Jonathan Sutherland introduces SPFL highlights. Featuring Dundee v Rangers, Aberdeen v Hearts, Hamilton Accies v Kilmarnock and Motherwell v St Johnstone.
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Welcome to use sports scene, we two of the Premiership season. No wild
predictions as to who will win. It is important we'll stay fully flow,
definitely not in pants. Steven Thompson, Michael Stewart, and a man
who has just during the 100 club. Kris Boyd. Stunning goal, from
Kilmarnock's top marksman. Scottish football's deadliest gunslinger. A
warm sporting welcome to Chris Boyd, who has just hit treble figures for
Kilmarnock. We two began at dens Park. Jane Hemmings and Greg Stewart
had gone. Arranges the visitors. Mark Warburton's side held to a draw
on the opening weekend by Hamilton Academicals.
Dundee's striking stars, Stewart and Hemmings had they been sold. This is
a team that won well on the first weekend of the season. Six changes
after the League Cup defeat at Peterhead. Niko Kranjcar out.
Michael Duffy caught in possession by Andy Halliday. The ball breaks
for Harry Forrester. Always excitement when he is on the ball
for Rangers fans. Now Lee Wallace, all the time he wants to drive back
across goal. Clawed away by the Dundee goalkeeper. Rangers attacking
at will. Not too much at the moment standing in their way.
Switching from one side to another. James Tavernier, scrambled away.
Barrie McKay. Harry Forrester. Brilliant finish. Rangers in front
after 14 minutes. He made all the difference, against Hamilton last
week coming off the bench. His snapshot firing ranges in front. --
Rangers in front. James Vincent, formerly of Inverness Caledonian
Thistle. Danny Williams gets away from Wallace. Straight at
Fotheringham. Shame is a Greg Stewart, for the Dundee fans,
lacking a finish. -- shades of Greg Stewart. Halladay, on the move
again, Wallace getting in behind, Forrester. Dangerous moments for
Dundee. They are being played off the pitch. The game might already
have slipped out of their grasp. Constant torment, Forrester. The
Longcross rescued by Barrie McKay. Forrester. Threatening again.
Finding room at the back post. Wilson turning away from the
challenge of O'Hara. Wallace, Kenny Miller, 2-0. Six minutes away from
half-time. Kenny Miller doing the rest. First goal of the season. 2-0,
no more than they deserve. Back from the gallon, to the 20-year-old Kerr.
Willie Mackay, Kenny Miller. Miller showing the keeper too much of the
ball. Rangers could have been home and hosed. On Miller. Should have
been scoring really. Rory Loy feeding off scraps so far.
Does well to win the corner kick. Danny Williams, Mark O'Hara, free
header. To score his first goal for Dundee. Changes the complexion of
this game. Could have been 4-0 Rangers, now 2-1. This could be a
lifeline for Paul Hartley's team. Court late. That will be a booking,
for the man who scored the opening goal of the game. That will hurt.
Wallace, for Forrester. That was a wild swing by Harry Forrester. Burke
just a couple of moments ago. The card is staying in the pocket this
time, for Craig Thomson. Much to Forrester's relief.
Opare does well, moving it to Miller. Having a great game for
Dundee, the former Kilmarnock full-back. There is Duffy. Big
chance gone for Dundee. In the context of this game, two over. One
was Vincent, one was Duffy. Forrester, skipping away from the
challenge. Wild lunge from him. Did he get a touch on the ball?
Certainly getting a bit of Duffy. The Dundee fans screaming for the
second yellow card, for Forrester. Long ball down the middle. Danny
Williams, behind Lee Wallace. Wes Foderingham makes the save. That was
a chance, to level things up. Dundee were so far out of this game in the
first hour. Dundee substitute looking to make his presence felt.
Here is Thompson. Straight at the goalkeeper. Get out of jail card,
for Fotheringham. Terrible kick out. Different game now at dens Park.
Long ball finding Williams. Can he squeeze this in? Certainly does,
sliced over his own crossbar by Danny Wilson. Suddenly panic
stations at the back, for Rangers. Good skill, good flick. In goes
Barrie McKay. Can he tie things up? Fingertips. Diverting that around
the post. Rangers finishing strongly, as they started this
match. In between some shaky moments. It is the final whistle.
