21/09/2014 Sportscene


21/09/2014

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL Scottish Premiership as early leaders Inverness entertain cup holders St Johnstone.


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Good evening, after the referendum we are back in the land of football,

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were the only percentage that really matters is 110%, every decision is

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contentious and acrimony on all sides is par for the course. A

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weekend of footballing intrigue looks like this.

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It is Watkins! Keeping it tight at the back throughout all of it are

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these two. The header and the goal,. Miller,

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the captain. There is the cup. Willie Miller has graced a few

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studios and he's time and Darren making his debut with us this

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evening. We start with the Dundee derby, both sides made promising

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start to the Premiership season, would it be a case of yes city or no

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sure in terms of the entertainment. Paul Hartley sticks with the same

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starting XI as last week. Dundee United make one change to the team.

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Ryan Dow comes in. Then the's last victory in a derby

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match came ten years ago. Mackay Stephen. Penalty. Conrad was the

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fender and he gets a yellow card from the referee. At full pace. The

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touch of the right arm of Conrad. Mario Bilate, and Dundee United are

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in front in the Derby. From the penalty spot. Claiming his second

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goal of the season. Confident finish. He has done well, not to

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make -- nutmeg on Payton. Roberts! Could only hit the side netting.

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Creative play by the home side. McAllister under pressure again from

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Rankin. Ryan Dow has got the yard of space. United are 2-0 in front. Nine

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minutes into the second half and Ryan Dow. Clever footwork from the

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United player after Dundee lost possession again in the middle of

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the park and an excellent finish. Ryan Dow just teasing Conrad.

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Goes to close him down. Free kick. In favour of the Dundee United

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player. Offers his apologies. Preparing to swing this free kick

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in. There is the header from Callum Morris! His first goal for the

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Tannadice club. It puts them 3-0 in front. Terrific run, good

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connection. And the goalkeeper was left helpless. The manager pleased

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with the delivery swung in by Paul Paton.

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Chance for Gary Harkins. The United player put his body on the line, it

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was Keith Watson to advanced quickly to make the block. Paul Paton

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preparing to swing in this free kick. There is Watson. And that is

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the fourth. Dundee United in dreamland this afternoon against

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their city rivals. Paul Paton again with a fine cross in, the goalkeeper

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could not keep it out. Knocked it back into his own net but Watson is

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the man that will claim it. Miserable first derby for Paul

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Hartley. If that is another yellow card, it is. Konrad Is sent off.

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Second yellow means red. Dundee are down to ten men. Smith just got

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their ahead of Konrad. MacGowan again. Stewart. In the last

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minute of the match. He has drilled that one into the corner of the net,

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Greig Stewart. Nothing more than a consolation for Dundee. It will be

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united sitting top of the Premiership tonight. I thought we

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were excellent, organised, disciplined. The back four were

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outstanding, Paul Paton was immense and the movement was good. We did

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not do enough in the final third, did not work the goalkeeper, gave

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the ball away at times in certain areas of the park and did not hurt

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them. Superb victory for Dundee United.

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Controversial penalty decision, but the Dundee United midfielders,

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forcing them into mistakes. But it was an excellent performance from

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Dundee United. The back four were superb. Paul Paton winning the ball

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for Mackay Stephen. That is superb play. He goes at Konrad, there is a

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coming together and the referee has to make a decision and it was a

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penalty. I think it was a difficult one for the referee, but there was

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contact. Ryan Dow, it was a good call, but United forced the mistake.

