13/08/2016 Sportscene


13/08/2016

David Currie introduces reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. Including Dundee v Rangers, Aberdeen v Hearts and Inverness v Ross County.


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and that my friends was the story of the Premiership season so far. It's

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only seven days old. Welcome once again to the results show. Unlike

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the Olympics you don't have to wait four years for a Super Saturday, we

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have one every week. On the pundits podium today Gemma Fay, Craig

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Paterson and Tom English. And making up team Sportscene, our reporters

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around the country - including Rob Maclean who was watching today's

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early game - Dundee versus Rangers at Dens Park. Rangers dominated at

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dens Park for 45 minutes and should have had the game home and hosed at

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half-time but it ended up with Mark Warburton's team running down the

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clock and clinging onto all three points. It looked like they would

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win by a distance when they went two goals ahead. Harry Forrester

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Hulkster shot into the top corner after Dundee failed to clear and

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Kenny Miller's second goal as the home team were overwhelmed. Miller

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should have had a hat-trick guides denied by the keeper. The game

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changed at the interval as Rangers' defensive deficiencies came back to

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haunt them. Paul Hartley's team were a much more competitive team in the

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second-half and Williams had a chance to square the game. Rangers

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looked panicky in defence in a game where they should have been cruising

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they looked uncomfortable. Dundee man is attacking pair Stuart and

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Hemmings lacked the quality to create enough opportunities. Rangers

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were happy to hear the final whistle. 2-1 winners.

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Rangers' first win of the Premiership season. Rob said Rangers

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were happy to hear the final whistle. In the first half Rangers

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looked comfortable and dominated. Miller had opportunities to extend

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the lead. Dundee reorganised a bit. Particularly at set pieces. If I

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Mark Warburton unconcerned at the way Rangers are losing goals at set

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pieces. I imagine you will be too as a former central defender, Craig.

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Looked quite straightforward for Dundee. He's one of the first people

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you will mark and he gets a free header at the back post. It's a good

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header but Rangers from being in command, Miller takes one of the two

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chances. And gets it done. The Achilles' heel, that highball, meant

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it was a real contest and Dundee came back into it. Danny Williams's

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chance was the only one that came into it. Three points for Mark

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Warburton's side but he looks like a manager in need of a strike and a

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centre-half to give him options. I'm saving the controversy for you, you

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knew I would! Harry Forrester scored a goal but was lucky to stay on the

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field, was he not? I think he was. There was a real old ding-dong

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between himself and O'Dea Dunne his opponent. The final one he lunged

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into a tackle and should have walked but got away with it. Mark Warburton

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more or less admitted post he said maybe he should have been red

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carded. Maybe should have been sent off, manager speak, you've got to

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look at that. Looking at the first yellow card he got, well, the yellow

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card, I'm not convinced it was a yellow card. There was a real edge

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to the battle between those guys. This debate will continue on the

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highlights show tomorrow night. There is no coincidence he was

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substituted shortly afterwards although Mark Warburton said he

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would come off anyway. When you are booked and go into a challenge wide

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left and the referee gives you the benefit of the doubt that is fine

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but then he does a professional one and he cannot go into another

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challenge, and he flew into him and he was very lucky and the manager

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must have decided whatever has gone on between the players Harry

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Forrester will get himself sent off. He played well in the first half and

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Rangers do not want to lose him, and management taking him off

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straightaway. It's a good three points for Rangers in fairness to

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them. They will sign a new centre-half, Warburton is on the

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record he will get one and he needs one. For Paul Hartley it is such a

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heartbreaker for him. Last season they conceded the most goals in the

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top nine but they can compensate for that because they have Hemmings and

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Stewart. Between them those two guys scored 57% of Dundee's goals in the

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league last season and now they have gone. How does the manager replace

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those? We will hear from Paul Hartley later in the show but now we

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can hear from reporters the length and breadth of the country. Our

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first step starts around Pittodrie where Aberdeen are at home to Hearts

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and good afternoon to Scott Davie. Good afternoon, it is 3-1 to Hearts

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in terms of bookings in another bruising battle between the teams

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that finished second and third last season but unfortunately there have

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been very few clear-cut chances as yet in this game, which is why at

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the moment just a minute or two into the second half it is Aberdeen 0-0

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Hearts. Over to Inverness where Caley

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Thistle at home to Ross County in the Highland derby.

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Your timing is absolutely perfect. It is a hat-trick for Liam Boyce.

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Ross County 3-1 ahead. The ball into the box, he climbed superbly, nodded

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it into the corner. He had scored two first half goals, one early on,

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header into the corner similar to that one. His second goal was a

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brilliant touch, took it down, created space, fired it past

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Williams in goal. Inverness got one back just before half-time but

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bizarre circumstances. It appears the referee blew his whistle before

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it hit the net. It was Andrew Davies that scored it. The ball was coming

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back and hit Davies but controversy as County believe the whistle had

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gone before the goal was scored. We are off to Fir Park and John

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Barnes has a story for us and a goal between Motherwell and St Johnstone.

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Yes, we have, David, goal for Motherwell early in the second-half

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scored by Chris cant for the home side. Richard Tait got to the byline

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and tried to cut it back and it took a deflection and alluded Alan Mannus

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and it dropped to the back post and it was slotted away after a goalless

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first 45 minutes. Motherwell lead 1-0.

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Overton New Douglas Park were Hamilton are at home to Kilmarnock.

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Over to Alistair Mann Lamont. Hamilton leading 1-0. The first goal

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came when Longridge picked up and they love powerful shot was put past

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the keeper. Kilis trying to get back into it.

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Dropping into the Championship we will start in Dumbarton. Over to

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Kenny Crawford. After 49 minutes 0-0. Possession not

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a problem for Dundee United, but turning the dominance into

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goal-scoring opportunities has puzzled the Tangerines. The longer

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that goes by the more Dumbarton are creeping into this. Robert Thompson

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and Ryan Stevenson had great chances a moment ago to get that goal.

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Let's head to Easter Road, Hibs are at home to Dunfermline this

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afternoon. Let's welcome Ryan McLaughlin. The only goal has come

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from the head of the Dunfermline centre-half Ben Richards-Everton and

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he steered it into the corner. Morton are at home to Falkirk this

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afternoon. It's been a great week for Morton

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after a terrific Dunne terrific League Cup victory. Things looking

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terrific for them, Lee Kilday profited from a real clanger from

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the stand-in goalkeeper Mehmet. Lots to talk about. We will start at

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the highest scoring match of the afternoon, Inverness. Caley Thistle

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3-1 down. He has a hat-trick. He makes a habit of that. He does. Ross

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County haven't beaten Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the last

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eight. They have come out and Ross County have been phenomenal, we were

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watching it in the studio. Do you think this is the biggest match of

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the season for them? It is a huge thing and they are dominating it.

