22/09/2013 Sportscene


22/09/2013

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the new SPFL Scottish Premiership, with comment on and analysis of the week's main talking points.


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Good evening. We continue to have an interesting race at the top of the

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Scottish premiership. Admittedly, it is only September. We have two

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interesting desks, never short of an opinion. Craig Gordon and Stuart

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Lovell join us to discuss red card, angry managers and an early

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contender for goal of the season. Plenty to keep you entertained for

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the next 45 minutes. Sunday postal service from Dundee and Motherwell.

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Will St Johnstone hit Celtic on the rebound? Have St Mirren saved their

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best for Hibernian? Ross County and hearts. We start at Tannadice, where

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a done deal to side on the up first Motherwell. Stuart McCall side

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starting to find their Scottish premiership strike. They won their

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last three matches. United were fresh from their Highland goals raid

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against Ross County. What a chance that was. Right in

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front of the goal. Zaine Francis-Angol is quick.

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Half an hour gone. Terrific play from Zaine Francis-Angol. That was

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emphatic. Good play and good finish. 1-0. Keith Lasley. Simon Ramsden.

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Andy Robinson 's past. -- pass. That was pretty impressive from Dundee.

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Keith Lasley, blocked. Nadir Ciftci seizes the opportunity to score

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again. He rattles in his fourth goal for Dundee.

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Andy Robinson. He is off. Nothing much standing in his way. Robinson

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's first goal for them to you it. - - Robinson 's first goal for Dundee

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to. Looks like Keith Lasley to strike

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it. So close. Lovely skill from the DS if they. - - lovely skill from

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Nadir Ciftci. Brilliant setup from him. Lionel Ainsworth, off the

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bench. Spectacular from the substitute. But as Lord Chesney act

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- - Radoslaw Cierzniak. I thought we had a far better second

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half. I thought we deserved to take the lead. Disappointed. It is

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probably a 2-point drop. I have two congratulate them from coming back.

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Keith Lasley hit the inside of the post with that free kick. Four

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goals, in terms of the spectacle of football, how good a match was that?

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It was a great match. And no surprise, really. If I had been to

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see any match in the premiership, a would hoping that one it was a

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cracker. Lionel Ainsworth, what a strike. Would you have managed to

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save this? I don't know, I doubt it. Plenty of space opened in front of

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him, and he just thought he might as well have a go. It is a great

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finish. What about the defensive

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deficiencies we saw at times in this game?

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That was a brilliant goal. It was kind of like the parting of the red

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Sea. As a keeper, you would be too

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impressed with having thrown at you, I take it? No. They will not be

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happy with that. Next to the team with the best record in Scottish

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premiership history. Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Terry Butcher

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side have been a revelation, peering down from the top of the table on a

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rest. Could they keep it going? They faced what was sure to be a tough

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test away to Aberdeen. Leah McLeod was watching.

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I think he was blocked by his own man there. Zola got in the way.

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Peter Pawlett has started the season so impressively. Zola, Cammy Smith.

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That was really strong from Dean Brill. The corner again. That was

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concertante for is the referee has opted something. Good first half. No

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goals. . And Dean Brill, again. Instinctive. Graeme Shinnie.

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Draper, sidestepping away from Smith.

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Jonny Hayes was caught late there. Craig Thomson has been busy this

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afternoon. A wonderful finish from Scott

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Vernon. His first of the season, and what a way to grab it.

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Terry Butcher has forgotten what it is like to lose a match.

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He was rewarded for his persistence. It gives us a chance to assess and

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think, what didn't we do on Saturday, what can we do to put that

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right in the future? A strange taste of defeat for Terry Butcher.

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Not too tricky when you consider the start to the season they've had. I'm

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sure before the ball was kicked they will have snatched their hand off so

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they'll be pleased. Disappointing to lose and your winning run to come to

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an end, but by all accounts they competed very well and one goal in

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it, there wasn't too much to be disappointed about.

