boateng,

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the Airdrie centre back. It was floated then and Ryan McGeever not

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get past the goalkeeper to beat the home side 2-1 up. It has not been

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Boateng's Bay. They give away the free kick, he has been booked,

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substituted, and in the team line-ups, they have got his name

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wrong. It is full time at the game between Petro -- Peterhead and

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Livingston. INAUDIBLE

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I do not know about you. I am none the wiser. It sounded like

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he was riding a horse. Fill time scores are coming in. Let's join the

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rather sweaty Kenny Crawford at Somerset Park. I am starting to cool

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down. 2-0 Dunfermline. That is a full-time score. Ayr's Desborough

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need for a striker goes on. They created lots of chances but had no

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one to put it in the net. Alan Forrest, Gary Harkins,

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one to put it in the net. Alan I can go on with the list of players

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that Ms chances. Sean Murdoch in the Dunfermline goal either kept them

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out or they were off target. They didn't -- the Ayr manager has said

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how much he wants a striker at Somerset Park. Dunfermline also had

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loads of chances and they took two of theirs. Nicky Clark and Andy

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Geggan with goals. The second was a great volley into the top corner.

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Dunfermline are seven games unbeaten in the league. They are thinking

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about the play-off positions at the top rather the bottom. Thanks. Let's

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hear from Brian McLauchlin. Full-time at Stark's Park, Raith

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Rovers against Falkirk. 4-1, Peter Houston's side romping to victory

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after going a goal behind after nine minutes. Chris Johnson played in by

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Ryan Stevenson. Johnston clipping the ball over the goalkeeper into

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the net. Falkirk equalised through Myles Hippolyte, wonderful free kick

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into the roof of the net. The loss of Ryan Stevenson had a major impact

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on Raith Rovers. Falkirk took the lead through Bob McHugh, slipping

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the ball home. Craig Sibbald with a deflected effort, the ball going

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through the legs of the Raith Rovers keeper, Kevin Cuthbert, for number

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three. Craig Sibbald again, another deflection, three minutes into the

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second half, securing three points for Falkirk. Peter Houston's Sagbo

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five cleared of Raith Rovers in the battle for promotion. 4-1. The ever

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generous Brian McLauchlin awarding extra points. Extra points for

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anyone at Caparello Park? May be for me, but Greenock Morton at one of

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the most impressive sides in the me, but Greenock Morton at one of

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Championship this season. This 2-1 victory means they have now gone 12

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games, 12 league games with only one defeat. It keeps them in third place

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in the division. They were well served by Nesbitt upfront and Ross

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Forbes pulling the strings in midfield. Gregor Buchanan turndown

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in the first half. Michael Tidser converted a penalty for the second

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goal. Dumbarton kept persevering and pulled one back through Andy

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Stirling. But Morton had the composure to see this one out. 2-1

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at Caparello. Another good victory for Morton. They are seven points

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behind Dundee United. They have one game in hand. They are. I think they

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have a possibility of getting closer to Dundee United. Morton have been

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the surprise package this season. I saw them in pre-season. They lost

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lots of players, Denny Johnstone, McManus, Bath. But Jim Duffy got a

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couple of guys on loan from Celtic, McManus, Bath. But Jim Duffy got a

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Nesbitt and the lad Lindsay. He always seems to find these gems.

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They're having a fantastic season and they got to the semifinal of

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They're having a fantastic season cup. Jim is doing a great job.

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Bielik like they are competing for a play-off spot. They have been good

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all season, they have not gone on a run. I like the player who plays up

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front. He is injured. Yes, but he is exceptional. When you get into the

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play-offs, anything is possible. Let's hear from Charlie Mann. It is

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full-time elite one. Yes, Queen's Park in really good form. Just one

:23:05.:23:09.

defeat in eight games. Another good three points for them and Gus

:23:10.:23:17.

MacPherson. They have beaten Airdrie 2-1, and probably the right

:23:18.:23:21.

scoreline given what we have seen in the 90 minutes. 922 minutes -- 922

:23:22.:23:30.

people in the stadium. Gregor Fotheringham gave the home side the

:23:31.:23:35.

lead, but Airdrie came back and equalise, Iain Russell's header his

:23:36.:23:41.

