13/12/2015 Sportscene


13/12/2015

Highlights of the weekend's matches. Aberdeen v Hearts, Dundee Utd v Partick Thistle, Hamilton v Ross County, Inverness v Hearts, Dundee v Motherwell and Celtic v St Johnstone.


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Good evening and welcome to Sportscene.

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A spectacular opening goal! The shot is an absolute beauty.

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What a finish! That is it, I would imagine.

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Good evening and welcome to Sportscene.

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Please do not adjust your sets, Jonathan Sutherland isn't putting

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I'll try not to break your show - which tonight looks

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Two Scotland internationals from yesteryear will apply

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their forensic minds to that little lot later.

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Say hello to Pat Nevin and Willie Miller.

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We'll start in Perth, where Premiership leaders Celtic

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travelled to face in-form St Johnstone this very day.

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Steven Anderson and Brian Easton return to the St Johnstone defence.

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Sam Scobey dropping to the bench. Sam Fisher cannot play against his

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parent club. Two changes to the team that drew in Turkey.

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What an opportunity! Only 60 seconds played. A big save by Craig Gordon.

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Standing firm, to deny O'Halloran. A ruck of players at the back post.

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Into the gloves of Gordon. Nadir Ciftci with a big opportunity.

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Saved by Alan Mannus, but Nadir Ciftci should be scoring, here.

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Mikael Lustig was lining up the shot. It took a deflection off

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Davidson. Helped on by Mikael Lustig, and

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Nadir Ciftci scores for Celtic. A really good bit of finishing from

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the former Dundee United striker. It is only his third Celtic goal. But

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this is much more like it from Ciftci, the control on-the-fly and

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the clinical finish. St Johnstone have been on such good

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form of late and now find themselves a goal down. Armstrong's corner kick

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and Boyata's header is saved by Alan Mannus. Pretty much straight up the

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goalkeeper, but a giant leap by Boyata.

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Liam Carr is Chris Millar's for St Johnstone.

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Gordon made the save. It had to be touched around the post by Craig

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Gordon, who has hired important saves to make in this match, at

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important moments. That is a double stop, firstly denying Davidson, and

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then Wotherspoon. Michael O'Hara and... Warhol Arana,

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and he put it wide. You can see exactly what was in his mind. He

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raced into the box. He got his angles all wrong.

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Lustig's cross is deflected. Ronny Deila would like another goal.

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Callum McGregor's corner kick finds Boyata and Celtic have the goal

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which takes them feel a whole lot more comfortable. It is only three

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minutes into the second half. A bullet header from Boyata. 2-0.

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O'Halloran, and deflected towards Davidson. Opened up for Brian

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Easton. Great strike! So close to bringing the game back to life. It

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was cleared, in the end, by Lustig. Brian Easton feels so unlucky that

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he didn't score. What a mess, what a chance to crown

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a masterful performance by Tom Rogic. He was well off target.

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Lustig won the header, and now he is racing away, after winning the ball

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back from Tom Rogic. Ciftci Seals the win for Celtic. Two goals from

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Nadir Ciftci, to double his Celtic total. Curtains for St Johnstone

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now. No way back. Great play from Ciftci. A double for Ciftci.

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Overall, the performance was really good. Some thing that the players

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should be proud of. It emphasises that you have to take your chances.

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The first half, we were struggling a bit. A little bit lucky. But we had

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a back four and goalkeeper that was very good. That was very pleasing,

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when we talked a lot about the back four over the last year.

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Second-half, when you get the second goals, you saw that the confidence

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was coming and we played some beautiful football.

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The man of the moment, Ciftci, doubling his goals tally in one

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match? He's taken the opportunity, no doubt about that. Top-class

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finishing from him, particularly the first one. The first one was

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excellent, a fabulous touch, precise finish. Saints went for it and they

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nearly caught Celtic out? I thought they played pretty well, they had

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some really good chances. No arguing against that. Celtic had about two

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thirds of the play, they had the ball a lot. As the game went on,

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they looked more classy. But it is about scoring goals. Celtic have a

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striker, in the form of Ciftci, who can put the ball away. St Johnstone

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didn't have that. You are keen to point out Celtic's high line.