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Great win for Aberdeen. Scott Vernon with the goal. He's been crying out

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for a goal. How much will this mean to him? Strikers thrive on the

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confidence from scoring goals. That's his first of the season and

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the Aberdeen fans will be hoping that sets him off on a run now.

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Unorthodox build-up? Yes, very scrappy and Inverness are deep

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trying to defend their box. Take nothing away from the finish.

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Absolutely no chance there. The back four to be out of the box.

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They would have been able to deal with the ball in the box easier, but

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credit where it's due. A big win for Aberdeen. So many

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people tipping them for big things. They celebrated like this was a

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massive win for them. They'll be looking to try to get the

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second spot. Don't let Inverness get too far away

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from them. There's a big win for them. They have experienced players

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to come back to the fold to help strengthen the claim for that so

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things are looking good for them. Plenty more football to Comptonite.

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And we have live football for you on Wednesday night too. It's in the

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League Cup. Aberdeen will be hoping to follow up the win over Inverness.

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They are away to Falkirk. And still to Comptonite:

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Two managers who know all about pressure. Danny Lennon, faces Hibs.

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After their bright start to the season, St Johnston went into the

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weekend without a within in three games. They were away to Celtic and

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things didn't look too hopeful for Tommy Wright's side. Having said

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that, would the Scottish champions be suffering from a Champions League

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hangover? Heartbreak for Celtic. Goes into the

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back of the net. Balotelli. The rebound goes in. It's AC my listen

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2, Celtic 0. Celtic still chasing the European

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Dream, but it was back to domestic duties, T Johnstone the visitors in

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the East End. Commentary from John Barnes.

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Celtic looking for a change in form after European matches. Failed to

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win six of their domestic games last season played after European ties.

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Six out of 12. Here is Matthews. His throw. Oh, and he has the shot.

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And he gets the goal, his second for Celtic, his first start for the club

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and it comes after ten minutes. His effort straight through the

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goalkeeper. Mulgrew.

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And Celtic 2-0 in front. Charlie Mulgrew on the score sheet once

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more. That trusted left foot of his from 25 yards range.

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May have taken a little nick off a St Johnstone defender.

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Very alert and very productive and create creative on the right-wing so

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far. Here is Stokes. Should have been a better connection. Good cross

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in from Stokes. Seemed to come off the shoulder of the Dutchman.

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Good switch of play from Stokes. So close to number three for Celtic.

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They are well and truly on top. Weatherspoon. Good delivery in. Just

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over the top. That effort silences the home

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support. Mulgrew's corner. Stokes at the back and cleared off the line by

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Maclean. Initially the effort looked to be

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blocked. May. Millar ahead of him. Millar

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with a chance and Parried away by Foster.

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Mackay. Good spell for St Johnstone. Caddice and St Johnstone have pulled

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a goal back with eight minutes left to play. And now Foster won't

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release the ball and the referee is having to split them up. Mackay's

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delivery in, got ahead of Van Dijk. The day after his 20th birthday,

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he'll have enjoyed that goal, Liam Caddice.

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Now St Johnstone are looking for the leveller. Maclean. He's gone to

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ground. Looking for a penalty. But the referee was close to the

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incident. McDonald. May. It's off the post!

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McKay and Foster to Celtic's rescue. That may well have secured the three

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points for the Parkhead club, that super save there by the English

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goalkeeper. It wasn't a penalty, no, it's

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rubbish. Steven has a tendency to go down. All players go Down Under a

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challenge all the time. REPORTER: Easily? Well, listen, I've

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a golden rule, I don't comment on opposition's players, so maybe Neil

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shouldn't comment on mine. The managers having a spat there

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over the Maclean penalty claim incident. Stuart, was there any way

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this was a penalty or was it a dive? I was sitting on the gantry

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yesterday and from 60 yards away I didn't think there was much contact.

