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,
were the only percentage that really matters is 110%, every decision is
contentious and acrimony on all sides is par for the course. A
weekend of footballing intrigue looks like this.
It is Watkins! Keeping it tight at the back throughout all of it are
these two. The header and the goal,. Miller,
the captain. There is the cup. Willie Miller has graced a few
studios and he's time and Darren making his debut with us this
evening. We start with the Dundee derby, both sides made promising
start to the Premiership season, would it be a case of yes city or no
sure in terms of the entertainment. Paul Hartley sticks with the same
starting XI as last week. Dundee United make one change to the team.
Ryan Dow comes in. Then the's last victory in a derby
match came ten years ago. Mackay Stephen. Penalty. Conrad was the
fender and he gets a yellow card from the referee. At full pace. The
touch of the right arm of Conrad. Mario Bilate, and Dundee United are
in front in the Derby. From the penalty spot. Claiming his second
goal of the season. Confident finish. He has done well, not to
make -- nutmeg on Payton. Roberts! Could only hit the side netting.
Creative play by the home side. McAllister under pressure again from
Rankin. Ryan Dow has got the yard of space. United are 2-0 in front. Nine
minutes into the second half and Ryan Dow. Clever footwork from the
United player after Dundee lost possession again in the middle of
the park and an excellent finish. Ryan Dow just teasing Conrad.
Goes to close him down. Free kick. In favour of the Dundee United
player. Offers his apologies. Preparing to swing this free kick
in. There is the header from Callum Morris! His first goal for the
Tannadice club. It puts them 3-0 in front. Terrific run, good
connection. And the goalkeeper was left helpless. The manager pleased
with the delivery swung in by Paul Paton.
Chance for Gary Harkins. The United player put his body on the line, it
was Keith Watson to advanced quickly to make the block. Paul Paton
preparing to swing in this free kick. There is Watson. And that is
the fourth. Dundee United in dreamland this afternoon against
their city rivals. Paul Paton again with a fine cross in, the goalkeeper
could not keep it out. Knocked it back into his own net but Watson is
the man that will claim it. Miserable first derby for Paul
Hartley. If that is another yellow card, it is. Konrad Is sent off.
Second yellow means red. Dundee are down to ten men. Smith just got
their ahead of Konrad. MacGowan again. Stewart. In the last
minute of the match. He has drilled that one into the corner of the net,
Greig Stewart. Nothing more than a consolation for Dundee. It will be
united sitting top of the Premiership tonight. I thought we
were excellent, organised, disciplined. The back four were
outstanding, Paul Paton was immense and the movement was good. We did
not do enough in the final third, did not work the goalkeeper, gave
the ball away at times in certain areas of the park and did not hurt
them. Superb victory for Dundee United.
Controversial penalty decision, but the Dundee United midfielders,
forcing them into mistakes. But it was an excellent performance from
Dundee United. The back four were superb. Paul Paton winning the ball
for Mackay Stephen. That is superb play. He goes at Konrad, there is a
coming together and the referee has to make a decision and it was a
penalty. I think it was a difficult one for the referee, but there was
contact. Ryan Dow, it was a good call, but United forced the mistake.
Put pressure on the ball, the quality of the finish from Ryan Dow,
he sets it up and slots it into the back of the net. Darren, from a
defensive point of view from Dundee, how disappointed will Paul Hartley
be with his defence? Very disappointed, Dundee have had a
decent defensive record this season so far, but you would not know it on
that showing. The first one, right in the middle. Middle of the six
yard box. It is a good delivery, but you need your defenders to be
attacking it, it is too easy and this second one, a centre forward
marking. Just switched off, watching the man running and the game was
dead and buried at that stage. Both of the sides have to do it again in
midweek at Tannadice. Is it simply a case that Dundee United have better
players? Absolutely. They have added to their squad, lost players during
the close season. Defensively they are looking much better than last
season. I thought there was always the tendency to have weakness in the
defensive setup but I was well impressed with them defensively
overall as a team and they have players that can go forward and take
opportunities. Special mention for ranking and Paul Paton. They were
superb, the pressurised the ball and the delivery from Paul Paton from
the free kick was superb. Both of them were outstanding. Celtic Park
has not been a happy place for Motherwell the recent years, the
last nine years, all games ending in Celtic victory. Commentary comes
from Rob Maclean. Six changes to the Celtic team which kicked off the
Europa League in Austria on Thursday night. Scott Brown and Kris Commons
left out, there is a debut for John Guidetti. Even much changed Celtic
is a big challenge for Motherwell who have lost four of their first
six games. Craig Reid has an important role in front of the back
four. John Sutton, the not for Iain
Vigurs. Lucky that came to him on his right foot rather than his left.
