14/01/2017 Sportscene


14/01/2017

Dumbarton v Hibernian, Dundee United v Queen of the South, Dunfermline v St Mirren, Falkirk v Ayr United and Morton v Raith Rovers. Introduced by David Currie.


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Good afternoon and welcome to the results show.

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Not even the top division's winter shutdown can shut us up.

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We have reporters at all of today's Championship matches bringing us

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We also have two of the nation's most eminent championship-ologists

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in the studio to educate, inform and entertain.

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They are Craig Paterson and Alan Preston.

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Let's find out what's happening, shall we?

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Dumbarton are at home to the championship leaders, Hibernian.

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Over to Richard Wilson. The first half, the goal from Kris Commons was

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in front of Dumbarton but they are plucky homicide. 1-0. Tannadice,

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Dundee United are at home to Queen of the South. Brian McLaughlin is

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there. They head through Marie after four minutes but Queen of the South

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are at three - one. They look -- Dundee United look to end at three

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match losing run. Mid-table Dunfermline at all to St Mirren. A

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nice day for Gary MacKenzie, he conceded a careless penalty, Kallum

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Higginbotham converting to give Dunfermline and half-time lead.

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McKenzie made amends with a thumping header in the first minute after the

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interval. Fourth against ninth place, John Barnes watching Falkirk

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and Ayr United. Gary Harkins giving Ayr United the lead in the 24th

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minute but after Falkirk had a penalty save, the effort from John

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Baird from the 12 yard mark turned away from Fleming. 1-1. Charlie Mann

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is watching Morton against Raith Rovers. The long unbeaten run for

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Morton looks like being extended. 2-0 against Raith Rovers. Forbes

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with the first and 2-0 up on 67 minutes thanks to Cairney. Let us

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work our way down the country. Hibernian, looking good? Kris

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Commons, this could be his last goal? His emergency loan deal runs

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out tomorrow? Great goal against Falkirk. A couple of weeks ago. The

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top of -- type of player who can win this championship. The fans will

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hope we can stay until the end of the season. He followed that with a

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good win against Dundee. It is important they don't slip up today.

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There were no what is happening at Tannadice. If Hibs when they could

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find themselves nicely clear at the top of the table. Dundee is

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struggling. Queen of the South will get all three points. Also, great

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result for Gary Naismith and Queen of the South, winning last week

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against St Mirren, Tannadice is a tough place to go, two signings in

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the January window and they have scored today. A disastrous run for

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United, three defeats in a row. Can they kick on and hang on to the

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coat-tails of Hibernian? It doesn't look like it. Modern, by contrast,

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our glorious run and on course for another win today? That would draw

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them to within 34, just down four points behind United with a game in

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hand important. They are the team on the rise, it has been going on for

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months, losing just one out of 12 today, unbeaten at home, Morton, I

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think people will find them quite strongly. They have been struggling

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a little bit. A lot of draws, very few wins. Martin looked likely to

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take all three points. And Jim Duffy's Mendel put another three

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points on the board and make it very interesting. And they will pull away

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from Falkirk. It would stay the same. Falkirk last week against

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Raith Rovers but very good. 4-1. Still some time to go. They can get

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back in there. But a draw at home at this moment is not good enough, they

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need to get up there and maintain that run and get up with Dundee

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United, getting up with Morton, they need to push up. Draws at home, not

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good enough. Ayr United need some points? Try to get away from St

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Mirren? They need as much distance between themselves and St Mirren but

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also put pressure on the clubs above. On the last ten games, five

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defeats and five draws, they are picking up a few points but they

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really need to win, they got the lead today and could not hang onto

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that. Playing away to Falkirk? Falkirk on a good team at home,

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great point for Ayr United, St Mirren looked like picking up

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something. Tentatively. They have not lost any ground. Their United

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have to look ahead and not behind. not lost any ground. Their United

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St Mirren away to Dunfermline would be a great return given the

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fantastic form Dunfermline have been in. They are the in form team in the

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division? Scoring a lot of goals. St Mirren, they looked like turning

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things around, a couple of wins and a draw but last week was

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disappointing against Queen of the South, going down. The manager

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having the altercation with the fans. It wasn't what the day that

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they take something but Dunfermline are not good run and they will be

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chasing the wind. St Mirren would settle for one point. Let is kept

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reporters grafting again. More detailed accounts of what is

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happening. Richard Wilson is watching Dumbarton against

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Hibernian? Hard work for Hibs today, Dumbarton have worked hard and

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created a number of chances. The only moment of quality delivered the

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only goal, as early as the 15th minute. The cross from Humphrey

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headed into the penalty area and a Kris Commons carefully steered

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volley into the corner of the net. Since then, Hibs have had to work

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hard defensively. Last-ditch tackles and blocks, Laidlaw had to save from

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Lewis Vaughan and Thompson in the first-half and the second he had to

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rush off the line. Captain David Gray had to head the ball from the

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goal-line as well. Hibs to dig in if they are to keep control of this but

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it is still 1-0. Tannadice and we can hear from Brian, watching Dundee

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United against Queen of the South. Queens on course? They certainly

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are, 3-1. They could have been so different for United, taking the

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lead after four minutes with a wonderful goal, Simon Murray,