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When you see it on the slow-mo, there doesn't appear to be so. The

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referee's done well to call this one the way he did because the

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temptation is, you think they may have clipped heels, but I don't

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think that was the case, it wasn't a penalty. Surprised that Neil Lennon

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said he had a tendency to do this? I mean from the evidence, there was

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little contact? I don't think he has a great reputation for doing that,

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it wasn't a penalty, but the penalty did excellent there, he's in a great

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position to call it and has made the right decision. That could have been

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the difference many the game and I think that's what angered Neil

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Lennon. That could have been the difference between one point and

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three. Thankfully the referee got that right. Two teams now. He's a

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penalty box striker and I would expect Pukki to go on to great

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things. First goal against Hearts last week. Fraser Foster on the

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other hand, was there any sense that he might have been at fault for the

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St Johnstone goal? A little too close to his near post when the

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cross comes in. The ball goes back, freeze it there, he's not

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re-adjusted his position back into the middle of the goal. He might

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have given himself the chance to get the cross, not saying he could have

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definitely; but there was a chance if his position had been better and

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he could have done that. Making the vital save at the end there,

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match-winning contribution to ensure they get the three points. Ended up

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being a good day for him. How do you define the Celtic performance? I was

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there and they were utterly dominant for three quarters of the match, yet

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St Johnstone almost snatched the point? Celtic should have been out

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of sight by the hour mark. Jtsedz a couple of substitutions gave them

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fresh impetus. Celtic were hanging on at the end kind of which is

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bizarre because they were the better team over the 90 my opinions. --

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minutes. To be fair to the Hibs boss, things are on the up. Four

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matches unbeaten, 2-1 winners last week and sunshine on Leith

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threatening to break out at Easter Road. These are pretty dark days for

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Danny Lennon at St Mirren. Every week, his future is being discussed.

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One point on the board so far. Could he finally get that much-needed

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victory? Couldn't have gotten off to a much

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better start for Hibbs or worse for St Mirren. This was Collins' second

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in as many games as Hibs took a lead in the tenth minute.

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Hibs paid £200,000 for Collins. The money looks like it might have been

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well spent as he cracked in another effort that wasn't far off.

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The home side were looking much the better side against the lacklustre

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St Mirren, the shot from Hevron pushed wide by Dylan The green tide

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continued to flow in a goal ward direction in the second half as St

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Mirren tried to keep a foothold. Craig with the shot this time.

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After the bad start to the season, they are now playing football that's

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getting decent results. Heffernon made it 2-0, sealing another defeat

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on St Mirren. The Paisley side were offering

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precious little and Hibs might have scored again. This set-up from

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Collins ruled out for offside. Robertson with the initial drive. A

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moment of slightly nervous goalkeeping footwork almost led to a

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goal of the season contender from Craig.

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Suddenly life looks brighter foreHibs and Fenlon.

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Grainger picked up a yellow card. Then, when he blasted this free kick

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against maybury, it capped off another bad day for Saints, as he

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was given his marching orders. Will Danny Lennon now get his marching

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orders from the St Mirren board? You have to keep working hard and have a

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belief in what you are doing. They worked tremendously hard and are

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trying to form into game day. That's a big difference. Just keep

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believing and having faith. I look at other managers who're under the

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same pressure as last season. In terms of having a second half of the

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season to turn it around, derrick Adams, one game in nine, but he's a

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fantastic second half to the season. Lomas, who I think was one game in

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four or something, we are beyond that now, but again he goes and

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turns that corner quickly. Those both clubs are rewarded by having

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faith in their manager and turning it around. I believe we can do the

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same. We'll have our weekly Danny Lennon discussion shortly. Can Danny

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Lennon take inspiration from Pat Fenlon who was under pressure at the

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beginning of the season and who is now five matches unbeaten?

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Absolutely. There was pressure for Fenlon with a slow start to the

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season from Hibernian. The spotlight's moved on somewhere else

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and I think Danny would do well to look at that and think, if we can

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get a few results, turn things around, invariably, that may well be

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what happens. It would be lovely for us to see, maybe go a whole season

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without a manager getting sacked. That would be a refreshing change.

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Unlikely I think possibly. But we shall see. In terms of the chances

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there, Craig, it was pretty much wall-to-wall Hibs chances. A very

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busy afternoon for this young goalkeeper between the sticks for St

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Mirren. How impressed were you by him?

