14/02/2016 Sportscene


14/02/2016

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights from the weekend's action in the SPFL. Featuring Celtic v Ross County, Dundee v St Johnstone and Hamilton v Dundee United.


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Sportscene's invite lost in the post...

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This is what they're missing out on tonight.

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Bafta kicking themselves over on BBC One.

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The leading lights in the studio tonight, Steven Thompson and Stuart

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A difficult few weeks for the champions.

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Defeat to Ross County in the League Cup and an uninspiring

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victory over lowly East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup.

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Ross County the opponents once again.

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The manager has reverted to type with the line-up. There is a home

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drink asked home debut for Sviatchenko, Gordon is restored in

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goal. Andrew Davies is injured. His armband goes to Quinn. His place

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goes to Robertson. Celtic began that League Cup

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semifinal 13 days ago on fire, got that goal inside 30 seconds. They

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have begun positively here. This is Griffiths. Denied goal number 30 of

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the season by Scott Fox. The red card really did change the

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complexion of that last tie. Stefan Johansen, the won the player

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of the year cleric -- last year. Fox does enough. Mackay-Steven began his

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career at the stag is. You could say he is a lucky. -- unlucky. This is

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better from County. Haven't really been seen as an attacking force as

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yet. This is Irvine. I am sure Gervinho would have played

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that threw in his mind, scoring against his old team. -- I am sure

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Irvine would have played that through in his mind. Gervinho loses

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out, that is Stefan Johansen, and it's going to come through to

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Griffiths. -- Gervinho loses out. You can't convert. He knows he

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should have done. A despairing dive from first Quinn, and then Fox, who

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couldn't believe his luck, as this is pegged straight back at him.

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Tierney, trying to torment Franks. He has got the cross in. Its

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Griffiths! It is 1-0. And it is dirty for the season. -- 34 the

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season, for Celtic's number nine. A wonderful finish from Leigh

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Griffiths. Here comes Celtic again. It's going

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to come through to Mackay-Steven. He is claiming a corner, goal kick

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only. He will be annoyed he hasn't hit the target here.

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Stefan Johansen worked it to Sviatchenko, a second chance here

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for Celtic. It's a clever ball, Boyata makes it two. That could be

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game over. Well, it's a lovely ball in by Stuart Armstrong. Scott Fox

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won't be happy with his positioning. He is caught out at the front post

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when Armstrong crossed it in, and Boyata did well. It is 2-0.

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Celtic, without really turning it on, are deserving of the lead that

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they have. County have barely laid a glove on them. It was a poor ball

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there, it has allowed it to be slipped through for Gardyne. That

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could have gone anywhere. Celtic are so comfortable, that a County goal

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could change things dramatically. Reckord pinches it back for County.

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The shackles are off a little bit since they went 2-0 behind. Craig

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Gordon wasn't sure. Still, it is County. It is well over from

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McShane. After frustration for the visitors, it might have been bending

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in Tommy you know. We gave them a yard, they got closer, the first

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half we started to get closer to them and we were quite good in the

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second as well. Passing could be better. To lose the goal just before

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half-time lets them relax a bit, lets the crowd relax a bit because

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the crowd will start to get on their case and obviously again you are

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hoping to get that 70 minute mark and then maybe have a bit more of a

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go at it but in that game we lost another poor goal, which we should

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defend. It's been a difficult couple of weeks, a 2-0 victory against Ross

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County might give them a bit of breathing space? He certainly under

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scrutiny. Celtic were not at their best, yesterday. Quite a lot of

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their players underperformed but they got their result. Ross County

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wherein the game for large periods but again, Griffiths, his 30th goal

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of the season making the difference but just before half-time. Celtic

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didn't run away with it. It's been a tricky couple of weeks for Ross

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County, a difficult match midweek against Hearts, so maybe feeling a

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bit lately? Possibly so, they didn't perform as well as they would like.

