21/08/2016 Sportscene


21/08/2016

Jonathan Sutherland introduces SPFL highlights. Featuring St Johnstone v Celtic, Rangers v Motherwell, Aberdeen v Partick Thistle and Dundee v Hamilton.


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This could be something quite sensational! Right out of the top

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drawer. The shot is an absolute beauty! Oh, yes! A goal of true

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quality. Unbelievable, unbelievable! Absolutely sensational. What a

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strike! What a finish! Right here, right now, this is history! Welcome

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to Sportscene. Its wake and the three of the Premier season. Lucky

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for some and it is for us tonight. Goals, controversy, we got the lot.

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The story of the weekend about to unfold. And sitting contrary, Steven

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Thompson and Michael Stewart. We start in Perth, St Johnstone had

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picked up where they left off last season. But they faced Brendan

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Rodgers' Celtic, playing fearsome football.

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Tommy Wright is without defensive rock Steven Anderson.

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Brendan Rodgers resisting the urge to rest players.

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Celtic were so impressive in the midweek. They will try to carry on

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for where they left off at their victory.

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Scott Sinclair made such an impressive start to his Celtic

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career and he was causing all kinds of consternation. Lovely free kick

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from Sinclair. St Johnstone with a draw against Aberdeen and a win

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against Motherwell. Came from behind. A good start but this is a

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good start by Celtic in this game. He ran out of pitch and the keeper

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came to meet him. A great run by the Australian. Too easy, though. The

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challenge on Griffith breaks to a team-mate. Now tinny, has this thing

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been taken out of this attack? It doesn't seem like it has, the

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birthday boy does it! He felt it was in the script. It normally is, to be

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fair. It will touch of Fortune because this is taken a deflection

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on its way in. But Rogers' men are one up.

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This free kick... Is not bad and Gordon has tipped that over. That

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would have been a great, immediate riposte by St Johnstone. Griffiths,

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Downey goes. It's a yellow for diving. Well, Foster planted his

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foot in the deck just before we got Griffiths. The referee decides

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that's a dive and a yellow for the Celtic striker. Griffiths is not

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eventually renowned for diving, to be fair to him. They chant Sarah,

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not once, but twice. Scott Sinclair was there on the third attempt. --

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big chance here, not once but twice. It is 2-0 to the champions. Man as

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did all he could, the second save in particular from the two occasions

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are dropped, it drops to a Celtic player. Much to ponder for Wright

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and Davidson. It has been a total half -- a half of total domination

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by Celtic as it was in midweek in the Europa League. They are looking

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to get another! Terrific James Forrest. Tommy Wright will not be

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happy with the defending. But James Forrest still had work to do. Having

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been denied by Alan Manus before, Forrest gets Celtic's third.

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Rogic not far away from making it four. A shake of the head from

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Rogic. Tierney, who has had another excellent game. And that just

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flashes past the head of. . An own goal is not the way you want to mark

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your debut. -- the head of. . I hereby Rogic. Just goes past. They

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have not been quite as good in the second-half, Celtic, but still, a

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threat. That has come through to Swanson. Swanson... That's a

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penalty! It was Henderson on Swanson. Eight minutes to play and

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again, no doubt about that, a definite penalty. Tricky play by

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Danny Swanson. He is going to take this himself. Six goals already this

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season. Danny Swanson is a man reborn. Tries for his seventh, which

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she gets! Consolation only, you would imagine, for Danny Swanson who

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spoils Craig Gordon's afternoon. This is Paul Payton, the final

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minutes of the 19. That's Maclean, it's gone in! Sometimes, this game,

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this board amazes you. For the second time in the space of a few

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days, Celtic have seen a 3-0 lead evaporate to 3-2. And St Johnstone

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have a chance of getting something from this now. Incredible. They

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would want any goal of the season contenders -- it won't win any goal

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of the season contenders, but that strike is given St Johnstone a

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chance which seems so unlikely. Henderson, well into the three

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minutes of stoppage time, Ryan Christie can finish it, and dials!

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The three boys are going to Celtic. -- the three points are going to

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Celtic. And three wins out of three for the champions in their quest for

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six in a row. It big talking point, Lee Griffiths

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going down in the box, he got a card from the referee. What was your

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view? I don't comment on that. Maybe Scott wants to comment on that, he

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seems to know more about it than me. But the referee has given his

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decision, and that's it. We gave away a soft penalty, which was a

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penalty. And then we concede a goal when they get down to ten men. So a

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game that you are in totally in control of, and that's how football

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swings, goes to 3-2. But the reaction of the players was good. We

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controlled the game again, got a fourth goal. So very, very pleased.

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A notoriously difficult place to come, they tell me. I can see why.