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I was quite impressed. I was a nervous moment. They should probably

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take that first time, but he still gets the ball away. I think he will

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be very happy with his first start. It is a great start. Stewart, let's

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talk about Danny Lennon. Next game for them we tomorrow, against

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Aberdeen. Can he hang onto his job? It is quite obvious, they need to

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get winning, and quickly. Hearts have stuttered a little bit. They

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have lost their last three games. They are still in a position of

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strength. Danny knows the game. All managers understand they are under

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pressure to get results. More football to come tonight. It never

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ends. Online, you can watch Scottish premiership highlights any time you

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like on the BBC Sport website. Still to come: Probably yesterday 's most

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in ten - - probably yesterday 's most entertaining game in the

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Scottish premiership, Kilmarnock the visitors at Partick Thistle.

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If hearts are going to move off the bottom of the table, Ross County are

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one of the sites that inmates have their eye on. It has been a tough

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season so far for Derek Adams side. They started the day 12 point and

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head of a young hearts side, still trying to make inroads.

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Ross County created plenty of chances early on. Despite their

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efforts, the visitors went ahead. Kevin McHattie whipped in a goal.

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Although the home side dominated for much of the match, hearts did

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threaten. Callum Paterson got some luck there, but couldn't get it in.

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It was a good effort. Despite being on the back foot, Mark Brown have to

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look lively. It looks as though hearts were going to hang on. They

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kept playing. Melvin de Leeuw did well. The goal came in the 89th

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minute full is. - - the goal came in the 89th minute. The Ross County

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captain provided the finish. Over the 90 minutes, I thought we

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played well, created openings. I think we deserved to take something.

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It was a kick in the teeth for us. It has cost us. That was a

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fantastically true. It is a big blow for them. Difficult to bounce back?

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It is up to them to bounce back. What will it mean, the second when?

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They made such a mark last season. How much better can they get? I

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think Ross County see themselves as a progressive club. Somebody has to

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be that charging for second place. I think we all agree Celtic will

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probably win the league. It was massive for them.

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In a late plot twist, the last match of the night is actually one of the

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best. Partick Thistle brand of attacking foot boat has an plenty of

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plaudits and a decent haul of points. They were up against a cool

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Marnoch side still searching for their first win of the season.

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Aaron Muirhead. Patrick Little ahead. - - Partick Thistle head.

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Sean Clohessy. It is a great cross. Mickelson failed to get the target.

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Kilmarnock have levelled three minutes into the second half. Sean

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Clohessy was alone for so long. Kris Boyd, well, we know what he can do.

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Kilmarnock are starting to find a rhythm in the second half. Stephen

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O'Donnell takes it away. Terrific cross over from Michael Gardyne.

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That was certainly the pick of the bunch.

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Hopefully, we can work on that. The boys were playing good football.

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There have really beaded of contentious decisions this week.

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What about his penalty decision? I think if you saw this anywhere else,

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you would say yes. A little bit reckless and clumsy. I

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agree. The goalkeeper is both played well

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in this match. Scott Fox. That first one was really sharp.

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This was also a good save. Craig Samson probably edges it. This was a

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really good save. It is very important. Great save.

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Let's talk about co-Marnoch. - - Kilmarnock. It is amazing what a

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wing can do. Think about Pat Fenlon. It is just small steps. Try and get

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a clean sheet, then hopefully work towards getting a result. Thank you

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very much. That is it now. What does it mean for the table? Let's have a

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look. ? in terms of the action. What will

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the back pages look like tomorrow? We can have a sneak preview.

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that is Lionel Ainsworth and that sensational strike. We have bled out

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the bottom section. That is to make sure we do not spoil much of the

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day. I think we all do she Celtic will

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win the title. Who's using will be the best of the rest? I think it is

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so tight. Inverness have had a great start. By burning them have been

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doing really well. Motherwell, Dundee. It will be exciting. Thanks

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very much. That is it for another week. Sportscene is back on

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Wednesday night. We are back same time next weekend. See you. Good

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