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Liam Boyce came out of the traps last season so fast, 11 in his first

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12 league matches. He is a priceless asset. A guy who can regularly find

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the net, worth his weight in gold. He was the leading scorer for the

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last two seasons and it is having a devastating effect on Inverness.

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Motherwell 1-0 up on St Johnstone. Pictures coming in. Deserving of the

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lead? Hard to tell, you are only seeing bits and pieces but important

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to get the goal and give themselves something to defend. It looked like

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Motherwell against Celtic, being opened up again and again. Getting

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the goal gives themselves something to defend. Saint Johnstone are

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dependable. If Motherwell could get another three points on the board

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this early it would be a great start. Great Dove for Sam Johnstone,

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your team, Gemma. How does it look from your point of view -- great

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start for St Johnstone. It would be great to watch for a neutral. It has

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been even in the first half here. They're living in our favour, three

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of the last four games against Motherwell we have won 2-1 after

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being 1-0 down. They are setting us up for a 2-1 victory. The goals from

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Pittodrie. Aberdeen - Hearts. We had a half

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chance two minutes ago for Tony Watt as he burst clear, got away from Ash

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Taylor but wonderful recovery challenge by Anthony O'Connor. It is

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now 4-24 Hearts in terms of bookings. Hearts have their fourth

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booking just as I speak because of a sliding challenge giving Aberdeen a

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free kick about 20 yards from goal. Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum increased the

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crime count. Hearts were pressed back for long spells in the first

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45. The young central defender has compensated for the dropping of his

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team-mate in the cup defeat in midweek. Sam Nicholson's free kick

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in the first half was headed just wide by John Souttar. Aberdeen and

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much more in the early stages of the season matching up physically with

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Hearts. They were bullied at times last season and found it difficult

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to cope. They very nearly coped well because the good work at one end,

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sliding in and very nearly getting in with a sliding kick at the back

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post. O'Connor, having made contact, had he made better contact he might

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have broken the deadlock but it is still 0-0.

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The deadlock has well and truly been broken at Dumbarton. Over to Kenny

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Crawford. 54 minutes gone and it's not gone

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the way many would expect. Dumbarton 1-0 Dundee United and the goal came

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from the penalty spot. Mark Doherty, with his third penalty of the

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season, he scored two against Dunfermline last weekend and he has

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another one. The way the penalty came about was strange. Lots of

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jostling in the box -- Mark Docherty. The referee spotted a push

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somewhere. Cammy Bell, the goalkeeper, got booked in protest.

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It wasn't clear what the penalty was full but Tambe stepped up and put it

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in the top corner. We have a goal at Easter Road.

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It has gone the way of the Fife club against the run of play. An

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equaliser has come, lovely 1-2 with Joe Cardle. Played the ball inside,

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cool finish from Riley, put it onto his right foot and drilled it under

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the body of the keeper. It is now 1-1.

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Thank you, Brian. Back to the Premiership and back to Inverness

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Caledonian Thistle against Ross County. Let's hear from Ross Martin.

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Liam Boyce back to his best with a hat-trick in what has been a very

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impressive county performance. Craig Curran's cross from the left lead to

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the open. Liam Boyce was all alone six yards out and nodded it simply

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into the corner. Question marks over the defending and perhaps over the

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second. Kevin McNaughton had just hobbled off injured, clearly unable

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to continue. They didn't get approach, replacement on before a

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ball was sent into the box and Liam Boyce took a fantastic first touch,

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given the space to fire and unstoppable low drive home. That was

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his second. Woods fired over. Fon Williams carried the ball out of the

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box and he was booked but play was allowed to go on and county had the

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advantage. They couldn't take it. Before half-time a bizarre goal for

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the home side to get back into it, Andrew Davies credited with the home

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-- own goal. The referee Andrew Davies appeared to chop it off,

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county players were furious, the referee didn't blow his whistle

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before the ball hits the net, that is why county were furious. The only

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reason he might have chopped it off was Scott Boden offside. County in

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control here. We have another goal and it is at

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Fir Park. Is it for Motherwell or St Johnstone?

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It is for St Johnstone, they are back on level terms in the 56th

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minute, and who else but Danny Swanson, the man on a form for the

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Perth club, claiming his sixth goal of the season just after Chris Cas

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De Liberte Motherwell in front at the start of the second half.

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Swanson has levelled it up. He picked up the ball on the edge of

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the 18-yard box, drove inside and got beyond the full-back and turned

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on his left foot, from the angle of the edge of the six yard box and

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knocked it through the legs of Craig Samson to pull them level. Samson

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made a good save from a Chris Millar shot. Maclean had a shot that went

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wide. Motherwell, although they came at a lively at the second period,

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Christopher Cadden was switched. He was at the back post to knock on the

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cross from Richard Tait. Motherwell got the opener. Danny Swanson, six

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goals from six starts and a substitute appearance, not bad.

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Yes, you were punching the air with delight there. He's changed his

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training regime and diet and it seems to be bearing fruit. A whole

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bowl of fruit. Keep it going. Fantastic finish, to get inside on

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his left foot and curled it in. It is the kick-start St Johnstone

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needed. Some of the passes played, Miller shooting over with his left

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foot as well. It's an interesting game we have now. Third versus

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fourth from last year. -- Millar. Looks like they are on track for

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that again this year. Let's hear from New Douglas Park. Watching

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pictures here Hamilton looked to be on top.

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No more goals to report since I last spoke to you but Hamilton Academical

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is coming close and moment of two ago. The ball was crossed in and Ali

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Crawford got the volley away in loads of room but MacDonald pushed

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it away. May be just too close to the goalkeeper but Hamilton pushing

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for a second. There has been nothing from Kilmarnock in the second half.

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In fact they should have been ahead in just seven minutes when the man

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you would normally rely on to score from close range Chris Boyd scooped

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the ball over the bar. Since then Hamilton Accies have had the

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backhand. They went ahead when Greg Docherty played the ball in.

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Hamilton Accies pressing for the second goal which would just about

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kill the game off and give Kilmarnock their first defeat since

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2010. Time to hear from Andy Burke, if you recall he's watching the

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Championship match between Morton and Falkirk. Any change in the

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scoreline? No change, Morton leading 1-0. I

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should mention this match almost didn't go ahead for the rather

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unusual reason of a dodgy PA system. The Town I was drugging and safety

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rules dictate and match cannot go ahead without a functioning tannoy

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system. Fortunately the issue was resolved, although Falkirk's

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stand-in keeper Tim Ferry may wish it hadn't been because his mistake

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presented Morton with the only goal so far. Falkirk have been

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disappointing at need to find something in the second half to

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avoid back-to-back defeats in the opening game of the season. Just a

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reminder, I will fill you in on other matches. Raith Rovers 3-0 up

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against St Mirren, good start to the match. Queen of the South 3-1 up on

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Ayr United. We spoke earlier about how not so long ago it would have

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been a Premiership match. Dunfermline were great, winner on

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the opening day of the season. They came up, they were impressive in the

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lower divisions, and can you cope with this kind of game, this was a

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big test at Easter Road, testing their metal. Hibs started well with

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a victory against Falkirk. Knocked out of the cup in midweek and I

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expected Hibs to be firing on all cylinders this afternoon. -- mettle.