13th of the season. Airdrie did start the second half better, but

:23:42.:23:45.

then Queen's Park came back towards the end. They got the winner and 78

:23:46.:23:51.

minutes, free kick floated into the box. Ryan McGeever was free and it

:23:52.:23:55.

was a calm and collected finish underneath the goalkeeper to give

:23:56.:23:59.

Queen's Park an important victory. They have lost three times already

:24:00.:24:03.

this season to Airdrie. No Queen's Park are looking up the way more

:24:04.:24:08.

than down. I do not know which way Chick Young is looking at the moment

:24:09.:24:13.

but it is full-time in Paisley. I am looking at lots of the press St

:24:14.:24:21.

Mirren fans. It has finished 3-0. I could not identify the school for

:24:22.:24:25.

the third goal. It was a substitute for Queen Of The South who wrapped

:24:26.:24:27.

it up after 87 minutes. Jack was for Queen Of The South who wrapped

:24:28.:24:32.

shaking hands with the Queen Of The South players. It is a big victory

:24:33.:24:35.

shaking hands with the Queen Of The for Queen Of The South, their first

:24:36.:24:40.

in the league since September. They took the lead on the stroke of

:24:41.:24:43.

half-time, fine finish from Stephen Dobbie. The second came from online

:24:44.:24:48.

Celtic player Joe Thomson. Then it was Dykes with the third. St Mirren

:24:49.:24:52.

were the better team in the first half but they fell apart after the

:24:53.:24:57.

break. The misery goes on for them, anchored at the bottom of the

:24:58.:25:03.

Championship table. The team were booed from the park this afternoon.

:25:04.:25:09.

Massive problems from Jack Ross. Fill time. 3-0. Let's look at this

:25:10.:25:14.

from the Queen Of The South point of view. It is a massive victory for

:25:15.:25:18.

them. It is massive. They were on such a bad run. I am pleased to Gary

:25:19.:25:25.

Naismith. Really? Yes, he is a good guy and a good coach. He has made

:25:26.:25:32.

some changes in the window, bringing in John Rankin and making him

:25:33.:25:35.

captain today. He had a pivotal role in the Gulf. On the radio it was

:25:36.:25:38.

described as a masterstroke. It could well have been. Stephen Dobbie

:25:39.:25:43.

is one of the best strikers in the league. He has got 11. I think only

:25:44.:25:49.

Jason Cummings has more. You cannot give him any room in the box, he is

:25:50.:25:53.

sensational. The confidence for St Mirren is so low. We have so many

:25:54.:25:55.

sensational. The confidence for St young players in the team. The

:25:56.:25:59.

senior players have got to lift their spirits. Being booed off the

:26:00.:26:04.

pitch is never nice. They are detached at the bottom. I am

:26:05.:26:06.

genuinely concerned. We are now detached at the bottom. I am

:26:07.:26:10.

a new year and there does not seem to be this improvement we thought

:26:11.:26:14.

was going to come. Queen Of The South can start looking up the way

:26:15.:26:20.

once again. They are on 24 points, six behind Falkirk in fourth place.

:26:21.:26:29.

It is not insurmountable. No. Dunfermline are getting closer.

:26:30.:26:31.

They're one of the form teams in the division. We were speaking about the

:26:32.:26:38.

penalties they missed. It is a big result Gary Naismith. I played with

:26:39.:26:42.

Stephen Dobbie at Hibernian. I was surprised that they did not sign him

:26:43.:26:46.

because he was at Bolton with Neil Lennon. I thought he would have been

:26:47.:26:51.

ideal for them in the Championship. Queen Of The South give him his big

:26:52.:26:54.

chance. I was surprise, no disrespect to Queen Of The South,

:26:55.:26:58.

that bigger clubs in the division did not, in for him. A good result

:26:59.:27:06.

for Falkirk. Peter Houston has been talking about the inconsistency.

:27:07.:27:09.

They have not reached the levels of last season. They had not won a game

:27:10.:27:15.

in four going into this. I do not think they will catch Dundee United

:27:16.:27:20.

for second. Hibernian, after that victory yesterday, they will push

:27:21.:27:25.

on. Falkirk need to get into the play-offs. They were excellent last

:27:26.:27:30.

season in the play-offs. Only 90 bad minutes at Kilmarnock stop them from

:27:31.:27:35.

being promoted. Falkirk will be in the mix at the top of the table.

:27:36.:27:46.

Anything is possible. The and 25 points, only six away from Ayr

:27:47.:27:50.