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They lost goals just at the wrong times, just before half-time is a

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killer for them. Anything they got yesterday would have been a bonus

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for them but they have had a good season until now. They need to kick

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on and solidify themselves in the top six. How positive should Celtic

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fans eat? There was more dynamism in the attacking midfield, supporting

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the attacking play yesterday? They were trying their best to get

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forward in numbers. Here, you see they win the ball. It's really

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intelligent run from Mackay-Steven, from end to end, probably should

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score and open up the bottom corner. But Celtic attacks well. This is a

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really good chance. Griffiths will be kicking himself. He does

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everything right, goes around the keeper and doesn't quite get his

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angles right. Absolutely, Leigh Griffiths with 30 goals for the

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season. Look at this, Celtic have so much attacking talent, they can

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attack at pace. They have Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths, Tierney

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and the fullback areas, so much pace. I think at home in the big

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open spaces especially when they go a goal up and the other team have to

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come out at them it leaves counterattacking. You look at the

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pace, they will always be a threat. There is still the sense among the

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Celtic fans, the crowd wasn't the best Celtic crowd, questions over

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Bonnie Dowler but with Aberdeen playing tomorrow the pressure goes

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in Aberdeen to see if they can get a victory which they will now need

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against Inverness, to keep pace with Celtic. Yes, Derek will look forward

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to going to Inverness. It was Inverness who stopped the great run

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at the start of the season when Inverness beat them, but it will be

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a good bit of business in the window, Church has come in, a good

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player. Nip and tuck, when you play a day after the pressure is on

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Aberdeen to win but it's a game they can do so. Aberdeen are on a great

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run but Inverness always difficult opponents for Aberdeen, it seems?

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It's such a difficult venue to try and win. Aberdeen are in a position

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where they have to win every game, and with Celtic already having won

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yesterday puts that bit of pressure on them. I think they are capable of

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rising to the pressure. It is interesting for us.

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Next to Fir Park, where Motherwell took on Kilmarnock.

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Killie caretaker boss Lee McCulloch back at one of his former clubs

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These sides with just one league win between them in 2016.

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The Motherwell captain makes way in the starting XI. Kilmarnock

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caretaker manager Lee McCulloch sticks with the sides who drew 0-0

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with Rangers in the Cup last time out. Chile haven't beaten Motherwell

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in the lead in the last five attempts. -- Dalmarnock. Both sides

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know defeat today will leave them in the relegation play-off spot.

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Kilmarnock currently occupying that birth, as things stand. That ball

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was clipped in towards McGuinness. It tees up Kiltie, deflected, just

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drops the wrong side of the post from Kilmarnock's point of view.

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Nice holding play from McGuinness, Ripley was scrambling to get across

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to it. That is calm play from Stevie

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Hamill. Driven into the penalty area, a sure saved by Ripley. But

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let off for Motherwell. Sloppy play on the edge of his own box by Gomez.

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Had a couple of nibbles, once he got into the penalty area it was

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straight at Ripley. Stevie Smith and Craig Slater over race, Slater,

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touched over the bar by Ripley. A decent strike from Craig Slater but

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the Motherwell keeper would expect to save this one. Stevie Smith to

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have a go this time. Up, and over the wall, a terrific save from

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Connor Ripley. A beautiful free kick and a save to match. Delivered in

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towards McManus. Just over the bar, that a big defender got high but

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couldn't directed goalwards. Stevie Hamill took him off the ball,

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Kilmarnock play on Slater switches the blade towards Stevie Smith. It's

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a great cross the back post, Kiltie! Greg Kiltie gets Kilmarnock the

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lead, and it was a terrific move. That's a fantastic cross from Smith.

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Kiltie there to supply the finish. The goal-scorer, Kiltie, coming

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forward. A nice path towards Craig Slater, allowed to drive out the

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Motherwell defence and scores. Craig Slater doubles Kilmarnock's lead,

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and it really was all too easy. Kiltie slipped it passed to Slater,

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nobody tracks is run from midfield. It was allowed to travel and he

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picked his spot. MacDonald looking to fashion an opening for

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Motherwell, finds Pearson. Johnson's slides his effort into the side

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netting. A rare sight of goal for the home site. In fact, there was a

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couple of Motherwell players waiting on the cutback, that never arrived.

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Kiltie has found some space. McGuinness. So close, the number 34

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Dalmarnock, Josh Magennis, just couldn't directed that on target. --

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the number three, for Kilmarnock. Almost falls to Frizzell. Not too

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far away. Powerful drive, just angled away at the last moment.

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Three minutes of injury time Motherwell have defined something

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here. What a chance that was. Really should have scored from there. It

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just about sums up Motherwell's day. The most important thing today was

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the point Gore on the board. The way they play, especially second half,

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created chances, Motherwell goalie made a good few states today.

