07/08/2011 Sportscene


07/08/2011

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It's been a stuttering start to the SPL season. The first three

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weekends have featured six games, then five and now four. Two games

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yesterday and two today. Action from all four coming up. And we'll

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hear from the manager of the league Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is

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with us. Even three weeks into the season, title challengers Celtic

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are playing catch-up after their Dublin city break last weekend.

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Today they were at Pittodrie to play Aberdeen who had a hell of a

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time against Neil Lennon's team This club has never received a

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beating like this before. Double The Aberdeen and this is today had

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to be on stopping Celtic from doing yet more damage. Rory McArdle

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returned to the defence. Celtic had to make a couple of changes to

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their back line. 19-year-old Adam now. He is being asked to perform

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at a role that is pretty unfamiliar is a good tackle. Izaguirre landed

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very awkwardly on that right ankle. His manager is concerned. He is

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right up in the tunnel area as Izaguirre is stretchered off. Last

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 69 seconds

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Lion's share of the possession. goalscorer last season. The going

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to come back at his Aberdeen in! -- for Scott Vernon! Celtic is

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Commons. This is Stokes. And at Celtic finally make the break

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through. Celtic took full advantage. Stokes is deadly from that kind of

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range. He may well have fired hands of Celtic last season.

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Gonzalez didn't really get the power in he would have liked. Neil

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Lennon knows he is not far away from Ace next will -- from a second

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He is desperate to get that title back. As you say, it was 75 minutes.

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Just the relief. But it was a good goal and as you say he is delighted

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and rightly so. Mixed emotions for him this evening having lost a

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Player of the Season in the last campaign, Izaguirre. Yes, so in

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fortunate. -- unfortunate. An innocuous tackle. He knows he has

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it insult. It is just the way he lands. It is a real bad one. It is

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sickening for Celtic. They will struggle to get somebody as good as

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him. Just a bad blow. That upsets things financially for him. He

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would maybe have been looking to buy players in other positions and

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suddenly he has to replace him. you say, it is not something you

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want. He would probably have been looking at strengthening other

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areas. Aberdeen pulling their hair out because they did the hard bit

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in many ways and held out for the best part of 75 minutes, and then

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Ricky Foster did this. To be fair, Commons did exceptionally well to

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make it. He finishes it well. He does complain to the referee a bit.

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Commons pickpocketing. It is a lovely goal. Stokes has a great

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scoring record. That is a great front partnership. When you had

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Hooper and the midfield boys, they are a threat from every angle.

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Worrying for Aberdeen fans, not many goals there. One we look back

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over Aberdeen's first three games of the season, this is the closest

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they came to scoring. Back off the post. They really don't look to

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have a great deal of cutting edge at the moment. In fairness to them,

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they have three or four key players missing. Maguire, they have lost

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the goals and the creation in that Maguire. Vernon is doing his best.

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Three games, no goals, it has to be a little concerned.

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Who would have thought Dundee United against St Mirren would be a

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top of the table tussle? Jonathan Sutherland can talk us through the

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happened to St Mirren? 1-0 last weekend against Aberdeen after

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their first game draw with Dunfermline. Sadly, this game would

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begin in tragic fashion for Scott Severin. The diagnosis was

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horrendous. No malice in the incident, but Scott Severin was

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stretchered away with a triple leg- break. And Neil Thompson scored his

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first goal. Two players there who really epitomised the

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transformation of the team in the last season. Dundee United just

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didn't turn up in this -- in the first half. Hasselbaink was a

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constant danger. This shot was just wide. Next, another moment to the

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get for the defender Keith Watson. A fresh shot with the goal gaping.

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Overall, St Mirren were in charge in the first half. Paul McGann and

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with this shot over the bar. Then again changing moment - an arm

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lashed out by Hasselbaink made contact with pursuer Paul Dixon.

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The defender went down in a heap. The red card came out for

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Hasselbaink, prompting protests. The manager had to run onto the

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pitch to help quell disorder. Into the second half, with an extra

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advantage, Johnnie Russell did his best. His first effort was saved by

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some sun. His strike partner Jon Daly would also come close, but the

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equaliser just did not come. Then in the 67th minute, the cutback was

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there. And there was Jon Daly on hand to grab the equaliser. United

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manager after the game it describes his player's second half

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performance as Money doesn't. 19- year-old Scot Alan looks like he

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might have a big future after making his debut against Hearts. He

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almost conjured up a winner. It was St Mirren were outstanding for the

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first half of the game. The turning point was Hasselbaink being sent

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off. What did you think at the time? I couldn't see, I thought

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Hasselbaink would get a penalty. It is really silly. He is a young boy,

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20, he is in the clear. Normally when you find somebody of it is

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when you are grappling with you, but he is allowed -- a yard ahead.

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Now I have seen it again, I think the referee is spot-on. They will

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miss him. Certainly, he created a goal, if he had another two

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opportunities. Our defenders will be very pleased he is missing next

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week. MacGowan was excellent yesterday. Mixed emotions. Dundee

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United threw everything at them in the second half and when they

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scored early you expected them to win it. It has been difficult for

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Dundee United, because they have lost so many good players,

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Goodwillie, Conway, all automatic choices for them. Soak the pressure

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is on Johnnie Russell and Scot Alan the 19-year-old making his second

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start. Johnnie Russell did well against us last season. And the 19-

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year-old, a fantastic bit of skill. Fair play to St Mirren for holding

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on. A horrible moment was the injury to Scott Severin. It report

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leg-break. He is 32, and you just hope he will come back from this. -

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- 8 triple leg-break. Unfortunately for the kid, as you say, to have

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your leg break in three places was horrendous. A committed tackle,

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they both went in for it. The boy will be out for a long time.