United, should Raith Rovers fans be concerned? It is very tight. They

:27:51.:27:55.

are probably six points away from Greenock Morton as well. They are in

:27:56.:27:59.

the middle. They need to put results together. No victory since October.

:28:00.:28:05.

The manager might be concerned, especially after today. It is a

:28:06.:28:10.

heavy defeat at home. Dumbarton lost a to Greenock Morton. They have only

:28:11.:28:14.

lost three in their last ten games, but they are only two above Ayr

:28:15.:28:20.

United, they are the part-time team in the division. Will that be a

:28:21.:28:24.

factor as the season spreads out? It may be. I think Stephen Aitken has

:28:25.:28:29.

done a fantastic job. The fact they are part-time means they will not be

:28:30.:28:33.

as fit as the rest of the times. Ayr have been disappointing recently. St

:28:34.:28:39.

Mirren have got to try and grab Ayr or Dumbarton and start pulling at

:28:40.:28:46.

their man picking up points. Dumbarton have been brilliant so far

:28:47.:28:51.

this season. In League One, Livingston stretched their lead

:28:52.:28:55.

because they were winners and Airdrie lost. I think Livingston

:28:56.:28:58.

were most people's favourites to win the league at the start of the

:28:59.:29:01.

season. They kept most of their players from the Championship the

:29:02.:29:06.

season before. Alloa Athletic in second place behind them. Liam

:29:07.:29:10.

Buchanan is probably the best striker in the division. He will

:29:11.:29:14.

score 30 goals no problem. Time for the classified results.

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Now it's a big weekend in the English football calendar -

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Manchester City thrashed West Ham 5-0 last night.

:33:50.:33:52.

Manchester United were at home to Championship Reading,

:33:53.:33:54.

managed by former United player Jaap Stam.

:33:55.:33:56.

The holders comfortably through against Jaap Stam's Reading. Wayne

:33:57.:34:08.

Rooney was the headline act as he opened the scoring in only the

:34:09.:34:14.

seventh minute and in doing so equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's club

:34:15.:34:18.

total of 249 goals. He was here to applaud in the stands. It was a

:34:19.:34:24.

wonder Rooney didn't go past him. Martial made it 2-0 and while

:34:25.:34:29.

Rashford's two goals didn't come until the last quarter of an hour it

:34:30.:34:33.

was a straightforward passage through for the joint record winners

:34:34.:34:37.

of the FA Cup. It is not often a goal for a

:34:38.:34:40.

Manchester United player against Reading would be making the

:34:41.:34:44.

headline, but as a striker, yourself, you have to applaud

:34:45.:34:49.

Rooney. Do you. I can't understand how this guy gets any criticism.

:34:50.:34:53.

That is him the top all time Manchester United goal scorer, he is

:34:54.:34:58.

a top England all time goal score and... Peter Shilton closing in on

:34:59.:35:03.

his record. He manages to get criticism from some quarter, he has

:35:04.:35:05.

his record. He manages to get had to adapt the game. He has lost

:35:06.:35:09.

pace, he can play a number of positions but he had an incredible

:35:10.:35:16.

career. Yes. Absolutely. Also the instant when he had a beer after the

:35:17.:35:21.

Scotland England game. It was all over the front-pages. You can't be

:35:22.:35:28.

hung out to dry. It wasn't the first time he has been caught out having a

:35:29.:35:33.

beer. It has been over the top, when you see his record, his record is

:35:34.:35:38.

phenomenal. It speaks for itself. Let us go on to the 3.00 kick off,

:35:39.:35:43.

Millwall against Bournemouth. A League One side against a Premier

:35:44.:35:49.

League side. Millwall three Bournemouth 0 what a game for Neil

:35:50.:35:54.

Harris's side. Morris son put them ahead. The Cummings scored a rare

:35:55.:35:59.

goal in the second half. Ferguson rounded things off. Eddie Howe made

:36:00.:36:05.

11 changes and was embarrassed here as a result. Millwall runners-up and

:36:06.:36:07.

semifinal lists in the past, deservedly into round four, it

:36:08.:36:12.

finished Millwall 3, Bournemouth 0. One Premier League club biting the

:36:13.:36:17.

dust. Another one. Stoke City were at home to Wolffs this afternoon, it

:36:18.:36:23.

was watched by Adam. Paul Lambert hasn't had much joy, he has some

:36:24.:36:27.

today, a terrific performance from Wolves. The goals left footed shot

:36:28.:36:33.

from doos in the first half and Doherty's first kick in the second.