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Gretchen Acra saves. Could have been one or two more. Delighted with the

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performance but it's only the start of the hard work. By far the worst

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performance we've had since I've been here. I always remind people, I

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was brought here not because we were flying but because of what needed

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doing. Occasionally we will have setbacks like that and setbacks like

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the run we have had recently, but we have to find a way out as quickly as

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possible. It's up to me and the coaches and players to dig ourselves

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out of it. Lee Clark will be the new Kilmarnock manager, he's the former

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manager of Huddersfield, Birmingham City and Blackpool. Is he the right

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man to keep Kilmarnock safe? I hope he is. He took a difficult job on at

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Blackpool and struggled a bit. Good record at Huddersfield, good

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experience. He will be going into a buoyant dressing room. He's got

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terrific results, 0-0 at Ibrox in the cup and a good 2-0 victory at

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Motherwell. That is the thing with the league with, like, they lose

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against Hamilton then pull out a victory over Motherwell. And so

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tight fairways virtually nothing between fourth and 11th. They've

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been getting better results away from home this season, Kilmarnock,

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yesterday was a huge result. Still a lot of work to do to make sure they

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do not finish in the play-off spot. One bit of business he did was keep

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hold of Greg Kiltie who played a big role yesterday at Fir Park. He is in

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the number ten slot, it helps to play with a centre forward like

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Magennis restructures the game. He goes and becomes an actual striker.

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Great ball by Stevie Smith. He's in there, poor defending by Motherwell.

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Get in between the left-back and centre-back. He is in acres of space

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because Magennis can stretch the game. Motherwell are deep. Runs off

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the back here. Gomez. Again, running in. Could have slipped. Really good

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goal by a highly rated youngster, Slater. Kelly playing in that area

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gave Motherwell a lot of problems. Pace in the wide areas and Magennis

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upfront. Great play from guilty, not by Motherwell. He was Manager of the

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Month, then it has gone pear shaped, what has happened, they are second

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bottom of the table. Mark said it was the worst performance since he

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has been there, in previous games last minute penalty against Dundee,

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it was never a penalty kick. I was at the Partick game, last-minute

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deflection, even Inverness in the cup was last minute. They haven't

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been playing badly but results and confidence will get affected. What

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they've got, and it's a good thing, they go to Dundee United on Tuesday

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and when you've had a really bad performance as a player you want to

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get back out on the park and it's a huge game for them on Tuesday. Quick

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question about Lee Clark and he's coming from English football. How

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difficult will it be for him to come straight into the Scottish game?

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Difficult moment for Kilmarnock. He will have done his homework, he will

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know the Scottish game if he is applying for a job in Scotland. It's

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a difficult task, he's probably aware of that. He's faced a

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difficult task before, certainly at Blackpool, and he will come

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positive. Scottish Cup replay with Rangers on Tuesday night.

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Well, every game is huge for Dundee United these days

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as they desperately try to claw their way to safety.

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They were away at Hamilton Academical -

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one of the sides they were hoping to claw back into the mire.

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Hamilton looking to pick up where they left off with that big win at

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Kilmarnock two weeks ago. Without suspended McKinnon, the replacement

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is grand Gillespie. Dundee have won two in a row and now three out of

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four, hoping the trend continues. Guide about get a second chance for

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United. -- Demel. There is John Rankin. The shot saved by Michael

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McGovern. Gordon and Devlin were frantically trying to throw

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themselves in front. Got the shot away but not wide of the keeper.

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Donaldson gets away from Doody Emery. Continues to battle his way

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forward. Hit the deck. No penalty. There was a little tangle outside

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the area. Inside he looked to trip himself up.

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Given away by Gillespie. And now Ryan Dow striding forward. Threading

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through. Good challenge. The full-back doing his job, tucking in,

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to get that clear. Glancing header, Donaldson. Looking

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to squeeze that in from the tightest of angles. At the back post. How

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United would love to win this game. Ali Crawford's corner. Powerful

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header away. Imrie. Saved by how a Shima. Ball ends up

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in the back of the net but it's not going to count. --:

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still goalless at New Douglas Park. Free kick and a booking. Foul by

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Devlin on Billy Mckay. No complaints about the yellow card flashed in his

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face by referee Steven MacLean. Pretty good effort, certainly in the

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context of this game, from John Rankin. Skimming the top of the net

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on its way over. Imrie sets off away from Demel, gets

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past Payton. The midfielder has concealed it -- conceded a penalty.

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Hamilton Aki 's could claim all three points. Ali Crawford. And it

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is saved. -- Hamilton Academical 's could claim all three points. Not

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the greatest of penalties, right down the middle, but credit to the

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Japanese keeper for making the safe. John Rankin with the long throw.

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Fire across goal by Rankin, away by Devlin, Demel's shot blocked. Devlin

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again doing the defensive duties. Demel twice denied late on. It just

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won't go in the net for old United. They want to turn one point into

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three. Good goalkeeping. They want to turn one point into

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goalkeeper... And Hamilton scrambling to get that clear.