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But to play to that level for the majority of the game was very

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pleasing. You were particularly struck by the

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play of hearing Tierney. Yes, brilliant, but Tierney, his

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combination play with Scott Sinclair on the left-hand side was fantastic.

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Tierney overlapping Scott Sinclair who plays normally over as a winger

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but was drifting around allowing Tierney to overlap. This happened on

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countless occasions. Tierney must have got about 12 or 15 crosses into

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the box in the first half. This will lead to nothing but this is an

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example of what I'm talking about. If I pause it you can see that Scott

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Sinclair is thinking about moving into the page. He will engage in

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Richie Foster, who is marking him. They are trying to create the space

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here in behind the St Johnstone defence. You will see exactly that

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happens. Sinclair moves in, fantastic movement. But Tierney

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chooses not to cross. He sends in a pass and the player shoots wildly

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over the bar. But for Celtic's first goal, you can see Tierney's desire

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to get up and support as he did all day. He wants to get into this area

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here as we have highlighted. He has the ball here ended Tierney does not

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make this pass, it probably turns into a bunch of St Johnstone bodies.

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But you can see Tierney and outlet as he was all day. He gets the ball.

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You make the most of the pass. A sensational cross across the six

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yard box. I think it should be a penalty because I think Brad Mackay

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handled the ball. Seven St Johnstone players in the ball, we know it was

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a makeshift back full force and Johnsen, but it is poor defending.

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As this ball breaks here, yes time to take a good touch and rifles it

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in the top bend. You know that one player you don't give time to is

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Scott Sinclair. This commendation will be a big part of Celtic's

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success. It was Lee Griffiths's birthday and he got a card from the

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referee. Did he dive? Echoes of Jamie Walker? There was absolutely

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no doubt that Lee Griffiths diets. In this reverse angle, you can see

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clearly that he is already going down. He tries to make the motion

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into Richie Forster. Grey Thompson is a very good position to see that,

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hence why he gets the decision right with a yellow card and no penalty.

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You talk about Jamie Walker, the difference is that the referee calls

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it right. The other will Jamie Walker one was not called right, it

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was a penalty. This time, spot on from the referee. He described Jamie

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Walker as a cheat, what will he be did -- be describing Lee Griffiths

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as? He won't use the same terminology, but there is contact

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initiated by Lee Griffiths. He leans in to make sure contact is

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initiated. But he's on his way down before the contact is made. Full

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marks to the referee. Another play looking Transformers James Forrest.

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Why is that? We have tapped into psychology year. He knows his

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manager really likes him. He was doing this all day, driving our

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players. He cuts in on his left hand side, and the keeper thinks he will

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go to that side, but he manages to reverse it into the near post, wrong

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footing the goalkeeper. A wonderful finish from a player high in

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confidence. There was a late rally by St Johnstone. What was your

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report card for them? First off was not good enough. Second half they

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improved, but that was because Celtic became complacent. They went

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after they got 3-1, to get the third goal, and in so doing, they gave up

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the fourth goal. Huge match for Celtic on Thursday

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night, they are up so how should they tackle the second leg? They

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will tackle it as they do every game under Brendan Rodgers. Make sure

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they are tight, not giving anything away. They always pose a threat on

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the attack. They have given themselves a great cushion with a

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3-goal advantage. They have got all the tools in the box to go and cause

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the Israeli team problems. Rangers with the the chance to go

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top of the table, if they could The last time Motherwell

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were at Ibrox they came away Rangers global signing of Preston's

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Joe Garner is complete, but not in time for this one. This is the team

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that won at last weekend. Motherwell also lost last weekend at home to St

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Johnstone but the same starting XI is being given the chance to bounce

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back. Jordan Rossiter, picking out James

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ta veneer. A good ball headed away by Ben Hennigan. But Motherwell

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can't keep away. Dangerous from Emsworth, Kenny Miller! Worth a

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chance to fire in. Lovely stuff from Ainsworth. Almost a gift. Making a

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nuisance of himself and then, Ainsworth! Disappointing. He wasn't

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working the goalkeeper. Martin Johnsen looks to make something

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happen. Turning away and deflection of Kieren and Scott McDermott

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strikes in the 19th minute. At Ibrox. Motherwell in front. Johnsen

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the creator. And finished off by MacDonald. MacDonald, that's Johnsen

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and clay! Well, they are creating plenty of opportunities, Motherwell.

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They are ahead and threatening to extend their advantage. Joey Barton.

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The cross allowed to get in and Ben Hennigan with the header over his

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own crossbar. Andy Halliday reckoned he was fouled. The cross and

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McDonald's, great save. McDonald's thinking he might just have scored

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again. Great delivery from Halliday. So inviting. And throwing himself up

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at the header was Danny Wilson. The teenage Rossiter and off the

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bench, Nico grandeur are looking to have an impact, certainly has now,

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Miller denied, but not Forrester! On terms, midway through the second

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half. Lovely set up from Krancjar. It quickly taken corner kick. To

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hide with the effort. And disappointed because the opportunity

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certainly opened up for him. He is Ainsworth for Motherwell. Jo

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charmers. Marvin Johnsen. The keeper flying across to make the save.