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O'Halloran and has plenty of pace, and that's a high line. Ronny Deila

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likes to play that, he likes to push up a little bit. But there were

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quite a few times, this one is just good play, actually, I'm impressed

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with that. Good goalkeeping by Craig as well. In the end, there were

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opportunities, there were chances for them and they must feel a bit

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disappointed they couldn't put one away. This is a fantastic strike

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from Brian Easton. Left foot, a little bit unlucky. A bit

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speculative. But he hit it so swiftly. Generally, their play was

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good. They have been scoring goals this season. An entertaining team to

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watch. 3-0 maybe skews the overall performance.

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Ronny Deila picking up his back four? I was as well. Boyata was

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great today. His attacking play was really good. He scores a great goal,

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there. Fantastic. Great desire about that as well. Again, in the past, I

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have said things about the centre-backs. This was clever, two

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on one, but he doesn't live in. He does exactly what you should be

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doing, giving yourself a bit of time. Allowing the defenders to step

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back. The second one, the desire to get on the end of this. You know he

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was having a good day, when two of them were closing him down, what are

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you going to do? You could be in big trouble here. Celtic would have made

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these mistakes in the past. This... Surely! That as a player playing at

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the top of his game. It takes you a while to settle into the setup.

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Celtic have had to make changes at centre-back this season. They are

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beginning to get the understanding. Let's move on to

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Tannadice, shall we? Home of Dundee United where,

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with just four points in eight matches since taking over,

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the honeymoon period is over Yesterday they faced

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a Partick Thistle team chasing their third win on the spin,

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all under the keen eye of our man Mixu Paateleinen makes two changes

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as he looks for a winning formula. Thomas Cerney is back after a four

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date absence. Dundee United, a run of one win in

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15 league matches. Try that first time, but well off

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target, Blair Spittal. It was a good ball through. Spittal with a hook

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shot. United, still keeping up the

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pressure. Dixon, too high. But his earlier

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effort was blocked away well by Thomas Cerney.

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Good turn, and Partick Thistle are in front! Well, he celebrated his

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29th birthday yesterday, Kris Doolan. He celebrates his sixth goal

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of the season today. It is his fourth goal in his last three

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appearances for Thistle. Hit the post! Stephen Lawless's

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effort may have actually taken a deflection to hit the post off the

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boot of Souttar. Rankin, and the substitute could not

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hit the target. Lee Lindsey, slipping as he tried to accept the

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pass. Dundee United could not punish the Partick Thistle rearguard. There

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is the problem, getting mugged off the boots. No wonder Alan Archibald

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is shaking his head. Well, Gavin Gunning could not

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deflect that end. Appears to be appeals for a handball

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from Lindsay. In that shot, it seemed goal bound.

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The pressure is still on Thistle and Cerny is happy to grab that one.

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Partick Thistle are desperate to get this win, to make it three wins in a

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row in the top flight for only the second time in 20 years. Cerny is

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happy to grab hold of that one from John Rankin. Disappointed and

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devastated, really. One incident, the defender the wrong side of the

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player, has a shot, it can happen. If you want to defend solidly, you

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know, it's unbelievable. It wasn't a great game of football, the first

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half was a poor spectacle, I think it opened up in the second half. We

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actually got the goal. We put in some OK stuff at the end, but it

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wasn't a great spectacle. I think he was disappointed and

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devastated, certainly by the result. The defending isn't good, closer

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attention is needed to close down the tackles. It is a good goal in

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from these striker, he has made a nice finish but as a defender,

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closer. At the back?

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You do your job. They do care enough, that is fine, as long as it

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doesn't go further. They are doing it for the right reasons.

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Like we are in Brussels. And afterwards. In actual fact, it

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is not the worst sign. What is a bad sign is that, four -- 34 goals.