Rangers have all three points. Second half, really good, intensity,
quality was better. First half not as good keeping the ball, over
police, encouraging signs. Rangers the first Premiership win of the
season. The good, bad and ugly, you have to say on display. First, the
good. Vastly improved performance, from the Hamilton game. Started
well, intensity, possession as you would expect, excellent. The passing
was crisp, much improved performance. The interplay between
Barrie McKay and Lee Wallace superb down the left. We have seen them do
this later times. Wallace overlapping. This leads to the first
goal. Instinctively on the left foot, proving he can still do it at
age 30 six. Down the left-hand side, first-time ball around the corner by
Barrie McKay. Wallace charting this town, winning it back, recycling the
play. Harry Forrester trying to get the shot off. Barrie McKay was
excellent, involved in lots of Rangers' positive play. First touch,
skill getting around a defender. Kenny Miller should have scored.
Rangers probably should have been three or four up at half-time. So
many good things to say about the attacking display in the first half.
In terms of the bad, defensively, set pieces. Not the first time we
have seen this. Corners against. The biggest one was the Scottish Cup
final, losing two goals from corners. Individual errors, people
switching. Andy Halliday marking from David Gray getting half a yard.
Gets to the ball in front of him. Costing Rangers the cup final. Rob
Kiernan dropping his marker. Joey Barton drops his man. Both of them
are totally free. Mark O'Hara getting on the end of it. Neither
the players he should have been picking them up were anywhere near
them. The set plays, two guys, Rossiter and Kenny Miller,
highlighted on the six yard box. Never seen a setup like that. If you
have zonal and man marking, the best headers only six yard box, then
other guys going to block the runs. Rangers have the reverse, the main
header giving man for man. We used to do it like that. Lee McCulloch on
the six yard box. We had big people going to win the ball. No disrespect
to Kenny Miller, he will not jump for the ball. If you are doing that,
the main markers marking players, they have to make sure they do not
ball watch. Ultimately what happens. Mark Warburton admitting they were
loose, giving the ball away cheaply. He said another referee could have
sent up Harry Forrester. Should the referee have sent off? This foul,
where he gets the booking, for me, the least bad. This one, loses the
ball, a swipe. That is a booking. No danger that is anything other than a
yellow card. The third tackle, the worst of the lot. Straight red card?
If he had been given a red card, there would not be any complaints.
He might get some of the ball, but he goes right over the top of it.
That is reckless. The force in that tackle, red card. No complaints. The
first tackle, the least bad out of them all. Getting the yellow card.
Whatever permutation, Rangers should have been down to ten men. Mark
O'Hara, one of the stars, right back at Kilmarnock. Was it realised he
was more than decent midfielder? He was a guy with a lot of ability,
getting about the pitch. If the right back or suspended, he would
find himself there, if there was midfielder is missing from the
midfield. Paul Hartley has found a role, with the way he was playing,
he's enjoying his football. Scoring goals. I saw an interview with him,
speaking about wanting to get to Dundee, hopefully getting the number
ten position, he feels is naturally best position. Some players get
shunted around from area to area, it actually harms them. He has found
himself in a role where he is settled. Taking in too much
information from other positions. He is settled. Injuring his football.
Ross County looking to bounce back from their opening weekend defeat to
Dundee. Inverness Caledonian Thistle, three wins out of four
macro in the cup, last week they lost to Partick Thistle, and dumped
out of the cup by League 1 side calibre athletics. Could they find
their form in the first Highland derby of the season? Commentary from
Paul Mitchell. A cup last to Alloa Athletic,
stinging them midweek. Four macro changes in the level. Rob Draper
coming into midfield. Opening-day league loss against Dundee, Jim
McIntyre makes alterations, Foster and Craig: coming in. -- Craig
Curran. Squaring the play. Plays the ball
onto Paul Curran. Boyce has scored. Inverness Caley Thistle filleted
down the middle. The header from Boyce. Right in between the two
central defenders. Goalkeeper no chance. Ross County take the lead.
Liam Boyce. Tanzi, King cannot get there. Paul
Curran. Foster. Brilliant first touch from Boyce. Better second
touch. Second goal for Liam Boyce. What a great first half Ross County
are having. Foster delivered. The defender taking out of the game
completely. Boyce would not miss from there. Two up in 26 minutes,
both from Liam Boyce. Caley Thistle, no wins in the first
six league games last season. Looking to get back into things. The
whistle goes, the ball in the net. Andrew Dallas looking across. No
flag. Trying to explain, the goal has been given. I am not sure Ross
County realise it. Inverness Caley Thistle pulling one back at
half-time. Here come the complaints, they are vocal and many. Scott Fox
saying I stopped. Referee Andrew Dallas explaining this is a goal. He
appeared to be offside. The last touch may have come from Davis. No
offside flag. Inverness Caley Thistle getting a lifeline on
half-time. Andrew Dallas not endearing himself to Ross County.
