10/11/2013 Sportscene


10/11/2013

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


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Good evening. We have had a splurge of gold this weekend. Last week,

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just eight, tonight, almost three times that number plus four red

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cards and one potential incumbent manager sitting in the stands. In

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terms of the goals, Steven Thompson joins us in the studio, so too does

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the former Hibs midfielder Stuart Lovell. It is at Hibs that we start

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tonight. All week long the question had been would Terry Butcher take

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the reins at Easter Road, with the added spice that Inverness

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Caledonian Thistle were the visitors this weekend. As it was come

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kick-off time Butcher was in neither dugout. The commentator is John

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Barnes. Jimmy Nicholl makes one change to

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the side. James Collins returns to partner Heffernan in attack. No

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matter whether it was Terry Butcher or Maurice Malpas that selected the

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team, they stick with the same 11 that beat Kilmarnock. Willie Mackay

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looking to add to his nine goals so far this campaign.

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The referee points to the spot. Shinnie nudged by James Collins. A

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good, positive play by the fullback. He earns his side a penalty. Nick

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Ross. Cars -- Caley Thistle in front. Ross's first goal of the

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season after 14 minutes it comes. Williams got a touch to it, but he

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couldn't manage to keep it out. Terry Butcher looks to have donned

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his civvies today to take place in the stand to oversee his present

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team and possibly his future team. A transfer number two, an excellent

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finish by Billy McKay. He is now into double figures for the season.

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It was great play by Shinnie to set up the opportunity. He still had

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work to do from the angle. But Billy McKay delivered the perfect finish

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for his 10th goal wrist campaign. Controlling things in the technical

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area for Caley Thistle. It has come off the post. The

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interception, dollar and really could have taken it on himself and

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had a shot but unselfishly looked for Billy McKay and a sigh of relief

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from the Hibs goalkeeper. Blocked by the boots of Ben

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Williams. Billy McKay looking to get his second of the afternoon and it

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was the Hibs goalkeeper who blocked him. An interested spectator, Kenny

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Millar, second from the left in the bottom row. A one-time Hibs striker.

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It is Jordan Forster up from the back, going close there. Is he

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claiming for the corner? He rose well. Inches away. Is this the last

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match in charge for Jimmy Nicholas -- forgery Nicholl as caretaker?

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The Hibs players are appealing for a penalty. They believe the goalkeeper

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took out Forster. I good ball, excellent defending by

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Shinnie under extreme pressure from Collins.

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He is appealing for the penalty there. Maybe he did seem to have a

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hand on his back and took that the jersey. It would have been in the

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soft category. Caley Thistle really have bossed

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this game. A fine block by Hanlon to deny Billy McKay another opportunity

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to increase Inverness's lead. It was a fantastic performance, started the

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game brightly and once we scored the two goals we were romping for a

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while. We needed a goal to get confidence and unfortunately it did

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not work out like that. It was always going to be a struggle in the

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second half but confidence is low anyway and the last thing we needed

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was a couple of early goals. Whatever happens with Terry and the

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two clubs we have a decision to make, until then...

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It was insipid from Hibs, you would have to say, but all eyes on Terry

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Butcher yesterday. Is it inevitable, do you feel that he will be the next

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manager of Hibernian? The bookies would suggest is a done deal. I

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wonder whether Terry might feel that he can take Caley Thistle a little

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bit further. There is no question if you compare the two clubs, Hibs are

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bigger club than Inverness Caley Thistle, always have been. I would

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suggest they always will be. Nevertheless there they are sitting

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second in the table with a Cup semifinal to look forward too

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against hearts, which after what happened last season they will want

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revenge -- Hearts. This is a difficult decision for him. I don't

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think it is a done deal. It is not a no-brainer, like some people

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suggest. Do you think it is a matter of time, could it happen tomorrow? I

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think he could. You may see it tomorrow. Terry loves his life in

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the Highlands and he is a very ambitious person. He has been up

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there nearly five years now and I think he maybe feels he needs a new

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challenge. Playing devil's advocate, sticks in the net Caley Thistle la

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on a great run this season and yesterday they were much better than

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Hibernian -- Inverness Caley Thistle. It would be mad to take the

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Hibs job, wouldn't he? Managers like projects, we know that. They don't

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often get the chance to see them through to the end. If you are

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making comparisons between the two teams now then obviously the

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sensible choice would be to stay where he is. Nevertheless Hibs is a

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big club, you can't get away from that.