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I didn't see a way back after they went down. If Dunfermline believe

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they can score the second goal they could come back. If they settle back

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into their shell and defend there is a good chance they will be beaten.

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No shortage of belief for Raith Rovers under Gary Locke. A good win

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at home to Ayr United last week and this week 3-0 up against St Mirren.

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Terrific start for Raith Rovers and Gary Locke. Disastrous start for St

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Mirren. He was very confident that he had assembled a decent squad this

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season, plenty of options up front. But it has gone pear shaped already.

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That is a sobering score so far. This is only the second game, come

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on! I know it's only the second game, fine, but with their ambition

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to get in the top four. If you get off to a slow start, looking at the

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trends over the years, teams who start slowly, it takes a while for

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them to get out of the rut they are in and by that point the manager is

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under pressure, the players are negative and it happens time and

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again and they will want to get out of the rut quickly. Is it too early

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to talk about Kilmarnock, the way they are down, looks like Hamilton

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are in the ascendancy, not looking great for them. It's not and Lee

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Clark came in at the end of last season and the Kilmarnock board were

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willing to give him time and he has had pre-season bringing in 12

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players in the close season. He brought in somebody today and he's

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playing. George Green, ?2 million rated youngster from Burnley. They

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are all under the age of 22. They have lost Josh Magennis,

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Higginbotham has gone, Kielty is not playing, buoyed started today but

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doesn't usually start. It is all very well bringing in young talent

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but you need to have the spine of a team that has experience to help

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young players coming on -- Boite. Time will tell but how much time

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will they give him to get out of it? Usually New Douglas Park is a happy

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hunting ground for Kilmarnock, not beaten in six times the last six

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times they have been there and Hamilton have won once in 15 games

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at home but the season he will be pretty happy with what has happened.

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Absolutely comedy performance last week and another good performance.

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If he can hold onto that when it is terrific. -- great performance. They

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are throwing players at the problem. I get that because the last three

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seasons they finished ninth, tenth and 11th and he had to do something

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radical. Maybe this is too radical. I promised we would hear from Paul

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Hartley, the Dundee manager, after their 2-1 defeat at home to Rangers

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this afternoon and I'm as good as my word. We can hear from him now.

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After the match he spoke to Jonathan Sutherland.

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Paul, had your chances in the second half, do you feel you could have

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taken something from the game? Possibly, second half we were good

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in terms of intensity, the quality was a bit better. First half wasn't

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as good in terms of keeping the ball but overall I was pleased, lots of

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encouraging signs. Mark O'Hara came from Kilmarnock and we thought he

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was a defender and seems he is a midfielder, Man of the Match today.

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Outstanding, 21 years of age, great prospect, he is not a defender, he

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is an attacking midfielder. Looking at what he did today, energy, great

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quality, gets his goal. I've set mark the target of ten goals this

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year from the middle of the park and if he keeps performing like that I'm

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sure he will hit the target. Hemmings and Stewart were always

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going to be hard to replace and obviously the scoreline went against

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you today, but reasons to be cheerful? Especially the second

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half, I was pleased in terms of some of our play. I think we can keep the

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ball better. It's always going to be a tough game against Rangers. I felt

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that we matched them today. Thank you for joining us. STUDIO:

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He's not too downhearted after that, is he?

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The big story for Dundee, the loss of Stuart this week after Hemmings,

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Jonathan Burke the question to him. You've got to try and replace guys

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and when you bring them in from places like Cowdenbeath etc that is

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maybe once-in-a-lifetime, two players that quality from the lower

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leagues, who scored goals, Paul Hartley cannot do that season after

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season. It is a tough job, 30 of the 53 goals they were responsible for,

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how do you replace that? Big teams do that by spending money on quality

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strikers who you know will score goals but Paul doesn't have that

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budget. He has to hope someday like Mark O'Hara moving into midfield

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will chip in with some goals. El-Bakhtaoui looked like he could

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add something to them. They only lost five home games last season and

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only the top three were better. Good result for Rangers. I went on the

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opening day of the season, decent second-half performance gives them

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something to build on. If I remember correctly, last season

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it was drawers that were their undoing. To go back to Hemmings and

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Stewart, but if you look at Hemmings, the amount of goals he got

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first of all, but the amount of games that he rescued a point from,

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games that he would have lost when he scored an equaliser, the game

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they were drawing when he scored the winner, it was about 16 or 17 league

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points on his own. I'm going to have to cut you off because there has

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been another goal in the Highlands. Is it for Inverness or Ross County?

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But again we have here, the ball was nodded just on the edge of the box,

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Ross Draper with a left footed low drive, confidently over the Borg

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again on, just when we thought it might peter out it is back on.

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STUDIO: More from the Highlands later on but now it is week one of

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the English Premier League season, it kicked off at lunchtime with

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newly promoted Hull City at home to the reigning champions Leicester

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City. How did the sequel to the Foxes' fairy tale start, we can find

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out from Guy Mowbray. The Premier League delivers with a

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remarkable first-day story as newly promoted Hull with only enough fit

:25:15.:25:19.

players to fill a team to beat the champions Leicester City. A largely

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uneventful first half closed with Hull taking the lead, Abel Hernandez

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and the and a went up together to acrobatically score after Kasper

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Schmeichel had full stretch saved from Curtis Davies. On replay the

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goal went to Adama Diomande. Hull came at Leicester again after the

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penalty. After Robert Snodgrass had clinically fired them in front for

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2-1, some heroic defending from captain Curtis Davies, Jake

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Livermore and Coe saw the Tigers hold on. Hull City 2-1 Leicester

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City. 1500-14 Hull to check the league --

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win the league! That was not how most people imagine

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this game to go, Hull City with a caretaker manager and understrength

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squad and three points on the opening day. The tables have turned,

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Leicester are no longer the underdogs and it's an interesting

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position. I don't think they have ever been in that position before.

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When you are a team when pre-season hasn't gone your way and everybody

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is knocking you down but you have a togetherness within the squad, which

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it seems Hull does, they will give everything and they have caught

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Leicester by surprise. It will be a tough season for Leicester to win

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the league title and to defend it is even harder. Ranieri said there is

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more chance of ET landing in Piccadilly Circus than of them are

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repeating the remarkable feat of last season. I think ET put a five

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on them to win it. You cannot think it is more than once-in-a-lifetime.

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It was a wonderful story and gives everybody a lift but Leicester City

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could finish anywhere from just above relegation from a mid-table,

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we don't really know. I don't see them having the same Kadyrov season.

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They want to get off to a good start, they have got off to a poor

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start but nice to see Robert Snodgrass getting off the mark.

