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21/05/2014

Highlights of the 1st leg of the final play-off for the last spot in the Scottish premiership.


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Good evening. As the latter months of the Premiership season passed,

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Hibs' dismal form saw them plummet down the table as they finished

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second bottom in the play-off place. Tonight, the first half of their

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battle for Premiership survival took place at New Douglas Park against

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Hamilton Acadmical. With me to review the first leg of this

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Premiership play-off this evening, Michael Stewart. Let's get straight

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to the action. Unlike Hibs, Accies went into this match with their

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tails up having seen off Falkirk in the play-off semi-final. Commentary

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comes from Liam MacLeod. Alex Neil has resisted the urge to

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pick himself, but he brings back Antoine-Curier. He was a subat -- he

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was a sub at the weekend. The onus on Paul Heffernan for Hibs, can

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Cummings up front with him. Neither wanted to be playing tonight. Hibs

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certainly didn't. Accies would have rather won the title. It is a very

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different kind of second chance for these two clubs. They played their

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respective seasons at different levels, but Accies have scored twice

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as many as Hibs this season, including the 10 they banged in

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against Morton. It is 180 minutes to decide which team will be team 12 in

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next season's Premiership. It must have been a long ten days day for

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Terry Butcher and everyone associated with Hibs, since that

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defeat to Kilmarnock. Cummings has drawn the free kick.

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Alan Maybury, 35 years of age. I bet he didn't think he would be seeing

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this kind of pressure at this stage of his career.

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Robertson! He is very unlucky. Both he and his boss with their head in

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their hands here. Hamilton uneasy in defence. Wonderful play by Stanton.

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It broke back to Robertson. The woodwork prevents Hibs going in

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front here. Antoine-Curier is waiting in the

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middle. A very tight angle there though. A difficult take and an

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excellent move between Andreu and Keatings. Eventually Antoine-Curier

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doing well to do anything better than that.

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Harries has won -- Harris has won the corner. Liam Craig over this

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one. In it comes towards Robertson.

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Surely it will be tucked in. But it wouldn't have counted, Bobby

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Madden's whistle blows and Robertson is left frustrated again. It was

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blocked by his own man Heffernan. It came off his hand as it was bulleted

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down wards. Antoine-Curier was on the line too. Barry Ferguson, the

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former Scotland and Rangers captain watching on, his home town team.

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Hibs are without a win in so long, since they beat Ross County if

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February. Hamilton have only lost one of their last 15 games. Cummings

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goes for goal and that is a stunning start for Hibs! They will feel a

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heck of a lot better now. A massive moment in this play-off final

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provided by Jason Cummings, with his first for the club and what a time

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to get it. Well, he has just lashed this past Cuthbert, who didn't have

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a hope really. Sized it up and thundered it beyond the Accies

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keeper. The first goal could well be crucial in this tie and it has come

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for Hibernian and by the left boot of Jason Cummings. Delight for

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Butcher and no wonder - the pressure is huge. Accies have not found

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goal-scoring this season. No one has scored more than them in the

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Championship last season, including Dundee, who went up as champions.

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For weeks things have not been falling for Hibernian and suddenly

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Williams makes the save. Excellent goalkeeping from the Hibs No 1

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there. A crucial intervention. Accies cannot afford to concede

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again before the break. Mackinnon is not going to get a chance to bear

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down on the Hibs defence. Cummings has given Hibs a priceless 1-0 lead

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in this play-off final first leg. Cuthbert couldn't get anywhere near

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it. It was all about the pace and power from Jason Cummings. At half

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time it is Hamilton 0, Hibernian 1. We are about to find out what Accies

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are made of the last time they failed to score was when they lost

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in February. Hibs last away victory was Boxing Day at Ross County.

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Remember, without a win in their last 13. He would have been much

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happier in the dressing room at half time on this occasion, Terry

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Butcher. That hasn't been the case a lot recently.

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It comes to Cummings! Was it over the line? Was it over the line? Yes,

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it was, says the referee, who consults with his assistance and

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Cummings doubles up for Hibs! That will go a long, long way to

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Premiership survival. A dream evening in Lanarkshire for young

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Jason Cummings. Great play from Hibs. Missed by Robertson it. Came

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kindly to Cummings. That a definite goal. Despite the best efforts of

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Ziggy Gordon on the line, he couldn't prevent it from crossing.

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Hibs are two to the good. The assistant referee on the near side

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saw it perfectly. It is well over. It is Accies nil, Hibs two.

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This is from Routledge. It took a touch on its way through. Accies

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corner. Happy days, for Terry Butcher. He knows, the Hibs fans

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know, relegation just isn't an option.