The free kick comes in. Liam Boyce helping himself, another simple
header. Patrick for Liam Boyce. His third is a Ross County player. You
have to question the defending. And the positioning of the goalkeeper,
so far to the post. Simple header from Liam Boyce. The hat-trick man.
Try to send it wide. Ross County lost the opening game of last
season, winning the second. Losing their opening game this season, well
ahead here. Into the middle, Davis. Down to Draper. Rust Reither
thumping Caley Thistle backing into the match. Simple drive of the right
boot. Ross Draper after 65 minutes, winning the home side another goal.
Tanzi floating it up. Little flick on. Well played by the big defender.
The big number three has been out for the last three games, showing
his value there. A bit more nervous now, Jim McIntyre. Another long
throw, flicked on. Davis trying to get the ball away. Was there a
Polish? Liam Boyce looking nervously at Andrew Dallas. Contact, not
above. Time running out for the home side. Ross Draper, sending into the
middle. Header down the middle. Chance. Liam Bell worth coming in.
Bad defending in the game. Andrew Davies presenting it to him, but not
on target. Delighted, right from the off, we were at it. Scored some
fantastic goals. Specially the first two. Liam's second goal fit to grace
any league in the world. Fantastic take. Dummying the defender, putting
it away. We gave Inverness their first goal, by not managing the game
properly, two minutes before half-time. Disappointing. We said to
the players, keep doing what they were doing. We knew Inverness would
apply pressure. That is the way it worked out. I thought we were worthy
winners. Liam Boyce was the difference, he
has heart, desire and hunger, on and off the ball, the workrate was
immense, he believed them to do. Simple as that. The referee has
blown the whistle early. I think I'm getting a little bit towards the
ball. I think the gaffer said he admitted he was wrong. You can do
anything about it. We have the three points. Another defeat for Caley
Thistle, Liam Boyce the start. Huge dollop of controversy? Another
refereeing mistake. Quite confusing when you watch your back. Andrew
Dallas thought the linesman's flag went up for offside. The ball is
played through. You can see him blow his whistle. The ball ricochets into
The ball ricochets into the back of the net.
Looks as if he will give the free kick for offside. The players
remonstrate he changes his mind, gives a goal. Puzzling to say the
very least. When all is said and done, massive mistake. He was
probably on-site. Scott Fox saying he may have saved it. I think he has
dived at full stretch. Should have been a drop ball. By the letter of
the law, should have been a drop ball. I don't think Scott Fox is
getting it. Ultimately did not have an impact on the end result. When
you play all through, Scott Fox not getting it, did not make any real
difference. Natural justice prevailing. Liam Boyce, hat-trick
hero. Enduring some injury hell, missing Euro 2016. 20 goals last
year, missing out on the Euros. Great ball into the box. Good header
to get off the mark. You were impressed by his coaching skills.
Second goal? Unbelievable first touch. I feel for young Steven
Thomson. Opens him up, great finish at the end. You think about the
first Ross County player to score a hat-trick in the top flight last
season. Going the first hat-trick of this season. Great finish them to
get the goal with a header. You have to ask questions of Fon Williams.
You have to expect a goalkeeper to come out and command the area. The
cross had so much height, the goalkeeper comes out, the advantage
of getting the arms up. Take nothing away from Liam Boyce. Natural
goal-scorer. Bad week for Caley Thistle, far too early to talk about
pressure. Three defeats in a row, not ideal. Away at Hearts next week.
He said the defending was not good enough. Two defeats in a row in the
league. Not a good start. I watched them play against Dunfermline in the
League Cup, winning 5-1, I thought they could be really good, but not
the start they wanted. Plenty to come, plenty of football on BBC One
Scotland in general. You don't want to miss this. A game deeply woven
into our communities. With social and political change, Scottish
football transform. I was in the room, utter bedlam. Something
incredibly exciting. Was it for the good of Scotland's game? We realise
the world changed. The escalation of wages, where the rot sets in.
