26/12/2015 Sportscene


26/12/2015

Highlights of the day's matches, including Aberdeen v Inverness, Dundee Utd v Motherwell, Hamilton v Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle v Johnstone and Ross County v Dundee.


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Good afternoon and welcome to a results show Christmas special.

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All right, so it's nothing special, but it is Christmas.

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Football-flavoured fun furnished by our reporters around the country,

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with banter brought to you by Pat Nevin and Michael

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Now before we start our Boxing Day bounce around the grounds,

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I'll tell you about some matches that have been postponed

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Among them the Premiership matches between Dundee United

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and Motherwell, and Partick Thistle and St Johnstone are off,

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as is the Championship game between Raith and Alloa.

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Right, to the festive fixtures that are afoot.

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We will start at Pittodrie. Second Aberdeen are playing Internet.

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Let's hear from Scott Davie. It is 2-1 to Inverness Caley Thistle.

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Aberdeen have a chance to go top if they win. They are coming back into

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it after losing goals to Liam Polworth under Greg Tansey penalty.

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Niall McGinn has brought them back into the match. A bad mistake by the

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central defence, allowing Niall McGinn to score. The pressure is now

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on. There will be quite a bit of injury time because Owain Fon

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Williams, the Caley Thistle goalkeeper, getting as serious head

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injury. He is playing on with his head in bandages. Can Aberdeen

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managed to rescue themselves? Off we go to Dingwall. Ross County

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and Dundee. Plenty of excitement. What a game.

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Craig Stewart set up Kane Hemmings for the opener. Liam Boyce got the

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equaliser. In the second half, Kane Hemmings again. Michael Gardini

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equalised and then Jackson Irving gave them the lead.

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-- Jackson Irvine. Plenty of goals there. Jonathan Sutherland is

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watching Kilmarnock and Hamilton. One goal in this match. It was a

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freaking loopy effort, it has to be seen to be believed. The match is

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getting lively towards the end., niqab never won at New Douglas Park.

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Could today be the day? We will also find out what is happening in the

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Championship match between Falkirk and Dumbarton. It is 1- 04 Falkirk.

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The home fans are full of these festive spirit thanks to Blair

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Alston's straight in the first half. The home side dominating in dreadful

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conditions. A nice Christmas message from Brian

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McLauchlin. Let's see of Charlie Mann can philosopher the festive

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cheer. He is in Paisley Western men are playing Livingston.

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Not for St Mirren funds. St Mirren Park is make Paisley nightmare is

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continuing. They have not won at home in the legal season and they

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are losing to Livingston, 4-1. If the score stays the same, St

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Mirren will be second bottom. We will talk about that later. Michael,

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you are not pleased, Aberdeen are trailing Inverness, 2-1. I did not

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see that coming. This is the result that will ruin Christmas. Aberdeen

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have been a bean on a terrific run. They had great support today,

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nudging towards 20,000. If they lose, the supporters will feel let

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down. They are putting on a late rally, Niall McGinn getting a goal

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back. It sounds great from Inverness, they will be backing the

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top six if it stays like this. Everyone knows how it is in the

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bottom of the league up to the middle. If Aberdeen are losing 2-0

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and they managed to scrape a draw, psychologically it will not be a bad

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position. Celtic have a tough game coming up going away to Hearts. That

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is not given by any manner of means. Ross County are up on Dundee, 4-2.

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They are going great guns, county. They have had a sticky spell of

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late. Yes, but they have got goal-scorers. Billy Dodds was a

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striker. He spends as much time organising that as anyone else. Liam

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Boyce is scoring lots of goals for them just now. He has got 12. If you

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are scoring for Michael goals at home, generally you will get a

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victory from that. They are a team with a lot of confidence. They have

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had our ups and downs, but since that difficult time when they first

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took over, it has been a very good job from them. Killie are winning

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1-0 away to Hamilton. Both sides need a victory, Watmore put -- but

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Killie have been under real pressure, Gary Locke in particular.

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Neither team has been winning recently. Hamilton Academical have

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one now on in nine. Gary Locke is under pressure. If they can hang on,

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it will relieve some of that. Speaking of pressure, are Falkirk

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are playing some pressure on Hibs and Rangers? They are not that far

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out of it. I heard about it on BBC radio this week, that Falkirk are on

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a good run. They have got a game today and begin midweek as well.

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Knowing that Hibernian are playing against Rangers at Ibrox, someone

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will drop points. They have every chance of getting back into it.

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People have said it is Rangers against a burning. Falkirk are

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loving the fact they are tucked in nicely. Michael, can you read St

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Mirren out of the play-offs in the Championship? Rate them out of the

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division! That is Alex rev's first proper match in charge, picking the

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team. It is at home, in Paisley, and you're losing 4-1 to the team that

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started the day in second bottom. St Mirren look like a club that it does

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not matter what they do, it does not work for them. They have been

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relegated last season and they could go through this division as well.

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That would be catastrophic for the infrastructure of the club and its

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finances. Just because of the income that gets cut off if you're outside

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the top two divisions. Merry Christmas to you as well. Let's go

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to the Premiership and get more details on the matches. We will

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start at Pittodrie and Scott Davie. It is still 2- for Caley Thistle.

