23/10/2016 Sportscene


23/10/2016

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL. St Johnstone v Dundee, Inverness v Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle v Ross County.


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Good evening and welcome to Sportscene. We have highlights from

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the weekend's three Premiership games, and reaction from today's Old

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Firm League Cup final today. In the company of Steven Thompson and Scott

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McDonald. We begin in Perth for the Tayside derby between St Johnstone

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and Dundee. COMMENTATOR: Sam Johnstone looking

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to bounce back from defeat against Kilmarnock last weekend. David

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Wotherspoon starting in preference to Blair Alston.

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Lovely flick, great touch and a chance for McGowan to create for

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Teijsse. What a chance, what a mess. Paul Hartley is jumping around in

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the technical area in frustration. You don't get opportunities to much

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better than this to open the scoring. But 1- to between

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Wotherspoon and Foster. Hope made the challenge. Still alive for

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Davidson. Skewing that across goal. Just behind Chris Cain. There looked

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to be a bit of contact there in the box between Holt and Maclean. The

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pair got tangled up. Steven MacLean didn't make a great deal of fuss

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about it. This looks promising. Down goes

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Murray Davidson with little contact involved. That is how it seemed from

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here. Yellow forcing elation is the charge against Davidson. There did

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not seem an awful lot of reason for Murray Davidson for hitting the deck

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here. No way past Hateley. St Johnstone do

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have the ball now. Great skill from Swanson, lovely nutmeg, and plenty

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behind the strike. There is the nutmeg of McGowan. The shot,

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although well struck, straight at Bain. Diving header from Foster.

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Wotherspoon looking for the 1-2. Davidson, and a free kick will be

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given for the late challenge on Murray Davidson.

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Swirling in at the back post, Steven Anderson strikes for St Johnstone!

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In the 62nd minute, it is his third goal of the campaign. Following in

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the free kick from Craig. It was delivered into a good area. Steven

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Anderson was completely unmarked. Chris Cain. Foster, good ball in.

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Down goes Steven MacLean, penalty. It is a yellow card for Kevin Gomis.

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It is a chance for the Perth team, you would imagine at this stage, to

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make the points safe. It was all a bit obvious. It is Danny Swanson,

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and it is half a dozen successful penalties for him this season. His

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ninth goal of the campaign. And that could be the goal, you would

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imagine, that means there is no way back for Dundee, the goal which will

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keep the dark Blues at the bottom of the Premiership, and hoist St

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Johnstone up to a share of third place.

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Steven MacLean, and now Swanson. This looks threatening. Lovely ball

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in. Back off the bar from Michael Coulson. Delicious go from Danny

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Swanson. The looping header bounces back off the bar.

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Teijsse, was there a push? Yes, there was. Penalty given. A chance

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for Dundee to at least get a goal back. It was fairly obvious, wasn't

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it, from Steven Anderson. It is Rory Loy, and it is 2-1. A fourth goal of

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the campaign for Rory Loy. Injecting late hoping to this for Dundee. I am

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really pleased with how we played and moved the ball. We worked all

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week on it. Moving the ball quick, getting the full-backs involved in

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the game, getting them high up the pitch. Delighted to win, but I

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wouldn't like to have the last 2-3 minutes again, because we put

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ourselves in a position that we shouldn't have been in. We are in

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the position where we are having a fight right now. We haven't got

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enough points. It is not good enough. We had to take

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responsibility, and do our talking on the pitch. STUDIO: Sam Johnstone

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back to winning ways at another defeat. Did the referee get this

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right? He got one right and got one wrong. I don't think there is an

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awful lot of content between Gomis and Steven MacLean. The goalkeeper

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is cited. A note in the back? It is soft. I'd like one of those every

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week. This one is slightly more obvious. Steven Anderson here, two

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armed push in the back. Clearly a penalty kick. It is a blatant push.

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Just the two hands. The referee is in a perfect position to see that

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one as well. It will be a good win in the end forcing Johnstone, but

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how big are the defensive problems for Dundee? St Johnstone played very

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well, but Dundee did not defend well. They are trying to hold the

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line. Darren O'Dea drops, and for a player of his experience, he will be

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disappointed. Darren O'Dea knows how to defend. You can see Michael

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Coulson makes a run into the box. Unbelievable skill from Swanson, and

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a header coming back. Problems for Dundee defensively. Here again,

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Gomis is deeper than the rest of the players. When the ball is played in,

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he goes to sleep. Watch this. If Steven MacLean headed back across

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goal, it is a tap in. There are problems defensively. Paul Hartley

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admits there is a fight on their hands, bottom of the table, five

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straight defeats, how much pressure is he under? Massive pressure. Five

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straight defeats, no wins in nine, three points from 27. Massive

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pressure. The game on Wednesday becomes a huge game against Partick

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Thistle. If they can win, it could be a catalyst for them. Good three

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points for St Johnstone. They churn them out. That is them up to third.