Possession last by Anthony Stokes. Driving forward. Gets a good ball in
for John Sutton. That stands Celtic heart in the 19th minute. -- stuns
Celtic Park. Ye invite goes with the short and Motherwell reckon he used
his arm but the referee says no. Fraser care. Gets through EZ DA --
easy John Sutton has missed an absolute
sitter. Look of disbelief on his face. And you can understand why. He
scored once, should have scored twice. Anthony Stokes. Callum
MacGregor. Anthony Stokes again. Virgil van Dijk! Brilliant save. He
got his fingertips to Van Dijk's header and turned this onto the
post, what they stop. -- what a stop. Craig Reid got that away and
it was a sore one. Back with Kris Commons! He struck it well. But
right down the throat of the Motherwell keeper. Celtic searching
for an equaliser. And it is Callum MacGregor with a great effort.
Matched by the save. Having some match.
Nir Biton. Celtic much better in the second half with 2/2-time changes,
here is one of them, Scott Brown, bearing down on goal, penalty
given. Motherwell are furious. -- 2/2-time changes. That touch enough
to send Scott Brown down. The decision already taken. It is Kris
Commons! Midway through the second half to make it 1-1. There will be
lots of debate about the awarding of the penalty, but no difference of
opinion about how it was taken, clinical.
Having levelled things up, Celtic will want all three points.
MacGregor. Scott Brown. MacGregor's shot deflected. It is another really
good save from the goalkeeper. Kris Commons. Lovely flick from
Scott Brown. And MacGregor! Just the wrong side of the post.
Scott Brown. Great ball in and the header. Just saved and that might be
Celtic's last chance. We deserved to win the game but we made ourselves
in a bad situation with a very bad first half. We struggled of the
second half to open them and we did it much better and we get a goal
that we deserved. In the end, 1-1 is not good enough.
I thought the lads effort, desire and determination was fantastic. It
is good to get a point. We will get to the 2 penalty incidents shortly.
One was given and 1 was not. You were there today. He opted to leave
some of his main stars on the bench in the first half. You see a marked
difference in the Celtic performance. That is something they
will have to get used to. For me, Scott Brown is the heartbeat of the
team. It was a different Celtic in the second half. He is the driving
force. That is why he is the captain. Celtic missed someone
driving at the back four. Did the other players need to step
up? There was nobody really going at the back four. White and I have seen
a lot of Motherwell fans raging at the penalty incident. -- I have
seen. His hand should not have been where they were. You need to give
Scott Brown credit. People talk about honesty and he is as good as
they come. I understand why they think it is harsh. If it is given
against you, you feel hard done by. Should there have been a penalty?
There is contact. There is a fellow outside the box. I think it is a
free kick. He is off balance. He goes into the box and it is little
touch again. In modern football, wherever there is contact in the
box... It is solved. In America I can understand why he gave it but I
can understand why the Motherwell fans are not very happy. He was
fouled outside the box. His momentum has taken him there. All in all,
with the first challenge, he is trying to stay on his feet and then
he went down. Aberdeen are still looking to find their groove this
season while the tawdry are looking to get their first point. --
Pittordrie. Jim McIntyre will not know his best
starting 11 yet. It has been lost, win, loss, when,
loss for Aberdeen so far in the league. He is offside. Elation turns
to disappointment in a split 2nd. McGinn was onside. Goodwillie was
offside. Good, strong play by Goodwillie.
That shot blocked by Brown. County already swimming against the
Aberdeen tide. A great touch by Goodwillie. There
is a flamboyant see about Aberdeen this afternoon. Red shirts swarming
around the county box. A good effort from Ryan Jack. He
does not score many. He got behind that with a strong hand.
He squeezed that through. He got it all wrong. That sums up County 's
season so far. He scored the winner against Aberdeen last season and is
wondering why his team are not in front.
Aberdeen are in front now! Deservedly so. Rooney flashing their
header past Brown for his seventh of the season. Much to ponder for Jim
McIntyre. Goodwillie! It is two. And that is very clever from the gain
then Goodwillie. It is two in two. The dons should be more than 2-0 up.
It might be more at the end of this move. A good save. A few of his
team-mates asking where the pass was. Once he saw the goal, only 1
decision to make for him. He put himself under a bit of
pressure, Jack. Just as he was about to release the past... Something to
say to his Aberdeen team-mate. They almost came to blows. Craig Thomson
is going to make a booking. He will but Ryan Jack as well. Not often you
see that. The 1st-time ball to Flood. Aberdeen have options in the
middle. It is three. 3-0 and that should be three points.
This has taken a big deflection. He has had a good game.