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He is an ambitious guy, some guys have viewed it as a poisoned chalice

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in the past. I am fascinated by what decision he comes to because he

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really enjoys his time at Inverness and he is well looked after. What

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about the point at Inverness he is Lord of the manor, he calls the

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shots in terms of the footballing aspect and at a Bernie and he will

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be working with Rob Petrie, who presumably will want his say on how

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things go? I think the interesting thing is that Terry works as a team

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with Morris and Steve and I do say if he is going to go to Easter Road

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he will want those guys with him. People are saying, why has there

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been a delay for him taking the job at Hibernian? Perhaps that is the

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reason, he wants to make sure if he goes there he goes there on his

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terms and gets the opportunity to work with the backroom staff he

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knows and trusts. I quit --. It will be interesting. Jackie McNamara's

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young side always liable to put on a show. Motherwell's recent form a bit

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up and down. Goals always a possibility at Fir Park and it

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finished 2-macro-2-macro in September. There was a minute's

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silence in memory of the Faurlin conflicts across the globe. -- in

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memory of the fallen, in conflicts across the globe.

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A quartet of changes for the Motherwell side, and unfamiliar back

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four, It comes in for Ryan Gauld.

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Motherwell had a chance to clear, they didn't do so. The goalkeeper's

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punch was poor and although he got a touch, it ends up behind him. Ryan

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Gauld with a fourth goal of the season, neatly up and neatly in. Not

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the start he was looking for. Francis-Angol isn't under pressure.

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-- is under pressure. Paul Paton, 2-0 to Dundee United and

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Motherwell are a mess at the back. Paul Paton schools for the first

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time for Dundee United and Francis-Angol under severe

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pressure, really should have cleared his lines. In the end it was pulled

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back, came off comments. Paul Paton with a header in. Dundee United two

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ahead and Motherwell are far from happy.

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Sutton, on his weaker side, trying to get Motherwell back in the match,

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John Sutton. A good hit, plenty of power.

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United keeping up the pace. That is deflected, a really good save.

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Robertson was always going to drag it back onto his left side, the

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goalkeeper at full stretch there. United, just one loss in the last

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seven, are flowing again. A great pass into Ryan Gauld, and

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even better finished. Great football from Dundee United. 64 minutes gone,

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a double for Ryan Gauld. The finishing touch, perfection from

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Ryan Gauld. His first-ever Dundee United double and they look set for

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all three points. He sends it wide onto Robertson.

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That is the way to finish the game. Andrew Robertson, who scored against

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Motherwell at Tannadice. The does the same at Fir Park. A wonderful

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performance. The best performance I have witnessed from an away team at

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this ground. Sometimes you think you could have done better, but they

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have had a good run of form away from home. Took Celtic all we lost

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week and I think they showed today for sub you only have to look at the

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strength in depth on the bench to see what they have got. I thought we

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were excellent. The team had a desire to get forward and help each

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other. Disappointing, the above chances that we did not take a but

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even to come here and create those chances, against a strong Motherwell

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team, that has won five games out of six at home, that was a massive win

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for us. Stuart McCall was very confirmatory

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about Dundee United. Every week, we were -- wax lyrical about Ryan

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Gauld, but it was the engine room of this United team that made the

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difference. Yes, Paul Rankin deserves a mention. You need two

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players playing their position to allow the front four to flourish.

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They all do that. It is ironic that those of them are meant to be

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holding midfielders. They are in the six yard box looking to finish. They

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do this job very well. They press, and then pop it off to the guys who

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can give them a cutting edge. They did their job very well for Dundee

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United Jess today. They allowed the front four to win the game. --

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yesterday. Just how good a side can they be, than the United? Brilliant,

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and the scary thing is they are getting better as the season goes

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on. Motherwell yesterday had three of their normal back for out and if

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there is one thing you do not want to meet at this time in that

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situation is Dundee United going forward, they are frightening. At

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this moment in time they are a frightening prospect. Stewart, you

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said that it could have been even more. Ryan Gauld, we talk about him

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quite a lot, just how good can he be? He has got a touch of the Messis

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about him, very low centre of gravity, he takes a break positions.

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He needs to be given the ball in areas that he can hurt teams, and

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Dundee United have found a way to get the ball in to him and allow him

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to do his stuff, and he is flourishing in a team that is set up

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perfectly for him. Things looking increasingly bleak for hearts as

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they started the day on a less than inspiring -7 points. Eight league

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games without a victory, and the last victory had been against

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Aberdeen at Tynecastle back in August. Commentary from Rob Maclean.