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Handball by Devlin, who has already been booked. And the inevitable has

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happened, second yellow card. For Devlin. Hamilton and this with ten

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men. Very little between eight or nine teams, it was the case again

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today. Not a lot of quality. We battled well, for us it is four

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clean sheets in the last five. Had we scored the penalty we would have

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been delighted. We lacked a little bit today, we were not as sharp

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passing wise as well. At times we should have passed it better. We

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didn't. Gave the ball away too cheaply. You get days like this and

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now we go forward. It finished 0-0. It's getting the big screen

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treatment. Was that a better point for United or Hamilton? Hamilton, at

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this stage Dundee United need to win games. If the penalty goes in, and

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often don't get any, it's something to build on for United, it is four

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clean sheets out of five for them. United have to clean sheets on the

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bouts, they are improving as well. You were impressed by Hamilton's

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defending. Hamilton were superb defensively, third clean sheet in a

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row and individually, Ziggy Gordon was this star man. Found himself

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almost playing like a sweeper, allowing both centre halves of

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Hamilton to get as tight as they wanted. If I play this on, you can

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see on a dozen occasions Ziggy anticipated, read the game, cleared

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the danger, like an insurance policy for the two centre halves. Dundee

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United played an awful lot of long balls to Billy Mckay upfront, it's

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not where he want it against a six foot to centre-half. We watching

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week in, week out, very consistent, he likes a challenge. He is a

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warrior. For a kid of 22 he has played a lot of games and has good

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match experience. He can go higher. He's played 124 games. You see

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really good challenges here. The two centre halves going tight. If I

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pause it, he's already given depth to the game. The centre halves in a

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bit of a cluster here. The key is reading it, his positional awareness

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through the game is superb. He gets over. Crunching tackle. He likes the

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tackle. This one for me is the best of the game. As the ball is played

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up he has a decision to make. Dundee United have three men in attack,

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Simon Murray about to make this one through the gap. If he gets through

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there he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Eddie has to keep an eye

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on both players. What he eventually does is superb, keeps possession,

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reads the game, another crunching tackle. It was indicative of

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Hamilton and Ziggy's performance. He is a Hamilton Academy graduate, he

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is on contract. Will other clubs take an interest? I'm sure they

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will, but being 22 they will be a thief. He proved in his game he can

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play centre-back as well as right back. He good leadership qualities.

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This is a perfect example of his leadership qualities, last minute of

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the game putting his body on the line for the team with a superb

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defensive header. Hamilton after the 8-1 defeat at Celtic, he has been

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working on defence and it's working. Dundee 12 adrift at the bottom of

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the table and play Motherwell at Tannadice on Tuesday, do they have a

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glimmer of hope? It is a must win game for them on Tuesday. For they

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went... If they could get it down to six points, it's doable, they will

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think they can still do it. They have to start turning draws into

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wins. Other well second bottom of the table, United will play them

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three times between now and the end of the season. It'll give them hope.

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I think Dundee United candidate but they have to win on Tuesday. If they

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don't, it's over. Remarkably, it's over two months

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since St Johnstone's last win Would the blood and thunder

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of a Tayside Derby clash with Dundee inject some life into

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a faltering season? Paul Hartley goes with the same 11

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who drew 0-0 with Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup. St Johnstone looking

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to halt an alarming slump in form. Tommy Wright has changed Marie

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Davidson and Simon Lappin, coming in for Craig and Miller. Dunfermline

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know victory can take them above St Johnstone in the table. Didn't get

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hold of it, the skipper. May have preferred this on the left foot.

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Pulled the shot wide. Things can break here. Swanson running out of

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defence. He has support in the shape of Fisher. Just fires over the top

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of the crossbar. Dundee were caught short at the back there.

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Fisher couldn't find the target. Swanson driving in the defence. He

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goes down, no free kick given. Launched forwards towards Hemming.

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Strikes... Just fires across goal. Gary Harkins in the middle felt it

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should have been square to him. Harkins busting a gut to get it.

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Hemming 's went himself but pulled the shot wide. -- Hemmings.

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McGowan, whose effort is blocked. Nice play from Ross. Stuart again

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gets a shot away. Carried. He is read what just now, Hemmings,

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Player of the Month in January. He was on hand to knock in the 17th

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goal of the season. Simon Lappin will look to deliver.

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It's easy enough for the Dundee keeper. He wants to get things

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moving. That is a great kick out towards Hemmings again.