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Another deep corner kick. It's won. It's headed just past.

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Canning won the initial header. Just knocked past the post.

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Another good challenge from Stevenson that time for Hibs.

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Stanton, grains his chances. Such a long season for both these teams.

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Hibernian started in the Europa league qualifying away back in the

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middle of f July last year. Looking for space to shoot. Good ball

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through for Ryan. Good save, Ben Williams. Great goal keeping. --

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goalkeeping. Slammed the door on the face of Ryan. Well onside. Paul

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Cairney prepares to come on for Hibs. He has single-handedly edged

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them so close to safety now. A goal in either half. They are singing his

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name, and little wonder. A pat on the back from Paul Cairney. He

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hasn't played much recently. This is Scotland, outmuscling

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Cairney. He wants in the middle. Just outside the penalty area. A

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spill from Williams. Crawford shot causing the hub Hibernian number one

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problems here. Williams gets away with the spill. 90 minutes have been

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played. Four being added on at the end in stoppage-time, only for

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Hamilton to try and get something back from this game. Otherwise they

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are heading through to the capital with a task almost as tall as

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(inaudible) out for the goal kick. Looked for a split second as though

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it was going to break to him. Lovely reverse pass from . -- Andreu. It

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was Scotland going on to it. It was his final touch.

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Canning, back to his keeper. Cuthbert. Seconds remaining. Of this

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play-off final, first-leg. The referee has checked his watch.

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It's not quite job done, but they are almost there are Terry Butcher's

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Hibernian. A goal either side of half-time, from 18-year-old Jason

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Cummings. His first two goals for the club, they are priceless goals

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for the club. Hibernian are on the brink of Premiership safety. They

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will now head into Sunday's second-leg at Easter Road with a

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two-goal cushion, thanks to that man. It finished here at New Douglas

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Park, Hamilton Academical 0-Hibernian 2. 2-0 to Hibernian. We

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asked Terry Butcher how much he enjoyed tonight's match. It's

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horrible on the sidelines watching it. So much is at stake. We are not

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doing this and that. Odd -- all of a sudden Jason scores. Not used to

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scoring two goals and keeping a clean sheet. The boys in the

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dressing room don't know what to do. It's a lovely feeling. Not being

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blaza about it. It's a situation we love being in. The players came back

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after the Kilmarnock game. Their attitude has been spot on. I said

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before the game they have done remarkably well in terms of how they

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bounced back. It's testament to them, because they did that, it

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showed tonight. It wasn't to be on the night. We are disappointed. We

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felt particularly in the first half we played really well. The better

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team and created opportunities. Then on the counter tack you get in

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trailing. I can't fault the players. They worked their socks off. For

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large parts of the game we controlled the ball. I thought the

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decision-making could have been better. The first goal and the

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second goal, I thought I took them well myself. The players help me and

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the gaffer, they believed in me and the fans believed in me. I knew it

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was coming. Now the first goals have come in, I hope they will flood in

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for me, hopefully, fingers crossed. Job done? They are a good side. We

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have to be professional treat it as 0-0 and get on with it. We are

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playing at Easter Road. It will be a bumper crowd. The fans will be

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cheering us on. Lovely surface much we want to make the most of it and

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enjoy the occasion. Make sure that we play well and finish the job off.

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Hibs taking a massive stride towards Premiership safety with that result

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this evening. Michael, they deserved it, you have to say that? Yeah. I

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think over the piece that you wouldn't argue with the fact that

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Hibs were worthy winners. You heard Neil Feltham I will tonne controlled

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the ball for large swathes of the game. They maybe did. In the fine

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third they lacked a cutting-edge. They didn't put Hibs under pressure.

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Hibs have tethered towards second bottom place in the Premiership.

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There was a difference about them tonight, wasn't there? A bit more

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character. Robertson, early on, symbolised that shift, would you

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say? Robertson is a massive player for Hibs. They missed him with being

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out for a huge period of time. Good quality. Passing into the top

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corner. Unfortunate. You see that with his instep. Unfortunate it

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didn't Nestle in the top corner. Right through the game you said he

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had an influence and impack on the game. He gets a booking. Box to box,

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he is a box to box midfielder. Put tackles in. Wanting to help the team

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out and have an impact on the game. He gets flagged for a free-kick.

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Paul Heffernan did his best to miss that opportunity when she a good

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finisher. Trying too hard at times? There was an impact in the game

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there. They wanted to do well. That has been missing in recent weeks for

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Hibs. No doubt about who was the star tonight, Jason Cummings grew up

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a Hearts fan. It didn't work out for him in football. He game a gardener.