Scotland's Game. Tricky start of the season for
Kilmarnock, made worse by the sale of last season's top scorer, Josh
Magennis, to Charlton. Yesterday they needed a pick me up. Very, very
disappointing. Add a glass. He has proved himself quite well since he
came in. The important thing, the manager gets the money to spend, to
replace him. Realistic, we're not going to be high up the table. Must
win already. First six points of the season.
The first league start for Darren mine. Kilmarnock, debut for George
Green, the day after signing. Kris Boyd comes in.
Steven Smith, clipping that forward, to namesake Martin. Jordan Jones,
for Boyd, the type of opportunity he normally gobbles up. Kris Boyd
raises the hand, in acknowledgement. Badness. -- bad miss. Crawford. A
chance for Emory. Blazes over. Only a half chance, really. Capable from
there. Gillespie, feeding it through for
Longbridge. Taylor. Long-range. Regen in. Jamie MacDonald, alert
enough to block the shot. Best chance so far, for Hamilton axes. --
Accies. Crawford, nice touch. Taylor does well to get back with the
challenge. Lewis Longbridge. Longbridge firing Hamilton Accies in
front. Looks like the chance had gone, when Taylor got the tackling.
Showed great composure to pick him out. Powerful, low shot. Zipping by
Jamie MacDonald at the near post. Accies make the breakthrough, midway
through the first half. Crawford. Lovely ball for Emory,
racing away down the right. Crawford continuing the run. Good save, Jamie
MacDonald. Terrific move by Hamilton Accies. Almost deserving of a goal.
Jamie MacDonald thought otherwise. Again, Emory, room on the right. Can
he pick out a team-mate? Not too many options. Doherty. Tamely into
the arms of McDonald's. Another well constructed move by the home side.
Doherty did not get enough behind that one.
Jones looked lively in the first hour. The Saint Cross, Kris Boyd.
Kilmarnock are level. Jones set him up in the first half, could not
convert on that occasion. This time round, Boyd heading emphatically
past Matthews. Lee McCulloch calling the shots in the technical area,
Manager Lee Clark in the stand after last week's misdemeanours. Happier
to see his side level. Here goes Jones, trying to wreak more havoc on
the edge of the Accies box. Free kick, he is claiming it is inside.
Steven MacLean tells it just outside. Dangerous, nonetheless.
Jones has been a pest. Trying to cause more bother. A poor free kick.
Long ball returned up towards Souleymane Coulibaly, creates a bit
of space. What a goal from Souleymane Coulibaly! Terrific
hold-up play, a bit of skill to find the space and he curled the ball
beyond Matthews, and that was special, and so was the celebration.
Long ball from Georgios Sarris over the top, great chance for the
substitute Roy. Richard Roy really should have got his side back on
level terms, but McDonald got a crucial touch. He can't believe his
side are behind, chance for them to snatch a point. Gillespie with the
follow-up, Crawford denied by the width of the post.
I thought we were the better team from start to finish, good food all,
lots of opportunities, but we didn't take them. -- good football? We
seemed to lose discipline and focus in terms of what was required but
the substitutions helped us again. Kilmarnock remain unbeaten at New
Douglas Park. Was it a deserved win? We started the game bright and
Hamilton scored. As the manager said, when we changed to two
upfront, there was not much room to pass in the middle of the pitch. We
went forward from back to front quite a bit and we got a success
when we went to the two upfront. Two upfront made all of the difference?
It is interesting mentioning that the change formation made
difference. The clip of the first goal here, it highlights the fact
that you look at the number of bodies Kilmarnock have in the final
third, six players in there. He is playing up front I submitted,
Souleymane Coulibaly has the desire to get on the end of it, rate
movement and he finishes off heading into the back of the net. The second
goal is a wonderful bit of play from Souleymane Coulibaly, top drawer
finish, and I think it just shows that once they had the two players
up front it made a big difference and it highlights the fact that Lee
Clark is meant to be suspended, he is on the stand on the
walkie-talkie, talking about the change of formation. Is there any
point in the suspension if he is involved in the changes of
formation? Walkie-talkie Gate. Is there any point in him being banned?