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They restricted their opponents to one on target yesterday.

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They are not scoring, that is united's problem, giving away soft

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goals at one end and not scoring at the other, a recipe for disaster.

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And this incident? Not deliberate, far too close to

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him. Hands in an unnatural position. The

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referee, I don't think, can see through the back, you are talking

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about the assistant who is a long way away.

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Making a movement like the defender with his feet off the ground, I

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don't think that is anyway unnatural.

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Alan Archibald was not delighted, he said it was ace Paul spectacle --

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was a poor spectacle. Do you remember

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the 26th of September? For one thing that was the last time

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle Mind you, the team

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they met this weekend - Kilmarnock - have won just one match

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away from home since then. Did something have

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to give yesterday? Christmas maybe a fortnight away but

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it was an early gift for the Caley Thistle players thanks to shoddy

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defending by Kilmartin. A tap in, a mix up between Balotelli and

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McHattie allowed the ball to be cut back for Vigurs to slip it home.

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Kilmarnock without a win in the last six but there was a chance for them

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to get back into the game when Steven Smith went down. This effort

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through -- flew narrowly over the crossbar.

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Caley finished second in the Premiership and lifted the Scottish

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club. -- Cup. Vigurs with his second of

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the afternoon. James Vince and with a step over

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allowing Vigurs a shot in off the post.

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Kilmarnock had strong claims for a penalty turned away by the referee.

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Hammill with the shot, coming away from the hand of Warren, play on,

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said the referee. Caley Thistle almost make it three.

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This effort into the side netting. Kilmarnock pulled one back,

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Balotelli Beppe header, Connolly at the back post. Three minutes left,

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Kilmallock. They had a chance of a point.

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Connolly's second goal of the season.

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However, it was to be Caley Thistle with the final chance of the game,

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this long-range effort from Tansey pushed by bike MacDonald and all

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three points state in the Highlands. A great first half performance, we

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scored two great balls and did the business in the second half.

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Kilmarnock came at us. But on account of the attack, we

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were more clinical with our passing and could have scored another few

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goals. We certainly need to start picking

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up points. The boys are well aware of that.

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We need to cut out the sloppy defending which is costing us

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dearly. This is a critique of Premiership

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defending. Starting with Kilmarnock.

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This was a freak. These don't happen that often.

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A miscommunication. They are too polite.

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Freaks happen now and again. Nothing particularly wrong. This is a world

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worked goal, take nothing away from the side.

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The step over it. We watched the same from St

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Johnstone. That was good football.

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The first one was a stinker. Killy had a penalty shout. Perhaps this

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was more clear-cut? I would think so, I thought it was

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an excellent save. Warren throwing his hands up. Definitely an

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unnatural position. It is heading for goal. The referee was in a

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perfect spot to make the call. Acting.

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No doubt in my mind it should have been a penalty, the arms are way

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above his head. Narrow escape. Definitely. When

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things are not going for you, you don't get calls like that.

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Aberdeen and Hearts have a big date to look forward to next month

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But that was far from their thoughts as they went toe

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It was all about the battle for second place, in a derby fixture

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that has produced many memorable moments -

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1-0 Aberdeen and I doubt very much if there will be an easier chance.

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1-0. The Aberdeen of 2015, another chance

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for Pollock to impress, the only change to the team that won at

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Dundee. Hearts first game for a fortnight, two changes.

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A good start by Hearts. Paterson. Nicholson! He was unmarked beyond

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the back post and he will be thinking he should have done better

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here with what was a free header. The long ball from Taylor and it has

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gone beyond Rossi. The ball was fired across goal, no

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takers in the middle. But it was poor defending from Rossi.

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An early ball in, and it came off the Hearts captain. That could have

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gone anywhere. Thankfully, for him, it missed the target.

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Header by Rossi. Hayes microbe with this snapshot taking it early, as

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that clearance went straight to him. In from Hayes, a big chance for

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Considine. And it went straight on Alexander.

