07/10/2012 Sportscene


07/10/2012

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


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Last weekend's SPL goals total of 26 was the biggest in nearly 10

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Aberdeen scored two of those 26 goals and manager Craig Brown is

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here with Billy Dodds and myself, as we review this weekend's SPL

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action. The pair of them have a relationship which goes back a long

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way. I seem to remember this one didn't have a happy ending. We will

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hear from them after we've seen highlights of today's SPL meeting

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A Celtic team showing just one change from the 11 who started

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Tuesday night's Champions League win in Moscow. Skipper Scott Brown

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rested, winger James Forrest started. One change for Hearts as

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well. Scotland defender Andy Webster record, midfielder Scott

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take them back... Hears Charlie here. In a clash with Charlie

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Mulgrew. That was brave goalkeeping. Play continued but it is the end of

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of the situation. But Andrew Driver initially there by Andrew Driver.

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But he gets away with it and goal. Commons did really well to

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opening goal. It's a first in the space. He hit that with a fair bit

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vital role in the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow and

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Couldn't quite find the target, perhaps in the dying seconds?

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Andrew Driver with a chance. He Dragsic wide, he should have hit

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Jamie MacDonald is OK. It looked bad at the time but the guy who

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replaced him, Peter Enckelman, didn't cover himself in glory at

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didn't cover himself in glory at tour. It's a great way to pass, he

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doesn't even have to take a touch. He got power on it but he has been

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littered by mistakes. It's these mistakes that people remember. He

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has to make maybe 20 saves after that for them to forget about it,

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but they keep on sticking with him. There's been a few. It's a shame

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because he's had a good career but it was his fault for the goal.

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didn't look as if that would be the only goal of the game because

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Celtic had so much possession and pressure and chances. Gary Hooper

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drifting into space, nobody picks him up at all. When the ball is

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played out wide, Kris Commons cuts it quite well. He scored five last

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time against Hearts and you expected him to score their. On

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another day these go in. Celtic had so many chances they could have

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scored. Three of four goals quite comfortably. But Stevenson, a great

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shot for Hearts as well. This is great play from Celtic. I was very

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surprised they played the same team. They were brilliant in Moscow. But

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with international break, Neale would say, I can play them in this

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game and then they've got a couple Given hindsight, Neil Lennon

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probably would have freshened it up because there was a bit flat at

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times. It's OK in hindsight. I think it's a testament to Hearts.

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They've always given Celtic problems. They always play for 51

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and make it very different. Maybe Neil Lennon thought he had to play

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the best team. But they've won the game. You know your teams when they

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play bad and they still win, you take that home. But they have a big

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Poole. You would think they could freshen it. But the team did so

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well in Moscow, on you go. Many will get a break. To me, they

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didn't look too flat. I watched the game on TV and I thought Celtic

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played very well. How much of a boost is it for Scottish football

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that they are in the Champions League and are pulling back of

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against Moscow? They are doing great, even better at Liverpool. He

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played the right side of midfield against Liverpool, Pedersen. He's

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up front there. A 17-year-old. What a player he is. And he could have

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scored, it would have made for a different game if he'd taken the

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coming from the other side on to his right foot, it would have been

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back in the net. It was through two People talk about Hearts because of

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the size of the club, being a top- six team this season, but a lot has

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changed at Tynecastle. Will they make the top of? He I've ticked

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them not to but... Does that mean they will? On their wage bill they

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should. They still have a big squad of players. They've lost one or two

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but they still have a good squad, a big squad and a talented group of

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players. Some of the young boys coming through operate, Paterson

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the example. Hibs have to be happy with the first couple of months of

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the season, which continued with a It has on the whole been pretty

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Kearney. It's 1-0 to Hibs. Doyle, who scored a cracker at Aberdeen

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last weekend, flushing a head from the Kearney cross. Paul Kearney has

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made such a big difference to Hibs they are currently at the bottom of

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the SPL. Four points adrift of Dundee United. It is Colin Nish on

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the offensive. Was Ian Davidson's cross? -- was he in Davidson's

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It was Jim McAllister's challenge. Kearney had the legs taken from him.

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Griffiths. This one comes against David Wotherspoon. Role did with

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Hibs were top of the lead briefly for less than 24 hours but you beat

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them last weekend. Is it a bigger Trans formation in a team than the

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Hibs we saw finishing last season? They have performed as a team

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without doubt. Pat Fenlon does very well on the loan market. He's got

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some good signings. The latest, Ryan McGivern from Man City,

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absolutely outstanding. Came on against us last week, just after

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half-time. He was absolutely first class. Great pace, good left foot.