It seems pointless, I don't know what the rules are, he is giving
instructions. He probably could have shouted them from where he was. It
kind of makes a mockery of the ban. What is it like at Kilmarnock? So
many people are tipping your club to struggle. Last weekend was a big
disappointment, leaving the game, shot and the leg, losing the opening
game to Motherwell, after the cup competition as well. But yesterday
we put on a performance, two massive games coming up, Ross County and
Rangers on Friday night. It was important that we got the three
point yesterday and we did that. We saw Lee Clark on the walkie-talkie
and I am sure he is talking to you all the time, what is he like as a
manager? Exactly what you see, he calls a spade a spade. He wants
everybody to work as hard as they can, you see that in terms of when
we get the ball forward, but the one big thing the manager is always
harking on about is picking up the second ball is higher up the pitch.
It is effective for us because when you have so many bodies forward, the
goal came from picking up the second ball, getting a cross into the box.
I have been in the middle to finish it off but with Souleymane Coulibaly
as well, it is an unbelievable finish from him. 4-4-2 has gone out
of fashion. Souleymane Coulibaly was labelled the new Drogba at one
point, what have you see from him in training that gets you excited? His
finishing is unbelievable, even in the cup games he scored a couple of
goals. Even the way he rolled the defender, came back inside. He
didn't even need to look at the goal, always a sign of a great
striker. It is a great finish but his celebrations are brilliant as
well. We will have a race between you two at the end of the show.
Motherwell looking to follow up their victory to Kilmarnock but they
faced a St Johnstone side on brilliant form.
Motherwell make only one change, Ainsworth takes the place of Stevie
Hammell. It is a return to the familiar 4-3-3 formation. Chris
Miller and Molly -- Murray Davidson return to midfield and Steven
MacLean is back to lead the attack. Saints coming forward. Almost an own
goal of Stephen McManus. That was almost an awkward moment for the
Motherwell defenders as Hennigan knocked it off McManus. Good touch
from Samson, Chris Millar wearing the captain's armband and leading by
example. He wanted to have the shop on that occasion. The profiling
Craig Clay. -- the throat finding. Neat touch for Marvin Johnston.
Ainsworth! He just couldn't get in there on the end of that cross from
Johnstone, who is in very good form. St Johnstone have won three of the
last four meetings between these sides. There is Craig Clay battling
hard in the middle of the park. Richard Tait is calling for it. That
is the opening from Motherwell three minutes into the second half. He has
been switched to left midfield, Chris Cadden. It was maybe the
deflection of Brian Easton that caught out the central defenders of
Sam Johnstone but it didn't fool Chris Cadden as he claimed his third
goal of the season. Good work by the right full-back.
Mark McGhee and happier man than in midweek after the defeat by Celtic.
-- a happier. Swanson. Chris Millar with a chip into the box, it is
Maclean and Samson Hass to grab that at the second attempt. Maclean
couldn't get enough power on the header.
Lay for McDonald. Johnson finds Richard Tait again. Chance for
Lionel Ainsworth. It breaks back to McDonald and he just couldn't
finish, the little experienced striker. Good blog initially from
Stephen Anderson to deny Ainsworth. Steven MacLean has done well to ride
the challenge and find Swanson. Still Danny Swanson, that is the
equaliser. Danny Swanson is on fire at the moment. There is no tracking
him. That is his sixth goal of the season. His sixth goal in six starts
for the Perth club. Tommy Wright has given this player a new lease of
life. He has turned inside Hennigan and deposited that through the legs
of Craig Samson. Maclean outside Swanson, Chris came
through the middle, lovely pass. Chris Kane really should have done
better there and he knows it. Excellent through ball from Swanson.
It has broken the way of Chris Cadden. Chris Cadden trying his luck
from distance this time, Alan Mannus got a fingertip to it, he has scored
once already in this match, looking for a second. Blyth with the flick
on, here it is Marvin Johnson, excellent save from McManus to deny
Johnson. You can see why Oxford United are interested in Johnson
with that effort. Anderson's free kick. Lovely flick by Shaughnessy,
he has ridden two tackles. Chris Kane, Steven MacLean! The Motherwell
goalkeeper makes a mistake and he is punished. It looked like an easy
catch initially for Craig Samson from the shot from Chris Kane but he
has bounced it straight in front of Steven MacLean and that is a
terrific reaction by the striker, bravely diving into put it home.