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Ryan Jackson itching to holding midfield role for Aberdeen alongside

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Willo Flood. Gary Locke cannot make too many changes. This is a team

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that lost at home to Saint Johnstone.

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That was flicked on for Stevenson. Stretching out the right leg to make

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the save, Jamie Lange field for Aberdeen. The corner kick from Barry

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Robson. And Niall McGinn. Aberdeen ahead, midway through the first

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half. Haas did not deal with the corner kick. Jamie Hamill with the

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shot. Barry Robson blocked it. He's going to get a yellow card for

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encroaching. He disputed, but he did take a couple of steps forward.

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Robson slides it through for Pawlett. Skipping away from the

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challenge from Wilson, then firing the ball across goal. That was

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close. In, from Robson, and goes Zola, and Considine has the shot

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lot, Dylan McGowan blocks the shot on the line and screams for a

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penalty from Aberdeen. It took a deflection and reared up in the

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direction of McGowan on the goal-line, appearing to strike him

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on the face. Barry Robson, for Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett trying to

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drive through. Mounting pressure on the Hearts goal, and that there is a

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penalty. That surely struck the back of Meguid. --McGhee. And saved by

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McDonald, good goalkeeping. Maybe justice done.

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Hearts, looking to break with Jamie Walker. Jason Holt is bundled over

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by Robson and there was going to be trouble, it is going to be a second

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yellow card. For the midfielder. He looks aghast, but he will have to

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take the long walk and Aberdeen are juiced to ten men. -- reduced. That

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is touched over by Jamie Lange field -- Langfield. Johnny Hayes fires it

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in and Scott Vernon. Almost making an impact from the bench. A neat

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touch and a neat save from Jamie Macdonald. Danny Wilson is the

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target. Jamie Walker is around Langfield and it is 1-1 at

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Pittodrie. Nobody reacted quicker than Walker. Flicked on for Walker,

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Newsround Hector, he turns it back and Paterson scores. They have

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turned this game completely around have young Hearts. Paterson scores

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and it is 2-1 at Pittodrie. Lovely pass. And Walker can set Paterson. A

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big chance. And he just could not stretch far enough. Powerful header

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clear, and now, Hearts on the counterattack. Jamie Langfield who

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was up for the corner kick has to sprint back. Here, Hearts again. And

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it is Stevenson mother blockbuster, to finish things off at Pittodrie.

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-- with a blockbuster. The comeback is complete. Hearts have beaten ten

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man Aberdeen 3-1. It was a fantastic performance, especially in the

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second half. The sending-off changed the game a little bit. Every time we

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look forward -- we went forward, we looked dangerous. We were not happy

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with the second half performance last week but we have responded well

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today. The handball on the line from McGowan, it has been five or six

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yards before the ball fires up at them, whether it is difficult for

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him to get his arm out of the way, that has denied us a goal, and

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Richard have been a red card and a penalty kick. No doubt about that.

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That was a key moment in the game. Let's have a look at these penalty

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incidents. Jamie Hamill on Peter Pawlett. I think he kicks the back

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of his leg. He tries to kick the ball but kicks the back of his leg.

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I don't think that is a penalty. This is the handball from Dylan

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McGowan. Look how many Aberdeen players appeal for it. They all see

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the same thing which is that his arm goes up, maybe to protect his face,

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but I think that does look like a handball and a red card. Not

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convinced? No, but you have to look at the position of the referee.

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Whether he has been influenced by the ones that he had not given...

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Referees do not do that, do they? You can see why Derek McGuinness

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would be disappointed with the second one. He was full of praise

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for the Aberdeen performance. He said that they played comfortably

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and well, but then went down to ten men with the sending-off of Barry

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Robson. I don't think Barry can have any complaints with this. Referees

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are told that if a player encroaches, don't forget, it is

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direct, that there is a nailed on yellow card. I have a lot of

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sympathy for Barry Robson. He is trying to check is tried and let him

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go. I know that referees are told the book someone when a player is

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impeded when in a promising attacking move. He is trying to get

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out of the way, almost. I do not see that as a yellow card, that was very

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harsh. Was that necessary for Pastor comeback into this match? -- for

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Hearts to comeback. This was a wonderful touch from Walker. And a

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lovely finish. He had an excellent match. Setting up the school, as

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well. It was a massive three points for Hearts. Aberdeen, defensively

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are magnificent, so you have to credit them, what a finish that was.

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He's getting used to scoring these types of goals now. Hearts are going

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to need many more results and performances like that to stand any

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chance of escaping relegation. We have had some good results of late.