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Roberson and Snodgrass and John Maloney on the bench. Snodgrass is a

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terrific player and we kind of forget about it because he had such

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a horrific injury. He is a serious player. It augurs well for Gordon

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Strachan at Scotland. He could almost fit into any Premiership

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midfield now. Snodgrass is a terrific player. Onto one of the big

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controversies of week one of the new season, did he or didn't he, dive

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that is? Jimmy Walker of Hearts has been grounded by the SFA for games

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for going to ground to win a penalty against Celtic. Voila, we have the

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first controversy of the new season. Let's remind ourselves of this,

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folks. I've still not made up my mind on that. Kidding! What do you

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make of that, Tom? You've had your say on the radio this week. You were

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vociferous in your condemnation. It is pretty straightforward to me that

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it's a dive, there is no contact, it is a dive. That said, I can

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understand why Hearts fans are up in arms because there were other dives

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in that match, that wasn't the only one. Dembele dived as well. They are

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looking at consistency. We will return to this topic but right now

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we're returning to New Douglas Park where there has been a goal,

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Hamilton or Kilmarnock? Kilmarnock have pulled level at New

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Douglas Park, Jodi Jones causing the problems as he did in the opening

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minutes. He looked dangerous on the first few minutes but Kris Boyd

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could not convert. Heat-treated the only opportunity. -- he created. He

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powered the ball past Remi Matthews in the Hamilton Academical goal from

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Jones's delivery. 1-1 at New Douglas Park. I'm not going back to you

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because every time you speak there is a goal and I have to interrupt

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you. What have you made of the

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controversy surrounding this incident? Was he simply taking

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evasive action? He was doing every forward does in the box on the Mac

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he feels the defender coming, going to sweep it clear, tell end it, and

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as soon as the contact comes you go down. It is not contact, it is a

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contact sport, contact enough to brush you over, you can brush

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against anyone and down the Youghal and the question is asked of the

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referee. I feel for Walker. So many people would do exactly the same

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thing in that position but now they have set a precedent. We will see if

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it works, see if one or two players think if I get caught it is a two

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match ban. If it stops it it is a great idea but I feel for Jamie

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Walker being the first player under the cosh. As a player, the cheat

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word has been brandished around this week. Is that too strong?

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I would suggest it is slightly too shone. One of the contact on the

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player? No. Did he follow the? Yes. Were they seeking an advantage? If

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the referee booked him for a dive he does not miss a match. If he does

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not get booked to get a panel today and he gets it to match ban. It is

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an interesting discussion. I referee is going to continually pick up on

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this or not? -- Adi referees going to. Are you taking issue? I hear

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regularly from professional players... Let us go to New Douglas

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Park. Carl Myrick have turned this game around. Hamilton looked like

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they were cruising. Chris Boyd put them level. The ball was picked up

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on the left-hand side of the box and then it was Carol beyond the

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outstretched arm of the goalkeeper. -- it was Carol., neck and leading

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2-1. No time for an infomercial. Here is a new season coming up soon

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on BBC Scotland. A game woven into our communities. Then with social

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and political change, Scottish transformed. I was in the room. It

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was incredibly exciting. Was it for the good of Scotland's game? We

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realise that the world had changed and the escalation of wages.

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Scotland's game. Starts on posted 25th of August. I cannot wait to

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hear more from Martin. He is watching the Highland thriller,

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Inverness against Ross County. It is an interesting game, absolutely

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brilliant. Inverness fighting back. There was a hat-trick that grabs the

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headlines. He nods home current's cross. Superbly fired the corner.

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Got one blackberry was Andrew Davies to put the ball in. The referee had

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already blown before the ball went over the line, but we will have to

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clear that up after the game. Ross J prior firing Inverness back with a

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low drive on. A substitute for Inverness came close and found the

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top of the netting, but it was over the bar. There is so much happening

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here. There is another goal at Fer Park, Motherwell against Johnson. It

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isn't Johnson that have gone 2-1 in front. It comes in the 75th minute.

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It was a shock from the edge of the box. The player was quick to knock

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it into the back of the net. It got past the Motherwell goalkeeper.

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Motherwell one, St Johnstone two. The goals are flying in now. Still

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0-0 at Aberdeen - hearts. Hearts dominated -- Aberdeen dominated in

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the first part of this game. Plenty of pressure on Aberdeen that they

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have nothing to show for it. There is 15 minutes to go. The biggest

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chance came a few minutes ago. A lovely ball into the six yard box.

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But it went about six yards wide of the target. It was hooked right

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after that. They broke into the Aberdeen penalty area. At the moment

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it is you - zero. There is another goal at Easter Road between Hibs and

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Dunfermline. Jason Cummings on target. Martin Boyle played the ball

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into the box. They had all the time to clear but they missed it

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completely. There was Jason Cummings just behind him to knock it into the

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empty net. 11 minutes left. The Burnley into, Dunfermline one. And

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only have Hamilton against Colmar neck. Any developments? No, no. They

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have drilled for much of the game. An important header there. It was

:35:31.:35:37.

Jordan Jones to cause so many problems. He has just won his side a

:35:38.:35:45.

free kick. The skin turned on its head in for second-half minutes

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after Hamilton had been ahead, a powerful strike. Chris Boyd brought

:35:51.:36:00.

them level. Then the ball was curled to put his side in front. Lee Clark

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is in the stand as a result of being sent off last week. Come on again

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have to claim seems to have worked. We can head to Dumbarton now, Dundee

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United 's against Barton. Dundee United had so much possession that

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they failed to turn it into opportunities. After the break they

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paid for that because Dumbarton came out firing on all cylinders. There

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was a free kick of the crossbar and then a corner. The Canon was pushed

:36:47.:36:52.

in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Mark Doherty stepped up

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to score with his left foot high into the top left corner on his

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third penalty in two games. A good straight record for him this season.

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The two strikers for Dundee United have come on as substitutes and they

:37:09.:37:13.

have had good chances. Simon Murray went wide of the posts. Dumbarton

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are holding out. Heads and St Mirren both came to the Barton twice last

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season and fail to leave with any points, so this is perhaps not as

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much of a shock as people think. -- heads. Now we can go to Greenock.

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Falkirk are playing Greenock. They are still ahead 1-0. Falkirk are

:37:36.:37:44.

without their first choice keeper and their replacement did not cover

:37:45.:37:47.

himself in glory when it came for what looked like a routine corner

:37:48.:37:53.

catch and fumbled the ball straight to a player's V2 slashed at home.

