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COMMENTATOR: It is unbelievable! A spectacular opening goal in the
Derby! It's an absolute beauty! Is this a bit of history? It is!
What a finish! And that is it, I would imagine.
Good evening, it's been another dramatic day in the Ladbrokes
premiership. Another weekend of stunning comebacks, shock results
and unpredictable outcomes. Also tonight the unpredictable views and
analysis of our guests, Pat Nevin and Steven Thompson. One thing we
could predict was a tasty and Dundee derby this lunchtime. A season of
contrasting fortunes, Dundee so often in the shadow of their
tangerine rivals aiming for a top six finish, United at the bottom of
the table still dreaming of a great escape. Today looked like being
pivotal. Commentary by Paul Mitchell. COMMENTATOR: It's a third
different goalkeeper in a third game for Dundee or might it. That's the
only change from the side that played last time against Motherwell.
Dundee last last time against Hearts but Paul Hartley stands by the same
11 saying they played well and they are sent out to do battle today.
Dundee find the way forward. I think both players have committed a
handball there, Stewart to Donaldson, back to Stewart. The
handball there, Stewart to throw. Tangled up with Conrad. The
referee says play on. That's a great flick. McKay. He could become the
first Dundee United player to score in for straight derbies since his
predecessor Glenn close. Ross plays it into the middle. It's back to my
guy won. It's a chance Dundee through the legs of the keeper. And
Gunning cannot give it out. Dundee take the lead. Hemmings is the
goal-scorer. A powerful shot by Paul McGowan set up by Stewart. He was
onside. Donaldson slow to get out and Dundee are ahead, Kane Hemmings
with a very confident finish. Dundee United rocked slightly. It comes
Stewart and this space again on the left, Hemmings is inside. Hemmings!
It's 2-0 to Dundee, not the cleanest finish from Kane Hemmings and that
Mackie celebrates once more. Brilliant run from Stewart just off
the shoulder, it's given onside. And the low ball across. He almost
missed it. It came off one foot, and then Kane Hemmings. That would have
been embarrassing if he had missed. He didn't. 2-0. Dundee United
struggling at home to find points. A case of mind your feet. Would and
Dixon. -- Fort Stewart and Dixon. To Rankin. It's a brilliant ball by
Rankin. He plays it to McKay. The keeper is in trouble. It's a penalty
kick. Denying an obvious scoring opportunity, it's the law, and
Steven McLean applies that. Scott Bain, who could make his Scotland
debut on Thursday night in Prague will take no further part in the
Derby. A great ball by John Rankin. McKay stumbled and was taken out.
David Mitchell will have to come on and the substitute who came on for a
substitute is substituted! Is Dundee debut. Against Billy McKay. If he'd
stood still he would have saved it. Billy McKay gambled on movement from
the keeper and Dundee United are back in the game after 51 minutes.
Food for thought for Paul Hartley. There's an awful lot going on. Good
save from Mitchell. Strong left hand. Deserves congratulations. He
gets up really well. That's a terrific stop. That's a miss by
Morris. Dundee could kill it. Ross. Hemmings in the middle looking for a
hat-trick, that's a poor ball from Ross, wasteful. Gunning. He opens
the middle, the ball is won by Billy McKay. Dundee United have come from
to goals behind to level and Billy McKay is the scorer. The keeper
should have stayed where he was gone he couldn't get a connection, Billy
McKay made sure nobody would stop him. What a comeback from United.
What a derby day in Dundee. Mixu Paatelainen is in an ongoing battle
with the Dundee fans behind him. They are not singing now. He is
explaining to Tayside's finest! The corner. Gunning. A great save by
Mitchell. Donaldson! That was for the win but a great save by
Mitchell. Donaldson could have buried this. We are very much alive
and kicking in this relegation fight, you are, aren't you? It's
still possible, a long way to go. We are disappointed that we only took a
point today. It could be applied that is the most important, we
should have won 2-0 but decisions change a game, the keeper sent off,
down to ten men, you just can't plan for that. You don't see that coming.
I felt they threw everything at us and I felt we dealt with that.