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And the cup victory at Easter Road, but they still have a monumental

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task on their hands. Still, a lot, to turn things around. Hearts,

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making inroads at the bottom of the table. What about the teams in close

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proximity? Partick Thistle had managed just the one win from their

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last seven Premiership matches. They were also still without a victory at

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home in the league. Add to that they went into this one off the back of a

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4-0 thumping at Aberdeen. They had beaten St Mirren back in August but

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that was when Saints manager Danny Lennon had been under severe

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pressure. A sense now that things were on a

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more even keel, with St Mirren having won two out of their last

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three games. With the story of the match at Firhill, here's Brian

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Mclaughlin. This was not to be a day that Partick Thistle fans or players

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will want to look back on with any great relish. This challenge on John

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McGinn by Stephen O'Donnell worthy of a yellow card. From the free

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kick, the goalkeeper Scott Fox could only parry that effort around the

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host for a corner kick. The ball, dipping and swerving towards goal.

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From the corner kick, who else but Steven Thompson with a bullet header

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to put Saints in front? Clinical finishing, but questions about the

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marking. Many were surprised when Marian Kello join St Mirren last

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month. But he has proved to be a top-class addition. On this

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occasion, foiling Kris Doolan, as Partick Thistle look to get back on

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level terms. The home side had plenty of possession but struggled

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to break through the Saints rearguard, and when they did, Marian

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Kello was on hand to save the day. Then they were denied what seemed to

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be a clear-cut penalty, with the shot from Higginbotham heading the

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outstretched arm of Jim Goodwin, but play with on by the referee, much to

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the dismay of the Partick Thistle players. Then there was more woe for

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the home side. Another yellow card, followed by a red for McGinn. No

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doubt in the mind of John beaten. And St Mirren soon made the extra

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man pay off. Newton fired the ball through the legs of Scott Fox. The

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ball made by the pass from McGowan, and cool finish by the on loan

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midfielder. The home side kept pushing forward, with James Craigen

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having an effort on goal from outside the box, but again there was

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no getting beyond Marian Kello. McGinn had been a thorn in the side

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of the home defence all afternoon. This wally, just wide. -- volley.

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And Ben Thomson finding space and time to fire home his second and the

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third force in Marin, of the afternoon, taking St Mirren up to

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ninth place in the table. So They are delighted, in terms of

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the way they went about their business the discipline and shape,

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they carried out their game plan. They have the rewards they deserved.

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They stops the ball travelling, that is what he did, he wasn't close to

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any of them. The shot was about ten yards away from him hitting it so I

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have no idea why the proper decision wasn't given. A great win for your

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side yesterday. We will talk about your goals shortly but first the Jim

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Goodwin hand ball. Even you must admit this should have been a

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penalty. I have no defence, really. It is a blatant penalty. I can

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understand why Archie is furious. It is blatant, if you are Partick

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Thistle via you are very frustrated. A few strange decisions tonight,

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that is maybe the most blatant hand ball. Handballs seem to follow Jim

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around. He was harshly dealt with with a hand ball given against him

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in a semifinal of the Cup at Hampton and there was no question he was

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dealt a harsh blow -- blow that day and maybe this is look going his

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way. He dodged a bullet yesterday. Two great goals, it must have felt

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good. It seems a real change of mood about St Mirren. What has happened?

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There has been a lift around the place, we have managed to get form.

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Yesterday in terms of what the manager said, our organisations and

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shape were spot on. When you play against Partick Thistle they will

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have a lot of possession of the ball and they like to play through the

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lines of midfield but we dealt with it well, closed down spaces in the

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final third. We caught them on the counter on a few occasions but it is

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a big turning point, the penalty not being given. 3-0 was flattening --

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flattering? There was a goal -- there was a man sent off, it was a

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professional away performance from St Mirren. Tough for Partick Thistle

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yesterday. Partick have been a breath of fresh air to the

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Premiership this season. A lot of good young players. They have made a

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good start. Having a sticky patch now. I am sure they will click with

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a win. After a disappointing night in the Champions League await Ajax

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in Amsterdam, Neil Lennon took his side up north to Dingwall. Not

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entirely happy with the Saturday lunchtime scheduling, it is fair to

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say. As for Ross County they were hoping for the sheer novelty of

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completing a fixture after their last two matches were abandoned.

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The Dutchman has a debut. Melvin De Leeuw goes up front.

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Celtic have responded to European matches very well this season so

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far. They are keen for that to continue. That was Virgil van Dijk.