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This same man doubled the lead a few minutes ago meeting a corner with a

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powerful header that went just wide. The visitors will be relieved to see

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the back of the striker. It has in stretching the Falkirk defence all

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day long. The closest Falkirk into getting back into the match was just

:38:15.:38:23.

before half-time. A substitute has sparked some life into Falkirk, but

:38:24.:38:27.

they are still trailing. What were you saying about Cal Marnoch I said

:38:28.:38:35.

it was a masterstroke to bring in new players. It was a terrific goal,

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tremendous. If they can win that that is such a boost because it will

:38:43.:38:45.

breathe a bit of morale and confidence which has been absent,

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for such a long time. Wing-mac I'm interesting -- I am interested in

:38:56.:38:58.

the narrowing in shortening of the pitch to create a more intense

:38:59.:39:01.

approach. Is that been evident today? It seems to be now. If you're

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going to push the opposition, the wider the pitches the more running

:39:10.:39:13.

you have to do. If you narrow it, you do not play with when I was and

:39:14.:39:25.

that their workers have to take in. , are's away form is not their

:39:26.:39:33.

problem. They cannot get the job done in front of their fans. Last

:39:34.:39:39.

season in four games, and it won twice at Hamilton and Hamilton won

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twice at, neck. Both have the worst home-wrecker and league although

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they should be the best. Neither side deemed to be able to get

:39:53.:40:01.

results. Your team are 2-0 up. I am sure you are delighted at that. As a

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goalkeeper, it was not the best. He made an error. He did not get -- he

:40:10.:40:14.

did not get out quick enough to fix it. Tonight's lottery numbers... Now

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we can hear about an incident at Fer Park. The ball has been in the neck?

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Motherwell thought they had equalised for the fans did, but

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there was a free kick from the right-hand side with the left boot

:40:38.:40:41.

of Martin Johnson. There was McDonald advancing our heads will

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stop it was volleyball style how he put the ball at the back of the net.

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For his troubles, Scott McDonnell has received a yellow card. Some

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volleyball, is that not cheating? That is a deliberate attempt to calm

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the referee. Professional footballers are role models. I

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would've thought that the manager would not be too upset you doing

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that. It is part of the game. We would love to see a drawn out

:41:30.:41:34.

completely. The referees are going to have to stand up and be counted

:41:35.:41:38.

and that is the worry, can we all do that? Statistics will tell you

:41:39.:41:44.

everything about the match but I'm looking at the card for Hearts and

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it looks like a stinker. If Aberdeen session 0-0, the last seasons of

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last season and this season it will not have scored any goals. It is

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surprising. Four games in a road they have not scored in the goal.

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That does not make sense. He will be too disappointed with the point.

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This season the fixtures have been difficult. Aberdeen and Rangers at

:42:24.:42:30.

home. To get something from those fixtures. Time to call on John

:42:31.:42:38.

Barnes... Now we're going to Martin in the Highlands. Years watching

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Inverness against Ross County. Is a stealthy- Tutu County. Inverness are

:42:43.:42:53.

really pressing here. There is ball N. We're going -- weird action

:42:54.:43:04.

there. Ross Chip are getting one back for Inverness. Five or so

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minutes to go and it is a very exciting derby indeed. Have you any

:43:10.:43:16.

excitement virus? Lots of yellow cards? Five yellow cards for Hearts

:43:17.:43:25.

and two for Aberdeen. Shane Logan working at the edge of the penalty

:43:26.:43:35.

area. There was a wonderful sliding tackle. It was steered beyond corner

:43:36.:43:43.

kick. Plenty of pressure for Aberdeen. They have a habit of

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scoring late goals, seven of the goals came late in the competition.

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They are piling the pressure ran against Hearts who have been

:43:55.:43:58.

threatening at times. It has been fiercely contested so far and there

:43:59.:44:05.

is just a few minutes to go. Is there any sign of on-call at Fir

:44:06.:44:13.

Park Stadium? There are about five minutes left to play. Five of the

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last seven meetings between the sides has been won by an odd goal.

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Motherwell are going up the park. Johnson trying to find the back post

:44:25.:44:29.

but he could not do so. Motherwell pressing for the equaliser but St

:44:30.:44:38.

Johnstone standing firm. , against Hamilton. They just missed an

:44:39.:44:47.

absolute glorious chance to level is a corner was sworn in for

:44:48.:44:57.

Kilmarnock. The chance for Hamilton was a few moments ago. The ball was

:44:58.:45:02.

kicked over the heads of the defenders. It was a half decent

:45:03.:45:12.

effort but the credit has to go to McDonnell. A good chance passed up

:45:13.:45:18.

by Hamilton to earn themselves a point. Now Dumbarton versus Dundee

:45:19.:45:32.

United. Mark Doherty got a penalty in the 54th minute. They are holding

:45:33.:45:39.

out resolutely. Dumbarton, a really good display by then. That was

:45:40.:45:49.

another good save. One of the players... Some of his passes and

:45:50.:45:53.

clearances have been quite wild and he's been getting criticism from the

:45:54.:45:58.

fans. Dumbarton are holding out at the moment. Then her Burnley against

:45:59.:46:06.

some farmland. Bernie and look like they are hanging on. Dom farmland

:46:07.:46:09.

one. There was an equaliser for

:46:10.:46:19.

Dunfermline just before the Aramark. Then a crazy old from Jason Cummings

:46:20.:46:31.

with 11 minutes to go. Jason Cummings was alone at the back post.

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The crowds, 16400 and 77. In a remarkable attendance here. Now

:46:44.:46:52.

Greenock and Morton against Falkirk. All that solitary goal be an offer

:46:53.:46:57.

Morton to get three points? That is not the case because Falkirk has

:46:58.:47:08.

snatched a equaliser. The ball was tangible from close range. There

:47:09.:47:14.

will be kicking themselves that they have to win this away because in the

:47:15.:47:19.

last 10-50 minutes they have looked comfortable and dominated

:47:20.:47:24.

possession. Falkirk are lacking a cutting edge up front. I am cutting

:47:25.:47:32.

your graphs. I was just being sarcastic. Her Burnley and have a

:47:33.:47:38.

valuable win here, by the looks of things. -- her Burnley in.

:47:39.:47:48.

When hearts won the championship and Rangers won the championship they

:47:49.:47:53.

started strong and never looked back. No one could get near them.

:47:54.:47:58.

Heads need to do that this season and that means winning games like

:47:59.:48:03.

today. They have to see that through to 90 minutes. Add your last week.

:48:04.:48:11.

That was a match we could have expected them to win. You can look

:48:12.:48:15.

at the stats and not be that surprised. I thought Dundee United

:48:16.:48:22.

would win back comfortably. It is early days and they will have a good

:48:23.:48:29.

season, that is a bit of a shock. Watching St Johnstone away to

:48:30.:48:34.

Motherwell this afternoon. Isn't Johnson under the cosh a bit? There

:48:35.:48:42.

was a fantastic chance for a volley there. It looks like the games last

:48:43.:48:49.

year, entertaining but not much in it. I'm hoping this Johnson managed

:48:50.:48:56.

hold out. A good win and Johnson midweek against Aberdeen. It was a

:48:57.:49:02.

good win over Hearts midweek. They will not be too disappointed with

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the start of the season, they are doing well. Did tend to start well

:49:07.:49:12.

but then we have a mini highlighters are couple of months on and we

:49:13.:49:20.

cannot find a goal. Hopefully we can continue with that momentum and get

:49:21.:49:23.

to the point where they usually stick and push on. We have our first

:49:24.:49:29.

full-time from Brian McLauchlin. This is from the championship. It is

:49:30.:49:41.

finished. Two were inserted to four HIBs. The opener came from a header.