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recalled to the side this afternoon, hitting the ball over Dowie and into

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the right back of the net. Huge set off for the visitors whenever the

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shirt of Thomas Nicholson appeared to be targeted by Dowie. It was

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missed by the officials, to the dismay of home support. They took

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advantage through Stephen dobby. His 18th goal of the season and seven

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minutes into the second-half, Dobbie providing the wonderful reverse pass

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into the path of Thompson, who went between the legs of Bell. Wonderful

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third goal, Thomas, 25 yards out, into the roof of the net. The Queens

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fans are singing here at Tannadice this afternoon. 30 minutes of the

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second-half and it is 3-1. Who is singing at East End Park? Davey can

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tell us. 1-1. You can see where the problems stem from, they looked

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vulnerable every time Dunfermline get at them. They have kept one

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clean sheet all season and that was against freefalling Raith Rovers.

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They conceded a careless one, Gary MacKenzie, it looked like he had

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conceded a penalty earlier for that foul on Moffat. And he did not get

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away with that in the second time. The penalty kick dispatched behind

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Jamie Langfield. Recalled because of an injury to Scott Gallaher. He has

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really turned the clock back with a wonderful save in the second-half to

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keep scoreline level to deny Nicky Clark. Gary MacKenzie then redeemed

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himself, but the header against the post from the Stephen Mallon corner.

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And within seconds of the restart, another thumping header from the

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same source, the goalkeeper saved. Some encouragement from the way they

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are a shrug of the on loan striker Rory Loy has been playing. And the

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young midfielder on loan from Aberdeen, Craig story. Signs of

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encouragement but they will have to hold out for this Dunfermline

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onslaught for the last few minutes. Queen of the South heading for three

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points at Tannadice? Debbie Knox. I said they wear. They only need 3-2.

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Wonderful strike by Scott Fraser, it was a lost cause chased by the

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substitute. Volley from 12 yards out, Robinson rooted to the

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goal-line. 12 minutes left and it is 3-2. Falkirk Stadium, taking on Ayr

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United. John Barnes? Still 1-1. 31 minutes played in the second half.

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Falkirk went behind in the 24th minute. Courtesy of a goal from Gary

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Harkins. Hesitation in the Falkirk defence, Harkins that and he blasted

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that into net. Falkirk Spring into action. There was a volley wide of

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the white hand post and in stoppage time at the end of the first half,

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Falkirk awarded a penalty. McHugh bundle to the ground by McKenna. The

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spot kick turned around the right-hand post by Greg Fleming.

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From the corner, Mark Kerr swinging that in. And a brilliant header into

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the back of the net from Grant. Not many clear-cut chances in the second

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period. A couple of efforts have gone close from Nisbet. Another

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curling shot wide of the left-hand post. The latest scoreline, 1-1.

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curling shot wide of the left-hand two goals with Morton against Raith

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Rovers. Charlie? Two goals for the home side, Morton have not been

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unbeaten in repeating here since March last year. And that team was

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Raith Rovers. But no sign of that happening this afternoon. Forbes

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putting the home side in front. He's always dangerous. Cutting in from

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the right-hand side. Short with left foot. It looked like he was aiming

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for Fleming. It ended up in the back of the net to put the home side one

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and Forbes scoring his latest. Mike Russell created another, running

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down the left-hand side, good cross into the box and Cairney on his

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debut for Morton heading the ball past the goalkeeper for his fifth

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goal of the season. Four of them for St Mirren earlier on. Raith Rovers

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have not won since October. That will not change. Bold prediction

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from Charlie. You will be delighted to hear Richard say it is hard work

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for Hibs? Hanging on four points? They find it tough at Dumbarton in

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the past but they are a quality side and those signings. With Commons.

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And the winner from Preston, and those signings. With Commons.

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Humphrey. Out never sent but taken off today. That will be a great

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result. In the changing room, if they find at Dundee are losing and

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end up losing the points, that would be atrophied day of work for Neil

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Lennon. United not out of this at Tannadice but looking at the scorers

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for Queens, you have Thomas and Thompson, two players that Gary

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Naismith has brought in. Last week John Rankin was outstanding. He has

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manoeuvred well in the transfer market? I like Gary Naismith, every

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time you hear him, working for the BBC, really knowledgeable, really

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keen and wanted a bigger job. At least five, working away but some

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Tansey had to keep playing himself. He didn't have any more players. He

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is playing with a club that has a squad, he is allowed to spend money

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on wages, bring in some loan players, great result last week and

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they can follow it up with another three points, that gives them

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something to build upon. Dunfermline and St Mirren... Higginbotham, that

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penalty takes some bravery? Two in the space of a minute earlier in the

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season? More penalties at home than any other side in Britain. He scored

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today and to give St Mirren credit, they pulled this off at home last

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week, Dunfermline are flying just nine. If they can something, good

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result. They have to go on a run of games. You don't want them slipping

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away and being isolated at the bottom, if St Mirren go down again

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into division one, what a disaster for them. Falkirk and Ayr United,

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Peter Grant on the scoresheet? You would extolling the virtues of

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camera earlier? Island defenders who want to defend. They are going to

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play the ball if they can. They have to clear lines and when those

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headers and if you can add an odd goal he run there, going up set