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Taking Hearts by surprise, taking the shop on, on the right foot, and

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it was a good one. McGhee getting it back.

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It is opening up for Nicholson, a great hit from the youngster. It

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came crashing back off the crossbar, that could be the lift Hearts need.

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Rossi heads it away, straight back and you had your money on Adam

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Rooney scoring there. Well picked out, he timed run well but can't

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quite believe he has put it over the top.

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A great chance for Hearts top goal-scorer and what an important

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save that is from the Aberdeen goalkeeper Ward. He was offside, not

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flagged, a big chance for the breakthrough.

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Nicholson with the corner kick, a free header for Paterson, blocked on

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the line by Flood. Denied at the second attempt. Appeals for a

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penalty from Hearts. McGhee reaches up a hand and

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concedes a penalty four minutes from full-time, what was he thinking?

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Can Adam Rooney win the game for Aberdeen?

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He's scored his sixth goal in seven games.

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12 for the season. Aberdeen have surely got the win they so badly

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wanted to go seven points clear of Hearts.

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I think we showed perseverance and I think with two strikers to win the

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game. The first half performance, with dominance of the game, I was

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really pleased. We had a forced change at half-time. A small

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adjustment there. We started the second half well but we didn't have

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the same control. I thought we deserved the three points.

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Disappointed, we came up here and played really well. Created a couple

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of good chances. We made a bad mistake for the penalty. We are a

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club willing to give young players a chance, McGhee in his biggest game

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in Scotland, that is football. I am sure he will learn from it.

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A disappointing result but pleased. The winter has been wonderful bus

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far for the Dons. They are back in form, their first

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eight games of the season with victories.

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They are scoring goals, not too many, Aberdeen, but they are back in

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the mode where they can manage the situation and see it out.

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The decisive moment in this match was described on the radio by Willie

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Miller is a moment of badness. -- as a moment of madness.

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If you see it from the other angle, he has had a look. He made that run.

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Then he realises he is not there. I am not saying he should stick his

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hand up. He has two timed his run and be

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aware of where -- be aware that Goodwillie is not there.

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Irrespective of that comic you should not throw your hand up.

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He is thinking, I have spotted him there, he must be there now a couple

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of seconds later, but he wasn't. He is a young player.

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You are singling out Hayes for praise.

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On the day, he was fabulous. A great couple of seasons for the club, his

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general play is superb, prepared to take on players, delivering into the

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box. Really difficult to defend. He is

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willing to take on defenders. If he runs out of space, he is more than

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capable of hooking them in. That worked viciously and he nearly got a

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deflection. A wonderful cross for Considine who should have finished

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it. Hayes, again, he is in the box, the King to get to the end of the

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ball. His overall play has been wonderful.

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You may not remember this, but Dundee were the first

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Premiership leaders this season way back in week one.

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But things have gone a little off course since then with just one win

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Coincidentally, that win came against yesterday's opponents

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Motherwell who had yet to win a home game under new-ish manager

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Brian McLauchlin is your commentator for this one.

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Mark McGhee makes just one change, young Ben Hall makes his debut.

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Kevin Thomson has recovered from injury. He comes back into the

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starting XI, as does Gary Ifan. -- Gary Irvine.

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The cross, knocked away by Rory Loy. Scott McDonald! Motherwell are in

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front. A hint of offside. But McDonald was there. The ball knocked

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in by Stephen Pearson. McDonald, just six yards out, all alone, where

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were the Dundee defenders? The home side, 1-0 up.

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Pearson, in space! Good save by Scott Bain. Again, the Dundee

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defence cracked wide open. Cross comes into Moult! Back off the

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post! Clipped off the top of the crossbar. So close to a second goal

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for Motherwell. Excellent play by Louis Moult. It was McDonald that

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challenged. Mark McGhee the happier of the two managers. Moult! Number

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two for Motherwell. Louis Moult, with his ninth goal of the season.

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The Dundee defence again caught napping. Moult with a clinical

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henna. -- Heather. Connor Ripley forced to dive low to

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his right hand side. Hemmings, twisting one way and then the other.