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The ball was cleared off the line. The Dunfermline defence could not

:49:52.:49:54.

cleared the danger. It was not back into the box. Dunfermline came back

:49:55.:50:03.

into the game in the second half. There was an excellent finish. Just

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eight yards out sliding the ball beyond Ross Laidlaw. The winner came

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with 11 minutes left. The ball was played into the box by substitute.

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He had a fresh art at the ball, missing it completely. You cannot

:50:27.:50:32.

leave Jason Cummings alone at the back post any tap the ball into the

:50:33.:50:36.

net for his third goal and he secures all three points. Easter

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Road watch by No one but a late equaliser from

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Falkirk. It is all over. Falkirk finished 27 points ahead of Morton

:50:58.:51:01.

last season but they were second best for long spells here. The

:51:02.:51:04.

opening goal came through an error from Falkirk's keeper. He may wish

:51:05.:51:10.

he had not replaced the injured Danny Rogers when he fumbled a

:51:11.:51:15.

corner. The ball was then smashed on to give Morton delete. Morton were

:51:16.:51:20.

then in the ascendancy in the second half and looked assured of the

:51:21.:51:26.

point. He scored from close range to snatch a point for the visitors and

:51:27.:51:35.

Falkirk came away with a point. A valuable point for Falkirk there.

:51:36.:51:42.

They lost last week. How many times did we say about last season?

:51:43.:51:48.

Falkirk comeback to win and draw games very late. It is a huge blow

:51:49.:51:54.

for them but I think they will be very competitive at the end of the

:51:55.:51:59.

season. They have a very impressive manager. Morton did well last season

:52:00.:52:03.

and it looks like this season they are well-placed to it again. They

:52:04.:52:07.

were the only team to win it Easter Road last season. Now they feel they

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can take on anyone. When you start the season well and get your self

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into a battle can take you through whole campaign. We are now going to

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New Douglas Park. It is not quite finished. We can talk about the

:52:27.:52:37.

championship. Some fantastic stuff. It is a perfect start for them, a

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great start. They will want to get themselves out of this quickly. A

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convincing performance. Convincing pictures coming in from Hamilton. I

:52:53.:52:59.

think my neck were under pressure and they save their bacon. The last

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campaign they wanted to go off to a great start with a lot of new

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players under manager needed them gel quickly. A lot of questions are

:53:08.:53:13.

being asked. They go behind to come back and get that victory. I spoke

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to Martin Smith and Aston about me Clark and he said he was brilliant

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to work with. You would expect him to say that. I'm sure he will be

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feeling brilliant tonight. Hamilton was unlucky with the free kick. That

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lifts the grey clouds above, Nick. Most people I have spoken too soon

:53:44.:53:47.

to be tipping, Nick to go down. Do you change your analysis? It is too

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early so I will keep my counsel with that. It is a big victory. They need

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to follow that up. If they go back to the old way of doing things and

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do not win a game that is no use. This new team are gaining a huge

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amount of confidence from this. There has been a goalless draw

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between Aberdeen and Hearts. This is not surprised in considering how

:54:23.:54:26.

hard-fought these teams tend to be, those who finish second or third in

:54:27.:54:32.

the division last season. Hearts is only 12 of the last 11 domestic

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games and both of those came against Aberdeen. They could not make it

:54:36.:54:42.

three today, although they were exemplary sustaining pressure. They

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missed their best chance with a free kick from Nicholson on the left.

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Tony awards, we cannot put any more pressure on the Aberdeen defence.

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Anthony O'Connor got back with quality defending. They battled and

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scrap for everything. Aberdeen have started the season with two all the

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straws, two points in the bag. They're starting with HJ brings in

:55:19.:55:26.

the season. The first win of the Premier ship season force and

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Johnson. They won to Motherwell. We can get the full report. It keeps up

:55:32.:55:38.

their seven games unbeaten in this campaign. They came from behind to

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do so. Chris Cadden opened the scoring for Motherwell three minutes

:55:47.:55:49.

into the second half. Across from the right hand side was deflected at

:55:50.:55:55.

the post and you could not miss from two yards. Danny Swanson usually on

:55:56.:55:59.

form at the moment and he even things up. A lovely piece of skill.

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And then in 75 minutes a mistake by the Motherwell goalkeeper allowed

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Steven MacLean to score the winner for the visitors. It was a shot from

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the edge of the area but he spilled it right in front of McClain from

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six yards out and then slotted into the back of the net. His fourth goal

:56:25.:56:29.

of the season but it is a victory for some Johnson.

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A victory for Ross County in the Highland derby. Rose county versus

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Inverness. County had their first points of the season. The second was

:56:49.:56:56.

a brilliant first touch. That was with Inverness down to ten men.

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Andrew Davies netted the home goal. The referee had blown his whistle

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before the goal was scored, before awarding that goal. The JAMA was far

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from over. A low drive. They pushed on. It should have been ended from

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close range. A powerful drive straight on. A brilliant Diaby with

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Derby the victors. After Dumbarton and Dundee United. How did it

:57:44.:57:51.

finish? Dumbarton got one point, Dundee got none. It looks very

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impressive. As the game wore on and the team started to get more

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possession. At the beginning of the second half look like they were

:58:10.:58:14.

going to steal something. There was a shot from a corner, that Ryan

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Stevenson floated on. The referee pointed to the spot. The goalkeeper

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was booked. Mark Doherty stepped up with his left foot and converted it

:58:28.:58:32.

into the top left corner. The third penalty he has scored in three games

:58:33.:58:39.

to give his penalty the lead. Dundee United were just three in defence. A

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young left-back had a good chance that this is Rabbi Dumbarton

:58:47.:58:53.

gent-mac goalkeeper. They were resolute and scary and got a great

:58:54.:58:58.

victory. A great start for Dumbarton getting this one. That United are

:58:59.:59:03.

still looking for the best when. They have lost today was not been a

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great start because they are the favourite for this league. Did I

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hear him saying that the referee blew his whistle and then changed

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his mind? That is unusual. No wonder the defenders were up in arms. If

:59:23.:59:28.

that is the case who will hear more about that. There has to be time the

:59:29.:59:34.

nuclear reactions of that is the case. It sounds a bit dodgy. To

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reappraise people of the situation. Car Manukau won 2-1, he had I only

:59:46.:00:00.

saw the goal. I don't see anything else he did but his goals and that's

:00:01.:00:07.

a beauty. He turns back to his right foot and fires into the back of the

:00:08.:00:12.

net. It is a super finishing, Nick drove on after they got the

:00:13.:00:16.

equaliser. That got them back into the game. The winning goal was

:00:17.:00:21.

absolutely brilliant. They do not have to spend that, they can

:00:22.:00:29.

strengthen elsewhere. You would like the money to strengthen the squad

:00:30.:00:32.

and that would be about bringing in some more experience. This young man

:00:33.:00:36.

is impressive and here's the top scorer just now. He is 21 years old.