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pieces, decent ball into the box, brave and determined, he has got

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pieces, decent ball into the box, Falkirk back. Another team, the last

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six games, two wins, two draws, two defeats, Falkirk need to start

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getting it together. Peter says the guys have to leave before they can

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get any strength? So many managers find themselves in that position,

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for somebody to come in, a piece of the jigsaw has to move away and you

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replace them because that frees up the wages. Very few teams in the

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transfer window are spending any money on transfer fees. It is

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strictly on loan players. Jordan Howe find a square peg for a square

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hole with Cairney coming from St Mirren. He is up to third place

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Morton, joining them and banging in the goal on his debut. That is what

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strikers are all about, it is great he has done that again. A square peg

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in a square hole was Jim Duffy. Every week we go on about this. What

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a job. He would be rivalling Brendan Rodgers for manager of the?

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Absolutely. If Brendan Rodgers wins the trouble, that would be that. Jim

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Duffy at Morton, what he is doing is fantastic and they believe they can

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catch Dundee United. The game in hand at Raith Rovers, can they get

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up into second place? That would be unbelievable. If they keep

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expanding, he will get Morton into the cup? The first season in the

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championship under him and they are up there, looking like play-off

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qualifiers. They have started to build last season, the only team to

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win at Easter Road, one of only two teams that took anything from Ibrox

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against Rangers last season so you know they were capable but

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consistency was not there and another manager he knows the league

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and what kind of players to add and all of a sudden you bringing three

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of them in the right places and the draw started turn into winning and

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they are on a magnificent run. Another three points today. A lovely

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position. If you look at what Jim Duffy has done, terrific.

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They have a cushion there, five points between them and Ayr United

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in the relegation play-offs. It's worrying. It is worrying. They

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brought in Stevenson and Hardy to bolster the squad and give them

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freshness. I watched them last week. They were 1-0 up. Stevenson got an

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injured. They play Hearts in the Cup, that will be a big thing, him

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ex-Hearts manager. It it is a big thing. They need to get their league

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form sorted out. They are slipping down the league. If the likes of Ayr

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United and Dumbarton and St Mirren go on a run they could find

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themselves in danger. Dunfermline are on this run, they are level on

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points, they have are not far away from that relegation zone? When you

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look at momentum, Raith's momentum is going in reverse. Dunfermline are

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the opposite. They are winning. Because they have the confidence the

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games can't come around quick enough. Raith Rovers are looking

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after a decent start to the season, they are looking for more mission or

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tactics that will bring them back to winning ways. It's not easy. The

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squad will be thin at Raith Rovers. Not a lot to spend. They have to mix

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and match and come up with a winning formation.

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While we're waiting for events to unfold in the Championship,

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let's take a wee nosy at the English Premier League

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and in particular the lunchtime kick-off pitting Tottenham Hotspur

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Here's the story of the game from Jonathan Pearce.

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COMMENTATOR: Tottenham 4, West Bromwich Albion 0. What a week for

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Harry Kane. The came was over after 25 minutes. Spurs with free-flowing

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football. After 11 minutes Eriksen made it two with a deflected shot,

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15 minutes later. Kane had one touched on the post. Will i had a

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goal disallowed. Cain rammed in Walker's cross and slipped home a

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bring Alli dink threw ball to make sure of victory what the striker

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called Tottenham's best performance of the season. West Bromwich Albion

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didn't have a shot on target. Kane the daddy of White Hart Lane. You

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are taking issue with the naming of Harry Cain's daughter. Ivy is a

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lovely name. They should have called her Sugar Kane. Terrific for him.

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Hat-trick today. Wonderful week for his family. Spurs are a really good

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side. Top team. Sweet for Spurs today, that takes them into second

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and Kane is on fire. Chelsea are having issues with their star

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striker, maybe the title race isn't over? A good time to be in-form.

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They are on the up and up just now. Somebody on the up and up, are they,

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a goal Dundee United and Queen of the South? United, equalised two

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minutes left. Ball played into the box. At the back post was Murray who

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knocked the ball into the back of the net. Can United, who looked dead

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and buried 10 minutes ago claw the game back. It's now 3-3. That

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cheered you. Up a little bit. It could stop the rot. Murray is a good

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Young player, valuable goal. Can they win it? A massive three points

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for them. When you are 3-1 down you would settle for a point. There was

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a bit of booing earlier. Fans are an in-patient breed, United, I was

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speaking to Ray who said he was ahead of schedule. We are rebuilding

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this club. Folk have to be patient? It's a new team. You look for them

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to gel as quickly as possible. When they do and you put points on the

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board, you think carry on. It speaks well of their character, after

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losing the games then going 3-1 easy to pack away the tools and say we

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will be back to it next week. It looks like they pulled up their

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sleeves and might dig out a point or maybe more. He is handing Queen of

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the South points before the game is done. That is what he does. The he

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has done a wonderful job. The play-offs would be realistic. Hibs

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are the favourites. When I saw the squad, Neil Lennon, off the back of

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the Scottish Cup victory. If they can finish in the play-offs, I'm

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sure they will. Hibs are budgeting to go? If they don't go up. It will

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be serious. The Cup runs brought in money. They are playing good wages,

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the fans are backing them, 16,000 against Dunfermline, 18,000 against

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Dundee United they are showing ambition. Getting Chris Commons and

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trying to keep him, things are going well at eastern Road. It's

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full-time, another three points. Morton winning against Raith Rovers?