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That again, the near post header by keeper.

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That again, the near post header by Louis Moult. This time, wide of

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target. The defence just coping. Harkins, takes a deflection and ends

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up in the back of the net. Gary Harkins brings the team back into

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the game. Good play by Hemmings. Law, a little bit unfortunate. The

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ball deflected off him and into the back of the net, beyond Ripley. Game

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on. Stuart! He was challenged by his own

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player. Gary Harkins. Greg Stewart, it looked like a free header.

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Harkins got in his way. Law, with the free kick, excellent

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stop by Scott Bain. Eventually out for a corner. Scott Bain doing

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terrifically well. Stephen Pearson! That is a goal that

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wraps up all three points for Motherwell. Pearson made the run.

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His second goal of the season. Three points for Mark McGhee's side. I

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suspect you would have to score more goals to beat them today. We have

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let in occasional goals. We have not yet got to the stage where we are

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let in occasional goals. We have not confident we will keep a clean

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sheet. The two goals won the game. We scored a goal after about five or

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six minutes. I felt, defensively, we looked a bit frail at times. A

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better second-half performance, in terms of overall play, going

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forwards. But we looked vulnerable today.

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A first home win for Mark McGhee in his second spell as manager? I am

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sure that will please him. The fact he scored three goals as well, he

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will be more than happy tonight. I think it takes a bit of time for a

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manager to get into a club and get his thoughts over to the players.

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But I think that home victory, it certainly looks like he's getting

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his message over. Three goals yesterday, more than a whiff of

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controversy about the first? I would say not much. It comes into Stephen

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Pearson, by the way, this is a great pass.

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I think his heel is offside. But only his heel. It would take a

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phenomenal decision for the assistant referee to spot that. The

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strikers usually get the benefit of the doubt. Slightly offside, a neat

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and tidy finish. Plenty of space, though? The question is the

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defenders. Acres of space there, even though the decision is

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marginal. Nobody closing him down. Nobody in close proximity. And he

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finished it well. A lovely touch, fantastic finish. Stephen Pearson

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got on the scoresheet, just like old times? There were not many people in

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my years playing that were better at this than him. Nobody gets near him,

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when he goes at that pace. Quite phenomenal. I don't say that

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lightly. A lot of good players have been able to break into the box

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late. At 33, he is as good just now as he ever was at that. He should

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score a lot more goals than he does. He will get many more if he keeps

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doing that and stays fit. Our final port of Premiership call

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is New Douglas Park, where Hamilton hadn't won

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a home game since September. But their opponents Ross County,

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on the other hand, hadn't won a league match on the road

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since the August. Here's our reporter Andy Burke's

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story of the match. Just a point separating the teams

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going into this one. Neither were in great form. Hamilton took the lead

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through Gramoz Kurtaj. A superb counterattack.

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There were now in the groove. The lovely passing move almost brought a

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second. Gramoz Kurtaj forcing a good save from Scott Fox. Jim McIntyre

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wanted more from his side and got it just before the hour mark. Jackson

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Irvine's rocket almost brought them level, Craig Curran's follow-up did

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the trick. A sixth goal of the season for the Englishman. Boss

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Martin Canning felt his side should have had a penalty when Crawford

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tumbled under a challenge from Jackson Irvine. The replay suggests

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that the referee was right to suggest play on. The second goal

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owed a little too long. The substitute Stewart Murdoch made the

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most of the situation to get his first goal for County. Ross County

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thought they had put the game out of sight with a third. Michael Gardyne

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slotted home, but the flag was up for offside. Perhaps he was

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unfortunate to see his effort ruled out. County were not to be denied,

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adding a third in the 90th minute. Liam Boyce turned the ball home with

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the aid of a slight deflection. A second away win of the season for

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County, they leapfrog Hamilton Academical. I think we made the

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goalkeeper working. We try to move the ball. You see with the first

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ball, it's a good goal. At times, a ricochet can fall into your path and

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it is something we need to do better, hitting the target more. We

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have done well on our own terms. If you go away from home and pick up a

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point, you can never be too displeased. We knew we had to get

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our average of Windsor. To come to a tough place like this, on a surface

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we are not used to, the players deserve fantastic credit.