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Got enough behind it. Hemmings is the man causing all the problems for

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Saints at the moment. Well played, Danny Swanton is still

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going. Looked for McClean in the middle, I don't think that was an

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attempt on goal. Strong running from the midfielder. I think this was

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intended as a cross. Danny Swanton almost got the ball

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back, it will come to Wotherspoon. Almost came to commence. Was he

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being held there? -- Cummins. Danny Swanton is at the heart of a lot of

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the best work. Hemmings is free again. The Dundee striker is through

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on goal and that is an emphatic finish. Wonderful finish from

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Hemmings, the vision was had to pick out Hemmings. A striker bursting

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with confidence. 2- 02 Dundee, no than they deserve. -- it is 2-0, to

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Dundee. Dundee have things exactly where they want them now. -- they

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have the Saints exactly where they want them now. Back off the

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crossbar, Nick Ross with the follow-up. Eventually Saints at it

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clear. Greg Stuart almost finished the match air. A great run, very

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unlucky -- Greg Stewart. He almost finished the match here. Conrad can

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only half clear it. That is parried, but he got enough

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of a strong arm on it, the Dundee keeper. Fisher, towards Sutton, who

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couldn't react quickly enough. That is cleared away. Fisher will

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have a strike deflected. He had to get that over the bar. The initial

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strike didn't look too dangerous, but the deflection almost took it

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goalwards. I feel we are playing well and just let the guys go and

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play in the final third and enjoy their football. Some have an

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excellent combination. I thought McGowan and Ross were brilliant in

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the two sets tonight, you can see that they are a good team on their

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day. We are disappointed obviously but we started the game well. There

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probably wasn't much in the teams in the first half. We had great

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opportunities. Fisher and Wotherspoon had opportunities. But

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the first goal is always vital in these games and recently we don't

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seem to getting that. Another tough night for St Johnstone, who are

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struggling at the moment but a great win for Dundee as they rise up the

:32:40.:32:42.

table. You were there on Friday night, Hemmings was at the fore.

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Gary Harkins like contempt Leigh Griffiths. Is that something you

:32:49.:32:52.

agree with? Possibly so, Hemmings is playing at the top of his game, full

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of confidence. He is a strong runner, left-sided. Your first goal

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shows the kind of striker he can be. It was a good move by Dundee, good

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football, it comes out to Ross, who was good on the night. I love the

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shimmy from Stewart, he takes it on his good side, his left side, and

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Hemmings follows it up as good strikers do. He showed he can be a

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penalty box striker. Swanton gives it away, a great ball by Harkins and

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it puts them through. Still a bit to do, confidence, strikes, power, a

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great finish. I think it is his 12th goal, a phenomenal return and he has

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been a star man this season. A fantastic showing from cane

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Hemmings. How worried should St Johnstone fans be? Quite worried,

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they haven't won game since December the 5th, and they are really

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struggling. They look flat. I think losing O'Halloran, he gave them the

:33:53.:33:56.

extra edge up front and terms of pace. Dave Mackay out injured for

:33:57.:34:00.

the rest of the season, it doesn't look good. They need to get some

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form of result to give them a glimmer of hope, something to hold

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onto and turn it around because when you are on these runs it gets worse

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and worse. There was a lot of chat about this incident involving O'Day,

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some people felt it was a stamp. What is you think? He'd done is on

:34:17.:34:23.

him and stands on him but I would say to anyone, wherever you go, if

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you try and jump over something or jump over anybody, I have stood over

:34:28.:34:32.

people on training, there is nowhere else for his legs to go. I don't

:34:33.:34:36.

think for one second that has been deliberate. There is no doubt he

:34:37.:34:40.

stood on him but I did in the back garden today just to prove a point,

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I went to jump over the ball. As I was landing I tried to put my legs

:34:45.:34:48.

somewhere else. It's impossible to do. Who did you practice on? My

:34:49.:34:54.

little boy! He needs stitches now! He can't get out of the way, I

:34:55.:34:59.

promise you. I agree, immediately after his hands are up gesturing to

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say he didn't mean it. I don't think there was any malice in it.

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Time for a look at a slightly remarkable Ladbrokes Premiership

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With Aberdeen not in action until tomorrow, Celtic have reopened

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But look at that - from Ross County down to Motherwell

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All those side just separated by seven points.

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Dundee United still with it all to do.

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To the Championship, and Rangers were looking

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for an eighth League win in a row against rock-bottom Alloa.

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All the talk before the game about the Alloa pitch,

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which had recently been narrowed by nine yards.

