Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the new SPFL Scottish Premiership, with comment on and analysis of the week's main talking points.
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Good evening. In a week when Gordon Strachan's Scotland proved there is
life in the side yet, it is a burst to life. Arguably the best yet in
the history of the Scottish Premiership. Steven Thompson and Pat
Nevin joined me tonight. We start at Easter Road where Hibernian took on
Celtic. Fisher to McGivern. Kris Commons.
Six goals so far this season for Kris Commons. He tries again to test
the goalkeeper. Heffernan runs through, he has been given offside.
-- on side. Celtic will feel aggrieved that the flag did not go
up. Kris Commons is onside with a chance for the equaliser. Over the
top it goes. This man has been deadly in front of goal this season.
He expected that to nestle in the net. Brown onto Fisher. Fisher
posing with Tudor Jones. Samaras. The keeper kept it out. Samaras was
set up and put it straight at the goalkeeper. Stalks then not testing
the goalkeeper. McGivern saves the blushes of his
goalkeeper. Williams went wandering. Cookie took far too long to execute.
Nelson in on the sly to deny the arduous Samaras. -- to deny Georgios
Samaras. A tough afternoon for Heffernan.
Stalks denied. He scored half a dozen against his form -- former
club. He was onside. That's like the punch. -- Tudor
Jones lacked the punch. Just a little bit team. -- tame. That will
be a big king. Brian McGivern just caught for peace. -- booking. The
left back is off. Forrest attacking Craig, a chance for James Forrest.
That was brilliant! That is the equaliser next mission marked he
exploited this space left by McGivern being off. A stunning
strike. That was a terrific ball in. What a
save from Ben Williams. A great one-handed save. You're disappointed
when you are reading any game. We did most part of the game really
well. It did not appear to be offside, it was offside. I am this
appointed that the officials missed that. We had some marvellous
goalkeeping by Ben Williams. We could have won the game comfortably.
M Micro no doubt that was offside, how disappointing is that decision
by assistant? You will macro it is very disappointing. The referee is
this side. He sees the green and white jersey. Although it is only
about one yard it is no doubt that it is offside. I think Neil Lennon
is probably very right to be disappointed and angry. A great
start for Hibernian. We had the lead. How impressed where you buy
that goal? So direct and so fast. It is the technique he uses with the
outside of his boot, I would not dream of doing that. It was an
incredible bit of skill. That will do him the world of good in terms of
confidence. I was one of those not convinced by his form but watching
his piece in that game, he has absolutely got it back. Great news
for Celtic and for Scotland. Kris Commons looks like being out injured
for a couple of weeks. A lot of top after the match about the
physicality of Hibernian. What was your view? We could use euphemisms
like robust and strong challenges. One or two of them were over the
top. If you are not as good as the opposition player for player you
have got to find a way of winning. It might be that you have better
team spirit. Cannot argue with that one egg 's creation marked he is
understandably angry but there was no doubt that Neil Lennon and his
Time to pretend the sort of tackle we are talking about. There were a
lot of strong tackles but I do not think they were malicious. Perhaps
the fans still feel unsure about how it is all going. You will macro the
need to defend and I think they have defended very well. McGivern was a
classic example. The captain here. He keeps on moving. By the time he
plays at the last three Hibernian players in the fighting and
battling. That is what they have added to the game and the need to
keep going. Celtic only getting a draw meant Inverness could cut the
lead to a single point. It would be a memorable match to see the least.
This free kick. It has come to Draper. Greenhalgh. The woodwork
Spears Partick Thistle. That was a lovely touch. Terrific. This'll act
on the move. Dylan! That is a superb goal by the visitors. A wonderful
move. He finished it off, keeping it past the keeper. Inverness have been
the better side but the trail. Draper. What receive! -- what are
save. Doran was one of the Star sport Caley Thistle in the early
part of the season. That is his effort. Mackay turning it back for
Draper. It has been this saves that maintain the Partick Thistle need.
-- lead. Ross Draper leaving it for Aaron Doran.
Doran scorers! This goal is not going to stand! The referee comes
over to speak to his assistant. Controversy at the end of the first
half here in the Highland capital. Mackay's effort blocked on the line.
Lauren fine the net but it will not count. -- Aaron Doran found the net.
Warren scorers! Caledonian Thistle will see that justice has been done
here. Warren's first of the season has levelled the game.
This goalkeeper has had a lively afternoon. It might have just
strayed in the. There was a foul on the keeper by Billy McKay and again
Inverness are left frustrated and angry.