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A welcome when, and start of a benign run-off fixtures, all

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winnable? They are good, strong, good at the back for most of the

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games I've watched them. Players are front can find the back of the net.

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They've got the opportunity now to go on a little run, after some

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setbacks. Hamilton struggling at home, unusual, they haven't

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witnessed in September? It's tough to explain. I would always expect if

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you have got that sort of pitch, it should give you an advantage. Even

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Jimmy McIntyre has said it is not a surface they are used to. Even he's

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really excited about it. I am amazed, if it keeps on going, the

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big thing is, they did just put their foot through the ball and

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smack it generally towards the target. On those surfaces in

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particular, it is the right thing to do. I'm just amazed they don't do it

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more often. I don't think we have missed out any Premiership matches.

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So we can take a Terry Butcher's at the league table.

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Celtic, four points clear of Aberdeen at the top.

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The Dons, seven clear of third-place Hearts.

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Kilmarnock have dropped into the dreaded play-off place,

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Dundee United, eight points adrift in the even more

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To the Championship next in which leaders Rangers welcomed

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Morton to Ibrox for the first time in the league in about 28 years.

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Before the game, there was a minute's silence for Rangers

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midfielder Arnold Peralta who was shot dead in his native

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The Rangers manager makes one change to his line-up, Kenny Miller returns

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to the attack, Nicky Clarke drops to the bench.

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Rangers, on this run of one defeat in 16 league matches. They are

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looking to maintain their place at the top. Lea Wallace, knocked to the

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ground by, Tyburn near, swinging that one

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income and that there is Kenny Miller! Rangers are in front after

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only two minutes. Tavernier's delivery, and Miller pounced to

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claim his seventh goal of the season. He outjumped everybody,

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including the goalkeeper. Well, he is desperate for a second,

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Kenny Miller. Good play again by Mackay and Wallace, setting up the

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opportunity. James Tavernier has turned it into

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his own net! Johnston goes off to celebrate. The Rangers defenders

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can't believe what Tavernier has just done. He has been regularly

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scoring for the Ibrox side. On this occasion, he has levelled it for the

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opposition. Miller, good control, and blocked by

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Pepper. Good, thoughtful play from Rangers again. Morton break it up.

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Miller is certainly lively this afternoon. Good control and Pepper

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throwing himself in front of it. Parried away, good, positive play by

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the visitors. Johnston with the shot, the on loan Birmingham player.

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He has been in good form, he's got six goals so far for Morton.

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Waghorn, an excellent save by Grant Adam.

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The goalkeeper did not get there initially. It was O'Ware's header,

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initially. That a lovely, curling shot!

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McCloskey puts Morton in front! 82 minutes played, is there a shock on

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the cards at Ibrox? Excellent execution.

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Cutback from Wallace, and that is Waghorn! Rangers have responded very

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quickly. In the space of two minutes, Martyn Waghorn, claiming

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his 20th goal of the season. Well into stoppage time, is that one

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last chance for Rangers? And he just couldn't get over the

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top of that one. They may have to be content with a

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draw. A bad day at the office today. But

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you saw that they never stop moaning. Frustrated, undoubtedly.

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Lack of quality. But we move forward.

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Most people might have thought Rangers can win it. Other than that,

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I think the referee was great, it was a good game, we contributed to

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it. Rangers dropping points again,

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making a habit of it? A little bit, in the early part of

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the season they were overpowering, that has dipped.

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I think Rangers are losing their form just now.

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So, folks, to Easter Road where Hibernian had the chance

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to capitalise on Rangers dropping points.