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We have seen him stride forward from defence already this season.

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Account T corner. They haven't been able to impose themselves so far. --

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County Court. Virgil van Dijk! He is off the back

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now. His manager is delighted to see the Dutchman gets his first goal for

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the club. He has threatened a couple of times already in this game.

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Finally, he makes the breakthrough and Celtic lead in the Highlands as

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we creep towards the half-time interval.

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The wits of the left-hand post has denied Scott Brown. Celtic looking

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for their second. It is another and it is another for

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Virgil van Dijk. He is using his head.

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He has given Celtic 2-0 lead. A tall order for County now, although vague

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did win 3-2-macro last season but Virgil van Dijk got his first in the

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first half, his second in the second.

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He is being replaced by Ivan Sproule.

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Ivan Sproul. They are back in it. Within a minute of coming on, the

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Northern Irishman Ivan Sproul breathes new life into Ross

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County's afternoon. Out of nothing, Ross County are back

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in the game. Celtic are stunned by that Ross

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County goal. That is Joe Ledley. The two goal

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leaders restored within a few minutes. Joe Ledley's first goal of

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the season. He got ten last campaign. It will be relief for him.

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Mark browbeaten for the third time. -- Mark Brown, beaten for the third

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time. That is Joe Ledley again! Celtic

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four, is Joe Ledley School six seconds, just three minutes after

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his first and that is the pick of the headers. Wonderfully taken by

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the Welshman. Into the corner, away from Mark Brown.

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Neil Lennon with -- will be delighted with the reaction his

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players have given him from the defeat in Amsterdam. Almost a

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hat-trick. Roberts had the initial effort and Ledley so unlucky. He

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reacted first. We played well from start to finish,

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we freshen things up in terms of personnel and formation. There was

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zest, energy and quality about us today. It has been a frustrating

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time in terms of set pieces and we had four in one game which is

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incredible. It has been a very good day and we keep the unbeaten run

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going. Defensively we haven't done well enough today. The cross ball

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into the box, that is something we need to improve on. It has been the

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story of our season. We have been working on it but individually we

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have to do better in that case. How have you enjoyed your time in

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Scottish football so far? Very good, still unbeaten in the league. That

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is where we want to stay. Very happy, of course, after this. Virgil

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van Dijk amongst the goals. He has looked a class act since they

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arrived. We talk about him possibly forcing his way into the Dutch

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international squad. How impressed have you been with him?

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Very good defensively, a big, tall physical player. A wonderful header.

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He is getting better with every game. If you have been given the job

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of matching Virgil van Dijk, you have to stay with him and he loses

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the run very early and does not stay with him. He is trying to get back

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but it is too late. A couple of good finishes from him. Neil Lennon will

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be delighted because we have talked a lot about Celtic creating chances

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and games. Sometimes struggling to take them in the matches. At set

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pieces as well, Neil Lennon has spoken about how he has been

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frustrated with the lack of scoring from set piece opportunities but

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yesterday they got it right. When they have Charlie Mulgrew who

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delivers good ball and on the back of that they have great height in

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their team, looking at the guys playing yesterday, Virgil van Dijk,

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6-foot, another tall lad they have, Ambrose, it is hard to match up and

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I know that Derek Adams will be frustrated but you run out of tall

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players eventually. A tough day for Ross County but it was tough for

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Celtic mid week in the Champions League against Ajax. They did not

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show up compared to the games they have played so far. They were not

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too happy to go to Dingwall for the early kick-off but it seemed like

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the sort of performance Neil Lennon would have been delighted with.

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Yes, five changes to the team and Celtic have a squad dealing with

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that situation. It was a tricky fixture for them and it keeps their

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unbeaten run in the league going. It was a superb performance from Celtic

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yesterday. Celtic very much out in front. There is an international

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break coming up but Sportscene never rests. We are back on Friday with

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highlights of the Scotland Hyam Wash the Scotland-USA match. Join us for

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that. On the same channel we have got live coverage of the away

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fixture against Norway a week on Tuesday. Join us for that. If form

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is fleeting then St Johnstone are moving in the right direction. Turbo

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powered by the top end of the team tandem of Stevie May and Nigel

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Hasselbaink. The duo have been a revelation with me being talked

:38:30.:38:33.

about as a potential Scotland international in the not too distant

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future -- with Stevie May being talked about. They want two out of

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their last three games so perhaps Allan Johnson's side were not

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without hope. When the going gets tough you need

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your defenders to stand up. Nigel Hasselbaink opened the scoring after

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24 minutes. If anything the Kilmarnock defending got worse.