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Certainly on target. Oh it's the side netting. McManus

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doing pretty well there to narrow the angle. For the Rangers striker.

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Krancjar having a big influence and invited to have a shot at goal.

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Motherwell backing off. Maybe not a great idea in the end. To live.

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Tavernier twisting away, great ball in. Great defending from McManus.

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But given away by MacDonald. Lovely turn from Krancjar. The shot from

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O'Halloran blocks, but Kenny Miller strikes in stoppage time! To surely

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win this game for Rangers. And its Forrester and Miller who got the

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goals last weekend, they get the job done again. Stoppage time winner for

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Rangers as they get the job done again. Was it deserves? Yes, at the

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end of the 90 minutes, they dominated the game,. But had

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finished 1-1, Motherwell would be saying that their tactics and worked

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a treat in terms of sitting back and being defensive and having the

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threat on the counter. Fair to say that the midfield remain the main

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issue for Rangers? The conundrum for Mark Warburton is to get the right

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mix. It's not quite working. We saw that yesterday with the way the game

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panned out. This is just one of the clips in terms of a little bit slow

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and laboratories in their build-up. They have three guys there, Barton,

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Rossiter and Halliday. You see the Motherwell defence stepping out but

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instead of putting in the forward pass, Rossiter blazing wires. The

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opportunity to fire it into feet is last and the momentum is lost.

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Mackay has the opportunity to get penetration but Motherwell defended

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really well and credit to them because they were difficult to break

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down. They were resolute and that is what means that Rangers have to play

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with more pace in their attack. There is nobody penetrating the back

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line from Motherwell. It just peters out. This incident was when they

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actually managed to penetrate Motherwell's midfield. It's Halliday

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and it is not somebody was comfortable driving at that space.

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And the move pages out of nothing. A substitution made, Krancjar comes on

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and he can penetrate. World-class, great run from Kenny Miller and he

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gets the side 1-1. This is going to be the real nub of it forward

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button. How does he get those aged players into three positions I would

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say that the current mixes to to defensive. Not often that a losing

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manager is fulsome with his praise but Mark McGhee genuinely happy. As

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11 draw at the end of 90 minutes, Mark McGhee would have been saying

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that their tactics have worked perfectly. But full credit to

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Rangers who broken down eventually. Joe Garner has arrived from Preston

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North End, the sea is up Kenny Miller upfront? If he has come in

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for ?1.7 million, you would presume he is going to play. But Kenny has

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scored the winner two weekends in a row. He will not just at the side

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for Joe Garner. It will be interesting to see how that works

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out. there's a programme

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you simply must see this week. Thursday night, 9 o'clock,

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BBC One, Scotland's Game. The start of a new series

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documenting the past 30 years He'd say, don't worry, your P 45 is

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in the post. His idea of taking over the club was disastrous. It's a

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football club, not a toy. I'm not a guy with no money. I think to

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perform you have to have a tremendous amount of self belief and

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we are short of that. It's certainly been an eventful 30

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years, and we continue an eventful Last week on this show,

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our very own Michael Stewart described Hearts style

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of play as "industrial". So, what sort of product

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would Hearts serve up against Inverness Caley Thistle -

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a side so far unable to manufacture Robbie Neilson brings in the

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American to take the place -- take a place in the midfield.

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Hearts have won only one of their last ten meetings in -- with

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Inverness in league and cup encounters. Here's kauri! What a

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whopping goal that is from Cowie, wearing the captain's armband. He

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courses first goal for the Tynecastle club and it comes against

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one of his old teams. -- he scores his first goal. Lovely movement.

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Here is more rainy. Trying to step away from Rossi. And Stephen Maclean

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says that there is a dive from the Cali Thistle player. A yellow card.

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Sammon licking well with -- linking well. Phone Williams having to react

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after the initial shot rebounded onto Warren's chest. Paterson.

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Lovely skills again from the former Celtic player, what macro. -- Watt.

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Carry with a cross, their Sammon! 'S 2-0. -- Cowie with a cross. Sammon

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celebrating his second goal of the season. Sammon with a leap that was

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perfect to beat Fon Williams. Concern for the manager already.

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DiMarco finding Polwarth. Good linkup play from Cali Thistle. Not

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the best of execution of the shot there. Rossi. From Sammon to carry!

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Another brilliant piece of play from the Tynecastle side of and Cowie

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claims a double! Sammon once more after receiving that pass from Watt

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at the same corner but with the right foot this time for form carry.