Possibly the last Dundee derby for some time. Full of drama and
incident. Pat, it leaves us asking the question, where does this leave
Dundee United in terms of the great escape? Management they are still in
it but it gets harder, they need to put a run of wins together. Because
of what happened today, it was pretty hard. I can only imagine you
are feeling pretty buoyant about United's chances? A huge moment in
the match, Scott sent off, was at a sending off? A pivotal moment in the
match. For me, definite penalty. If you are going to get on the end of
this and score, as covering defender he's well away from goal, I'm not
sure that deserved a sending off. It completely changed the flow of the
match. Extraordinarily harsh, we agree on that. Mitchell makes his
debut in very hot circumstances and he was excellent catching things, a
great one-handed stop, yet it was bittersweet for him. Another
tremendous catch. He was taking pressure off the Dundee defenders
who defended very well. This is the one where he collides with his own
player and it leads to the goal. Yet in the last seconds he pulls off a
fantastic one-handed save. Donaldson should probably have scored from the
rebound. I think a draw is the fair result. Are you optimistic about
Dundee United's chances? They are only seven behind now and with a
Dundee United's chances? They are game in hand they could stick it to
for, it's feasible. A point gained or to dropped? They will be
disappointed yet as Paul said if you lose but your centre-backs, you've
travelled all the way across the road, away from home! And the fact
that you still get a point and you're still going in the right
direction, I think they've got to be you're still going in the right
happy with that, good point. A great derby. Celtic arrived at the park
for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. They were looking to extend their
lead at the top of the table to for points for a couple of hours.
Kilmarnock at the bottom of the table in need of points. They have
drawn both times with Celtic this season. A big blow to Kilmarnock as
an injury to Josh Magennis and the skipper is out for the season.
Celtic give a first Premiership start to cousin Richards. He
replaces Gary Mackay-Steven. Celtic are chasing a fifth title on the
trot. Griffiths. On the edge of the box, Griffiths! Screaming for a
penalty. The referee says No. His shot struck the arm of the grounded
Ashcroft. On the move, Calum Haggett boffin. He's made a sprightly start
for Kilmarnock. Looking for Kris Boyd. Good effort. And a good save,
Kris Boyd was well picked out and the effort was very much on target.
The touch from the Stig and McGregor races in. And it is a deflection. It
could have gone anywhere. That could have gone in the Kilmarnock net
easily. It span just wide. And this is the best chance of the match so
far. The Danish defender wasn't able to snap it up. Kris Commons, and
Kilmarnock could be an to something here. And Carl Higgins of them
follows it up but he's off target. follows it up but he's off target.
-- config in both. Gordon to the rescue. The past does not find a
Roberts. Hodson intercepting. Hodson! So close to his first goal
for Kilmarnock. It all seemed to open up for the full-back. And that
was just off target. Roberts with the Celtic corner kick. And it is of
the line. Right place, right time the Kilmarnock. -- for Kilmarnock to
deny the Danish player. Mulgrew with the free kick. Another penalty
appeal again against Ashcroft. Griffiths. Roberts. Balotelli's
header. Leigh Griffiths. He fancied himself.
And is frustrated that he missed the target. So often he has bailed
Celtic out this season. The teenager on loan from Manchester City,
Roberts, whose cross blocked by Hodson. Callum McGregor. It is Tom
Roe get! -- it is Tom Rogic! It's a rocket from Rogic! And it keeps
Celtic's title defence on track. It is a massive moment in the
Premiership season. In the 90th minute. And it is the return of the
Ronnie Raw! It's the best way to win sometimes. We don't play well but we
fight, and the fans was unbelievable today. We could give them something
in the end and it will be a moment to remember for a long time. With
experienced defeat, I have experienced defeat as a player,
coach and manager Andy and I think this is the hardest one because if
there was a team that deserved to win it was us with a shout that
without a shadow of doubt. Just absolutely devastated to have lost
the game like that. Par delightful Ronny Deila. Killie played some nice
stuff. They did try to play football. They were looking for each
other, they did not panic when they were on the ball, nice little
triangles. And you know, that's really neat, tidy, when a team is
down the bottom of the league you don't expect them to get into good
positions. Also you have to make sure that you can tackle and do the
ugly stuff as well and don't panic. Look at this.