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Put pressure on the ball, the quality of the finish from Ryan Dow,

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he sets it up and slots it into the back of the net. Darren, from a

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defensive point of view from Dundee, how disappointed will Paul Hartley

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be with his defence? Very disappointed, Dundee have had a

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decent defensive record this season so far, but you would not know it on

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that showing. The first one, right in the middle. Middle of the six

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yard box. It is a good delivery, but you need your defenders to be

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attacking it, it is too easy and this second one, a centre forward

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marking. Just switched off, watching the man running and the game was

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dead and buried at that stage. Both of the sides have to do it again in

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midweek at Tannadice. Is it simply a case that Dundee United have better

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players? Absolutely. They have added to their squad, lost players during

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the close season. Defensively they are looking much better than last

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season. I thought there was always the tendency to have weakness in the

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defensive setup but I was well impressed with them defensively

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overall as a team and they have players that can go forward and take

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opportunities. Special mention for ranking and Paul Paton. They were

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superb, the pressurised the ball and the delivery from Paul Paton from

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the free kick was superb. Both of them were outstanding. Celtic Park

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has not been a happy place for Motherwell the recent years, the

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last nine years, all games ending in Celtic victory. Commentary comes

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from Rob Maclean. Six changes to the Celtic team which kicked off the

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Europa League in Austria on Thursday night. Scott Brown and Kris Commons

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left out, there is a debut for John Guidetti. Even much changed Celtic

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is a big challenge for Motherwell who have lost four of their first

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six games. Craig Reid has an important role in front of the back

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four. John Sutton, the not for Iain

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Vigurs. Lucky that came to him on his right foot rather than his left.

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Possession last by Anthony Stokes. Driving forward. Gets a good ball in

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for John Sutton. That stands Celtic heart in the 19th minute. -- stuns

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Celtic Park. Ye invite goes with the short and Motherwell reckon he used

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his arm but the referee says no. Fraser care. Gets through EZ DA --

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easy John Sutton has missed an absolute

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sitter. Look of disbelief on his face. And you can understand why. He

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scored once, should have scored twice. Anthony Stokes. Callum

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MacGregor. Anthony Stokes again. Virgil van Dijk! Brilliant save. He

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got his fingertips to Van Dijk's header and turned this onto the

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post, what they stop. -- what a stop. Craig Reid got that away and

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it was a sore one. Back with Kris Commons! He struck it well. But

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right down the throat of the Motherwell keeper. Celtic searching

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for an equaliser. And it is Callum MacGregor with a great effort.

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Matched by the save. Having some match.

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Nir Biton. Celtic much better in the second half with 2/2-time changes,

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here is one of them, Scott Brown, bearing down on goal, penalty

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given. Motherwell are furious. -- 2/2-time changes. That touch enough

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to send Scott Brown down. The decision already taken. It is Kris

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Commons! Midway through the second half to make it 1-1. There will be

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lots of debate about the awarding of the penalty, but no difference of

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opinion about how it was taken, clinical.

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Having levelled things up, Celtic will want all three points.

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MacGregor. Scott Brown. MacGregor's shot deflected. It is another really

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good save from the goalkeeper. Kris Commons. Lovely flick from

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Scott Brown. And MacGregor! Just the wrong side of the post.

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Scott Brown. Great ball in and the header. Just saved and that might be

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Celtic's last chance. We deserved to win the game but we made ourselves

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in a bad situation with a very bad first half. We struggled of the

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second half to open them and we did it much better and we get a goal

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that we deserved. In the end, 1-1 is not good enough.

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I thought the lads effort, desire and determination was fantastic. It

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is good to get a point. We will get to the 2 penalty incidents shortly.

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One was given and 1 was not. You were there today. He opted to leave

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some of his main stars on the bench in the first half. You see a marked

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difference in the Celtic performance. That is something they

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will have to get used to. For me, Scott Brown is the heartbeat of the

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team. It was a different Celtic in the second half. He is the driving

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force. That is why he is the captain. Celtic missed someone

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driving at the back four. Did the other players need to step

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up? There was nobody really going at the back four. White and I have seen

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a lot of Motherwell fans raging at the penalty incident. -- I have

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seen. His hand should not have been where they were. You need to give

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Scott Brown credit. People talk about honesty and he is as good as

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they come. I understand why they think it is harsh. If it is given

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against you, you feel hard done by. Should there have been a penalty?