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Tonight he sows the seeds for Hibs staying in the Premiership next

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season? This is a fantastic strike. I know people will question, you

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know, whether the goalkeeper should have saved that or not. I think it's

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just that it is such a good strike. When you look at this, it dip as

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little bit. Look how quickly that comes off his boot? In the back of

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the net before you know. It you get a good picture here. The keeper, the

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ball is almost past him before he gets a chance to react. It was so

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quick. Butcher was loving it. Of course he was. Not often you see

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that recently. . No. Jason Cummings coming to the forefor Hibernian.

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They needed a goalscorer. You were impressed with the second goal? It

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was fantastic. Heffernan gets into the corner. He fires the ball

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across. It takes a deflection off the defender. Robertson making an

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effort to get in the box. Look at that. Fantastic compose sure. Not a

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great angle. Pushed out wide. A question mark here with Heffernan

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whether he is offside. He doesn't let it affect him. He gets on with

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the game. When he gets to the corner here, fires in at the box. Robertson

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comes in at the top of the picture. Determination to get on it again.

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Look at Cummings? That is a tight angle. Three defenders and the

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goalkeeper between him and the goal. Dinks it over the goalkeeper. A

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height and angle where none of the defenders could get to. Clearly over

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the line. Real compose sure. With someone so young and having scored

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one goal early in the game, great to see that from a youngster. He grew

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up a Hearts fan be could be the saviour for Hibs tonight -- but he

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could be the saviour for Hibs tonight? There has been a shaft of

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light from a number of the youngsters. Stanton, they are

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putting in performances, sometimes they have no fear. Cummings showed

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it tonight. He was on top form. Two fantastic goals. It was strange

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tonight. A lot of people had Hamilton as favourites. They were

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coming off a good run of form. Hibs had been absolutely dismal of late.

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What did you make of Hamilton's overall performance? As I said

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earlier, you heard Alec Neil saying it, they kept possession of the

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ball. They huffed and puffed a little bit. This was their best

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opportunity. It never looked like they were under control or Longridge

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could get the strike in. You question whether it was the pitch.

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Sometimes the ball slides away. It never looked like it was in his

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grasp to get that. Another example of horrendous defending from Hibs

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that dogged them. Antoine-Curier couldn't convert on it. They knocked

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it around nicely. That killer touch was lacking for them tonight.

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Lacked, as you say a killer touch in the final third. Unable to crack a

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Premiership side? This is good football here. To be honest, we will

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get a better angle on this one. It shows horrendous defending. Look at

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McGivern. Right in front of the two centre halfs. Couldn't get it back

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in the net. Good play from Hamilton, they lacked the killer touch in the

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final third. If you want to get promoted to the Premiership that is

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vital. What does it mean for Terry Butcher, it has been an awful 2014,

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since he came into Hibs. He didn't smile much, but it would have meant

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so much to him? He was light hearted after the game. A horrendous 2014.

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For him, he has been desperate to get to the end of the season and get

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changes into the team so it is the team he really wants. His team. That

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is something that is reminiscent at his time at Inverness. You haven't

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seen much of that recently? You haven't. That typifies how much of a

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tough time it has been for Terry Butcher at Hibs. Thoughts now to the

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game at Easter Road. A lot of people will say the tie is virtually over

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because obviously Hamilton had their advantage at home. That is now gone.

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Hibs have a 2-0 advantage they will be expected to see this home and

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dry. Do you see it being pretty much plain sailing? It will not be plain

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sailing. The next goal will be massive. Hibs have not had a good

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record at home for a number of seasons. There is that expectation.

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There is pressure now everybody is talking about that, the game is over

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already. The next goal is vital. If Hamilton got the first goal of the

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game at Easter Road, there would be pressure put on Hibs. The supporters

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would get nervous that will ill filtrate through to the players. On

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tonight's showing they have to perform better. As I said before, in

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that final third they have to find a kill touch in that final ball or the

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strike on goal or Hibs will be comfortable. Are Hibs staying up? I

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think Ithink so. . There is plenty of football still to come on the BBC

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pre-World Cup this season. The second-leg of the Premiership

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play-off, as we have been talking about, is on Sunday at Easter Road.

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Join us for highlights of that, 10.00pm on BBC Two. Then a week

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tonight, we have live football for you on Sportscene. Nigeria verses

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Scotland from 8.00pm, life live from Craven Cottage. That is it for

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tonight. A case of the second Cummings. Jason the saviour tonight.

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Terry Butcher's side half way to Premiership survival. From Michael

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and from me, until next time, good night.

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# I'll never let you down # I'll be what you're dreaming of

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# I will never let you down... #

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Highlights of the 1st leg of the finalplay-off for the last spot in the Scottish premiership.


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