Has the fear factor gone for playing at Celtic? Partially. I have to give
something to Lee Clark because he's basically said, go and enjoy
yourselves. There's maybe no expectation they'll win. Teams
think, we can get something out of them, teams will try that every time
they possibly can when they see a slight weakness and there are
weaknesses there. It wasn't a great performance but they get three
points thanks to this wonder goal? Yes, an incredible goal. Kilmarnock
deserved something from the match and it was a cruel way to lose he
was not expecting this. It's a goal worthy of winning any match. You
could see what it meant to the players, they were giving absolutely
everything. If they continue to give that endeavour and level of effort
in the coming weeks, they could possibly get themselves out of that
second bottom spot. Could be a big goal in terms of the title race.
Well for so long in that game against Kilmarnock and Celtic looked
like giving Aberdeen hope. But the pressure is ramping up. We were at
Fir Park. Kennedy comes into defence for
Motherwell. Only one change for Aberdeen as
Reynolds replaces will be son, he's on the bench, meaning Considine
returns with Shinnie moving into midfield. Church. Support from
McGinn. Logan on the overlap. Breaks back to Jack. Good handling from
Ripley. That's what you call a strong hand.
Kennedy. Moult winning the header. Moult again. And back off the post.
Neatly off from Scott McDonald. Johnson. Seemed to be impeded by
Considine. The Dons are in front one minute
before the international from McClean's first from the penalty
spot this season. Seventh goal of the campaign. Ripley guessed left,
McClean put it down the middle. Aberdeen in this fine run of form,
one defeat in the last 17 league matches.
Is there another chance before the interval? Church. In towards McGinn.
Good save from Ripley. He advanced well to deny the Northern Ireland
international. McGinn teasing Ainsworth. He's done
well. Miskick by Church. Breaks for McClean. Ripley standing firm once
more for Motherwell. Neat save. Ainsworth. Johnson. Moult. McDonald!
And Motherwell are back level. The Aberdeen defence couldn't deal with
that as Johnson knocked it back across from the initial delivery
from Ainsworth. Moult caused problems. Little Scott McDonald
jumped highest. McDonald's 12th goal of the campaign. McDonald gets it
down for Johnson. Oh, advantage taken and Motherwell
in front, two goals in the space of two minutes! Reynolds and Brown
didn't deal with it and Moult knocks it in for his fifth in his last five
appearances. Robson coming on to replace
Considine as Aberdeen go chasing the game.
Here is Robson. Barry Robson's in trouble. Straight
red card. He's only on the park a matter of a minute and that
challenge with the arm into the face of Scott McDonald, his one-time
Celtic team-mate. One of the shortest appearances for an Aberdeen
substitute and it won't please the manager.
Manage Donald. Good movement from Johnson. Fletcher is in the middle.
What a real chance that was to increase Motherwell's lead and put a
real dent in Aberdeen's title chances.
I thought Aberdeen did deserve to be ahead, at least one goal better in
the first half. I felt we were just the first half. I felt we were just
- I talked about it before the game - I talked about it before the game
- lacking a bit of belief that we could go up against them and press
them. In the second half we changed the shape a bit more and it was a
terrific performance. Even with ten men, we kept McGinn up with Church
and created bits and pieces. We still felt there was something to be
got from the game but it shouldn't have came to that desperation from
us. We've beat ourselves today. Big result for Motherwell, big result
for Aberdeen for all the wrong reasons. They beat themselves, and
it was poor defending? Uncharacteristic from Aberdeen who
this season have been defensively brilliant. Nobody tracks the run
from Johnson at the back post. He puts it back in. When it bounces,
Aberdeen have enough men there but no-one reacts. McDonald reacts first
and it's a good header from his point of view but poor defending.
This one again is really slack from Aberdeen. When the ball gets played
over the top, Reynolds has to put that in for a corner. The keeper's
caught a wee bit of possession as well. When the ball bounces,
Reynolds hesitates, kick it out. Have Aberdeen blown their title
hopes with that scoreline? It's not over but they have given themselves
a real mountain to climb. I don't see Celtic slipping up twice and
it's a difficult task. Last week we picked out Robson as a steadying
influence in the Aberdeen line-up, this wasn't very steadying, was it?
It's a moment of madness. It looks quite bad in full speed, in slow
motion, it probably looks a bit worse because he has a look first.