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Yes. Another big result for Jim Duffy's Morton. They have been the

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surprise package of the Championship so are far. The play-offs are

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looking more and more a possibility. A big part has been their home form.

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Not beaten here since March last year. Raith Rovers won that day,

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they did not look like repeating that exercise here this afternoon.

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Two goals, one in the first half, one in the second for Morton. First

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on 27 minutes, Ross Forbes seventh goal of the season. He is always

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dangerous, he tried a cross shot, it evaded the goalkeeper and ended up

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in the back of the net. Raith Rovers started the second-half way. Russell

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with a great run down the left hand side, cross into the box, Shankland

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made his debut for Morton and headed the second past the goalkeeper for

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his fourth, fifth goal of the season, four of those coming for St

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Mirren, Morton's rivals. Terrific result for Morton. They have

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consolidated third place. They must be looking upwards from here. Thank

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you. It's full-time at East End Park. They got their first point in

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three attempts against St Mirren thank you to that header from

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McKenzie at the start of the second-half. His second goal of the

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season. Redemption for him having given away a careless penalty

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converted by Higginbotham. He got away with a push a few minutes

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before that. The referee wouldn't let him get away with a second one.

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It was a confident conversion by Higginbotham. No more than

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Dunfermline deserved at that point. Them dominated the game in terms of

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attacking threat and St Mirren, as you would expect from a team at the

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bottom of the division, looked vulnerable every time they were

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attacked from pace and movement, particularly from Nicky Clarke. The

:24:18.:24:25.

goalkeeper made a couple of blocks in the first half and a dazzling

:24:26.:24:30.

save in the second-half from a net-bound Nicky Clarke header as

:24:31.:24:34.

Dunfermline pushed forward to extend their winning run at the start of

:24:35.:24:45.

the new year. The There was dogged defending by the St Mirren backline.

:24:46.:24:49.

A free-kick went inches wide of the target. Clarke, two minutes into

:24:50.:24:54.

stoppage-time, with a header that went past. Encouraging signs for

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Jack Ross particularly of his on-loan midfielder, Craig Storey.

:25:03.:25:08.

They are trying to get a partnership going up front which will improve

:25:09.:25:11.

the more they play together. Nine points from the last seven games for

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St Mirren, their best run of the season. They are seven points adrift

:25:17.:25:21.

at the bottom. Dunfermline move into sixth place on goals scored. It

:25:22.:25:28.

finished 1-1. Full-time now in Dumbarton. Over to Richard. This

:25:29.:25:33.

wasn't a vintage performance from Hibs. That will make all three

:25:34.:25:37.

points seem more precious for the League leaders. Commons scored in

:25:38.:25:43.

the first half. Volley from inside the area,. Neil Lennon will want to

:25:44.:25:55.

keep him. The goalkeeper had to make a save in the first half. Gray

:25:56.:25:59.

headed off the line after the break. Smith also cleared off his line.

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Dumbarton will wonder how they didn't equalise at the end of the

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game. It was a hard-fought and potentially important 1-0 win for

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Hibs at um Dumbarton. Now to Dundee United and Queen of the South. 6,156

:26:20.:26:26.

here. They received their money's worth this afternoon. A chilly

:26:27.:26:33.

afternoon here at Tannadice. 3-3. Murray opened the scoring after just

:26:34.:26:39.

four minutes. Lovely through ball. The shot went into the roof of the

:26:40.:26:42.

goal. Queens took possession of the game. Dobbie with his 18th of the

:26:43.:26:48.

season, equalising before Yeo Thomson and aened woerful strike

:26:49.:26:53.

from Dominic thom mass set up Queens. They took control of the

:26:54.:26:57.

game and looked set for the back-to-back wins for the first time

:26:58.:27:09.

since September. However a couple of substitutions, they set up Fraser.

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He made a volley from 12-yards out into the back of the net. With less

:27:15.:27:24.

than 90 seconds left on the clock Simon Murray was alone at the back

:27:25.:27:33.

post. Queens came close with a header. Fantastic game here. 3-3.

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Fantastic game. Heartening the size of the crowd, 6,000 at that one,

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East Can end Park. Very good. Over 10,000

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at these two games. United are a big club. When they are flying they will

:27:54.:28:00.

get fans coming around. Dunfermline are up to six, above their local

:28:01.:28:05.

rivals Raith Rovers they will come back. A lot of big clubs in that

:28:06.:28:11.

division? Yes. At the start of the season the smart money was Hibs and

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Dundee United would the next best squad. Raith had a great run. Morton

:28:16.:28:26.

have being going well all season. Top two are favourites for one and

:28:27.:28:29.

two, but battle for the other places. I listened to Jack Ross who

:28:30.:28:35.

said, we came in and not lost any ground, but another game is gone.

:28:36.:28:37.

Today is the same. That's another ground, but another game is gone.

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game gone. They have won two games this season. Seven points adrift.