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-- Cowie. Raven looking for options. Get it back, though. Raven again.

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It's Fisher, he's only on the pitch a few seconds. An acrobatic effort

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and a good save from Jack Hamilton. The new boy, Johnsen, a Norwegian

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American, taking the place of, Sammon. International clearance has

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come through. Johnsen giving it to his team-mate. Johnsen again, a neat

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backheel. Nicholson! What a strike that is from Sam Nicholson! And what

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an introduction to the hearts fans for Johnsen. In a bitter skill there

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to release Nicholson and that powerful effort -- a neat bit of

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skill. And that could not be stopped by the keeper. Hearts are flying at

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the moment. Here is kauri. Battling hard, he has released Nicholson, he

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is in behind, it's two for Nicholson within the space of 90 seconds. And

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hearts go 5-0 up. Another assist from the hearts captain. And we have

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got less than ten minutes left to play.

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Tansey released by Draper. In this cake by Draper which is founded way

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into the back of the net, but nothing more than a consolation for

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Cali Thistle. Paterson trying to stop it on the line.

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There was a little trip, but play on said the referee. They were looking

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for that, but it will not come. We thought the performance was very

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good, I said previously the last three have been good, just we have

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not find it, the teams have caused problems, but today the performance

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was good and we scored goals, which we were pleased about. We have too

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many players not performing. I should take most of the blame if not

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all of the blame, I picked the team, tactics, tactics, and these players

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have proven they are top players, I'm not getting the best out of

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them, I will take the blame. Two calls from Don Cowie but playing the

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captain's Bartow there? Yes, he had problems with his cars. You can see

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the quality he's got. -- two calls from Don Cowie, playing the

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captain's part. We were looking forward to this.

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Michael, you described Hearts as industrial, but nothing industrial

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about yesterday's performance. Certainly wasn't. I was referencing

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the fact that for me the team had moved away from the style of play

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she would yesterday to our more industrial style. And what had

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happened previously, you can take away, it was poor performances, not

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particularly great, use what happened yesterday which to me is

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much more akin to what I would regard as Robbie Neilson style.

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Perry Kitchen holding midfield, allowing the other players to go,

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but look at the passing and movement, it is one and two touch,

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quick, and this ball into the front man, great step over from Don Cowie,

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and lovely layover from corner salmon, what everyone wants to see,

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seven minutes into the game come out then in the second half, looking to

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turn the opposition, but look at the number of bodies up there. Tony Watt

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picking it up, slaves into Sammon, lay off, then for Don Cowie, it is

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quick attacking football. But there was not much pace last

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week, better yesterday. But wouldn't you concede that Robbie Neilson is

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in control of team selection tactics? I was suggesting that the

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style had moved away from what I think is naturally what Robbie wants

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to do. Robbie is in complete control of picking. That was never for

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debate. OK. In terms of Inverness, it was terrible from their point of

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view. But he took the blame, and we did a false light? He has taken the

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blame, but his senior players need to step up. He still has a lot of

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players over the last two or three years that have been very

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successful. All leaders on the bench. He's not got a big squad.

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He's not got a lot of strength in depth, he had only five substitutes,

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and some huge blows to the club, three defeats, and the manner, to

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lose 5-1 yesterday, it is not acceptable and has to improve, but

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things Borussia Monchengladbach leaders, like Draper, need to step

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up to the plate. -- but with leaders, like Draper.

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You have to go all the way back to 2003 for the last time

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Partick Thistle emerged from Pittodrie Stadium

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They started the day ahead of Aberdeen in the table,

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with Derek McInnes side still looking to score their first

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Two 0-0 draws so far. Commentary from Paul Mitchell.

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Bad news for Aberdeen as Ryan Jack Mrs due to injury. Also some

:33:02.:33:12.

dropouts. -- he is missing due to injury. Four changes for Partick

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Thistle. Reynolds will have to play that,

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looking very strong. Tries to flick it away. Reynolds again struggling.

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It is turned away, that chance for Thistle.

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It is going to be taken to buy Pollitt. Good save. From the

:33:47.:33:54.

goalkeeper's point of view, three people could take that. Niall

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McGinn. Gets away from Gordon. That was careless! He had to stay on

:33:59.:34:23.

his feet. Yellow card for Abdul Osman, regular occurrence last

:34:24.:34:33.

season. Free kick to Dons. Brilliant goal from Aberdeen, their

:34:34.:34:37.

first league goal of the season and worth waiting for. Absolute beauty

:34:38.:34:42.

from Niall McGinn! Thomas flew across, but was not keeping that

:34:43.:34:43.

out. Free kick. Edwards just getting too

:34:44.:34:58.

involved there. Reynolds gets it forward quickly.

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The ball comes across, no slave! -- now slide! He had calls for his time

:35:04.:35:18.

against Partick Thistle. But that one was rather slow.