Steven MacLean's fourth goal of the season. Johnson's free kick. There
is McDonald, he has used a hand. He is apologetic but he will get the
booking. If he was a bit quicker he may have got his head to it but that
was more like an audition for the Australian Olympics team with a
volleyball smashed to beat Alan Mannus. Sam Johnstone's three wins
over Motherwell saw them come from behind to win 2-1. Will they do it
this time there is there one last chance for an equaliser? It is
Johnson with it. Put it into the danger area, here is Thomas. He
couldn't quite hit the target and that may well be the last
opportunity for the home side to get the equaliser.
I think the result was right, they were better than us today, they
showed more energy, had more desire. We obviously talked about that in
the dressing room, how they were feeling in the game, and we were
lacking the energy they would normally have. I don't know whether
it is the three games in the last week or the result of just Wednesday
night and not being able to recover as quickly as they did. They had a
very positive result last time which affects you in a different way, we
will try to work out why but they were the better side and deserved to
win. From a footballing aspect that was our best performance on a passed
the ball really well, controlled large spells in the first half,
probably didn't make enough of the opportunities but always looking for
a goal. We showed character to come back from one goal down away from
home. Tommy Wright says best performance
of the season and Danny Swanson in particular. It was an inspired
performance from him, he looks fitter and stronger than last year
and he was involved with an awful lot. A sneaky 1- to there. -- 1-2.
This is a fantastic ball for Chris Kane, lovely weighted pass. He
probably should score, I don't know whether Samson gets a touch to it.
He cuts inside and a near post finish here, here he was, the star
man in the team but everyone innocent Johnstone team stayed well,
what a start to the season. Sam Johnstone flying, Chris, you went to
dinner with Craig Samson. Not a great moment. No, but as a
goalkeeper these things happen. The Celtic game during the week... They
lost 5-0 but apparently his performance was excellent. I can't
render him ever making mistakes like this, it was probably a one-off. He
tries to take the sting out of the shot, palms it down. It goes away
from him but I will give credit to Steven MacLean for following that
in, putting his head in an area where he could get hurt. It is a
great three points for St Johnstone. What did Craig say. Not much, he was
just getting ready for tonight. Great reaction from Steven MacLean
but a great run that St Johnstone are on, they keep proving everybody
wrong, they keep getting the results. Next weekend, early
kick-off against Celtic big challenge. What more can be said
about St Johnstone that hasn't already? They must be the envy of a
lot of clubs in the league, they haven't got a huge budget but they
continue to challenge at the top end of the table, getting into Europe.
Tommy Wright is Mr consistency and it permeates through this team. You
sort Motherwell at close quarters at Rugby Park at the weekend, tough
week in terms of the hammering they took at Celtic Park and that defeat
as well. How do you gauge that Motherwell side this season? Last
week they took the game to us, I watched the majority of the Celtic
game but it is always difficult at Celtic Park so you can or less write
that off. -- more or less. These are the games, against St Johnstone, if
they want to get in the top six, Motherwell. They will be
disappointed after Rugby Park, trying to get the three points
yesterday. Marvin Johnston, it is important that they keep hold of him
as well. Aberdeen finished second to Celtic
last season. This weekend they faced a Hearts side without Jamie Walker,
a figure of much controversy last weekend.
There was no contact in my opinion. He attempted to calm the referee.
Walker has gone down under the challenge of Tierney. The referee is
in no doubt that that is a penalty kick. Derek McInnes brings Ash
Taylor with Peter Pawlett free of his early season ban. Stockley is
preferred to Rooney. A disappointing season so far far Hearts, out of
Europe, out of the League Cup. It doesn't get any easier. Jamie Walker
is suspended. Aberdeen don't have a particularly good. They have begun
the game pretty good run -- they have begun the game pretty well.
Really good run by McGinn. Mixed fortune in the week, the Jambos out.
He caught it OK but no direction at all. This is the visitors' first
chance of the game. 0-0 at St Johnstone last week for McInnis and
Doherty's side. They don't often win on the opening day of the season,
Aberdeen. First home game for them here and they are trying to assert
themselves, Burns off the bar but the flag was up. Cracking ball in by
Niall McGinn. Wes Burns hits the woodwork, it wouldn't have counted.
Conceded the threat in the wide areas for Aberdeen. Burns may be
just off, very tight, though. -- maybe. Big chances for Hearts,
plenty of hype in there, Paterson, Souter in there as well. He possibly
should have done better, John Souttar. He didn't get any purchase
on it. It is linked towards Nicholson, who is in here. And Shay
Logan committed himself. It is a good challenge by the Aberdeen
full-back. He had to get that spot on, he got plenty of the ball. Aided
by Ryan Jack. McGinn shimmies over it. A teasing ball in by Logan. He
was coming into the back to accept this but very good delivery by
Logan. Salmond does enough to force it to Tony Watt. He goes himself. He
had options left and right but he is a striker, as soon as he sees the
goal he will have a go. Jack to Maclean, not long on as a
substitute. Niall McGinn, nice ball. It was Peter Pawlett's header.