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Equivalent of three games they have to win to overtake the teams above

:28:47.:28:50.

them. He has to get players in. He needs help from the Board. He needs

:28:51.:28:56.

to get new faces. Join an old face now. Full-time, John Barnes,

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Falkirk. It's Falkirk 1, Ayr United 1 is how it finished here. Harkins

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opened the scoring after 24 minutes. That cancelled out in stoppage-time

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at the end of the first half by Peter grant. That came seconds after

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Baird missed a penalty for Falkirk. Baird blasted the penalty low to the

:29:24.:29:28.

goalkeeper's right. Fleming turned it around the post from the corner.

:29:29.:29:32.

Grant was on the end of the delivery. In the second-half there

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was a lack of chances for Falkirk in the early changeses. Nesbitt had a

:29:39.:29:44.

couple of goods efforts which was saved and another curling effort

:29:45.:29:55.

wide of the post. There were chances toward the end. A shot was blocked

:29:56.:30:00.

on the line. Gallagher was up for a set-piece. He crashed a header which

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came back off the crossbar. In the end good defensive display by Ayr

:30:07.:30:09.

United, for sure. Good on the break, too. It's a couple of points dropped

:30:10.:30:13.

as far as Falkirk are concerned. 1-1. Sounds like a good display from

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as far as Falkirk are concerned. Ayr United? Great point. It really

:30:20.:30:24.

is. Falkirk is a tough place to go. They train on 3G every day. It's an

:30:25.:30:30.

advantage to them. I don't care what anyone says, if you are on it every

:30:31.:30:36.

day, you get used to it. We have Tony Gallagher, 17, attracting a lot

:30:37.:30:40.

of attention. He may go in the January window. He wants to bring in

:30:41.:30:48.

another striker. They scored 19 goals. Less than one a game. Not

:30:49.:30:53.

that easy? No. You look at the other teams. Dobbie will get goals, Nicky

:30:54.:30:58.

Clarke will get goals. Cummings will score goal. Murray on target for

:30:59.:31:03.

Dundee United. Everybody has a go to player when you need goals, Ayr

:31:04.:31:06.

United need somebody like that, somebody who will get 12-18 goals. A

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good performance and a good point. Falkirk is not an easy place to go.

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United brought a striker in on-loan. They are after another one. You are

:31:19.:31:22.

don't hold great store on the stats, United 14 shots. They scored three.

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They are greating the chances, not sticking them away? They are. Murray

:31:27.:31:32.

can hopefully do them. They need someone who will get them 15 to 20

:31:33.:31:37.

goals. Dobbie is not far from doing it at Queen of the South. If they

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had one of them they will be up. Creating 14 chances but scoring

:31:43.:31:46.

three. It's a decent ratio but they might have won it if they had a

:31:47.:31:52.

descent striker. It's Scottish Cup next week, the bosses have time to

:31:53.:31:58.

recruit. Who do you think... Which areas do specific teams need to

:31:59.:31:59.

striken. We spoke about Campolo is if Hibs can keep Commons,

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that would be a big statement, his long run side today. That would be

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very big if they could keep him, that would be important. What is

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your intuition? I think Neil Lennon... I think Celtic have got

:32:21.:32:25.

31st-team players and he does not Lennon... I think Celtic have got

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feature. We can drop into League One. Airdrieonians at home to East

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Fife, on a good run this afternoon. Kenny Crawford was at the stadium.

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It finished 2-2. And a better point for Airdrie and free East Fife,

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before this match Airdrie will on the two-game winning run. Their

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first point of the New Year, East Fife on a brilliant six-game winning

:32:52.:32:57.

run in all competitions and Barry Smith's first experience of not

:32:58.:33:01.

winning as the new manager. Airdrie had a great start on 26 minutes,

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Andy Ryan scoring with a clinical finish from the far post with his

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15th of the season. Jason Carey headed home from the corner to make

:33:11.:33:14.

it 1-1. Right on the stroke of half-time. His fifth of the season.

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They take control, the visitors, in the second half, Ross Brown meeting

:33:21.:33:24.

across from Kevin Smith with a header into the bottom left-hand

:33:25.:33:28.

corner. Beyond Ferguson in the Airdrie goal. It looked like East

:33:29.:33:31.

Fife would get their seventh win in a row in all competitions but Jack

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Leach, son of Scott H, popped up in the 89th minute to tuck in from the

:33:37.:33:42.

near post from the cutback from Jack Mackay. 2-2. The story of that match

:33:43.:33:49.

from Kenny Crawford Texas nicely to the classified results. -- takes us.

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Let's have a look at the league tables, in the Scottish

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Championship... Hibernian seeding of the top. Six points over Dundee.

:37:18.:37:22.

Martin Offiah five behind United in third. Falkirk in fourth, despite

:37:23.:37:29.

picking up one point today. At the bottom, St Mirren and Ayr United

:37:30.:37:33.

picked up points. Dumbarton lost at home to Hibs. Seven Between St

:37:34.:37:36.

Mirren and Ayr United. The top of League One. There was no

:37:37.:37:47.

game for Livingston today. Alloa athletic lost, Airdrieonians picking

:37:48.:37:51.

up the point. At the bottom, the win for Stenhousemuir over Stranraer

:37:52.:37:56.

means both sides swap places. In League Two... Forfar athletic five

:37:57.:38:03.

clear at the top. Elgin City going well. Berwick Rangers dropping to

:38:04.:38:10.

ninth place. The top of the English Premier League. Chelsea play

:38:11.:38:17.