:35:19.:35:24.

Dons unbeaten in the last six at home. Four wins and two draws

:35:25.:35:39.

against Partick Thistle. And a chance for Miles Storey, 2-0! But

:35:40.:35:46.

was caught short. And beautifully dispatched by Miles Storey. Lindsay

:35:47.:35:54.

getting his foot caught, Miles Storey showing no mercy.

:35:55.:36:09.

Mee to 2-0 up and cruising. Opportunity for Adam Rooney! --

:36:10.:36:20.

Aberdeen 2-0 up. Rooney had that chance he loves. Good set up play by

:36:21.:36:25.

Barnes. Rooney quick with the spin but could not guide it on target.

:36:26.:36:35.

That was going to be a fool. Abdul Osman did not think so. Clumsy with

:36:36.:36:40.

that yellow card. -- going to be file. John Beaton, the referee

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stepping into this. Administering the yellow card. Sean Welch was

:36:48.:36:54.

telling him he got it wrong, the referee will not like that, the

:36:55.:36:59.

referee has given the yellow card, going to the top, it is red, Sean

:37:00.:37:04.

Welsh is gone. Yellow for the file, second one for complaining. You may

:37:05.:37:08.

have got the ball, but he fell through when the man, yellow card

:37:09.:37:13.

for enough, but the abuse to the assistant Wes Burns and the referee

:37:14.:37:20.

meant it was a red card. Thistle down to ten men, Sean Welsh sent off

:37:21.:37:24.

for the first time in three and a half years. Thistle haven't scored

:37:25.:37:33.

at Pittodrie since September 2000 three. Almost closed there.

:37:34.:37:41.

Erskine getting the good first touch. With the chance. How is that

:37:42.:37:50.

for the finish! Chris Erskine, regular goal-scorer already this

:37:51.:37:53.

season, does not celebrate in any way and it should have done, that is

:37:54.:37:59.

a fabulous goal, his fourth of the season, and Thistle have a goal in

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stoppage time. It was comfortable for Aberdeen, nervous moments now.

:38:07.:38:11.

But the header deflected. Kenny McLean scented wide. This all nearly

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got a point at Pittodrie. A lot of teams we have had recently,

:38:18.:38:23.

everyone jostling interposition. Sometimes taking the freshest team

:38:24.:38:28.

rather than your best, be mindful of that, but everybody now has to try

:38:29.:38:31.

and fight for position to get in there. I think that the team in

:38:32.:38:36.

general, some strong performances, one or two still to get to where we

:38:37.:38:41.

need them to be, but without influential players, we managed to

:38:42.:38:45.

get a good job done today. Delighted with the lads keeping going. The

:38:46.:38:51.

manner we lost the goal, a bit of a lull after that, then we let the

:38:52.:38:55.

game petered out, dilated with the fightback especially after the

:38:56.:39:01.

sending off. Pittodrie things overdrive, that's

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for sure. It was a result needed, Aberdeen, given the expectation is

:39:06.:39:09.

on Derek McInnes this season. I agree. Big result and deserved win

:39:10.:39:14.

overall. But scoring goals has been a problem. Creating more chances

:39:15.:39:20.

yesterday, looking like more of a threat especially against the Hearts

:39:21.:39:26.

game last week, but the goals coming from a set piece. But this one,

:39:27.:39:31.

fantastic technique, outstanding finish into the top corner. At

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creating more from open play in this match. This one was a mistake. I

:39:36.:39:40.

think the plate is passing that bike to the goalkeeper, but getting it

:39:41.:39:46.

wrong. Miles Storey still a lot to do, very neat finish. I think that

:39:47.:39:50.

will go the way back to the keeper if he leaves it. I would not like to

:39:51.:39:54.

be receiving that pass as a centre-half myself with two men on

:39:55.:39:59.

me, he should have kicked it out of the park. Aberdeen deserved the win.

:40:00.:40:05.

Plenty of good moments, but this was not one of them from Aberdeen, from

:40:06.:40:09.

Sean Welsh, did he deserve to get sent off? I don't do about you,

:40:10.:40:16.

Steven, but that is a booking to begin with. He does win the ball.

:40:17.:40:20.

You can see his frustration, remonstrating with the linesman, who

:40:21.:40:25.

is only two feet away, the linesman should see he gets a touch of the

:40:26.:40:32.

ball. But he goes back to give more to the linesman. But what this angle

:40:33.:40:37.

here. He gets the touch on that ball, it looks as if the linesman is

:40:38.:40:41.

lagging for the through in. I would agree. Some confusion from the

:40:42.:40:48.

officials, so you can understand his upset. But you cannot keep doing the

:40:49.:40:52.

remonstrating. He had a noble on the linesman,

:40:53.:40:57.

probably feeling just might, but you cannot go to the referee and back to

:40:58.:41:01.

the linesman and in the end that got him sent off. Plenty of doubts about

:41:02.:41:06.