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Delivery terrific. You can't ask a ball from a full-back. I'm told

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that is not an exception, that's the norm for him. He will be a

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fixture in the Hibs team now. two players everyone is raving

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about in a Hibs context were Griffiths and McPake. But two

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Griffiths and McPake. But two others to grab the attention, they

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are involved in all three goals here, that is Owen Doyle. I like

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Kearney because at Thistle, you can see them in the circle. They always

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hit the box. Doyle works hard. Kearney played central area for

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Partick Thistle, but he always gets in the box. He wins the penalty. He

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is wide left, he's getting in the box, he is forced to play wide left

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to get a game at Hibs but he's He's done it again. So Wotherspoon,

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Scottish under 21 player - he does very, very well indeed. Billy is

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right about Kearney. He does not play in the wide position. He plays

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more central, as he did for Thistle. He is competitive. Hibs, you are

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right, they have transformed the team. They will stay at the top, or

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near the top throughout the season. Is that part of them getting in the

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type of player they want? He was under pressure. He gets results. He

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another three points. Paul Mitchell in! O'Leary made the move to

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deflect the goal. It's paid off. He certainly moved to deflect the

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target. It his first ever goal for Kilmarnock. Kilmarnock lead after

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plays well. I tell you what - he was lucky.

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first time they have trailed all seconds from the start of the

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second half and Aberdeen are level wrong way. It is the fourth goal of

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the season and about -- Aberdeen are level.

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lead. 54 minutes played. A delightful chip in from Fraser. He

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knew what he wanted to do. Aberdeen 3-1. The ball came in from Hayes.

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He did so well, even to get there to make the chance.

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three points. It's a fantastic finish for the first SPL goal of

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the season for Scott Vernon. Kilmarnock could not get there.

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That's a great finish by Scott Vernon. Aberdeen will take all

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three points and their fine run continues. The Kilmarnock manager

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said his team did not deserve to lose. Discuss? I am bias as well,

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but I think we did enough in the game to get the result we got - 3-1.

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There was a goal between the teams, maybe twoment Fraser is a fantastic

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talent to watch, isn't he? He is indeed. This was by far from his

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best game. He's had some sparkling games earlier in the season. Games

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in which we didn't score, but he created numerous chances. You see

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him here - it is interesting, he prefers to cross it with his left

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foot. At that occasion he crossed it with his right. Young player of

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the month for September? Certainly. He's taken the SPL by storm and the

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way to that cross, as Craig was saying, usually by the left. He is

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strong. I think he's so sharp and quick that teams struggle with him.

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Is he the target for rough treatment, Craig? He probably is.

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To be fair to kill far mock, I don't think they -- kill far mock I

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don't think they set out to be have lent in any way. It is a tribute to

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him, isn't it, the way guys try to stop him.

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It is a compliment to him. There are occasions, in Inverness, some

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hard tackling on him. That was a bit fierce that one. I don't think

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anyone is setting out - there's Kearney - not setting out to injure

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him or be violent. They find it difficult to stop him without

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impeding him. That is getting free kib force us and yellow cards for

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the opposition. He's so sharp. Of course you want protection. Some

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of the players - these are big, solid defenders. Do you have

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sympathy for defenders? Never. You talk to the wrong person!

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There's no question, the one major thing about him is he does not take

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a dive. He never goes down unnecessarily. When he goes down he

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gets back up. He is brave. He has been warned you are not to put it

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on. I see him quote as saying, if you are fouled you don't go down

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unless you have to. There are some obgkaigs he is staggering on.

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If you go down a bit - you don't want them to do that. You want them

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to be honest about it. I never thought I would say this about

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Gavin Rae, but three goals for him. Gavin was playing off the front

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quite a bit and was good for a goal there. He's very versatile, Gavin

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Rae. Niall McGinn, two with headers. He's not the tallest guy in the

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world. He's a very good spring. He's got electric pace, so he gives

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us movement. How promising are things - I know you will not say

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Aberdeen will win the league at the moment - how promising are things

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for the rest of the season? We want to improve every year. That was the

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target. In recent times, we have sold five players. Very few SPL

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clubs have sold five. We have lost five. They were all sales. Two guys

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like Maguire. It is difficult to replace guys like that - we have

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not bought anyone. We have simply gone into the market and bought

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players who were out of contract. So, I think we have managed to

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build a reasonable good squad. Hopefully it will get stronger. The

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experience of Anderson of Rae, of Hughton and Vernon up front has

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helped us greatly. We have some wonderful young boys. Before I came

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to Aberdeen, there was a great supply of youths coming through.

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You can see that, Fraser is one of them. The list goes on. Was the

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goal off the training goal - is this one he has been practicing

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with his knee? He acts well. I don't think he tried to put it in

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the net, tried to put knit the area. I don't know what Craig thinks of

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that one. He has punched it straight into the bodies. His

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reaction, maybe a bit quick there. Credit to him, I think he's not

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trying to no knock it back into the area. He will wish he pushes it

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away from goal rather than into bodies and it caused a lot of

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problems. Maybe a bit harsh because I thought

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he should run backwards and put it over the bar. I am sitting in the

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middle of the park with a dog out there, looking at that situation.

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It was a good safe. You lose your sight in older age. I knew you

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would repeat my age. You will repeat that tomorrow morning?