A good move by Partick. Good movement again by Dylan. An
excellent turn from Welsh. The ball is missed by the keeper and Partick
Thistle are back in front. It is Aaron Doolan again.
Inverness have to respond again. They are running out of time.
Partick Thistle look like they're going back down the a nine with all
three points. Scoring the goals was vital.
going back down the a nine with all three points. Scoring the I was
disappointed with the goal we lost after half-time. I thought the lads
showed great character to get back from that. I cannot work out why we
lost the game. We should have got a point or three. We had great
opportunities. We had a goal disallowed. In the second half,
there was a lot of pressure on the teacher. He got a lot of help from
the referee. -- pressure on the keeper. Starting with corner gate,
no getting away from it, a lot of the rules say that you have to touch
the corner. I think should stay. It was a stroke of genius. He it back.
I've seen teams do this before. It was a neat trick. The flag is still
down. No flag. The key thing, does the existence referee had knowledge
the suggestion that the Corner has been taken? Look at him here. He has
kicked it and he's having a word, but watch what he does now. He
pushes the Partick Thistle playback as if to say, you can come within
ten yards, because it's not been played yet. So the assistant, for
me, has said that the ball has not been played, even though it has been
played. He is saying, see, he's pushing the Thistle man away and
understand his position. The thing do not understand is why the flag is
not up. He has made a mistake by not raising the flag as soon. That is a
big mistake and it is a perfectly good goal. That was the problem. And
now he has flagged it. In the spirit of the game, sneaky or clever?
Sneaky and clever. OK. But not clever enough because it did not
count. I think it is perfectly fine because you do a dummy run at free
kicks, and you drag players around, it is all about doing that sort of
thing to give yourself some advantage. There is nothing wrong
with that and it is within the rules. I'm sure the Partick Thistle
players would have been raging if it had stood. Dooley got two goals in
the match. They have won a lot of plaudits, but had the lack of a
striker on a weekend, week out basis is a problem, but suddenly Dooley
has two. This was a tremendous move. A tremendous touch. It is great for
him to get some goals. But Partick Thistle are one of the best sides in
the division. They have been a real bonus to the Premiership. And a
horrible moment from Dean Brill. I think Partick Thistle adduce some
luck. And was that they are game on Monday and they were
luck. And was that they are game on Monday brilliant but they got
nothing out of it. I think they played well. -- Partick Thistle are
due some luck. I'm delighted to see a current player saying that it is
the best team in the league right now. It was a sora once-a-day
foreigners. It has been a long time since the Aberdeen Dundee United
fixture was referred to as the new firm derby with any real sense of
credibility. But with both sides looking good, a crowd of 12,500
gathered to see which of the rivals could take the bragging rights.
Despite a tiring week with the Scotland team, Ryan goal at -- Gauld
starts. You have to go back to 1998 is to find a game between these two
teams that ended without a goal. Good play from Stewart Armstrong.
Good anticipation. The first real test for the Polish keeper.
Shaughnessy should have perhaps got more on it. Trying conditions for
both teams. Awkward for the defenders. Craig Brown is a director
here these days. Watson! Jamie Lange field is relieved to see this go
past because the United support for this was in. From Watson. Gunnings
got the header initially. Aberdeen are looking to start the
second half positively. Calvin Zola! First blood! Calvin Zola's first
goal at Pittodrie. Aberdeen in front in the north-east derby. Brilliantly
worked. Cutting the United defence open.
That took a touch but Bobby Madden has not seen it. Stewart Armstrong
making that point. United are undefeated since the end
of August when they lost to Celtic. A lot of draws in there as well.
Ciftci has been a nuisance. Derek McKinnon, the former Dundee United
fielder. -- midfielder. A good spell there. Danny MacRae marrow did not
have a good spell here. United looking for the level! -- Danny
McNamara. Armstrong! That is a foul by Goodwillie. The best chance of
the game so far for the Tangerines. It was on a plate for Goodwillie.
You feel that he would have scored a couple of years ago.
Cross was dealt with by Cierzniak. Creeping in under the crossbar from
Johnny Hayes' delivery. Lange field was not getting there.
Keith Watson headed over. -- Jamie Lange field. Aberdeen picking up all
three points. I think we were playing in the wrong areas in the
first half. That allowed United to get a bit of football in the first
half. All in all, another clean sheet. We have had plenty this
season. Jamie's save made it that way. It is one of those games were
you get a real going over. Unfortunately, it did not go our way
today. I thought we passed the ball and cost them a lot of problems. The
luck they had was from free kick some foreigners. -- freak X and
corners. Local bragging rights up for grabs. Calvin Zola with the
decisive goal. How culpable were Dundee United in their own downfall?