Partick Thistle's chances this season, but a lot of signs, even

:41:07.:41:10.

losing yesterday, in that match and others that they could do well this

:41:11.:41:14.

season? They look like they've gone back to what they were first light

:41:15.:41:18.

when promoted, in terms of good attacking style of play, and

:41:19.:41:22.

somebody that keeps possession well. You've seen that at the beginning of

:41:23.:41:26.

this season and they've got a bit more attacking threat, Erskine

:41:27.:41:30.

coming back with the fantastic goal, all of the tools to be successful.

:41:31.:41:32.

Ross County had spent the week enjoying bragging rights after that

:41:33.:41:35.

Highland Derby defeat of Inverness last weekend.

:41:36.:41:37.

They faced a Kilmarnock side with yet more new faces

:41:38.:41:39.

in the ranks. Commentary from Rory Hamilton.

:41:40.:41:57.

There is no Richard Foster or Brian Graham appeal following their

:41:58.:42:05.

selling. One change from last weekend Haas Highland Derby as Chris

:42:06.:42:12.

returns to the starting XI. Charlie Adams and Luke Hendrie going

:42:13.:42:16.

straight into the side after signings. The club still awaiting

:42:17.:42:20.

international clearance for the right-back.

:42:21.:42:30.

That has worked, nicely wide for Jones. Green fired across, good

:42:31.:42:39.

defending. He was under pressure. Kris Boyd was looking to score for

:42:40.:42:42.

the second week running after netting that Hamilton -- netting at

:42:43.:42:53.

Hamilton Accies last week. Up against the new boy, Luke Hendrie,

:42:54.:42:56.

and he goes down, blocked off by the man on loan from Birmingham City.

:42:57.:43:02.

Nick Walsh awarding the free kick. Martin Woods. Swung in with the left

:43:03.:43:12.

foot, a little too much on it. Andrew Davies, he would have been up

:43:13.:43:17.

for the aerial challenge, having to retrieve the ball. And forward it

:43:18.:43:24.

comes again. And struck! And not too far away. A total of 15 new recruits

:43:25.:43:34.

this summer for Lee Clark. Still just looking to gel. It will take

:43:35.:43:42.

time. Boyce did well there, using his shrink to hold the ball up. He

:43:43.:43:50.

has options. He picks up his strike partner in Curran. Boyce again! Some

:43:51.:43:56.

space on the left-hand side, swung across, it for Boyce. He needs now

:43:57.:44:02.

second invitation to hammer in the opening goal. Inside half an hour!

:44:03.:44:10.

It was a hat-trick last week down the road at Inverness in the Derby.

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And Liam Boyce now has four goals in his last two games.

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Woods has done well. Picks out the past. And it is halted by the flag

:44:24.:44:33.

up on the far side. It looked to be a tight call for the visuals. Woods'

:44:34.:44:40.

pass, that is very close indeed, Curran eventually tucked the ball

:44:41.:44:43.

into the empty net, but it will not count. -- tight call for the over

:44:44.:44:46.

shall. Curran won it. Then Franks. Led by

:44:47.:45:00.

Boyce. Then struck, ensures away from the second. Ross County looking

:45:01.:45:07.

for back-to-back victories for the first time in the league since

:45:08.:45:12.

December. Fighting away, it slipped into Boyd. He was asking the

:45:13.:45:21.

question of referee Walsh. Quinn and Boyd, shoulder to shoulder, are in

:45:22.:45:23.

arm, no penalty. -- are in arm. Swung into the middle, routine, may

:45:24.:45:39.

get another opportunity to maintain the attack for Ross County, gets the

:45:40.:45:47.

header back from Boyce, but eventually squeezed out of the

:45:48.:45:50.

opportunity. Good defending in the end. Jim McIntire's side targeting

:45:51.:46:00.

top six finish again this year. And here is Alex, the substitute, two

:46:01.:46:09.

boys. Second chance! -- in two Liam Boyce. He fires in his second of the

:46:10.:46:14.

game. Liam Boyce in fine goal-scoring form. The first effort

:46:15.:46:24.

was this head. No doubt about the second. -- the first effort missed.

:46:25.:46:28.

That is five in two games for the man from Northern Ireland.

:46:29.:46:39.

Taking the ball forward. Liam Boyce, on a hat-trick? He went for it, but

:46:40.:46:42.

couldn't hurt the target. Quinn with the ball forward. Alex

:46:43.:46:55.

has caused all manner of problems since he came on, with his running.

:46:56.:47:03.

Teed up now for Wood. It comes back to the Dutchman.

:47:04.:47:11.