An awkward bounce. What a save from Brown! This is outstanding
goalkeeping. The skipper is unable to inspire his
team. Lang Field says. This should surely have been County
clawing one back. The last team to open their league season with 7
straight league defeats was Aberdeen in 1999/2000. Goodwillie in to make
it four. How has he missed that? County are clear. A great ball.
Goodwillie was wheeling away to celebrate before he hit it. Maybe
you want to play with the 2 up. Something that was reviewed pleasing
today. Enough good play from both boys to suggest it is something we
will look at it again. Not a lot of positives to take from today. Never
did our jobs properly. The game was done from there.
A really attacking formation. Goodwillie upfront and it certainly
had some effect. He does not play that formation too often. I thought
both players were outstanding. Goodwillie on this occasion setting
up Rooney. He should have put the ball into the back of the net but he
makes no mistake this time. The superb header. A training field
freekick definitely. Pollack moved out of the space and allows
Goodwillie to move forward. Not an easy header but he makes a right job
of it. I'd have a great chance here to round things off in some style.
-- a great chance. They did do everything right apart from
celebrate too early. It came off the post. I am sure they would be
embarrassed about that. Pollack, the player who impresses everyone. He
seems to become ever more important for the Dons. He is very direct. He
has an end product. There are not many full-backs or teams of
full-backs who will be looking forward coming up against him. There
is a lot of pace in the Aberdeen team. That is it for them. They are
taking advantage. Ross County is at a low ebb. Absolutely. A lot of work
to be done. Aberdeen were totally dominant. They were right at the top
of their game, full of pace. I have watched Peter Grow up through the
development stages at Aberdeen. -- grow up. It could have been more
than three. I'd never having scored their 1st Premiership goal last
weekend, could St Mirren managed their first points on Friday night?
-- having scored. The Saint Mirren manager brings in
two wingers. A challenge into the back but no
free kick. Unmarked in the box and that is 1 -0
midway through the 1st half. It was straight forward. The header was
down and away for 1-0. That pass was intercepted.
Callum Ball! An immediate impact from the substitute. It is only his
second -- be 2nd of the Premiership season for the Paisley team. It is
1-1. He continues the run and gets in
from behind. Having squared the game, Callan Ball was trying to win
it. A good save. -- Ball. Archibald with the glance of his watch inside
stoppage time, well inside stoppage time. The header away. Back it
comes. Up goes Ballotoni. The defender not very happy about that
decision. Four minutes added. Got away by capital F. That is handball.
That is a penalty. Osman is the player with his arm
raised. St Mirren get their first
Premiership win of the season. So badly needed. A natural reaction of
players to put their hands up. There is not a lot you can do. I did not
think it was a foul. I am pleased for the fans. They were very vocal
tonight. They sensed there was something on offer. Enough positives
to take into Tuesday night. You need to take your chances.
They're always needs to be 1 manager under pressure at all times. In
ATommy is a very good coach. He likes to play the game in the proper
manner. -- Tommy is a very good coach. Stating that his team is
playing well. They are doing everything right but not getting
results. He knows he needs to get results. That is a huge performance
and result. Coming so late, he would be happy enough with the point. To
get three points out of that game is a big plus.
St. Mirren have been struggling in terms of injuries. With Callum Ball
they have got somebody who can give them some presence. They have missed
that upfront. He has made an impression upfront.
It is good movement. He has come on and made his mark in the game and he
will be looking to start the next game. Come up from England and they
really need a presence up their missing Steven Thompson. Decent
movement here and gets his reward. Maybe not the best defending in the
world. She has drifted off the central defender and gone towards
the ball and earlier we saw him creating a bit of space for himself
with the good feet. That is another plus for Tommy Craig. After making a
mockery of the pundit's predictions, Hamilton were looking to continue
that. Before the game, we spoke to some very happy fans. Six games, 13
point and sitting pretty at the top of the table. I think it is
incredible where we are, top of the league, so far, so good. It is
points in the bag which we did not expect. Fantastic. Good to watch,
brilliant football going forward. Great start to the season, surpassed
all expectations, we hope to keep it going.
Player-manager Alex Neill selects himself in midfield. With Martin
Canning out, Scotland where is the armband. Kilmarnock make one change
to the team. New head comes in to attack. -- new head -- Muirhead. Not
too far away with that effort. Did well to turn and get away from
Connolly. Finding Muirhead. The goalkeeper had to be alert to that
one. Gillespie. There is Crawford. Good curling effort. Fine strike
from the Hamilton midfielder. Craig Samson could take no chances there.
Barbour sending it forward. Has got the better of Gordon. Good stop by
McGovern. The goalkeeper advanced well and made the angle difficult.