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Stevie May making it 2-0 just after half an hour. Jackson Irvine took a

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tumble in the box and got booked for diving by the referee. That yellow

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card would prove fateful, the second half. Jackson Irvine was booked

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again, this time for a foul on Chris Millar. Really hard to say if he got

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any contact with the ball. But he got his marching orders. Against the

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ten men the class of Stevie May really began to tell. Chris Milburn

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again found himself on the turf. Michael guidon -- Michael Gardyne,

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in the box. From the spot. No mistake. Stevie May with his 11th

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goal of the season from 18 appearances, 3-0 to St Johnstone.

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The Kilmarnock fans were not happy, chanting Johnstone out and there is

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only one Kenny Shiels. They did have a touch of fortune when Sean

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Clohessy made it 3-1 but there might have been more goals for St

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Johnstone. This effort cleared off the line. Tommy Wright was pleased

:40:26.:40:33.

with what he was seeing and after picking up the ball, Caddis was

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appended by Darren Barr. -- up ended. It will be one of those

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yellow cards of the fateful variety. Little doubts about the merits of

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this one. From the free kick, Stevie May went mightily close to getting a

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hat-trick but there was a fine save. This was a bad day for Kilmarnock.

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The fans are not happy with Johnstone and Johnston, chairman and

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manager. They finished the game with nine men, Darren Barr shown a second

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yellow. Kilmarnock's second bottom of the table, their lead over Hearts

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is down to 13 points. The two goals came from longer

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passes from deep and with Nigel's pace and Stephen's pace, that could

:41:29.:41:33.

be a problem for defenders. We started well, passed the ball well

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and to lose a goal in the way we lost the first goal, you can't do it

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especially against these players. They were looking for the ball

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behind and it is far too easy. Tough times for Kilmarnock but a fantastic

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run for St Johnstone, four wins in a row. We talk about it week in and

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week out, Stevie May, Nigel Hasselbaink partnership but you know

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Nigel well from your St Mirren time together. It has clicked for them,

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hasn't it? It has. They have pace and

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directness. He is finding more consistency. They have not just got

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pace but strength, both of them. He shrugs off the defender and composed

:42:19.:42:22.

finish from Nigel. He is starting to did bring it into his game. We had

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Callum Johnstone suggesting that he could finish second in the table,

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but why not? It is a brilliant race for second when you consider that

:42:36.:42:37.

Inverness Caley Thistle have had a great start the season, been there

:42:38.:42:41.

from day one but Dundee United are getting motoring now, have had a

:42:42.:42:46.

good start of the season, Aberdeen obviously St Johnstone, any one of

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five very difficult to call. Terrible play at the back from

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Kilmarnock for the first two goals of the game, in a sorry place at the

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moment. The fans getting on their backs as well. Yes, they are, it

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never really helps. He got a shout to leave it, it is a good finish. It

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is difficult. The fans are disappointed. When you're on the

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pitch and things are not going well, confidence is down, the last thing

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you need is the supporters getting on your back. They are trying to get

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up into the lead. It is better to be behind them. It seems to be early to

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be falling for a change of manager, doesn't it? Ella Bob and it is the

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world we live in in doubt, get rid is the mantra. I hope they stick

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with him because as we have seen with St Mirren, it was a personnel

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at six -- it was a perfect example of whether Danny Lennon was the

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right guy and they have had a great run and you have to stick with your

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guy and give him a chance. Lets see what that means in terms of the

:43:52.:43:52.

table. That is what the new Scotland top

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will look like. There is Terry Butcher, they talk about the scope

:44:25.:44:29.

speculation that he might join Hibernian sooner. What about his

:44:30.:44:38.

sartorial choice? He looks like he's auditioning. I quite liked it, quite

:44:39.:44:46.

smart. Maybe it is what they were in Edinburgh. If this doesn't happen

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and Terry Butcher doesn't go to Hibs, that is a disaster for the

:44:50.:44:54.

Easter Road club, isn't it? They have to make preparations for the

:44:55.:44:55.

possibility he might turn them down. I don't think they have a second

:44:56.:45:05.

choice, we will find out in the next 24 hours. You think it will happen?

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I think it will, there has been too much going on for it not to. Who

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will take over at Inverness? At is an interesting question. That is it

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from us tonight. No Sportscene next Sunday but we return to league

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action in two weeks time. Let's hope for another eruption of goals then.

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For now, good night from all of us.

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