Gets worse every time you see it? It does. He's let himself and the
manager down. You don't have that kind of fighting, you shouldn't have
that kind of fighting. That was a moment of madness and he's let
everybody down. Motherwell up to fifth, what can they aspire to this
season? Well, they can possibly get a European spot. Unbelievable. The
season? Well, they can possibly get turnaround they have had in the last
six weeks has been fantastic. It has been a massive turn around and full
credit to them. They are doing well. A week on since Ross County's
victory, they have a match with Inverness. Rob McClean watched this
one. Four changes to the team which drew in Perth on Wednesday
The best part of 6,000 inside the Global Energy Stadium. It's some
atmosphere. Foster. Great save. Good reactions.
Storey. Polworth. Off target. Diverted on to the cross bar.
Divine. Dealt with by the Ross County defence. Irvine's flick. Now
Boyce. It's powered clear. Big chance! And he can't quite take it,
the Ross County midfielder. And he knows how big an opportunity this
was to fire the League Cup winners in front. McShane gets it back from
Gardyne. Boyce had the chance to put the team in front on Derby day. Just
got too much on the header. Fraser. McShane loses out to Draper.
Big chance on the counterattack. Polworth! Inverness Caley Thistle
are ahead. Polworth's rifled the shot past Woods. County lost
possession midfield and were punished.
Polworth with the up and under helped on by Hughes. In goes Draper
and it's 2-0. Inverness are raining on County's
parade. It's all gone horribly wrong for Ross County. Can Ross come back
from this? Lofted forward by Draper. Controlled by Storey. What a strike,
what a goal! Ross County are screaming for handball. He reached
out a couple of arms, Storey, as he pulled this out of the air. No
handball given. It's a thunderous volley which explodes past Woods in
the county goal and it surely now means no way back.
Inverness threatening again. Storey holds it up. Tansey. Kept alive. And
Polworth! So close to number four. Inverness in the end on Derby day
winning bay distance. I think we were OK first half. It's
about taking the opportunities. We never done that, that's what
Inverness did, so they deserve the credit. Apart from the first minute,
but even in the first half, there was a break away from Irvine, we'd
hit the bar before that when he hit the post. It was end to end, we
settled down, delighted for the fans that we win the match.
Defeat for Ross County but a week on after their historic victory at
Hampden they paraded the League Cup. Really proud for the fans that have
been on this journey for 22 years, some of them, some for 52 years. Toe
get to this stage and to parade down the high street of the town, it's
wonderful. It's great to show it off to the
fans. A great day for all to be involved. When you are younger, you
always... I was luck you be in the right spot.
Great scenes in Dingwall. Controlled in midfield of the match
and not letting go really? It's a Derby game so it's always going to
be hard-fought. They always are. But if a team really wants to win,
generally they are the team who'll win it. Now, Ross County for here
happens this week, next month, the month after, this has been a
phenomenal season for them. Even though it's painful losing a Derby,
yes, they got a bit of luck because they didn't play particularly badly,
particularly in the first half. Even at this moment I'm still smiling -
no, I'll change that - I'm finally smiling for Ross County. It's taken
a week, I'll accept that! That's quite painful. I really hope it
didn't spoil the celebrations because wow, did they deserve that.
Maybe it's a lazy assumption to make but in terms of the League Cup trick
I have, that's a huge peak for Ross County. The danger now you would
imagine is they may fall away from that. When St Mirren won the League
Cup, I don't want to remind you of this, they only won one match in the
next eight? Thanks for bringing that up! They've
had emotionally draining week although Inverness deserved to win
yesterday. Ross County in the second half did not take their chances.
Inverness have won in the last five derbies in Dingwall. They needed to
make a big statement because they have been tiring a little. They have
although I think they are clear of any relegation worries, they could
push into the top six. Next stop Tynecastle, Hearts with hopes, the
commentary from this one is from Paul Mitchell. Hearts won in Dundee
last weekend, now the captain is injured, Blazej Augustyn returns and
Anderson makes history by becoming the player with the most career
appearances for St Johnstone. Passing the record set by Alan Main.
Liam Craig with the corner. Davidson with the header! And that is simple,
it's a cheap goal for Hearts to lose and it's a great start for St
Johnstone. Murray Davidson. Brian Easton could not get there. Davidson
said thanks very much. Better play from Hearts. Trying to find a bit of
width. They have options, and Alan Mannus making the save. Judged this
really well, Juanma. Former Hearts boss Gary Locke watching. Liam
Craig. Comes in a game, it bounces up and it's happened once more.