:00:37.:00:42.

We know with young players that consistency can be an issue. He

:00:43.:00:46.

needs something else there to back him up. More from you later. No more

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goals to go when. Now it is time for our results round-up.

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The match between Celtic and Partick Thistle postponed.

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More details of today's matches in the English Premier League coming

:04:50.:04:55.

up. We will start with Damian Johnson, the reporter who watched

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Burnley at home to Swansea. Second-half goal from Leroy Fer was

:05:01.:05:04.

enough to help Swansea claimed the spoils and ruin their first game

:05:05.:05:07.

back in the Premier League. Leroy Fer tapped in after Heaton parried

:05:08.:05:18.

into his path. Lukasz Fabianski saved well on the half volley.

:05:19.:05:27.

Fabianski's fine reaction save denied Dean Marney late on. It is

:05:28.:05:32.

Swansea who hang on. Everton are under new management

:05:33.:05:36.

this season and they were at home to Tottenham this afternoon. Ivan

:05:37.:05:38.

Gaskell can tell us what happened at Goodison.

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1-1 it finished. It took Spurs a good 45 minutes to realise the

:05:44.:05:47.

season had actually started. They worked their way into this one and

:05:48.:05:52.

the open ended all square but for at least two fine late saves from

:05:53.:05:56.

Everton's new keeper Martin Stekelenburg they may well have won

:05:57.:06:00.

it. It had seemed so different for Everton early on, the Ronald Koeman

:06:01.:06:03.

era off to a bright and breezy start and a goal in five minutes, Ross

:06:04.:06:08.

Barkley's free kick. Even he was surprised to see it bounce past Hugo

:06:09.:06:12.

Lloris. The Spurs keeper was later taken off and replaced by Michel

:06:13.:06:16.

Vorm. Spurs kicked off after the break and took advantage of the fact

:06:17.:06:19.

that Everton had not extended their lead and worked their way into it.

:06:20.:06:25.

Lamela with a well taken headed goal squared it. Stick Allen Berg came to

:06:26.:06:29.

the fore with two fine saves but I think 1-1 is about fair.

:06:30.:06:42.

-- Stekelenburg. Time to find out how Middlesbrough did on their

:06:43.:06:44.

return. They pick up a point after a

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seven-year absence in the top-flight. Spanish striker Alvaro

:06:49.:06:51.

Negredo took no time at all to get reacquainted with the league. He

:06:52.:06:56.

headed home from close range bravely after the ball was headed back

:06:57.:06:59.

across goal by Gaston Ramirez hit the post twice in the first half and

:07:00.:07:03.

cleared off the line. Stoke weather the better team in the second half

:07:04.:07:06.

and deserved a point on the balance it. Shaqiri with a free kick 25

:07:07.:07:12.

yards out over the wall, Valdes on his debut got a hand to it but

:07:13.:07:15.

perhaps should have done better with his positioning and with his left

:07:16.:07:20.

hand. That gave Stoke the equaliser who could have found a winner late

:07:21.:07:24.

on. Wollscheid just headed over the bar. Just about right on

:07:25.:07:28.

Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League.

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Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke City. None of the big guns apart from Leicester

:07:32.:07:37.

have played so far this weekend in the Premier League down south. We

:07:38.:07:39.

have Man City playing Sunderland later on tonight. Both have new

:07:40.:07:47.

bosses. Both high profile but one with a considerably higher profile

:07:48.:07:50.

than the other. Guardiola at Man City and David Moyes at Sunderland.

:07:51.:07:55.

And a higher budget as well I might say. Huge money is involved in the

:07:56.:08:00.

English Premier League. When you are at the top end and you have the

:08:01.:08:03.

backers that Man City have, Sunderland can only dream of the

:08:04.:08:10.

players Man City can attract. David Moyes gets his team organised, he

:08:11.:08:16.

makes his team hard to beat. I don't expect them to take anything from

:08:17.:08:20.

the game but they will make Man City work for it. Man City seemed to be

:08:21.:08:24.

the favourite of most pundits down south for the title. Do you concur?

:08:25.:08:28.

I think this Premier League will be one of the hardest to call with the

:08:29.:08:32.

players that are coming into it and the money involved, it is absolutely

:08:33.:08:37.

crazy, it is ludicrous. But it's going to make it exciting and it's

:08:38.:08:41.

hard to narrow it down to four, five, six, anybody could go in there

:08:42.:08:45.

and put in a run. You mentioned the players but all of the hype seems to

:08:46.:08:49.

be surrounding the super bosses coming on. You mentioned Guardiola

:08:50.:08:55.

but there are a few others as well, Tom. One or two. Mourinho and

:08:56.:08:59.

Antonio Conte obviously. The money that has been spent is eye watering.

:09:00.:09:04.

I find it very hard to pick a winner. The two Manchester clubs and

:09:05.:09:08.

Chelsea will be the top three, I think. But in what order? Don't ask

:09:09.:09:17.

me. You don't know. I am asking you. You are asking the! I'd go with Man

:09:18.:09:22.

United first. Because of Mourinho? He always has a good first season at

:09:23.:09:30.

a club. -- you are asking me! He's developing a big squad that it is

:09:31.:09:34.

world-class. He's got goals in it, he's got Pogba, he has a defence now

:09:35.:09:38.

worthy of a name, whereas the last couple of seasons under Van Gaal the

:09:39.:09:43.

defence was dreadful. I would go with Man United. When you go up

:09:44.:09:47.

against canny managers like Guardiola I wouldn't be surprised if

:09:48.:09:50.

it was Man City. Would you describe Lee Clark as a canny manager? We can

:09:51.:09:57.

hear from him now after his side's 2-1 win away to Hamilton in the

:09:58.:10:00.

Scottish Premiership this afternoon. He spoke to Alasdair Lamont.

:10:01.:10:04.

We can only assume that you are delighted that managing to turn that

:10:05.:10:07.

game around having looked like you might be in for another defeat?

:10:08.:10:12.

To be fair our game plan was fine. We were frustrating Hamilton. Goals

:10:13.:10:18.

change games, as they say, and we gave away a poor goal and seemed to

:10:19.:10:22.

lose our discipline a bit and focus in terms of what was required. But I

:10:23.:10:27.

think the substitutions and change of formation helped us once again

:10:28.:10:31.

and obviously it's food for thought now because that's two games in a

:10:32.:10:37.

row with strikers on the pitch and it has been more positive. Whereas

:10:38.:10:40.

last season with the personnel we had we had to go in a certain way.

:10:41.:10:44.