We have all school and new school tactics. Look at the position that
Calvin Zola takes. Use going to run through the middle. Dylan and
Gunnings are back there. Look at the centre backs. They leave him alone.
That is the last thing you do. From the strikers point of view, it all
opens up. It was a great finish. It was a good move from Aberdeen in the
build-up to the goal. But they finished it well. Dundee United have
earned a lot of praise for the way they have been playing. If you look
at the style, it is not much about when they don't have the ball when
they do. at the style, it is not much about
when they don't have Every player out there is going to push. If you
push up the pitch, you want a transition play when you get the
ball back. If you close up, you will get the ball back. The best, this is
a lot of energy expended. They are young and they are young and they're
willing to do this. Look at how many Dundee United players are up there.
Four. He only has two options and he's going to give it away. Then
United have the ball back up there. That is fantastic. Bayern Munich are
doing it and Barcelona have always done it. Jackie McNamara looked at
that. That is a fantastic tactic. But it is hard work. Three great
games so far and three more to go. Next, St Mirren versus St Johnstone.
Danny Lennon defied the critics as his side beat Hearts two to zero at
a match in tank at all. -- 2-0. Ron Maclean was watching in Paisley. --
Tynecastle. Not surprisingly, this team came up
with their first win of the season at Tynecastle two weeks ago. Danny
Lennon says, same again. Tommy Wright's team were in sparkling form
last time out. Kevin McLean with a big chance!
Opening the scoring after just eight minutes. It is the dream start for
the Paisley team. And Maclean finds a gaping hole in the middle of the
St Johnstone defence. And was only going to be one outcome. It is 1-0.
Hasselbaink continues the run and sets up Steven MacLean! Want to open
the scoring and the second to square it off at 1-1. Good work from both.
It was on that plate to make it one-to-one. -- 1-1.
Hasselbaink! Good fit. -- good hit and a good save.
The flag stays down. Paul McGowan. St Mirren are back in front.
St Johnstone opened up by that long ball down the middle. No offside.
2-1. It is a great run from Chris Millar.
Hasselbaink! The fourth goal of the game. Two each. What a game this is!
Twice the Perth team have been behind and twice they have level
things up. -- levelled things up. It is a terrific run from John McGinn.
He stumbles. Stephen Thompson halted up. Kenny claim into the box. Then
he goes. Penalty. -- Kenny Maclean. Gary MacDonald is furious. He seemed
to stumble. A flying save. It was not the worst penalty. Great save.
May is a constant threat to the St Mirren defence. This time, wider
target. He is perpetual motion, the young striker.
-- wide of target. A red card for right.
Penalty and red card. It is McLean. And it is the-2. Kenny McLean's
second goal of the game. It looks like he is recapturing his form of
goal. A great ball in. Rory Fallon! He
sixth goal of the game. 84 minutes played. He is just off the bench and
he has an instant impact. Three goals each. This man is wondering
whether his team can hang on. Kenny McLean N and Stephen Thompson. In
the 89th minute. Hoping finally that this is the goal which settled the
issue. For -3 to St Mirren. People question whether we were soft out
there but we stripped right back to the basics in the last two weeks.
When you add all the little things together you get decent performances
and then results. I think we were the better team. We probably should
do better. They bounced back each time. Even with ten men they bounced
back. We showed a lot of character but probably shot ourselves in the
food with poor defending for the fourth goal. And that goal with
Stephen Thompson? That is not just a tap in. Then macro it was a strange
game. Every time we took the lead we conceded. You are running out of
time. It was a man off at that time. After an horrific start to the
season we are really starting to build the foundations to push on.
Hopefully we can make it three wins in a row. It must be massive for the
club and creating a better atmosphere. St Johnstone put a lot
into this match. There was this penalty decision. What was your
view? I think the Coventry called it really well. Both of them were
dragging at each other. -- the common today. If the referee is
going to get the free kick he has to give the red card. It was never a
penalty, was it? I am going to see it was a penalty but I can see why
Frazer Wright was disappointed. St Johnstone obviously shell-shocked at
the end. They need not be too worried about it. They scored three
goals away from home. With St Mirren winning the games consecutively
these days Kilmarnock were starting to stand out like a sword farm. --
sore thumb. When you have got Kris Boyd in your
site, you have got a chance. I header from the striker almost
leading to an early opener. Another high ball into the box lead for a
chance for Boyd himself. Guarding slid in and the ball hit the back of
the net. The SPL's all-time top scored with his fourth Premiership
goal. Ross County were finding the high ball into the box difficult to
deal with. Cleared off the line to stop the visitors going down. The
keeper did not have his finest moment but they kept the ball out.