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There is contact. There is a fellow outside the box. I think it is a

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free kick. He is off balance. He goes into the box and it is little

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touch again. In modern football, wherever there is contact in the

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box... It is solved. In America I can understand why he gave it but I

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can understand why the Motherwell fans are not very happy. He was

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fouled outside the box. His momentum has taken him there. All in all,

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with the first challenge, he is trying to stay on his feet and then

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he went down. Aberdeen are still looking to find their groove this

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season while the tawdry are looking to get their first point. --

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Pittordrie. Jim McIntyre will not know his best

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starting 11 yet. It has been lost, win, loss, when,

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loss for Aberdeen so far in the league. He is offside. Elation turns

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to disappointment in a split 2nd. McGinn was onside. Goodwillie was

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offside. Good, strong play by Goodwillie.

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That shot blocked by Brown. County already swimming against the

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Aberdeen tide. A great touch by Goodwillie. There

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is a flamboyant see about Aberdeen this afternoon. Red shirts swarming

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around the county box. A good effort from Ryan Jack. He

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does not score many. He got behind that with a strong hand.

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He squeezed that through. He got it all wrong. That sums up County 's

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season so far. He scored the winner against Aberdeen last season and is

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wondering why his team are not in front.

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Aberdeen are in front now! Deservedly so. Rooney flashing their

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header past Brown for his seventh of the season. Much to ponder for Jim

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McIntyre. Goodwillie! It is two. And that is very clever from the gain

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then Goodwillie. It is two in two. The dons should be more than 2-0 up.

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It might be more at the end of this move. A good save. A few of his

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team-mates asking where the pass was. Once he saw the goal, only 1

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decision to make for him. He put himself under a bit of

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pressure, Jack. Just as he was about to release the past... Something to

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say to his Aberdeen team-mate. They almost came to blows. Craig Thomson

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is going to make a booking. He will but Ryan Jack as well. Not often you

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see that. The 1st-time ball to Flood. Aberdeen have options in the

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middle. It is three. 3-0 and that should be three points.

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This has taken a big deflection. He has had a good game.

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An awkward bounce. What a save from Brown! This is outstanding

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goalkeeping. The skipper is unable to inspire his

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team. Lang Field says. This should surely have been County

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clawing one back. The last team to open their league season with 7

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straight league defeats was Aberdeen in 1999/2000. Goodwillie in to make

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it four. How has he missed that? County are clear. A great ball.

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Goodwillie was wheeling away to celebrate before he hit it. Maybe

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you want to play with the 2 up. Something that was reviewed pleasing

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today. Enough good play from both boys to suggest it is something we

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will look at it again. Not a lot of positives to take from today. Never

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did our jobs properly. The game was done from there.

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A really attacking formation. Goodwillie upfront and it certainly

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had some effect. He does not play that formation too often. I thought

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both players were outstanding. Goodwillie on this occasion setting

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up Rooney. He should have put the ball into the back of the net but he

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makes no mistake this time. The superb header. A training field

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freekick definitely. Pollack moved out of the space and allows

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Goodwillie to move forward. Not an easy header but he makes a right job

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of it. I'd have a great chance here to round things off in some style.

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-- a great chance. They did do everything right apart from

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celebrate too early. It came off the post. I am sure they would be

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embarrassed about that. Pollack, the player who impresses everyone. He

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seems to become ever more important for the Dons. He is very direct. He

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has an end product. There are not many full-backs or teams of

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full-backs who will be looking forward coming up against him. There

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is a lot of pace in the Aberdeen team. That is it for them. They are

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taking advantage. Ross County is at a low ebb. Absolutely. A lot of work

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to be done. Aberdeen were totally dominant. They were right at the top

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of their game, full of pace. I have watched Peter Grow up through the

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development stages at Aberdeen. -- grow up. It could have been more

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than three. I'd never having scored their 1st Premiership goal last

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weekend, could St Mirren managed their first points on Friday night?