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Mirren and Motherwell next weekend, sounds like that will be a good one.

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St Mirren really impressed. The Football yesterday was very good.

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The sending of changed the game. I am sure the fans of St Mirren

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Inverness work goalless and pointless yesterday. The first game

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of the SPL comeback. The first -- the last time they met

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was four years ago. Richard Hastings equalised with a free kick.

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The goalkeeper probably still has nightmares. McAllister was the

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winner but the deflection had a fair bit to do with it. It was a

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defeat which cent Dunfermline down to the First Division. The manager

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their first victory of the new season. That was almost a wonderful

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start. How was that kept out?! Dunfermline are coming forward once

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otherwise we would have seen the opening goal. That was player three

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Galahad. It was a nice height for Dunfermline have a deserved lead,

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of the second half for the visitors. Tansey made his own luck there. It

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just looked over and into the net. Dunfermline are back in front but

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where was the marking of the Caley would have to say so and the next

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argument was, was it over the line Caley Thistle although denied one

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Caley Thistle are certainly more in the game now than they ever have

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been. And incredibly, at Caley Hardy and he knows it. An injury-

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time equaliser for Dunfermline. The Sometimes, it must be difficult for

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a manager to evaluate. Inverness were appalled but they were 3-2 up

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in the last minute. Yes, he has scored last week in the last minute.

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It was deeply disappointing but Dunfermline apparently deserved it.

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What the manager will be pleased about is that he looks to have

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found a good goalscoring midfielder IND Tansey. You had delicate him as

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well, didn't she? Yes, we knew all about him. He did ever so well at

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stop well last season. He got a lucky deflection but he has

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terrific feet and is a good striker. He will be looking to get double

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figures from the midfield. He tackles the ball well. He is brave

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to? Yes, he was in there and he is a big as it. When Dunfermline got

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the free kick in the 90th minute yesterday, I think John Macintyre

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thought it was too far out. Martin Hardy thought otherwise and he was

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right. Yes, with that opportunity, you would say that nine times out

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of 10 you would be happy but it was a postage stamp goal. A tremendous

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finish and a deserved point. It was good for Dunfermline yesterday, the

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performance, because I thought there was not much about them

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yesterday -- before but yesterday it was encouraging. Fans pay to see

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goals. And they were good goals as well. It is a building block and

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another point. They are unbeaten. It is cringing! A great little

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header but there is no doubt he is of sight. But it is school Balkans

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-- schoolboy stuff. You just want to get it on the scoresheet. I'm

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sure the manager had a few words with him. Three goals yesterday,

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they created a lot against Hibs and they had a good few chances at your

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place? Yes, defensively the goal last week was a bit sloppy to give

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it away. Maybe the keeper could have been slightly better but I

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think he has been pleased with the attacking play. And the players

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school -- school build score -- score goals midfield but

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defensively they need to be better. Seven days is a long time at hearts

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and it was Paulo Sergio who was the latest managerial hiring to follow

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the latest firing by the axeman, got on. Commentary from Paul

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 69 seconds

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Mitchell. behind by a Kello. Jennings was

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 69 seconds

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a yellow card. The referee is quickly out with the card for the

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off his line. Randolph was alert. Ian Black has gone over the top.

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O'Reilly didn't hesitate. Straight to the back pocket. It doesn't look

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so bad from that angle but Ian Black is off. It looked hasty from

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him. No chance to win the ball he just went over the top of the

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Sergio. A Jamie Murphy, and on the hour, Jamie Murphy gives them the

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lead. Great construction in the move. Lovely passing. Not the

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greatest of first touch as but his persistence paid off. It is his

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first ever goal against Hearts, and Motherwell continued to have the

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upper hand. Murphy trying to get outside, sliding in there. The ball

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ended by Keith lastly, this could be trouble! That means red. For the

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last five minutes of the game, the Top of the league and you can throw

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the title away now. It has been a good start, nothing more. We have

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got players that can consolidate going forward. A big turning point

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in the game was the sending-off of being black. Television can tell a

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different story sometimes, what did you think watching it back?

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watched it again and I thought they would two committed players going

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for the ball. That was slightly behind. Dangerous though, wasn't

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it? Yes, I think the referee got it right. That does not help hearts in

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their discipline record. Murphy's Gold, obviously modesty forbids you

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from saying it you switch the players and sat at up. A good ball,

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a good forward run. A good, crisp pass across. Delighted for him and

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everyone. I think the second half, it is not always easy. You have to

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move the ball quickly. You went to disappointed to find out the

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Hasselbaink is suspended. Not so pleased about the two yellows here

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though. No, he got there as quick as he could but he was a split-

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second late. It is a committed tackle again. Certainly it was

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yellow. This one, yes, no doubt it was a foul. Not every fowl is a

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yellow card but I think the referee just about got it right. Two wins

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and a draw. This was the opening weekend victim -- victory. Is there

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a worry that the squad is then? yes, there certainly is. And the

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window is closing in a couple of weeks. They are playing well, we

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have young boys coming in. Naturally, like every manager, you

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want more players and. Hopefully before the window closes we will

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get one or two more. But we work with the budget like everybody does.

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We have quality on the side, but depth is not as good as we would

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like. Let us have a look at the That's it for tonight. We'll have

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highlights for you of Scotland's friendly against Denmark on

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Wednesday night at 22.45. More SPL action next Sunday night at 22.25.

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