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The lines that Alloa have been making headlines, this is their team

:35:33.:35:50.

lines. Hetherington comes in. Our first Rangers start for O'Halloran,

:35:51.:35:54.

the same for Forrester, the two players have dropped out.

:35:55.:36:05.

Sliding it through for Forrester, so close to the opening goal. It would

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have been his first goal, had it gone in. Clever curling effort.

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Waghorn drags his effort wide. A big opportunity, and he knows it. To get

:36:25.:36:32.

Rangers ahead here. We are not used to the sight of him missing chances

:36:33.:36:34.

like that. Off the crossbar. Twice, Rangers

:36:35.:36:47.

have struck the frame of the goal now.

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The blue shirts are flooding forward. A good save Scott

:36:56.:37:06.

Gallacher. Got his body in the way. It denied the man who has been a

:37:07.:37:10.

prolific goal-scorer for Rangers this season.

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Tavernier tries to force the ball in, not the best of clearances. Not

:37:18.:37:25.

the best of efforts that goal. Not just missing the target, Andy

:37:26.:37:28.

Halliday, this might have gone out of the ground.

:37:29.:37:34.

Burton O'Brien with the free kick for Alloa. Dougie Hill's limping

:37:35.:37:44.

header, needed a touch over the top. From Rangers' goalkeeper,

:37:45.:37:49.

Foderingham, a corner kick, Alloa. In it comes from Megginson. Jason

:37:50.:37:55.

Maas course for Alloa Athletic. Bottom leads top by 1-0 -- Jason

:37:56.:38:05.

Marr scores. I think his header took a touch from Lee Wallace on its way

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in. Foderingham threw up a glove but couldn't keep it out. Andy Halliday

:38:10.:38:15.

is looking to spark a rapid response. O'Halloran squeezes in.

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The overhead kick from Forrester goes wide of target.

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As Rangers look to get this game levelled up. Andy Halliday, a lovely

:38:28.:38:41.

pass. Now Billy King. Beaten away by Scott Gallacher. Stern resistance

:38:42.:38:48.

here. From Alloa Athletic, looking to cling onto this 1-0 lead.

:38:49.:38:54.

Tavernier with the corner kick, all the way for Danny Wilson. It was

:38:55.:38:59.

goal bound from the central defender, and it's the latest in a

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string of impressive saves from the one-time Rangers goalkeeper, Scott

:39:07.:39:12.

Gallacher. Another important header away, but it keeps coming back. The

:39:13.:39:22.

work, it is Scott Gallacher again -- need work. Standing big in the

:39:23.:39:27.

goalmouth and blocking this from O'Halloran.

:39:28.:39:37.

Rangers using the full width of the pitch. And O'Halloran scored his

:39:38.:39:50.

first goal for Rangers. An important one as well, get them back on level

:39:51.:39:56.

terms. They must have been wondering what Wood if they were ever going to

:39:57.:40:03.

find the net. -- they must have been wondering if there were ever going

:40:04.:40:06.

to find the net. Finally, they have done. The cross spinning awkwardly

:40:07.:40:11.

inside the penalty box. Tavernier, off the line from Jason Marr.

:40:12.:40:17.

Effective at one end and equally effective at the other. He took a

:40:18.:40:20.

step back here behind the goalkeeper, so important. Andy

:40:21.:40:29.

Halliday floats it in, Tavernier, and Scott Gallacher looks to have

:40:30.:40:34.

the final say. Another terrific save from him. It stays 1-1.

:40:35.:40:42.

Rangers are utterly dominant but having to fight back for a 1-1 draw.

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How concerned should Rangers fans be about that result? They have scored

:40:48.:40:51.

three goals in four games, which is like them. The biggest problem all

:40:52.:40:56.

season, they have not had many, is the ratio of goals to chances

:40:57.:41:00.

created. They have loads of possession, create numerous chances,

:41:01.:41:03.

but they haven't taken as many as they should be doing. Great

:41:04.:41:07.

goalkeeping yesterday but some poor finishing as well. Scott Gallacher

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started Rangers and had a great day yesterday, although Rangers had

:41:16.:41:17.

loads of chances. He was inspired but Rangers should have get -- had

:41:18.:41:22.

the game out of sight in the first half. They created numerous

:41:23.:41:26.

opportunities and were wasteful. Although it was brilliant

:41:27.:41:31.

goalkeeping from Scott Gallacher, Rangers had 72% possession which you

:41:32.:41:35.

would expect, over 20 corners in the match, so they completely dominated

:41:36.:41:40.