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-- having scored. The Saint Mirren manager brings in

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two wingers. A challenge into the back but no

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free kick. Unmarked in the box and that is 1 -0

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midway through the 1st half. It was straight forward. The header was

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down and away for 1-0. That pass was intercepted.

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Callum Ball! An immediate impact from the substitute. It is only his

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second -- be 2nd of the Premiership season for the Paisley team. It is

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1-1. He continues the run and gets in

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from behind. Having squared the game, Callan Ball was trying to win

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it. A good save. -- Ball. Archibald with the glance of his watch inside

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stoppage time, well inside stoppage time. The header away. Back it

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comes. Up goes Ballotoni. The defender not very happy about that

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decision. Four minutes added. Got away by capital F. That is handball.

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That is a penalty. Osman is the player with his arm

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raised. St Mirren get their first

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Premiership win of the season. So badly needed. A natural reaction of

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players to put their hands up. There is not a lot you can do. I did not

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think it was a foul. I am pleased for the fans. They were very vocal

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tonight. They sensed there was something on offer. Enough positives

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to take into Tuesday night. You need to take your chances.

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They're always needs to be 1 manager under pressure at all times. In

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ATommy is a very good coach. He likes to play the game in the proper

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manner. -- Tommy is a very good coach. Stating that his team is

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playing well. They are doing everything right but not getting

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results. He knows he needs to get results. That is a huge performance

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and result. Coming so late, he would be happy enough with the point. To

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get three points out of that game is a big plus.

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St. Mirren have been struggling in terms of injuries. With Callum Ball

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they have got somebody who can give them some presence. They have missed

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that upfront. He has made an impression upfront.

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It is good movement. He has come on and made his mark in the game and he

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will be looking to start the next game. Come up from England and they

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really need a presence up their missing Steven Thompson. Decent

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movement here and gets his reward. Maybe not the best defending in the

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world. She has drifted off the central defender and gone towards

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the ball and earlier we saw him creating a bit of space for himself

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with the good feet. That is another plus for Tommy Craig. After making a

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mockery of the pundit's predictions, Hamilton were looking to continue

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that. Before the game, we spoke to some very happy fans. Six games, 13

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point and sitting pretty at the top of the table. I think it is

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incredible where we are, top of the league, so far, so good. It is

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points in the bag which we did not expect. Fantastic. Good to watch,

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brilliant football going forward. Great start to the season, surpassed

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all expectations, we hope to keep it going.

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Player-manager Alex Neill selects himself in midfield. With Martin

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Canning out, Scotland where is the armband. Kilmarnock make one change

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to the team. New head comes in to attack. -- new head -- Muirhead. Not

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too far away with that effort. Did well to turn and get away from

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Connolly. Finding Muirhead. The goalkeeper had to be alert to that

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one. Gillespie. There is Crawford. Good curling effort. Fine strike

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from the Hamilton midfielder. Craig Samson could take no chances there.

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Barbour sending it forward. Has got the better of Gordon. Good stop by

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McGovern. The goalkeeper advanced well and made the angle difficult.

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Kilmarnock picking it up in the second period. Just could not hit

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the target. The head away and again. Challenge. Good ball in. Magennis Is

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getting closer. He had McGovern scrambling there. Good stop by the

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Northern Ireland keeper. He has already scored this season. Denying

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there. Johnstone. That is a lovely through pass looking for McKenzie.

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McGovern to Hamilton's rescue again. Terrific pass from the finish

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International. Hamilton were the better team in the first half, we

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were the better team in the second half. We were resilient when we had

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to the and we finished the last 20 minutes with a lack of experience in

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terms of age. I thought they held their own for 20 minutes and was

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very pleased. We have talked a lot about how it has been a great start

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for Hamilton but also a great start for, certainly in relative terms to

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last season. A lot of people would have thought

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with Kris Boyd moving on that Kilmarnock might have struggled, but

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it is twice as good. It can have the opposite effect. Kris Boyd was a big

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player for them and with him leaving, they have to step up and

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they have done that, share the responsibility that the Kris Boyd