:36:34.:36:40.

Wolves had a player to thank for a brilliant save to keep Stoke out.

:36:41.:36:44.

Lambert made six changes to his team but it didn't show and the 5,000

:36:45.:36:49.

fans are going back down the M6 happy. It Stoke 0, Wolves 2. Derby

:36:50.:36:55.

fans will be happy. They have knocked out another Premier League

:36:56.:36:58.

club West Bromwich. I am interested in that one, one of the shocks,

:36:59.:37:05.

Millwall beating Bournemouth. My old manager Eddie Howe. It shows how

:37:06.:37:08.

important he takes the FA Cup. There have been a lot of games through

:37:09.:37:14.

Christmas, there always is. A lot of teams make changes for the FA Cup

:37:15.:37:19.

games and it's a gamble but it has not paid off for Eddie. Is the shine

:37:20.:37:25.

off it a wee bit? I don't think so. Normally one of the big teams win.

:37:26.:37:31.

Not in your day. Normally one of the big teams win it. It was the most

:37:32.:37:33.

unbelievable experience, unforgettable to reach the final,

:37:34.:37:38.

with Cardiff, unfortunately we didn't go over the line. I think the

:37:39.:37:43.

money involved in the Premiership, dictates the team selection, I think

:37:44.:37:46.

Bournemouth are down round about that relegation zone, and there is

:37:47.:37:50.

too much money at stake, the Premiership is the be all, end all.

:37:51.:37:56.

Some of the big club squads are that big, they can make several changes

:37:57.:37:58.

without the quality changing too much.

:37:59.:38:03.

Paul Lambert's Wolves are threw, what about Norwich City They were at

:38:04.:38:09.

home to Southampton. Let us get that from Mark Webber. Neither side

:38:10.:38:15.

wanted to replay, especially when Saints are in the second game of

:38:16.:38:18.

three in eight days. It is their fault. They left Naismith unmarked

:38:19.:38:24.

in injury time. It cancelled out two great goals from Southampton from

:38:25.:38:29.

Van Dijk and Yoshida, 14,000 Norwich fans stayed away from in in protest

:38:30.:38:34.

at the ?25 ticket. They missed a thriller. It goes to a replay.

:38:35.:38:42.

The Careys rivals Ipswich Town were at home to Lincoln City from the

:38:43.:38:46.

National League. That was watched by Jonathan. So close and yet so far,

:38:47.:38:52.

there were Lincoln leaders of the National League, five minutes away

:38:53.:38:53.

from beating Ipswich. Enter Tom National League, five minutes away

:38:54.:39:00.

Lawrence for the second time. A shot from distance, knocked through the

:39:01.:39:04.

goalkeeper's leg, that was enough to save Ipswich's blushes but this

:39:05.:39:11.

happened 12 months ago. At the moment Lincoln supporters are giving

:39:12.:39:14.

their players a standing ovation, 5,000 fans have enjoyed themselves

:39:15.:39:19.

as have their players, I think that have another chance, the boos ring

:39:20.:39:23.

out for Montano Castillo car THE, it finished two-2. On to news of

:39:24.:39:34.

another national league side. And Sutton into the Fourth Round

:39:35.:39:39.

draw for the first time since beating Coventry in 1989. . I hope

:39:40.:39:43.

you can hear the applause because these guys have done themselves

:39:44.:39:47.

justice, they might not have got us a shock but possibly they can still

:39:48.:39:51.

go on and do something in the replay. They are be kicking

:39:52.:39:59.

themselves because they had the chancings chances.

:40:00.:40:05.

Will home advantage tell? I suspect Neal Ardley would have taken a draw

:40:06.:40:10.

and a replay before kick off. Listen to this, because this has been

:40:11.:40:16.

Sutton United's day. I won't ask about Sutton. We will

:40:17.:40:22.

talk Paul Lambert's Wolves. A good win away for them. I am delighted

:40:23.:40:27.

for Paul Lambert and Stuart Taylor, the assistant manager, who is a good

:40:28.:40:30.

friend of mine. That is a good result to go Stoke. They would

:40:31.:40:34.

probably have made changes, as you would imagine, but still a good

:40:35.:40:38.

result. A different result for Norwich as well. Two all. Two

:40:39.:40:44.