Aberdeen won the first two battles between these two last season, lost
the following three, though, including a Scottish Cup exit.
Hearts losing out to the champions, Celtic, last weekend. They felt they
should have taken something from the game. That has come of Miles Storey,
who has got it back to Logan. Perry Kitchener was there. He had to be
otherwise Logan is getting a shot in, I think.
It worked out OK for Hamilton, Joum to Salmond. He was in Aberdeen
target in the summer. Here is Tony Watt, huge chance here! And it is
spurned. Well, a fully fit Tony Watt might have done better with that,
three minutes to play and this would surely have won the game for Hearts.
It is a big miss. In a game of few chances this has been the best one.
I thought we were totally dominant bird you credit Hearts, I think in
the second half they had one or two opportunities and they defended well
in the second half and deserved a draw. Aberdeen were probably the
better team first half. It was a tough point for both sides but an
entertaining game. Second versus third from last
season, I think we all expected a bit more, perhaps not the thriller
we were hoping for. Michael, what was the story of the match for you?
You were there. It is interesting the managers talking about the game.
Aberdeen over the 90 minutes were the better side but Hearts nullified
the threat as the game went on but without offering a great deal of
attack. Perhaps a draw was a fair result in the end. Aberdeen missing
a spark, Jonny Hayes is out. When you looked back over the game it was
a good defensive display from Hearts but you were looking if Aberdeen had
something different to open up and perhaps Jonny Hayes could have
helped them with that. In the opening period Aberdeen bombarded
Hearts and they looked energetic, on the front foot, a lot of balls and
from the wide areas, Stockley trying to get on the end of it. The best
opportunity in the first half was perhaps an opening from the
left-hand side that fell to Niall McGinn, who knocked it behind the
defence and created an opening for himself. Good defending from Hearts
to get a deflection, put over the bar. As the game went on you
thought, Aberdeen will bring something different but in the
second half it just wasn't there. I think Jonny Hayes has been missed
for Aberdeen and I don't know what the guys think that he is a big
miss. A bit of a heavy schedule for Aberdeen. Four goals Billy are games
in nine days, perhaps some players that he. -- four goals in nine
games. That is a lot of games. Even last year we were back -- they were
back early, they probably didn't have enough rest. It plays a part.
From the Hearts perspective, good defending, bit lacking in attack.
That was a bit concerning. The two guys up front, Salmond and Walker...
Tony Watt was probably the biggest spark in the attack line for Hearts,
he created opportunity, laid it out wide, got in the box. Nichols can
try to beat the last defender and he gets blocked and it comes to
nothing. Tony Watt ended up getting the best chance of the game, a good
bit of play from Conor Sammon who I thought was poor yesterday. You'd
think he is a bit slow on the corner... He loses his balance,
neither side will be head over heels. Tony Watt has been lacking
match sharpness, he has had an injury but do you think he will be a
success at Hearts? I think he will, he is at a stage in his career where
he needs a run of games. He went to Cardiff and did really well.
Briefly, are Hearts to physical? Five yellow cards yesterday, four
against St John's, seven against Celtic, 16 in a week. I don't think
it is to physical if it is backed up with attractive football but at the
moment their style of football is becoming a bit industrial and when
you back it up with statistics like that that is concerning. When Robert
took over it was very attractive football and now it is more akin to
the director of football. Michael, Chris, Stephen, thank you very much
for joining us, it has been very interesting. That is it for week two
of this football season. Andy Murray is about to get his Olympic final
under way over on BBC One, best of luck to him. We are back at 6:30pm
next weekend on BBC Two. Until then, from all of us, good night.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Sportscene has highlights of the weekend's Scottish Premiership action. With Celtic having a week off, their rivals will look to capitalise. Rangers are away at Dundee, while Aberdeen and Hearts go head to head at Pittodrie.
Elsewhere, Hamilton Accies host Kilmarnock, Motherwell take on St Johnstone and Inverness CT host Ross County in the first Highland Derby of the season.