Murray Davidson helps in Salford game! Davidson has doubled his goal
tally for the season in the opening 21 minutes in Time Castle, with to
simple headers. Poor again by Hearts. Alexander just couldn't keep
it out. Smith. Trying to find a way Hearts. Alexander just couldn't keep
through, repelled once more. Takes the touch. Driving on. It's back to
Jordan McGhee. Alan Mannus getting down on the right hand. They've
touched this onto the post, it was clever, Jordan McGhee was inside.
That's a great stop. St Johnstone haven't travelled well of late and
Kirk they are enjoying this at Tynecastle. The defence again, Kris
came. Blazej Augustyn looking comfortable, Alexander came out
well. Craig, the architect of the to goals, and it goes again, Anderson
and McLean. Hearts were looking for offside, Steven McLean had a great
chance of the header. Hearts were nowhere when it came and Anderson
missed it too. Far, far from happy. Nicholson floating it up. Walker.
What a goal that would have been from Jimmy Walker. Never lacks
confidence. The header came back to him from McLean. Took it first time.
Hearts still struggling to get into this and find a way through. A good
challenge. To Liam Craig! What a hit from Liam Craig. Alexander died, I
am not sure he would have stopped that if it had nestled in. Doing
enough to pressure Hearts. Inside it comes, Jason Cummings did well, it
goes on to McLean, and St Johnstone are building again. Fisher on the
overlap, it is played through, and to Fischer. And it's a first senior
goal for Darnell Fischer. 3-0, for St Johnstone, a beautiful ball from
Wotherspoon, perfectly weighted. That's so confident for your first
goal in senior football. I'm really proud of the players and how well
they played. I think we dominated from the first whistle to the last
and not many teams can do that. We didn't give a lot of chances, to
waste to goals is not good enough. We've worked hard on it recently.
Pat, I do not think even the most hardened St Johnstone fans saw that
coming. How did they do it? I was impressed because they did something
I wasn't expecting, they pressed really high up the pitch, against
Hearts who were not expecting that. I've watched a lot of that in
England, certainly Liverpool have done it, this is absolutely fine
comic he has closed him down, but done it, this is absolutely fine
that one is closing as well. They have absolutely no where to go. If
you know when the ball that height up the park you've only got about 25
or 30 yards to get yourself into a great position, and they almost get
a goal from it. In the first 20 minutes they were brilliant. A
simple long ball and look at what happens. There are surrounded, five
of them, all lively, all keen to win the ball and they do, but they don't
give up, the ball goes wide, I'm going to chase it down. To do that
you need to keep on top of it. It doesn't look much but they score
from the corner. This is a good one near the end of the game that I was
impressed by because obviously they are leading 2-0. What do you do in
this situation? That's an easy ball, they think although it isn't easy if
he makes a run. If he chases down and asks the question and they did
this all the way through. If a mistake happens, which it does
suddenly they are in the goal again. Release will be from Hearts, good
anticipation from Steven McLean. Lovely work from Fischer. He wasn't
marked. Schools with a shot across. I give him the benefit of the doubt,
it was a shot! Pat, has surprised the youth of the level of success is
it was a shot! Pat, has surprised St Johnstone enjoyed against Hearts?
Amazed because Hearts are generally good. You don't expect a bouncing
ball from the corner. You never work against that. And it happened twice.
St Johnstone attracted well, really up for it. I would however ask a
question later, the ball comes in, it's in the six yard line, most
keepers, are you going to come through? Will you be static on your
line? I think he probably should have come for that. Bodies in the
way although you have seen goalies taking the bodies as well. They
didn't from that situation, others went and attacked and they kept on
going, another opportunity there. I'm not impressed with that at all
because no one is getting close to him. And the keeper is on his line
again. There's a big gap behind, does he come for that not? Not
blaming the keeper. The Hearts defensive line is wrong, they are
too deep and not a straight line, defensive line is wrong, they are
and this time the goalie pulls off a great save. That's why not harsh on
him because it's a great save and he wasn't helped by his defenders, they
normally defend better than that, Robbie Neilson was the first to flag
them up. If you are going to make the stakes them all in one game. I
suspect they lose another full sometime -- if you are going to make
mistakes. Hamilton Academicals had not won a home game physics months.
mistakes. Hamilton Academicals had Could that unfortunate statistic
change against Partick this -- they had not won home game for six
months. Partick Thistle didn't get going in the first 20 minutes. This
rather summed things up. For Hamilton Accies the opposite as they
went in search of an elusive home win, and Greg Docherty, the
19-year-old, made no mistake. A second goal of the season for him,
and Accies were ahead in the 11th minute. Six goals so far this
season, this player was looking for a lucky number seven, not this time.