This year with the players we have up top end speed we have up top it

:10:45.:10:50.

allows us to go with two strikers of the highest quality, great wing play

:10:51.:10:54.

by Jordan Jones, and it's food and drink for Chris Boyd. He has lived

:10:55.:10:58.

off that. The second goal is a fantastic bit of play by Simon and

:10:59.:11:06.

the huge three points, as you said. You mentioned substitutions. You

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were watching the game from the stands. To what extent was Lee

:11:09.:11:15.

McCulloch and the rest of the coaching staff taking the initiative

:11:16.:11:19.

and saying what they see in the game and bringing them in? We were in

:11:20.:11:23.

contact. And obviously the lads are very experienced as well. We all

:11:24.:11:29.

came to the same decision. We spoke briefly over the phone at half-time

:11:30.:11:33.

about what possibilities we could do with the game was still panning out

:11:34.:11:37.

like it was five or ten minutes into the second-half. Between me and

:11:38.:11:41.

Peter and Lee McCulloch we came to the decision, with us being in

:11:42.:11:47.

contact, that it was time to change tactics and personnel and thankfully

:11:48.:11:50.

it worked. You mentioned Jordan Jones providing

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the first goal, and obviously provided a good option for Chris in

:11:55.:11:58.

the first half as well. I thought he looked dangerous for you almost

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throughout. He was outstanding, I've got to say. He has shown that in

:12:03.:12:05.

flashes during the course of the League Cup campaign. Last week, you

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know. We need more consistency, we need that level of performance, and

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today for the full duration of the game he's been very productive, got

:12:16.:12:20.

to the byline, got crosses in, had attempts on goal and made chances

:12:21.:12:23.

for other people. He has electrifying pace and skills and

:12:24.:12:28.

trickery. So I'm delighted with his performance today.

:12:29.:12:31.

He's delighted, Tom. And no wonder, he's talking about going regularly

:12:32.:12:34.

with two strikers upfront and that will be music to the ears of many

:12:35.:12:42.

Kilmarnock fans, will it not? Yeah, I think the music they have been

:12:43.:12:45.

hearing is the Funeral March for too long. Jordan Jones, looking at him,

:12:46.:12:49.

he's right he is quick and it's a great ball in for Kris Boyd. He's

:12:50.:12:54.

just nodded it home from six inches, Kris Boyd is the best striker in the

:12:55.:12:58.

world from six inches! It is good that he is back in the mix, Boyd. He

:12:59.:13:03.

provides the experience they need. He does, a bit of experience, he

:13:04.:13:10.

will get you a goal, galvanised the place, and I'm a big Kris Boyd fan.

:13:11.:13:15.

He's got a fantastic head of hair on him as well. He's become a better

:13:16.:13:20.

striker since he grew his hair. Kilmarnock fans in for a treat,

:13:21.:13:24.

another victory today. Winning against Motherwell.

:13:25.:13:31.

Tommy, you must be pleased with the performance, tremendous start of the

:13:32.:13:32.

season continues. I would say from a footballing

:13:33.:13:39.

aspect it was our best performance. We passed the ball really well,

:13:40.:13:44.

controlled large spells in the first half, probably didn't make enough of

:13:45.:13:49.

the opportunities. But always looked like a goal threat. We showed

:13:50.:13:57.

character. Coming back from 1-0 down away from home.

:13:58.:14:00.

That's what it is all about, character away from home. It is

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about character, about having players in the team who will get the

:14:04.:14:07.

job done. Five years in a row they started top six, they drew against

:14:08.:14:12.

Aberdeen to start the season and they are a team that you don't want

:14:13.:14:16.

to play because they get at you. Steven MacLean upfront will get

:14:17.:14:18.

goals, they are solid at the back and have a decent goalkeeper. They

:14:19.:14:23.

do not have a huge squad, injuries and suspensions might hurt them but

:14:24.:14:25.

if they have their first 11 they are a match for anyone. If St Johnstone

:14:26.:14:31.

don't finish in the top six it will not be a failure, we heard a couple

:14:32.:14:38.

of weeks ago. Do you agree? As a St Johnstone fans we will not be world

:14:39.:14:41.

beaters, we have a budget and we will stick to it and what they have

:14:42.:14:45.

done in the last couple of seasons has been brilliant and he looked

:14:46.:14:50.

visibly elated talking about the match. Staying in the Premier League

:14:51.:14:54.

is always our first aim and if we can compete further up we are happy.

:14:55.:14:57.

No need for Motherwell to panic, not been a great week for them. They

:14:58.:15:01.

knew it would be a hard season, Motherwell, talking to people at the

:15:02.:15:04.

club they knew that money would be in short supply, therefore they

:15:05.:15:08.

really had to start well and get their teeth into the division and

:15:09.:15:11.

try and stay away from the bottom area so it will be difficult because

:15:12.:15:15.

I don't think there is any money in the next transfer window to bring in

:15:16.:15:19.

new players but they have a team, if they can keep their best 11 together

:15:20.:15:22.

I think Motherwell will be OK. Mark McGhee is a good manager and Cincy

:15:23.:15:26.

has complaints have moved on the right direction. I'm afraid that is

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pretty much that for today, day which the following stories unfolded

:15:31.:15:35.

in the Scotland's top two divisions. There was a Highland derby win for

:15:36.:15:42.

Ross County. 3-2 win for Ross County. St Johnstone won 2-1 away

:15:43.:15:49.

from home. 2-1 win for Rangers, their first win of the season,

:15:50.:15:56.

congratulations. And as we mentioned Killie were winners as well. In the

:15:57.:16:01.

Championship, a big win for part-time Dumbarton against Dundee

:16:02.:16:05.

United. Hibs 2-1 winners against Dunfermline. One point apiece for

:16:06.:16:09.

Morton and Falkirk. Big wins for Queen of the South at home to Ayr

:16:10.:16:12.

United and Raith Rovers at home to St Mirren. Now, let me just remind

:16:13.:16:17.

you, to watch the highlights show tomorrow evening at 6:30pm on BBC

:16:18.:16:24.

Two. The results show returns next week at 4pm on BBC Two Scotland.

:16:25.:16:30.

Before that there is Off The Ball's Saturday Supplement with Stuart

:16:31.:16:38.

Cosgrove and Tam Cowan and this week Gemma Fay. That's on Radio

:16:39.:16:43.

Scotland.don't be shy give them a call on 0500 92 95 00. Thanks to

:16:44.:16:48.

Gemma and our other guests Craig Paterson and Tom English. And thanks

:16:49.:16:53.

to you for watching - see you soon.

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Introduced by David Currie.

Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the Premiership, the lunchtime kick-off is at Dens Park as Dundee face Rangers. Then at three o'clock, a big crowd will be expected at Pittodrie as Aberdeen host Hearts - the teams who finished second and third respectively last season.

Elsewhere, there's a derby in the Highland capital as Inverness play Ross County. In the Championship, newly promoted Dunfermline make the short journey from Fife to take on Neil Lennon's Hibernian at Easter Road.


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