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They faced Alan Stubbs' bogey team, if you believe in such things,

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Alan Stubbs makes just one change to the side, Hanlon comes into the

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team. Miller's reward for a hat-trick was

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a place on the bench. A nice little pass to Stevenson. Who

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gives it ' Keatings who goes down under the challenge of Muirhead, the

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decision is a corner from Kevin Clancy.

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A clever pass from Keatings to set Malonga on the way who returned the

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past. Keatings tries one and it almost crept into the net there.

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Mightily relieved to see this slip past the post.

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Great defending from Leahy. But the danger is still alive. Back

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to Cummings again. Finally, they get the danger clear.

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14 goals already, Cummings. Looking for number 15 there.

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Cummings driving forward again. He has support in the shape of McGinn

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who fancied a go and that almost found the net, Rogers got a touch on

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it. Just for a second it looked as if it

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had crept inside the post. McGinn driving into the penalty

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area. That is a heavy challenge.

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McGinn, sent off, straight red card. You see that often when a player

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loses position but that is right over the top of the ball.

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Fontaine wins the ball back for Hibs, now Cummings, what can he do

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up against McCracken and he goes down.

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I think Kevin Clancy has got that one right.

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No contact whatsoever. Can Falkirk apply some pressure off their own?

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Lofted into the box, well played by Fontaine. Vaulks picks it up.

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Determined to play. There is Miller! The hat-trick hero

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from last weekend does it again. Not one that Mark Oxley will want to

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see again. A last chance for Hibs now as

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Cummings goes to the line. Surely Hibs have snatched it in

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stoppage time? Cummings has been trying to make

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things happen all day, a clever flick from Anier.

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I think in result and performance like that could go a long way within

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our season, when you look back at the end and you think of a

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performance and result, that was one of them.

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We could have moved it a bit quicker, more than we actually did.

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It was disappointing to lose a goal so late in injury time.

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But it's no disaster. Alan Stubbs seemed quite pleased

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with the outcome at Easter Road. They were playing with ten men,

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Falkirk were a really good side. Psychologically it is a massive

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help. His team played well. Let us look at

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why they were playing with ten men, McGinn, a determined character.

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He has a lot going for him, this young man, a determined character.

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His momentum has taken him into the challenge, no doubt it is over the

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ball. No doubt he had to see the red card.

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I didn't think it was premeditated, the challenge. That is the way the

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ball, the boy plays. Full of determination. His momentum took him

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into the challenge. He had his back to the player in the

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last second and twisted around. It is reckless.

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But I don't think it was malicious. St Mirren, his former club, in

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trouble, third bottom, Ian Murray resigning after the defeat away to

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Dumbarton yesterday. Troubled times for St Mirren. They

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have to go through the process again, look at who is available.

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Do they go for experience, a young manager? They have had too many

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managers in a short period. A big decision, who will be the next

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chief. Where do they go from here?

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The big thing is you will get lots of people wanting the job which is a

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good thing. It is a struggling team. I wouldn't

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say Ian Murray is a bad manager but it is a bad situation he finds

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himself in, he should get other opportunities.

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They have been through managers at a real rate of knots.

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If you get the perfect young manager available you go for him. You take

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everything on board. You see what is available. Maybe first initial ideas

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aren't right. The natural thing is to go for experience. If you see the

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right person, it may be you get 23 in at the same time, coach,

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assistant manager, tough job. If he keeps taking his medication,

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Jonners will be back next week. Oh, and on the subject of which,

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next Sunday, the show is on BBC Two Scotland at 10:10pm,

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so please don't be caught out. For now, though, it's thanks

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to Pat and Willie.

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Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Aberdeen and Hearts look to steal a march in the race to catch Celtic when they square up at Pittodrie in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. It will be equally tense at the bottom where Dundee United and Partick Thistle face off in a game that could go a long way to easing their respective relegation worries. Elsewhere form Saturday, Hamilton host Ross County, Inverness CT welcome Hearts to the Highlands and Dundee travel to Motherwell. There's a big game from Sunday as champions Celtic are away at St Johnstone. Also, selected Championship coverage.


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