She is just wide of the target. But it will be back-to-back victories

:47:12.:47:19.

for Ross County. I thought it was a scrappy game and

:47:20.:47:23.

once we got the goal we played better football, we should have

:47:24.:47:27.

scored a couple of others in the second half, some great chances, we

:47:28.:47:31.

just feel to hit the target. The work rate and effort from the boys,

:47:32.:47:35.

deservedly got them the three points today. We haven't given the service

:47:36.:47:40.

to the strikers that there is God. And we have -- that there is had

:47:41.:47:52.

got. I think it is probably a fair assessment to see that the game was

:47:53.:47:55.

won and lost in the centre-back areas.

:47:56.:48:00.

What a start to the season for Liam Boyce. And last week, I thought I

:48:01.:48:07.

said 4-4- two went out of fashion, but both sides playing with

:48:08.:48:13.

contrasting outcomes? Very contrasting. Some atrocious

:48:14.:48:20.

crossing. Last week, we highlighted some good support, up to the

:48:21.:48:27.

players, but it ended up being some good play. But he wanted a midfield

:48:28.:48:33.

player to give the ball to. Then he gives a good play to the left-hand

:48:34.:48:37.

side. We highlighted last week, playing Kris Boyd up front on his

:48:38.:48:42.

own, making the substitute that made a big difference, but this week,

:48:43.:48:47.

delivering from two is terrible, you can't have to guys standing up

:48:48.:48:51.

there, expecting them to do anything, then this at the other

:48:52.:48:57.

end, defensively. It is abysmal. Terrible. It is far too easy being

:48:58.:49:02.

sold the dummy. This is just schoolboy. Ross County are in behind

:49:03.:49:10.

them. Poor tackle and challenge. Laid. Gets two bites of the jelly,

:49:11.:49:16.

maybe Liam Boyce was lucky, but such bad offending from Dalmarnock.

:49:17.:49:21.

And impressive from Ross County, when arguably they have weakened

:49:22.:49:24.

with the loss of Brian Graham and Richard Foster. -- bad defending

:49:25.:49:29.

from Kilmarnock. With Liam Boyce, he has five goals, 17 last year, well

:49:30.:49:34.

on course to repeat that. OK! The Friday night lights were

:49:35.:49:39.

switched on at Dens Park this week. The Premiership weekend kicking off

:49:40.:49:42.

with Dundee at home to Hamilton Accies.

:49:43.:49:44.

Commentary from John Barnes . Dundee are without Paul McGowan and

:49:45.:49:54.

Michael Duffy through illness and injury, so Nick Ross comes into

:49:55.:50:00.

midfield. Hamilton manager made one change.

:50:01.:50:08.

That is Danny take the place of Greg, who drops to the bench.

:50:09.:50:19.

Knocked away by Matthews. Good constructive play, and the

:50:20.:50:32.

goalkeeper up to the task there. Dundee have three points from their

:50:33.:50:36.

opening two games, Hamilton two points less. Vincent with the

:50:37.:50:38.

clearance. McKinnon taking out Longridge, then

:50:39.:50:57.

McKinnon again. What a strike that is from Darren Lyne! It is his first

:50:58.:51:04.

goal for the Hamilton Accies top team and what a way to do it.

:51:05.:51:09.

Blistering shot there. From 25 yards! Top corner! There was no way

:51:10.:51:16.

Scott was going to get to that one. Mark O'Hara, the corner of

:51:17.:51:32.

Gillespie. Danny Williams to take it. And Mark O'Hara! Dundee are back

:51:33.:51:45.

level. Four minutes after going behind, equalising, and it is Mark

:51:46.:51:51.

O'Hara, two goals in two games for the former Kilmarnock man, not

:51:52.:51:55.

picked up there that that set piece, then uses the past finish. -- users

:51:56.:51:59.

that pass to finish. He likes to have a shot from

:52:00.:52:13.

distance of anywhere around the 18-yard box, 30 goals last season

:52:14.:52:16.

for Dunfermline for him. Darian MacKinnon! They were

:52:17.:52:35.

expecting him to school there. But he is directed it wide. Crawford,

:52:36.:52:47.

with the free kick. Taking it infield. Good blocking challenge

:52:48.:52:54.

their from Kevin. Danny McGrain on with another opportunity -- McKinnon

:52:55.:53:04.

with another opportunity. Mark O'Hara, Vincent in the middle.

:53:05.:53:11.

Matthews is there to make the save. Mark O'Hara trying to be the creator

:53:12.:53:13.

once more. Then the follow-up shot. Williams with the corner again.

:53:14.:53:28.

Trying to get the header in, Tyson. Back for Williams. Williams again!

:53:29.:53:41.

He is getting closer. Good football again by the home team.

:53:42.:53:48.