Scottish players on the score sheet. Good to see Naismith back to score

:40:45.:40:49.

the equaliser. And they go into the next round draw, but what about

:40:50.:40:54.

that, a protest at ?25 a ticket? Well, you can understand, you know,

:40:55.:40:57.

there should be less price, the price should be less going into a

:40:58.:41:02.

home FA Cup game, but you can understand the fans' frustrations.

:41:03.:41:05.

As I mentioned the Premiership is on a break and won't be back until the

:41:06.:41:09.

end of the month, after the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup. So maybe

:41:10.:41:13.

a good time for us to take stock of that first chunk of the season and

:41:14.:41:17.

think perhaps about what lies ahead when the competition starts up

:41:18.:41:20.

again. Maybe we should start with what we learned from this gentlemen.

:41:21.:41:27.

A week ago. Seems as if it was ages ago. Rangers were sportsperson and

:41:28.:41:36.

stunned Celtic. Kenny Miller and they dominated that first half

:41:37.:41:39.

period but they lost a sloppy goal, again, how can you leave this man

:41:40.:41:42.

with that amount of space from a corner kick? Knowing in the previous

:41:43.:41:47.

Old Firm games he scored against you from a corner kick, it was terrible

:41:48.:41:51.

and the second half Celtic upped their level, and showed their true

:41:52.:41:55.

quality. When they equalised you could only see one outcome although

:41:56.:41:59.

Rangers did have opportunities. I would say it's the best Old Firm

:42:00.:42:02.

game I have seen in a long time. It was fascinating. Celtic 19 points

:42:03.:42:10.

clear, a game in hand. The title race pretty much over, Dembele,

:42:11.:42:15.

Steven highlighted him there. Scored a cracking goal. We read West Ham

:42:16.:42:21.

are interested, price tag of 20 million has been bandied about. Do

:42:22.:42:25.

you think they would be tempted to sell? I think they would have to be.

:42:26.:42:30.

They signed him for ?500,000. That is a fair profit. Celtic are in no

:42:31.:42:34.

position to sell him. There is no pressure. The week is won, they have

:42:35.:42:37.

position to sell him. There is no plenty of money in the bank from

:42:38.:42:41.

Champions League. He will score another 15, 20 goals in the

:42:42.:42:45.

Premiership. I don't believe his value is much above that. I don't

:42:46.:42:48.

know what Celtic are holding out for, they are under no pressure to

:42:49.:42:56.

sell him. Rangers losing at home to Celtic last week, favourites for

:42:57.:42:59.

second spot? Is it between them and Aberdeen? Aberdeen beat Hearts 1-0

:43:00.:43:05.

in their last match. It has swung both ways. Rangers were on a poor

:43:06.:43:12.

run. Aberdeen finished the year strongly, three straight wins. And

:43:13.:43:20.

they came alive the last couple of weeks. Rangers were excellent, they

:43:21.:43:24.

should have killed Celtic off. They had their chances to go one, two,

:43:25.:43:30.

3-0 up. They didn't do that. The thing about Aberdeen, they have won

:43:31.:43:34.

three games on the bounce after massive criticism. Derek was getting

:43:35.:43:38.

all sort, went back to the team that brought success and the three

:43:39.:43:41.

all sort, went back to the team that propelled them up the league and it

:43:42.:43:43.

is going to be a fascinating battle. A game in hand as well. They do.

:43:44.:43:51.

Well done to Aberdeen, round the Christmas period, picking up so many

:43:52.:43:54.

points. St Johnstone, their last game, the year, they had a chance to

:43:55.:43:59.

draw level on points. They went to Dundee and they were blown away a

:44:00.:44:00.

bit. They were. It was a surprising

:44:01.:44:09.

result. St Johnstone are tough to crack. They are hard to beat. Dundee

:44:10.:44:15.

blew them away. Good for him to get a goal. He struggled with the step

:44:16.:44:19.

up from League One to the Premiership. This was a sensational

:44:20.:44:24.

strike. I do not know where this came from. In the end, it was an own

:44:25.:44:27.

goal. This man has been a good came from. In the end, it was an own

:44:28.:44:31.

signing for Dundee. He is causing problems. He is not scoring goals

:44:32.:44:37.

but he is amongst that. Celtic for the title, Rangers and Aberdeen for

:44:38.:44:41.

second, second and third, and fourth, Hearts and St Johnstone? I

:44:42.:44:43.

do not think the legal change much fourth, Hearts and St Johnstone? I

:44:44.:44:47.

from how it is no. St Johnstone might be able to challenge Hearts.