Leicester this evening. Spurs go into second spot, Arsenal in third.

:38:18.:38:21.

Liverpool play Manchester United tomorrow. Interesting stuff at the

:38:22.:38:27.

bottom of the table. Swansea City at the foot of the table, level with

:38:28.:38:33.

Sunderland. And Hull City, third bottom. One point better off and

:38:34.:38:39.

level on points with Crystal Palace. Here comes the English championship.

:38:40.:38:45.

Rathfriland Hove Albion at the top. Two clear from Newcastle United. --

:38:46.:38:54.

Brighton and Hove. At the bottom of the table, Rotherham six points

:38:55.:38:57.

adrift of Wigan. Blackburn Rovers the other team in the bottom three.

:38:58.:39:03.

More details of the goings on in the Premier League downside. We can

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start at the Liberty Stadium in Wales, Swansea born at home to

:39:09.:39:14.

Arsenal. Arsenal not to be outdone by Spurs on the day. As defeats go

:39:15.:39:21.

Swansea, as bad as gets. Arsenal barely getting beyond third gear and

:39:22.:39:26.

winning comfortably after an early wave of Swansea pressure. After

:39:27.:39:29.

Olivier Giroud scored from close range, the Swansea confidence

:39:30.:39:33.

drained. A little bad luck as well, Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton

:39:34.:39:40.

defending. Alexis Sanchez followed the fourth and trudged off to be

:39:41.:39:44.

substituted. Paul Clements might have signed up for Mission

:39:45.:39:50.

Impossible. Jackie was watching West Ham against Crystal Palace. It has

:39:51.:39:56.

finished three nil. Three shots on target from West Ham, three goals

:39:57.:40:02.

and a hat-trick of assists. Hennessy rounded on the edge of the area.

:40:03.:40:08.

Across the left found Andy Carroll with a stunning overhead kick. Ant

:40:09.:40:13.

Man Cini but the ball beautifully overhead. Crystal Palace created

:40:14.:40:22.

very little else and are still in freefall, just one win in 16.

:40:23.:40:27.

Nothing in 54 Allardyce, he freefall, just one win in 16.

:40:28.:40:32.

desperately needs reinforcements. The Stadium of Light and details of

:40:33.:40:35.

Sunderland versus Stoke City from Eilidh Barbour. This game was won in

:40:36.:40:39.

the first half thanks to a subsidy the first half thanks to a subsidy

:40:40.:40:41.

-- commendation of clinical finishing and horrible defending.

:40:42.:40:47.

Arnautovic given too much space for his first and for the second you

:40:48.:40:50.

went through a static Sunderland back line and the third was a gift.

:40:51.:40:54.

Maloney flapping for the cross and Crouch taking advantage. Many

:40:55.:41:00.

Sunderland fans left in their droves before the half-time whistle.

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Jermain Defoe offered light relief for those that stayed. The first

:41:04.:41:08.

ever Premier League win at the Stadium of Light for Stoke. For

:41:09.:41:12.

Sunderland, very little in the way of positives. They were booed off by

:41:13.:41:16.

the few that remained. Impressive debut when for the new Hull manager.

:41:17.:41:24.

They have beaten Bournemouth 31 and this is a huge victory for Marcus

:41:25.:41:30.

over. His first Premier League game as the boss. It started terribly.

:41:31.:41:35.

Thanks to be Stanislaw penalty. And a break from Fernandez and an own

:41:36.:41:41.

goal from Huddlestone gives Hull City the first win in ten league

:41:42.:41:48.

games. We are staying up, the home fans are singing. They are off the

:41:49.:41:53.

bottom and silver has given them hope. 3-1. I will give you

:41:54.:42:00.

Rotherham, it was watching Watford against Middlesbrough. The result

:42:01.:42:04.

doesn't do much for either side in terms of moving away from

:42:05.:42:05.

doesn't do much for either side in relegation. There were chances, one

:42:06.:42:11.

ruled out for offside from Middlesbrough, Watford getting the

:42:12.:42:16.

best of the second half. Tom Cleverley hit the post later on. Not

:42:17.:42:21.

so memorable on the pitch but this will be remembered for the emotional

:42:22.:42:25.

tributes paid to Graham Turner, whose death will be felt for some

:42:26.:42:30.

time in this Watford community. -- Graham Taylor. This report is

:42:31.:42:36.

interesting. Burnley versus Southampton. The story comes from

:42:37.:42:42.

Damian Johnson. Joey Barton scored on his Premier League return to

:42:43.:42:46.

secure Burnley's eighth win, taking them into the top half of the table.

:42:47.:42:50.

Largely forgettable match before his introduction from the bench. Burnley

:42:51.:42:57.

winning a free kick, 25 yards out, Barton firing past Fraser Forster.

:42:58.:43:00.

Southampton looked more like to break the deadlock before that. How

:43:01.:43:13.

much twice going close. -- Tanic. Burnley stay on the rise and Joey

:43:14.:43:18.