Kilmarnock picking it up in the second period. Just could not hit
the target. The head away and again. Challenge. Good ball in. Magennis Is
getting closer. He had McGovern scrambling there. Good stop by the
Northern Ireland keeper. He has already scored this season. Denying
there. Johnstone. That is a lovely through pass looking for McKenzie.
McGovern to Hamilton's rescue again. Terrific pass from the finish
International. Hamilton were the better team in the first half, we
were the better team in the second half. We were resilient when we had
to the and we finished the last 20 minutes with a lack of experience in
terms of age. I thought they held their own for 20 minutes and was
very pleased. We have talked a lot about how it has been a great start
for Hamilton but also a great start for, certainly in relative terms to
last season. A lot of people would have thought
with Kris Boyd moving on that Kilmarnock might have struggled, but
it is twice as good. It can have the opposite effect. Kris Boyd was a big
player for them and with him leaving, they have to step up and
they have done that, share the responsibility that the Kris Boyd
had but it has been a great start for them and they will be delighted
with that. Kris Boyd has gone but they have Magennis upfront. Not his
day yesterday, but what does he bring? Josh is tall, strong, quick,
good in the air but does not score enough goals, that is the week right
in his game. If you are playing one up, he leads the line, he finds
space well. Unfortunate but a couple of headers, but great movement and
gets himself into a fabulous position but does not get enough
power on it. Another cross into the box, a little bit unfortunate to put
it over the bar but he has got something and is still young enough
to add the goals to his armoury. He is getting into the positions to
score, he just needs one to go in and he can go on a roll. He is
getting on the end of things. Hamilton dropping points, Inverness
could reclaim top spot with victory over St Johnstone. St. Johnstone
struggling with various injuries. Draper. Watkins. Spinning away from
Eastern. It is Shinnie's cutback and Mackay's effort which is deflected
behind. Useful looking attack. Anderson got himself in the way.
The home team dominating possession and it is Watkins! His shot is
deflected off target. Still no reward for total domination in the
first half from the home team. Came off the head of Anderson and now
Watkins for Dolan. He has a look up and plays it back in. Marley
Watkins! He scores his first goal of the season. Inverness hit the front.
Right on the hour mark. A speedy counterattack and a cracking goal.
Playing a big part for Inverness, Aaron Dolan. Left out of the team in
the first few matches of the season. Having his same now. That is Mackay.
He and Wallace leave it to each other. Shinnie Cuts it back.
Christie! Two goals in five minutes and Inverness in a really strong
position now. The Saints keeper got his hand to it but could not stop
it. And it was an horrific mix-up between Mackay and Wallace that led
to that. Can St. Johnstone give themselves some hope? Mackay to
Miller. Now it is Lee Croft. Miller's Cross, Brian Graham! He
makes it 2-1. In his third game for St. Johnstone, his second goal and
that brings the game back to life. Miller. Brian Easton's cross. And
Morgan. Off-balance as he struck it, the substitute and he fired
wide. Lee Croft's corner. Shinnie Escorts it to safety. Was there a
push here, certainly looked like it. Sitting at the top of the league,
important we got back to winning ways against a hard-working St.
Johnstone team who always give us a tough match, not much between the
teams and grateful that we are back to winning ways. Disappointing to go
a goal behind with another mistake. Come back well from 2-0 to force the
issue and that is when we showed the true side of ourselves but just
saying to the lads, it has to be for 90 minutes, not just the last 20.
Marley Watkins among the goals, John Hughes was raving about him and he
has been a player who has been important for Inverness at various
times. He kind of plays off the right or left. He can drift into
space and what I like about him, when he gets the ball wide he tries
to get into the box to get on the end of things. He gets his goal and
in another clip he does a similar thing and does not get the goal but
is drifting in and off the lines and he looks like a good player. One of
these players that Inverness have been good at finding from the lower
reaches of English football, bringing in and finding their feet
in the Scottish Premiership. Another one is Aaron Doran. They play either
wing but not as wingers. Watkins likes to come into the park, starts
outside but likes to get involved in the game and into the box. He is a
great find. John Hughes working with him on a daily basis and thinks very
highly of him. John Hughes somebody that you know well and things going
well for Inverness right at the top. John Hughes likes his teams to
retain possession and circulate the ball. It is all well and good doing
that if you don't have a cutting edge, but they do have and I like
the way that John Hughes manages team. Thank you very much. The
Scottish Premiership table looks good for Dundee United fans this
evening. It is a busy week in the League Cup
and we have live football on Wednesday night.
Coverage of all the games on radio and online as well.
It has been a momentous week for Scotland but the love of the game
still unites as, stacks of it to come on Sportscene on the weeks and
months ahead. From all of us here, good night.