Crawford's Connor. -- corner. Then at the back post, but could not get

:53:49.:53:57.

on the end of that knock-down. Switching it, trying to pick him

:53:58.:54:15.

out, and he has! Gillespie for pace! Looking at a penalty. Kevin Clancy

:54:16.:54:19.

says no. Was that a charge on the shoulder or more to it? Off of the

:54:20.:54:30.

line by Nick Ross. He was under pressure, but Ross did well.

:54:31.:54:37.

We started well, we can't do anything about the goal, fantastic

:54:38.:54:42.

straight, but we got back into the game, but second half did not

:54:43.:54:45.

perform. We didn't pass the ball well, didn't create enough angles,

:54:46.:54:51.

not enough football for me, forcing too many long balls, using beekeeper

:54:52.:54:57.

too much, overall not acceptable. Really frustrating. Turning on

:54:58.:55:01.

performance. We should have seven points. We dominated last week.

:55:02.:55:06.

Today we have dominated large part, creative enough to win the game. For

:55:07.:55:11.

the players, we should be sitting on seven points but we have to and we

:55:12.:55:14.

need to make sure of opportunity now.

:55:15.:55:21.

The draw for Dundee, Hamilton pleased, but too many draws last

:55:22.:55:26.

season as well. Hamilton Accies at their best when in your face and

:55:27.:55:31.

swarming over the opposition? Yes, disappointed, taking the lead in all

:55:32.:55:35.

the games played this year, but their high pressing yesterday was

:55:36.:55:40.

superb. You look at the stake here, forcing beekeeper to take long, and

:55:41.:55:43.

when he does, every Hamilton player locks onto a player. Everyone needs

:55:44.:55:55.

to move in the team. Trigger points, the midfielder goes, forcing Dundee

:55:56.:55:59.

to kick long again, this was the theme of the match. This occasion

:56:00.:56:05.

again, you can see him in gauging, forcing the goalkeeper into kicking

:56:06.:56:09.

long. Paul Hartley said there about how playing the goalkeeper too much,

:56:10.:56:17.

playing the long bail too much. But it was impressive. But credit to

:56:18.:56:24.

Darren Lyne, what a strike. And for your first goal, and an amazing one

:56:25.:56:31.

as well. And a player who has excited lots, can he make the step

:56:32.:56:38.

up from League 1? For me, yes, picks the ball up the, fires it back, then

:56:39.:56:44.

get themselves into the box, it is a striker with an instinct to sniff

:56:45.:56:48.

out goals, lovely bit of skill to roll the defender. Driving at the

:56:49.:56:52.

heart of defence and causing problems for opposition. He was

:56:53.:56:56.

playing League 1 football but he has a football brain, a bit of

:56:57.:57:00.

everything, that instinct to get into the box and cause problems and

:57:01.:57:04.

links the game up well. You see again dropping deep, linking it up,

:57:05.:57:10.

he scored 30 goals last year for Dunfermline, I'm surprised there

:57:11.:57:14.

weren't not more suitors apart from Dundee. I would agree. He was on

:57:15.:57:18.

trial at Blackburn, I'm surprised no one else took a gamble on him. He is

:57:19.:57:25.

two divisions below, but he has great stuff. I suppose the question

:57:26.:57:36.

is, could he get the goals to replace the departing players? It

:57:37.:57:41.

will be a hard task. The 20 legal is last year was fantastic. -- 20

:57:42.:57:47.

league goals. He has some fantastic players to follow. Time will tell,

:57:48.:57:51.

but he has the attributes to do a good job for Dundee.

:57:52.:57:57.

With week three of the Premiership season complete, time for a first

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glimpse of the table on Sportscene this season.

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And it's Rangers on top with seven points.

:58:03.:58:04.

Celtic and Ross County next best on six, although Brendan Rodgers

:58:05.:58:07.

Celtic, in fact, the only team not to drop a point thus far.

:58:08.:58:12.

Inverness at the bottom the only side still to pick up a point.

:58:13.:58:14.

The first three weeks of this season have raced by.

:58:15.:58:20.

Week 4 will be here before you know it.

:58:21.:58:26.

Remember Scotland's Game, Thursday night 9pm BBC One Scotland.

:58:27.:58:28.

And next weekend, Sportscene moves to our new regular slot of 6pm

:58:29.:58:32.

Until then, from all of us, goodnight.

:58:33.:58:37.

Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Sportscene has highlights from the weekend's Scottish Premiership. Champions Celtic return from their weekend off, and Brendan Rodgers' side will look to add to their win over Hearts when they face St Johnstone.

Rangers host Motherwell, while Partick Thistle will be looking for a first win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in 13 years. Elsewhere, Dundee entertain Hamilton, Inverness are away to Hearts, and Kilmarnock face the longest trip in the top flight when they go to Ross County.


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