the match but again, their conversion rate for the chances they

:41:41.:41:44.

are creating isn't as good as it should be. There was chat about the

:41:45.:41:50.

narrow pitch. It did look noticeably narrow, nine yards, and it did make

:41:51.:41:55.

sorry contest and spectacle. Was that a factor, how much of a factor

:41:56.:41:59.

playing on the narrow pitch logistics? The players say it is not

:42:00.:42:06.

an excuse afterwards because they created opportunities. They played

:42:07.:42:10.

on Alloa, the worst plastic pitch, they go to Kilmarnock on Tuesday

:42:11.:42:16.

night which is not bad and Queen of the South next Sunday, a decent one,

:42:17.:42:19.

so three plastic pitches, they will be looking to get better results as

:42:20.:42:24.

they go on. Alloa are playing within their strengths and well within

:42:25.:42:29.

their rights to narrow the pitch. Yes, it helps them to be more

:42:30.:42:33.

compact. You need look against Rangers but they were resilient.

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Alloa play safe fight to stay the Championship.

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So with Rangers dropping points in Alloa, could Hibs capitalise

:42:40.:42:42.

in the evening match away at Livingston?

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-- commentary from Liam McLeod. It is back to lead business for

:42:44.:42:56.

Hibernian. They are under pressure here. Foderingham's bawling. This is

:42:57.:42:59.

Buchanan. -- ball in. A nice little attack this, by

:43:00.:43:14.

Livingstone, who are looking for a first win since Boxing Day. More

:43:15.:43:28.

than half the crowd made up by the fans this evening, looking to

:43:29.:43:31.

capitalise on the fact that Rangers dropped points at Alloa. It wasn't a

:43:32.:43:36.

good first touch. Just got away from him. Dagnall still searching for

:43:37.:43:39.

that first goal for Hibernian. It is laid off, not 1 million miles

:43:40.:44:00.

away from the Irishman. Cummings was there but so too was

:44:01.:44:28.

McCallum. This was an awkward one for the goalkeeper, he had to be

:44:29.:44:32.

brave and in tricky conditions as well.

:44:33.:44:38.

Hibs have lost just once in their last 25. Phenomenal run. They have

:44:39.:44:47.

the chance to close the gap at the top of the championship as well.

:44:48.:44:54.

Here is Paul Hanlon. And it up for grave. -- hands it up.

:44:55.:45:03.

That has prevented a certain goal for the Hibs captain. They have

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competed well, as Livingston. The last victory was a very impressive

:45:17.:45:24.

one. They hammered St Mirren 4-1. Not dealt with at all.

:45:25.:45:33.

White! Pressure is still on. Saved by the crossbar there. Eventually,

:45:34.:45:50.

it out for a corner by Hamlin. The goalkeeper did enough.

:45:51.:45:55.

Livingston kept the pressure on. That is unlucky. Home has not been

:45:56.:46:09.

where the heart is the Livingston this season, just one league victory

:46:10.:46:14.

here. Cummings goes for gold, it's easy for McCallum.

:46:15.:46:24.

Charlie Telfer. Miss judged by John McGinn. Can't get there. Lovely ball

:46:25.:46:34.

in here by Telfer. Trying to hold out here. They

:46:35.:46:50.

deserve at least a point from this game. Here is Darren McGregor.

:46:51.:47:01.

Decent enough hit as well. From the big defender. It's haven't done

:47:02.:47:07.

enough to warrant three point. The shape... We will... I was happy with

:47:08.:47:16.

the players, they put in a great shift and I think we could have took

:47:17.:47:21.

three points at the end. I don't think we deserved more than what we

:47:22.:47:24.

got out of the game, don't think we did enough to get three points, so

:47:25.:47:28.

from that point of view I'm glad we've got something out of the game

:47:29.:47:33.

rather than nothing. We just dipped below the level we have probably

:47:34.:47:41.

been out for a long time. I can't be too critical on them because they've

:47:42.:47:48.

been so good. Rangers dropping points. Does it have to go down as a

:47:49.:47:53.

missed opportunity for Hibs? They will kick themselves because they

:47:54.:47:56.

had a massive incentive going into the game knowing Rangers had drawn.

:47:57.:48:00.

Too many of the players didn't reach the outstanding levels they have

:48:01.:48:07.

done this season. John McGinn has turned into some player for Hibs.

:48:08.:48:13.