Greg Docherty was again causing danger, he passed the ball and there
was a good finish. The decision for side, it looked tight, but and
looked right. 1-0 ad hoc time. In the interval Partick Thistle
regrouped and five minutes into the second half they were level Lawless
with the cross Mathias Pogba with the equaliser. Accies tried to get
back in front. This one fired over from a tight angle. With 15 minutes
left to play Mathias Pogba had the chance of his third goal against
Accies but it was not to be. But it would be Partick Thistle stay.
Substitute Chris Doolan with the cross, and there was a wry and
Edwards to score the winner. The Australian had only started due to
an injury to Liam and Lindsey in the warm up. Not a bad time to score
your first Partick Thistle goal. Very frustrating. Second half we
conceded a poor goal. I don't think we competed well enough. I don't
think our keeper had a save to make. At any level that is poor. First off
was special, they played at an intense tempo and we did well in the
first 20 minutes. In the second half we started well. We thought that we
could score goals and then we got that goal. Hamilton are bottom of
the table and they can't win at home, can they stay up? They are
the table and they can't win at going to have to start winning.
They've been inconsistent, they went last week at Inverness and at
They've been inconsistent, they went half-time yesterday they must have
thought, we will get back-to-back wins and put this home losing to bed
and then they conceded to sloppy goals. It must be frustrating. I
think they will stay up. You think so. Not long to go. In terms of
Partick this'll few people thought they might struggle, could they make
the top six? That may be pushing it although I wasn't one of those who
thought they were struggling. All through the season and have thought
there has just been enough there, they have scored from various parts
of the ground. Mathias Pogba would help if he scored more regularly!
They seem to get draws and a win when they need one. As kind of liked
the way they play. I've never worried about them. The top six
would be a bonus, they have done just what they needed to do and well
done. Itsy tree interesting. Let's look at the table. The smack it is
done. Itsy tree interesting. Let's hugely interesting. Celtic are now
for points clear of Aberdeen with one game in hand and a vastly
for points clear of Aberdeen with superior goal difference. St
Johnstone for. Motherwell fifth after that victory over Aberdeen. A
real scramble at the moment for the top six. At the bottom Dundee United
now seven points behind Kilmarnock with one game in hand. Friday night
in Falkirk would get the Championship off to a flyer. Rangers
the visitors, first versus second, a night to remember. Aaron Muirhead
returns to the Falkirk defence as McCann drops to the bench. Rangers
have made to changes, Billy King making his third start for the club
as Michael hologram and Harry Forrester dropped to the bench. But
McMichael Holland. Rangers not beaten in the last 15 matches. The
whistle has gone for offside. It was an exquisite finish. He was onside,
Muirhead played him on. The official ruled it out. Rangers have started
very lively. That's a lovely pass. In to Miller! And Kenny Miller opens
the scoring in the seventh minute. His 16th of the season. Good
football from Rangers. And Miller makes it three goals in his last to
appearances. Halliday. Miller. Terrific through
pass. Wallace looks up, sees McKay and it's 2-0 to Rangers!
We've not hit the ten-minute mark yet.
Terrific pass from Miller to set Wallace on his way and it was the
easiest of tap-ins for Barry McKay. Darting forward, King. Good running
from McKay. Chance for the third. And it's away by Muirhead. Lovely
counterattacking play again by Rangers. McKay on side and he
couldn't get a proper touch on the shot.
Neat ball. O'Halloran. Rodgers is there to make the save. Narrowed the
angle. Oh, a caerk!
An outstanding strike to get Falkirk back in the game -- a cracker. It's
a sure contender for goal of the season that, outside the right foot,
top corner. Kiernan. Given it away. Round the
keeper and he's tied it up! And he has a celebration to match the goal.
It's now 2-2 and the former Livingstone player who scored
against Rangers early in the season does it in Falkirk colours!