In the second half will mark the new the victory was within the grasp.
Kris Boyd had his shot partially blocked. He was denied his fifth
goal of the season. It was not shaping up to be a great day for
Ross County but this great run saw them threatened danger. The
follow-up cross from Ben Gordon found ahead but it was touched over
the bar. Soon after, the two Dutchman combined. The county player
was denied. In the 71st minute Kilmarnock would find the clincher
and what a goal it was. Kilmarnock finally with the first win of the
season. There is nothing in this league, most of the teams are very
similar. With a little bit of confidence we will not be far away.
They are macro we did put them under pressure. If we score it becomes a
totally different game but we walk away from you with no points and
that is disappointing. A fantastic result therefore come on up. Jackson
Irvine makes his debut for Australia and then this strike and clinching
goal to get Kilmarnock's first win the season. To hit a dead ball into
that top corner would have been superb but a rolling ball, if Wayne
Rooney had done that people would be waxing lyrical for weeks. Was that
like one of yours, part? I wish! There is nothing between a lot of
the teams in this league. Little things such as a bit of confidence,
C if they can rise up the league now. -- let us see. They do have the
tools they are to rise up the table, do they not? I think they
have. It is not a lot between the teams in the league. That was not
the best goal Kris Boyd has ever scored but it is an important goal
for them. He will get more this season excavation mark and finally,
Motherwell, they have been in good form of late. The face by young
Hearts side bruised and bloodied. Hearts started the day on -7 points.
The home side dominated possession in the first-half but clearly the
Hearts goal. And this occasion it was a case of ball to hand. Hearts
were proving dangerous on the break. Jamie Walker. Goalkeeper blocked the
effort. The rebound defended over the crossbar. More of a threat in
goal during the second PDA. McDonald getting his fingertips to another
sudden header. Set pieces were proving to be a problem for Hearts.
Another corner. Callum Tapping proving that it does pay to have a
man on the post. With just over one hour on the home crowd were stunned
when Hearts took the lead. Ryan Stevenson had acres of space and
time on the left-hand side to drive forward, before filing the ball low
into the bottom corner of the goal. This was Ryan Stevenson's first goal
of the season for Hearts after returning to the side from injury.
Just as Hearts seemed to be on course for the first win since
August, the trump card for Motherwell was played. Just 18
seconds on the pitch and what are we to endure yourself to the home
support. -- what the way. With just eight minutes left, another set
piece and this time no reprieve for Hearts. Shaun Hutchinson again
getting the better of the keeper. What an introduction to professional
football for a demure? Absolutely. -- Craig Moore. It is a goal he will
remember for the rest of his life. If you take our performance into
consideration we are not far away. That was extraordinary, was it not?
Absolutely, he just walks onto the pitch and the ball falls for him. I
hope his family were there to watch that. He was getting called into
play for the under 20s today. He caught the ball ever so sweetly and
what we to make a debut. They are macro anything like your debut?
Unfortunately not! There is very little between the teams and in that
situation you cannot make simple mistakes. The going is in good
position but she ducks. They get away with this. When you have got
away with it once, do not do it again. He is on the ardour we and
what about his own man? If unique little mistakes like this it will
cost you. -- if you make little mistakes. Hearts are still stuck at
the bottom of the table. 13 points now behind Caol Marnoch. This is how
the fixture list looks over the next few weeks. -- hind Caol Marnoch. If
they had won that game they would be six points behind us but now they
are 15 points behind. It is very difficult for them to keep
motivating themselves when the gap is getting bigger. It seems
ridiculous in October to be talking about how the end of the season will
be at do you get a sense that Hearts are doomed to life in the
championship next season? Plenty of mad things have happened over the
years but sometimes it takes something special. With lots of
young kids they it is ultra-difficult. I am not writing
them off yet but I was thinking that it is a bad moment that they will
live to regret. Let us take a look at the table in fool. Let us
concentrate on the top. Time now for a look at tomorrow's
back pages. I am glad this one has been censored by the newspaper!
Iraq's will be like Hibernian is the message! -- Ajax. Only a win will do
for Celtic on Tuesday. Let us talk about that. It looks like a match
that Celtic really have to win, is that how you see it? I think so.
They are missing Scott Brown which is massive. They have a reputation
for producing big performances at home in Europe so I would not be
surprised if they got a result. The crowd are so important for them, the
atmosphere will be beer but they need a win. Absolutely, best of luck
for Celtic. It has been a cracking weekend of action. From now, it is