Could he be on the fringes of Scotland selection? He's been a big

:48:14.:48:18.

noise at U21 level. He has been discussed, he's on the radar. Couple

:48:19.:48:22.

of double-headers coming up in March. We will watch his form. We've

:48:23.:48:29.

got an eye on him. Words you impressed with his effort? He seems

:48:30.:48:37.

to have found another level, he's consistent this year. To me he is

:48:38.:48:40.

looking fitter and stronger than he has ever done, future the

:48:41.:48:44.

impressive. Big game against hearts in the Scottish Cup.

:48:45.:48:48.

Do you fancy Hibs or will Hearts be too strong? Terrific cup tie, Hibs

:48:49.:48:57.

deserved to get back in the game. A good game to watch. Hearts have a

:48:58.:49:02.

slight advantage in not playing yesterday, the game being off,

:49:03.:49:06.

energy might be higher. If it's half as good as the first game it should

:49:07.:49:10.

be a cracker. Fantastic match at Tynecastle, how do you see it going

:49:11.:49:14.

at Easter Road? I think Hibs will fancy themselves to win on the home

:49:15.:49:19.

patch. At half-time in the first leg I can see it's getting back into the

:49:20.:49:23.

match. They showed unbelievable character and desire and fighting

:49:24.:49:29.

spirit. They passed the ball around. If they show the same desire as the

:49:30.:49:33.

second half, every chance they can win. Evinced in held Rangers

:49:34.:49:40.

earlier, holding Hibs, there. -- Livingston. Can they maintain

:49:41.:49:50.

championship status? Yes. Glenn should school, Hibs will be

:49:51.:49:54.

delighted with yesterday's point because Livingston were the better

:49:55.:49:55.

side. With Hibs and Rangers

:49:56.:49:57.

both failing to win, could third place Falkirk

:49:58.:49:59.

gain some ground? They had failed to win any

:50:00.:50:00.

of their last four games ahead On a cold frosty pitch, Falkirk were

:50:01.:50:15.

clean to bee keen to bring the warm, fuzzy feeling back and Blair Austin

:50:16.:50:19.

put the Heath on Raith Rovers in the 14th minute. -- put the heat on. Lee

:50:20.:50:32.

Miller with the incisive assist. Just two minutes later, that one,

:50:33.:50:37.

fuzzy Falkirk feeling would drop in temperature by a feud agrees, Danny

:50:38.:50:41.

Rogers with a fine save from Mark Stewart. Corner kick to Raith. When

:50:42.:50:49.

the ball eventually came to the edge of the area, Blair Olveston's

:50:50.:50:53.

attempt at clearance came right back of James Kraken. And somehow

:50:54.:51:00.

slithered into the net. Smiles all around for Raith Rovers. Could

:51:01.:51:03.

Falkirk rebound from this moment of misfortune? The answer was yes.

:51:04.:51:16.

David McCracken with the header. Falkirk on a role once again. Albeit

:51:17.:51:22.

the final touch possibly coming off a Raith Rovers defender. Then it all

:51:23.:51:31.

went wrong as far as Falkirk were concerned. Benedict is with a

:51:32.:51:36.

defence winning pass. There was Mark Stewart to supply the cool finish. A

:51:37.:51:43.

replacement shirt after the player drew blood in an earlier incident.

:51:44.:51:48.

An eventful day for Kyle Benedict has ended prematurely as he lunged

:51:49.:52:00.

in an miles. A red card from the referee John Beaton. And a point

:52:01.:52:02.

shared. It's been a sticky run for Falkirk

:52:03.:52:24.

of late, can you see them making any sort of impression on Hibs and

:52:25.:52:28.

Rangers? They are well I thought they would be an where they will

:52:29.:52:31.

finish. They've done a great job. When they go into the play-offs they

:52:32.:52:36.

will be a match for anyone, it'll be a difficult game whatever against

:52:37.:52:40.

Falkirk. Good run of form right now for Falkirk but they've had a great

:52:41.:52:44.

season to this point. Can you see them bouncing back? Their

:52:45.:52:48.

consistency has been brilliant, team spirit, they have really impressed

:52:49.:52:51.

me. They will finish third in my opinion, but they've had a great

:52:52.:52:57.

season. I've not bet against them in a play-off game. Can the Saints make

:52:58.:53:05.

a last gasp dash for the play-offs was, it would have been helpful to

:53:06.:53:10.

win yesterday. I think we can but we need to put a good run together now

:53:11.:53:13.

between now and the end of the season. We've got Dumbarton at home

:53:14.:53:18.

on Saturday, which is winnable. After that some tricky games,

:53:19.:53:24.

Rangers, Hibs and Falkirk. Thank you very much indeed.

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