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had but it has been a great start for them and they will be delighted

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with that. Kris Boyd has gone but they have Magennis upfront. Not his

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day yesterday, but what does he bring? Josh is tall, strong, quick,

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good in the air but does not score enough goals, that is the week right

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in his game. If you are playing one up, he leads the line, he finds

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space well. Unfortunate but a couple of headers, but great movement and

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gets himself into a fabulous position but does not get enough

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power on it. Another cross into the box, a little bit unfortunate to put

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it over the bar but he has got something and is still young enough

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to add the goals to his armoury. He is getting into the positions to

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score, he just needs one to go in and he can go on a roll. He is

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getting on the end of things. Hamilton dropping points, Inverness

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could reclaim top spot with victory over St Johnstone. St. Johnstone

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struggling with various injuries. Draper. Watkins. Spinning away from

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Eastern. It is Shinnie's cutback and Mackay's effort which is deflected

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behind. Useful looking attack. Anderson got himself in the way.

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The home team dominating possession and it is Watkins! His shot is

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deflected off target. Still no reward for total domination in the

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first half from the home team. Came off the head of Anderson and now

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Watkins for Dolan. He has a look up and plays it back in. Marley

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Watkins! He scores his first goal of the season. Inverness hit the front.

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Right on the hour mark. A speedy counterattack and a cracking goal.

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Playing a big part for Inverness, Aaron Dolan. Left out of the team in

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the first few matches of the season. Having his same now. That is Mackay.

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He and Wallace leave it to each other. Shinnie Cuts it back.

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Christie! Two goals in five minutes and Inverness in a really strong

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position now. The Saints keeper got his hand to it but could not stop

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it. And it was an horrific mix-up between Mackay and Wallace that led

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to that. Can St. Johnstone give themselves some hope? Mackay to

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Miller. Now it is Lee Croft. Miller's Cross, Brian Graham! He

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makes it 2-1. In his third game for St. Johnstone, his second goal and

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that brings the game back to life. Miller. Brian Easton's cross. And

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Morgan. Off-balance as he struck it, the substitute and he fired

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wide. Lee Croft's corner. Shinnie Escorts it to safety. Was there a

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push here, certainly looked like it. Sitting at the top of the league,

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important we got back to winning ways against a hard-working St.

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Johnstone team who always give us a tough match, not much between the

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teams and grateful that we are back to winning ways. Disappointing to go

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a goal behind with another mistake. Come back well from 2-0 to force the

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issue and that is when we showed the true side of ourselves but just

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saying to the lads, it has to be for 90 minutes, not just the last 20.

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Marley Watkins among the goals, John Hughes was raving about him and he

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has been a player who has been important for Inverness at various

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times. He kind of plays off the right or left. He can drift into

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space and what I like about him, when he gets the ball wide he tries

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to get into the box to get on the end of things. He gets his goal and

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in another clip he does a similar thing and does not get the goal but

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is drifting in and off the lines and he looks like a good player. One of

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these players that Inverness have been good at finding from the lower

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reaches of English football, bringing in and finding their feet

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in the Scottish Premiership. Another one is Aaron Doran. They play either

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wing but not as wingers. Watkins likes to come into the park, starts

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outside but likes to get involved in the game and into the box. He is a

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great find. John Hughes working with him on a daily basis and thinks very

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highly of him. John Hughes somebody that you know well and things going

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well for Inverness right at the top. John Hughes likes his teams to

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retain possession and circulate the ball. It is all well and good doing

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that if you don't have a cutting edge, but they do have and I like

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the way that John Hughes manages team. Thank you very much. The

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Scottish Premiership table looks good for Dundee United fans this

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evening. It is a busy week in the League Cup

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and we have live football on Wednesday night.

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Coverage of all the games on radio and online as well.

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It has been a momentous week for Scotland but the love of the game

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still unites as, stacks of it to come on Sportscene on the weeks and

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months ahead. From all of us here, good night.

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