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Level on points with Hearts. Was Murray Davidson lucky to stay on the

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pitch? I think he was. He was booked for a dive here. He is arguing with

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a couple of Dundee players that he accidentally fell over. As we see

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here, it is probably a nine. He gets booked for that one. He is on a

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booking. In this challenge. You can see it is definitely dangerous play.

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The referee lets get away with this one. Ouch. Not where you want to get

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kicked. Definite yellow, maybe even a read. He was lucky Tuesday on.

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Neither Partick this'll all Ross County have managed a win in their

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last 13 league matches combined. Yesterday provided a fresh start.

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Not the best start to the season. We need goals. We are lacking

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confidence. We will finish sixth or seventh. Fifth, maybe. Top ten if we

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are lucky. This'll change shape. A couple of

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changes for Ross County after heavy defeat from Aberdeen.

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This all doing all the early pressing in this match. This is as

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these against Andrew Davies. Davies sticking to his task. Giving away a

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corner kick. Sean Welsh's one. Down goes Kris

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Doolan and a penalty has been awarded. The referee spotted

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something amiss. He had no hesitation as the corner was swung

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in. The ball flicked on there and Doolan goes down under the tackle of

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Ryan Dow. Sean Welsh, coolly taken. The dominance of the match so far

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has merited this. Welsh with a third goal of the season to give his side

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the advantage. County will be looking to do much better in the

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second period. They haven't been at the races so

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far. A chance here. There is current. So close to the equaliser.

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The chance might still be on. Into the arms of the grateful Ryan

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Scully. Curran coming closest. Partick this'll will want to add to

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their lead. They are always susceptible to that kind of mood.

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The challenge from Osman. A free kick goes Thistle's way. Into the

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feet of Azeez. He goes down looking for the penalty kick. The referee,

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in fact, has awarded a free kick against him. It will be a booking

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for Azeez. Paul Quinn not happy with Aziz going to ground. They yellow

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card shown to the Thistle striker forcing elation. He rather frozen

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self to the ground -- for simulation. Can Ross County create

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something here? The ball comes all the way through to the certitude. --

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to the substitute. Here goes Azeez. He is through on

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goal and is clipped. Just a yellow card. County not happy at all that

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they were denied a penalty. The cross came in from van der Weg. It

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is a clumsy challenge. A let off for Thistle.

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Ziggy Gordon backing, allowing but a shot at goal. An injury time

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equaliser for Ross County. They had barely been in the game until the

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last few minutes. Again, Partick Thistle have conceded late. They did

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so last week against Hamilton Accies, and they were punished

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thereby Chris Burke. His first goal for Ross County. A late leveller

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from Chris Burke. Is there time for a Ross County winner? The visiting

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fans in the main stand will be hoping so.

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A fine save by Ryan Scully from Ryan Dow. That could so easily have been

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the three points for the visitors. I can't keep feeling sorry for

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ourselves. We drew the match, which feels like a defeat. We have to

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stand up and be counted, no one else will help. We have been in this

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position before a number of times. I feel Partick Thistle dominated the

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first half. They came out of the traps far better than us. So we

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changed things in the second half. I thought we were far better in the

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second half and finished the game really strong. After eight hours of

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golf free football, Ross County finally find the back of the net --

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gold free football. Lacking cohesion in the final third. They are playing

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well, but in the final third, they are making poor choices. Azeez

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should give them something. Maybe make a run across the defenders, but

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does neither. It has to come out wide. Ross County are getting

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numbers back and the attack fizzles out. It was indicative of how

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Partick played yesterday. Azeez makes this run well, but they

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do not give it to him. He has options, decides to shoot, poor

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choices. We see Elliot breaking down the right-hand side. Azeez just

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rocks, does not really make a run. Perfect opportunity to play it on

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the inside. They will be screaming, saying, get out the box.

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The poor referees are under the microscope tonight. In this match,

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did he get it right? For the first one, definitely. In my eyes, it is a

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complete penalty. He gets the to the ball, did not see too many

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complaints from the players. I can see why this one was not given, it

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could easily have been given as well. But this one here, the context

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mac contact is made. But he takes another touch and then tumbles. It

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is a definite penalty. It is more a penalty than it is not, but I can

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see why the referee has chosen not to give it.

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I cannot believe there were not more clubs interested in him.

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Inverness and Kilmarnock began the weekend level

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on points as they met at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

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Kilmarnock aiming to build on that away victory

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Caley Thistle hoping to pick themselves back up after that

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Inverness bring back Meekings to central defence. Jonathan Byrne was

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injured early in the win overseen Johnson.

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Anderson knocking it high. Here is McKenzie.

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He is looking for Kula Bali -- Coulibaly. It's Coulibaly himself.

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And he picked it home. Williams seemed to get a hand to it but could

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not keep it out. McKay, cotton possession nearby Jones. No Tyson.

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Jones continues his run. It was Coulibaly beer, and he should have

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done better, and he knows it. It was good play in the flank from Tyson.

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But it came off the side of Coulibaly and into the keeper.

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McKay. Anderson's header, going the wrong way. In towards Doumbouya.