:44:48.:44:52.

Hearts are in transition. I do not know if they can challenge Aberdeen

:44:53.:44:56.

and Rangers for the second spot. I do not think the top half of the

:44:57.:45:01.

legal change much. I was going to say. The top half. There is not much

:45:02.:45:06.

between the last team in the top six, Ross County, and Caley Thistle.

:45:07.:45:11.

Only a seven point spread between seven teams. It has been like that

:45:12.:45:16.

all season. Seven is probably the biggest gap there has been all

:45:17.:45:20.

season. Any team is capable of beating another. It will be

:45:21.:45:24.

fascinating, up until they split. Fascinating to see which players

:45:25.:45:29.

these teams bring in. It will be a vital transfer window. Ross County

:45:30.:45:34.

normally like to bring in 56 players. Perhaps he will get his

:45:35.:45:37.

cheque-book out. They are only 59 St players. Perhaps he will get his

:45:38.:45:44.

Johnstone. With the squad they have got, Ross County, they will always

:45:45.:45:47.

sign players in January, as we were touching on. Lots of clubs, the

:45:48.:45:52.

budget is not there to in players. You are looking at loans, to get

:45:53.:45:54.

players out before you can bring others in. I would worry about

:45:55.:45:59.

Hamilton and Inverness at the bottom. They are both at the bottom.

:46:00.:46:06.

They are the teams that could get detached. Hamilton are three behind

:46:07.:46:11.

Kilmarnock at the moment. Kilmarnock have Kris Boyd. Other teams have

:46:12.:46:16.

goal-scorers. I do not see where the goals will come from when I look at

:46:17.:46:21.

those teams. Would you make a prediction? It is easy to say that

:46:22.:46:24.

Inverness will struggle because they are at the bottom. You're right,

:46:25.:46:29.

Inverness and Hamilton are the teams that will probably struggle. Partick

:46:30.:46:32.

Thistle have picked up, they are almost on a false position,

:46:33.:46:36.

struggling for most of the season, because they have been playing

:46:37.:46:39.

better football than their position deserve. The Break interrupts

:46:40.:46:44.

things. Aberdeen would not have wanted this break. I am sure the

:46:45.:46:49.

Derek McInnes was desperate to get to Dubai. When he gets back from

:46:50.:46:55.

Florida. For Aberdeen to be able to fly out to Dubai and get warm

:46:56.:47:00.

weather training, it is fantastic. Partick Thistle are away as well

:47:01.:47:06.

Tola manga. Kilmarnock have gone down to Newcastle. Gateshead. Not

:47:07.:47:13.

quite as glamorous. What do you think of the break, would you prefer

:47:14.:47:18.

to stay at home? It depends for how long and where you're going. If

:47:19.:47:21.

you're going to Dubai, yes. If you're going to Gateshead? I do not

:47:22.:47:27.

know if you were around back then. We went to Trinidad and Tobago with

:47:28.:47:29.

Hibernian. Russell Latapy with with We went to Trinidad and Tobago with

:47:30.:47:32.

Hibernian and we got the trip over there. Did you do any training? Yes,

:47:33.:47:39.

at the end of the bar. Did you come back stronger? It depends on what

:47:40.:47:44.

your manager wants to do. Lots of managers like to have a break where

:47:45.:47:47.

the players can relax. Other managers want to work do. It sounds

:47:48.:47:52.

like Ian Cassel will be working the Hearts players hard. You can relax

:47:53.:47:55.

now. -- Ian Cathro. That's almost it for today

:47:56.:48:02.

but we've got time to revisit and re-boot the results

:48:03.:48:04.

in No Premiership highlights show this

:48:05.:48:08.

week, for obvious reasons. The results show is back

:48:09.:48:26.

as normal next week, at Lots more Championship

:48:27.:48:29.

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:48:30.:48:32.

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Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. With the Premiership taking a winter break, the focus will be on this afternoon's matches in the Championship, League One and League Two. Plus news from the Third Round of the FA Cup.