Barton is back. You could not make that up! You don't have to! He has

:43:19.:43:23.

gone back, into the Premier League, and he got the winner. That could be

:43:24.:43:28.

so valuable for Burnley, if they can stay up, that three points could

:43:29.:43:32.

keep them in the league. Burnley have taken 25 out of 26 points at

:43:33.:43:37.

home. They have picked up one point on the road, but at Turf Moor, they

:43:38.:43:44.

are red-hot. Only Spurs and Chelsea have better home records. I let the

:43:45.:43:47.

manager, Sean Dyche, I love listening to his gravelly voice. --

:43:48.:43:56.

I like listening. He has done a wonderful job, getting relegated,

:43:57.:44:01.

they stick with him and bring him back. He's doing great. He knows how

:44:02.:44:06.

to cope with Joey Barton and will get the best from him. That was not

:44:07.:44:10.

cough medicine in that bottle! Let shows you. He is hero at Burnley. --

:44:11.:44:18.

that shows you. He was Player of the Year, getting them into the

:44:19.:44:22.

Premiership, the fans knew what they were getting. Fair play, I thought

:44:23.:44:26.

he would go down south and he was at Scottish football, Mickey Mouse, he

:44:27.:44:32.

has gone there and is getting on with his job. Give it time! Another

:44:33.:44:41.

hero, the name of Silva being chanted. Whole wedding over

:44:42.:44:46.

Bournemouth? Great result. -- Hull. Winning. They have to keep

:44:47.:44:54.

Snodgrass. ?5 million, the Chinese club has also come to take him away,

:44:55.:45:01.

he is such a big part of them. Winning their first two games, Hull.

:45:02.:45:06.

Two from 19 but the new manager, you start off with victory and that

:45:07.:45:10.

gives them hope. It draws them level on points with Crystal Palace. Who

:45:11.:45:17.

are in freefall. Serious. Five games, no wins. Confidence in short

:45:18.:45:24.

supply. West Ham have struggled this season, the new stadium, the

:45:25.:45:26.

atmosphere is different and have not scored many goals at home and have

:45:27.:45:31.

run out comfortable winners. The Hammers have got the star man on

:45:32.:45:38.

strike? He has downed tools but that is a great victory today. The new

:45:39.:45:42.

stadium has affected them. Such a big stadium. There is no real

:45:43.:45:46.

atmosphere and they are finding this difficult but that is a wonderful

:45:47.:45:51.

result for them today. It is a pity for Watford not to win today?

:45:52.:45:56.

Neutrals would say. Graham Taylor, he dragged them up? Tremendous. It

:45:57.:46:04.

is unfortunate, his passing. What a man. Ridiculed as England manager

:46:05.:46:07.

but what a great club manager. John treated him like a brother. A

:46:08.:46:12.

wonderful man. A real pity that we have lost him. I loved him, the

:46:13.:46:18.

style of football, but every cup of tea, he thought goals were scored by

:46:19.:46:23.

getting the ball into the opposition box and he did that as quickly as he

:46:24.:46:28.

could. He had big players up front, and they actually climbed very

:46:29.:46:32.

quickly. Then it turned into an international manager and the

:46:33.:46:34.

tributes and they will tell you what the fans think of him. Swansea, and

:46:35.:46:40.

heavy defeat? Another club, they beat Crystal Palace last week and

:46:41.:46:46.

can you build on that? Back to the normal, really struggling. The

:46:47.:46:50.

defensive record is the worst in the Premiership. You cannot have that.

:46:51.:46:53.

But that statistic, you will be far too near the bottom. I'm not saying

:46:54.:46:59.

this because not been fun but next week, I promise, will be even

:47:00.:47:04.

better. Why? It is the fourth round weekend in the William Hill Scottish

:47:05.:47:06.

Cup. The Premiership clubs enter weekend in the William Hill Scottish

:47:07.:47:09.

competition and on the back of a two-week break, Q so memorable

:47:10.:47:11.

moments. COMMENTATOR: They have beaten

:47:12.:47:32.

Hamilton. It's a dream strike! Glory. Rangers have pulled off the

:47:33.:47:42.

seemingly unthinkable. In goes the goal from David Gray grey. Hibs have

:47:43.:47:47.

won the Scottish Cup. Cup weekend also means

:47:48.:47:56.

a Saturday shift for Tune in at 10.30am on BBC One

:47:57.:47:57.

Scotland next week for the best Then on Sunday we have live coverage

:47:58.:48:01.

of Raith Rovers versus Hearts. Championship versus Premiership,

:48:02.:48:06.

that's from 1.00pm. Highlights of all that and more

:48:07.:48:07.

at 6.15pm on BBC Two. As you can see, repeated at 11. 40pm

:48:08.:48:22.

as well. Gents it's one of the big Wyked in the Scottish football

:48:23.:48:26.

calendar. One of the highlights. We picked out a few ties to spot.

:48:27.:48:30.

Craig, we will start with this one, it involves two clubs which you

:48:31.:48:36.

enjoyed great you can is sells, Rangers against Motherwell Saturday

:48:37.:48:42.

12.30pm at Ibrox. Rangers are slightly the better on how they are

:48:43.:48:45.

in the league. Motherwell started well. They are close games. The

:48:46.:48:50.

poacher getting into the box. Not the most difficult goal they will

:48:51.:48:55.

score. Rangers showed a bit of metal. They stick with their style.