Concern for Mark Warburton here. McCracken is up. Can't get to it.
O'Hara. Good ball in. Falkirk have won it! In stoppage time. They've
come from behind. It's an outstanding turn around. O'Hara's
low ball in. McHugh unchallenged peeled off his marker. Falkirk 3,
Rangers 2. Anything can happen, 2-0 score is a funny score, we have
mentioned it many times, we hit the first goal in the second half and
took it forward from there, the substitutions work in that the
substitute scored the second and third, so delighted for them. An
unbelievable come back from Falkirk. Peter Houston must have been the
happiest man in the world with the Peter Houston must have been the
substitutions he made? The three things managers like, they love when
their team score from set pieces, they love it when they make tactical
substitutions and when they come on and do that sort of thing. They'll
celebrate with a glass of wine! Defending is not great, quite
simple. They were the secret that not everyone knew about. That is not
the case now, everyone knows. They are playing brilliant football, they
are great at home. They play away from home very well. They are
in-form. In terms of Rangers, the way they
started the match, it was a blistering start, you thought it was
going to be a cricket store at one point? It really was. They had a
tremendous first half. Should have been out of sight, but the second
half performance, they dropped their own standards, the standard they set
as players and the standards Mark Warburton sets. What can you tell
us? No, they have not dropped their standards a lot this season, they'll
win the league comfortably. They'll be disappointed but they'll go on to
the next game. In terms of Falkirk, their season gets better and better
doesn't it? They've been fantastic. A special mention for the goal of
the season. Terrible month for Hibs. They've lost their three
Championship matches. Victory away in the Scottish Cup midweek to
Inverness steadied the ships. Could they keep it going away to Raith
Rovers? Midweek cup victory midweek aside,
it's gone horribly wrong for Hibs of late. Things look to be on the up at
Starks Park as they were fired into the lead.
Raith are firmly in the play-off mix and they were level% before half
time. Not quite enough to raise a smile.
Getting to that stage of the season when players who haven't put their
bodies on the line. Stokes denied a second.
Early in the second half, it would get worse for Hibs. Stuart with a
goal to put Raith into a lead. The goal coming in the 53rd minute.
At this point, Hibs probably thought it couldn't get much worse as they
searched for an equailiser. Coming up, a nightmare miss from Jason
Cummings. A moment to forget for the Hibs top
scorer. It rather sums up how things have
been going of late for Hibernian. Cummings was subbed on the hour
mark. Off the bench came Chris dag national, off the wood work came his
header and off the boil Hibs rite now -- Dagnall. All the games
against Hibs very really close. The game was even. Most have been even.
Maybe we got a wee bit of luck there tonight with the one that came off
the bar. We deserved the win in the end. It's not about fatigue, it's
about concentration, not letting your man get a run at you and then,
if that does happen, then defending the second ball is better, we just
didn't do that. Here is the table:
Zblefr had a moment like this, as a striker? Probably quite a few.
Excellent season, has Cummings. If anything, he's concentrating on the
ball because it's bobbling. He gets a really good contact on it,
probably too good. Would have been better mis-hitting it or letting it
bounce off the shin. It's an absolute sitter. Fantastic result
for Raith? It is. Fantastic credit to them, to be clear in fourth place
is fantastic and the manager's done a great job. What on earth has
happened to Hibernian? I'm sure the a great job. What on earth has
manager will have come up with a couple of ideas. They are
manager will have come up with a to play OK. They didn't play
particularly badly. They certainly created a good few chances which we
watched. If they keep on doing that, they come to the end of the season
and there's every chance they can still get up. It's going to be
difficult because Raith Rovers are no mugs, Falkirk will be there too.
Let's look at it in a positive sense, it's going to be exciting.
Pat and Steven, thank you very much indeed. International Day of
Happiness, believe it or not. Always something to smile about in Scottish
football if you look hard enough. From all of us tonight, good night.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
The best of the action from the Scottish Premiership, including Sunday's Dundee derby at Tannadice. Elsewhere, champions Celtic are away at Kilmarnock, Aberdeen's attempt to wrestle away the title sees them up travel to Motherwell, Hearts take on St Johnstone, Hamilton host Partick and Ross County entertain Inverness in the Highland derby. Also, selected Championship action in the race for promotion.