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hiper critical yesterday. I am not a goal-keeping coach. I am looking

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at it, trying to be as fair as possible. Up quicker, keep your

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eyes on the ball, put it over the bar. Seems simple to me. Now the

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only season question marks over Lomas as St Johnstone seem

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ridiculous now - September's manager of the month was looking to

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an SPL win yesterday at St Mirren. Lomas, taking manager of the month

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award for September. This St Johnstone side looking to

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side in front. It's all too easy - shrugs off the defender. It's a

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cool finish that gives St Johnstone almost ended in the back of the

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the start of the second half. The allowing St Mirren that kind of

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are furious, they want a penalty five if you include their League

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Cup result as well. What's changed? A little bit of luck, getting some

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players back. Not great defending their, Hasselbaink is strong. I

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think when you get confidence, it's a testament to Steve Lomas because

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let's make no mistake, he was under serious pressure. Usually you lose

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your game when you get voted manager of the month. You can see

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the results. A big rush of confidence going through that club.

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They've got a good look about them at the moment. I think the big

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turning point was the Celtic result. I watched the four-game. -- fall

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game. Peter was a good contribution in that match. They played

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exceptionally well against Celtic. This is the gain you were talking

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about. St Johnstone have lost a few players with illness that week as

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well. They were under strength and yet they beat Celtic. They have

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taken off since then. There's no doubt they've done exceptionally

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well. St Mirren are a good side. Looking at the highlights, I think

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St Murer -- St Mirren were a bit unfortunate not to get something

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from the game. Aberdeen contributed to the early-season pressure on

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Steve Lomas because he won in Perth. It all seems crazy now, that people

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were questioning his future at the club. They are a few points off the

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top of the league. We are only a quarter of the way through this

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league. There's a long way to go. Things will change before the end

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of the season. St Johnstone started in a different fashion, now they

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are on this great run. By Steve Lomas, I hope it doesn't stop. But

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I think they will come a cropper. you get huge confidence. It goes

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through every player and the whole team. They seem to keep winning.

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St Mirren haven't really made a lot, St Mirren haven't really made a lot,

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a couple of penalty claims near the end. This one looks a Stone wall

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against Robertson. It is. You would rather have the penalty. I don't

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know if he is playing advantage. I'd rather have a penalty kick than

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a cross coming into the box anyway. You've got St Merryn in the League

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Cup quarter-finals. Great respect for St Mirren. My pal Tommy Craig

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is now working there, he's an excellent coach. There's a big

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improvement in St Mirren. They've got the injury to McGowan, which

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will obviously upset them. He was a key player, they will have to do

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well to get a replacement for McGowan. But there are a couple of

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young players, McLean. They are a tough team. We will have a

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difficult game in the Cup against St Mirren. Four good League Cup

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quarter-finals coming up and the milestone match in the north on

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Friday night launched this SPL weekend. The first of a top-flight

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Highland derby. Inverness against team was the return to the midfield

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after a three-match ban of Owain Tudur Jones. Derek Adams was able

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to record his captain and the main striker McManaman, in place of

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Shinnie can't get there. Ross has taken the credit for the

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opening goal. Roberts was there, too, he seemed to go up for it from

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the corner. It seems to have come off the back of frost Draper. Caley

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Denied by Michael Fraser. What a the ball cleanly enough but then he

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His first ever goal for Ross County came against Caley Thistle. He

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Mikaele is going through. -- Billy McKay. Quinn caused the problem

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Doran finishers with a sensational Borlee. Aaron Doran has won the

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game for Caley Thistle. What a I was acting as your official

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interpreter. The best part of 7000 there, how special of a night was

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it? It was a great night for football. And then the type of game

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we got, because I was expecting an old fashioned, physical Derby. It

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never materialised. Inverness started particularly well. At 2-0

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up I thought they should have had the game over. Then Ross County had

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a brilliant second half. Aaron Doran's second goal sealed it.

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was Inverness setting the tone from the start. It did have a big

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influence in this match because there was really no looking back

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for them because of their strong start. They were right in the faces

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of Ross County. Draper had a bit of luck, Consob is back, but he could

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have scored before that. The timing changed in the first half was when

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they hit the bar. Suddenly Ross County came in. Inverness scored

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their second slightly against the run of play, but I thought

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Inverness were the better team and deserved to win it. You be

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different - that you know the difference back-to-back wins can

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make. Inverness have done the same thing. A fantastic result. His team

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played brilliantly with him up there. I don't know the rules

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because I haven't been suspended yet, but he's not allowed an hour

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before the game in the dressing room or at half-time. They played

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exceptionally well. Good credit to both teams. Excellent teams. They

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are doing the north of Scotland proud. When we see the run that

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Ross County had, it was sensational. Now it's been arrested a little,

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they'll come back I'm sure. We will see in a couple of weeks' time. I'm

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hoping that we can do what Inverness did to Ross County, but

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it will be very difficult. A good game. Great quality. Some fine

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goals. Aaron Dorrans's goal to Clinton was spectacular. Inverness

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3-1 winners of that first of a Highland derby in the SPL. Going

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