:48:56.:49:04.

They get the equaliser. Kenny Miller has been a revelation. Talking about

:49:05.:49:08.

a new contract. I thought Kenny would have been on the bench in

:49:09.:49:11.

terms of coaching. He has been worth his weight in goals to the club.

:49:12.:49:15.

That was the last-minute goal to take Rangers through. I think that

:49:16.:49:18.

will be a close one. It will be a really good game. What do you fancy

:49:19.:49:23.

with that one? The home advantage for Rangers, they will do it.

:49:24.:49:26.

Momentum will be with them. Only lost once this season at Ibrox

:49:27.:49:30.

against Celtic. You can lose to Celtic anywhere. It will be a tough

:49:31.:49:34.

game for Motherwell. They will set their stall out and hit Rangers on

:49:35.:49:38.

the break. I expect Rangers to be too strong. This other one we

:49:39.:49:43.

highlighting is two clubs you signed for. I didn't know this prior to the

:49:44.:49:53.

show. I did sire with the view of going junior before I got a game I

:49:54.:50:01.

signed for Hibs. My first game was 15 years. They are a difficult team

:50:02.:50:05.

to get a team for. Dumbarton found it give difficult against them. They

:50:06.:50:08.

knocked the Championship team out in the last round. Championship

:50:09.:50:10.

knocked the Championship team out in opposition again. The Cup holders,

:50:11.:50:14.

at a big stadium. A different kettle of fish. 12,000 tickets have been

:50:15.:50:21.

sold. It will be a wonderful occasion. All the tickets have gone.

:50:22.:50:26.

Hibs are the holders. They will want to defend their trophy if they can.

:50:27.:50:30.

It will be a big ask, they are the holders, rightly. So they won the

:50:31.:50:32.

Cup in unbelievable fashion last year. Last-minute goal after so many

:50:33.:50:35.

years, over 100 years of waiting, they have it, they have milked it.

:50:36.:50:41.

They enjoyed it. Are you enjoying it? Not at all. Good luck to them.

:50:42.:50:47.

Wonderful achievement. I have a lot of Hibs fans, all my friends, they

:50:48.:50:52.

are still going on. Hearts are away to Raith Rovers, we are covering

:50:53.:50:55.

that live. That is intriguing as well? It is. Raith Rovers are not in

:50:56.:51:01.

great form. They had three weeks off to prepare his team. That is the

:51:02.:51:05.

problem I have, the last time we had a break the amounts of team from the

:51:06.:51:11.

Premier League the first game back was the Scottish Cup and they got

:51:12.:51:17.

knocked out. They can't be complacent. Hearts have been here

:51:18.:51:20.

with their new manager. That is important. Valuable three weeks.

:51:21.:51:25.

Hearts there has been more exits than in comings. They need more

:51:26.:51:30.

players in. Is Raith Rovers are in a troubled vain of form? Put that

:51:31.:51:37.

aside this is the Cup. Everyone is up for it. They wants Raith Rovers

:51:38.:51:40.

aside this is the Cup. Everyone is to get back on track with a victory

:51:41.:51:46.

in this game. The Cup can give you revenue. The further you get, more

:51:47.:51:51.

money comes in. Alan and I were talking about, the last four

:51:52.:51:57.

Scottish Cups, Celtic, St Johnstone, Inverness and Hibs have knocked

:51:58.:52:00.

Raith Rovers out on their way to the final. Can you see surprises in the

:52:01.:52:09.

fixture list? I can't. Elganv Inverness, is it a bridge too far? I

:52:10.:52:15.

think it is. You would expect the bigger teams to go through. Ross

:52:16.:52:19.

County v Dundee United could be close. You would expect the Premier

:52:20.:52:22.

League teams to go through. Can you see any surprises in that, Craig?

:52:23.:52:26.

No, not so much. I'm sure there will be somewhere. It's very difficult to

:52:27.:52:30.

see. You are looking at the teams who are not going well. Accies are

:52:31.:52:35.

struggling for a win. Inverness struggling for a win. They have to

:52:36.:52:39.

use the last couple of weeks to get some kind of form. To get on the

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training ground and build team spirit, these will be difficult

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games. Morton and Falkirk looks good to me? Morton at home, they haven't

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lost at all in the league. They are a really strong side. Falkirk away

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from home are capable of beating anybody. I would have to say it's

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one that will be very difficult to call. Lots to look forward to next

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week. As for this week,

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I'm afraid time is almost up. Let's take a quick look

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at the results in the Oh, and don't forget Stuart and Tam

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- or is it Tam and Stuart - will be on the radio at 5.30pm

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with another edition of Off You can call, text or use the medium

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of social media to join in. Thanks to our guests,

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Craig Paterson and Alan Preston, for their valued contributions but,

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more than that, thanks See you next week,

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same time, same place.

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Introduced my David Currie.

Updates and reports from the SPFL. In the Championship, Hibernian continue their promotion push when they visit Dumbarton and title rivals Dundee United entertain Queen of the South. Bottom club St Mirren are away to Dunfermline, while Falkirk host Ayr United and Morton welcome Raith Rovers to Cappielow.


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