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Inverness trying to maintain a good run of home form. They have only

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suffered one defeat in the last four, and that was to last weekend.

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-- to Rangers last weekend. Here is Jones, he is giving McKay a hard

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time of it so far in this first half. It's Coulibaly's shot blocked

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the. It looked like Meekings was the man who made the stop. Kilmarnock

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have not had a win in their last nine visits here.

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That was creeping in at the post, but for the arrival of Jamie

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McDonald. -- MacDonald. And it is off the post. Kris Boyd,

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whose old me on the park for a couple of minutes as a substitute,

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takes a deflection. -- who is only on the park.

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And that is the equaliser. Four minutes from the end. And it is

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Doumbouya with a second goal for Inverness. And he may well have

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denied Kilmarnock the three points. Kilmarnock could not get it clearer

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and the striker took full advantage. Is there still time for a

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Kilmarnock? Here is Taylor. McKenzie was thinking about the short, it

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came off the post. It just will not go for the visitors. One piece is

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how this might finish. It can be tough to get the players

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going again, but I have to ask whether my passion and the team talk

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was good enough. Have a look at yourself before you look to blame

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other people. A disappointed dressing room, we will dust

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ourselves down. It is an indication to people that we are strong team.

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We have got quality we can battle. The points are shared between them.

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We have seen doom and gloom for a Kilmarnock so far this season.

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Things look more likely, Jones, someone that you knew at

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Middlesbrough. Another hot prospect from the Middlesbrough Academy. He

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has always been seen as somebody with something different, that

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little bit of talent. He was more of a central player, but he seems to

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have found his position for him. He loves being direct, beating players,

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he goes on to get into the box to try to get on the end of things. I

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think Coulibaly should do better there. A lovely little trickier. --

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trick. It Israeli exciting for Kilmarnock to have a player like

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that. He really quick. He has got pace to burn. He is a player that

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gets fans after seats. It has come together. At the back,

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was Addison competent? They do not know. He should have

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been giving depth, but he goes and gets in a bit of a mess. When you

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tried to recover, he comes into the picture, slips, tries to defend with

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his head. I think John Terry did that a few years ago. He's in good

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company. , And it will be disappointed, it is far too easy. A

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ball into the box that is not dealt with immediately. Addison tries to

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use his head to clear the ball. He would be better to get his body in

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front of it. Strange defending. Kilmarnock and Inverness on the same

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points. This league is crazy at the moment. We have talked about Paul

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Hartley been under pressure, but there is only a few points between

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him and the other teams. And after all that,

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the Ladbrokes Premiership No change in the top three,

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but St Johnstone now level Dundee bottom of the

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table on six points. It's been huge weekend

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of semi-finals in the Yesterday Aberdeen reached the final

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after they beat Morton 2-0. Today it was all about

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the Old Firm derby. Rangers and Celtic vying for a place

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in the final. A showdown at Hampden

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Park this afternoon. An absolutely fantastic semifinal

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here which finishes with Celtic taking on Aberdeen next month. A

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very clever late finish from Dembele, a man in serious form. Pat,

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Celtic were superb on the day. The only difference between this game

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and a 5-1 defeat in the league last month was the fact he did not take

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all of their chances. They had their chances, in the last third day could

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have done better on your decision-making. He will be

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delighted to be in the final. It was a great game, I really enjoyed it.

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Celtic had the class, Dembele's finish was superb. They had the

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opportunity to bring on quality players who also created something

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for Celtic. Brendan Rodgers was powering about his team after words

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-- air. I think Rangers did their job tactically. I think if they had

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gone with Wallace high and wide on one side and Leicester centre has

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exposed, they could have been in trouble. -- and left the centre has

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to fix posed. Tactically, nearly spot on for a Rangers but Celtic

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have moved on to another level. They were fantastic today, they hit the

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crossbar, perhaps one wrongly ruled out as well. Aberdeen beat Martin

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2-0 yesterday in the League Cup final for the chance to lift the

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first over where of the Scottish football season -- beat Greenock

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Morton. Were Celtic deserved winners today?

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Had you not think anyone could argue that they were not deserved winners

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today. Had they taken their chances earlier on in the game, it could

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have been a few more. Rangers, to their credit, stayed in the game. He

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thought that the longer that it went on, they kid get it. Overall, Celtic

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finally got that goal. It was absorbing stuff. Mark Warburton

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suggesting afterwards that the gap had shrunk between Rangers and

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Celtic, would you go on with that? No, the gap is still there.

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Rangers's performances in recent weeks have improved. Tactically they

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got it right today, but the gap remains. In terms of the final, what

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would you see about that? Aberdeen against Celtic, mouthwatering.

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Aberdeen are capable of getting a result against in the body. Yes,

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Celtic could get the double, it would be great if Brendan Rodgers

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could do it. And abridged Sportscene for you

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tonight. We are back to the full hour next weekend. Until then, good

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Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Highlights of the weekend's Premiership action. St Johnstone host Dundee, while Inverness take on Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle entertain Ross County.


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