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There are a few minutes of stoppage time. Perhaps five minutes. Quite a

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long time for Inverness to hang on. Aberdeen are trying to salvage

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something from a game they have dominated in terms of territory.

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They have failed to create much. Much more hurried and more thought

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going into things now. Niall McGinn drives in a shot. It has gone

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whistling past the post. Lovely improvisation from Niall McGinn who

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has brought his side back into the game. His 57th goal from the club.

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It was a bad mistake by Warren, the captain of Inverness. You try to

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clear his lines and did not take the opportunity. Niall McGinn pinch the

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ball and slid it into the back of the net to bring Aberdeen into a

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game. Liam Polworth got his second goal of the season, his second in

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successive games. Good play by Ross Draper, reinstated after injury. He

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outmuscled Paul Quinn and pulled it back for a Liam Polworth to score.

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Then more disaster for Quinn as he needlessly push Ross Draper over. It

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was a penalty, Greg Tansey scoring from that. Aberdeen showing lots of

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character, for eating for everything. -- fighting for

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everything. The referee is going to get the yellow carded for Jonny

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Hayes who has taken his complaints to fire. It has been a fiery

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encounter in a terrible day for football.

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Nicely poised right now. Off to Victoria Park and Dingwall.

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An update from channels. No advance on 4-2. I do not like cliches but

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Christmas cracker is unavoidable. The game started at full tilt with

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county providing the early pressure but Bundy opened the scoring when

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Greg Stewart provided Kane Hemmings with a pinpoint through ball and he

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headed in from 12 yards. County had the ball in the Dundee box but there

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were no takers before Stewart pulled a great save out of the keeper at

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the other end. On the half hour, County equalised through Liam Boyce

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and a through ball from Andy Davies. He rolled it into an empty net.

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Again, Stewart set up Hemmings before a spectacular equaliser from

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Michael Gardyne. Jackson Irvine put the ball into the net just seconds

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after coming on to the park but there was debate as to whether it

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crossed the line. Then another from Liam Boyce.

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It is 4-2. After New Douglas Park. Last we heard, Killie were leading,

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1-0. The away side looks like taking another goal. They have had a boost

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in confidence since that strike which put them ahead, a weirdo,

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looked effort which Michael McGovern could not keep out. That was midway

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through the second half. It will give Gary Locke boost. He has been

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under severe pressure after some heavy home defeats in recent weeks,

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notably against Aberdeen and Partick Thistle. Hamilton are not out of

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this match, going on the attack with Carlton Morris. Well saved. Hamilton

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tried to test, nick defence from the. A shot from the centre circle.

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He perhaps finds his chances given the bad form of the, no defence, but

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the keeper saved comfortably. Then Conrad Balatoni clearing off the

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line from Dougie Imrie after he had beaten the keeper with a close range

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shot. It was stunning from Balatoni. One to be seen on the highlights

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programme tomorrow. In the second half, Josh Magennis looked like he

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might have given, nick the lead, but again, McGovern with a fantastic

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save. A lengthy dilate as Lucas Tagliapietra was carried from this

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field. Idlib citing injury for the Hamilton Central defender. Then a

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moment of hope for, nick. Be bold looked into the net. , nick are

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trying to take a 2-0 lead. If they get a victory today, it will be

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massive four, neck and Gary Locke. Will it be enough to satisfy the

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Kamara board? 1-0. I was waiting to see we could

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get the third mention of his own show in there.

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He is cheeky. Like Ted to Falkirk Stadium.

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Brian McLauchlin. It is 1-0 four Falkirk. This game has been

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dominated by the home side since the outset. In the first-half John Baird

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had a shot on the angle from 12 yards out. The goalkeeper did well

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to parry it away. Eventually the breakthrough came and what a strike.

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A short free kick taken to Blair Alston. He took the ball across his

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body and fired in a shot from 22 yards. It rivalled beyond Mark Brown

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and into the net. So close to a second just seconds into the second

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half. Blair Alston said his team-mates through on goal. The bold

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looked to be destined for the bottom corner only for a terrific block by

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Frazer Wright at the heart of the Dumbarton defence. One-way traffic

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towards the Dumbarton goal. Beard looked certain to score but he

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delayed his effort and the defence got back to score. Seconds ago,

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again, the ball was knocked down and the striker find the target, but the

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goalkeeper saved. Just a few minutes left for play. It looks like Falkirk

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are destined to go to within three points at the top of the

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Championship this evening. And the points in Paisley are

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destined to go the way of Livingston. It was 4-1 for

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Livingston the last we heard. Any change? No change. Five minutes

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left in Paisley. St Mirren are destined to go second bottom of each

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and pinch a table this afternoon. They are losing 4-1 to Livingston.

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They have been very poorest throughout the 90 minutes,

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particularly in the second half. Defensive problems all over the

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place. Livingston 2-0 up after 30 minutes. The first from Liam

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Buchanan, the second from Ben Gordon. Lawrence Shankland gave St

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Mirren hope on 41 minutes with a goal. In the second half,

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defensiveness takes again, particularly on 54 minutes. It was a

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free kick and a terrific goal. High into the back of the net, but Jack

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Baird in advance of that had a very bad patch and a clumsy challenge to

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give away the free kick. Then Liam Buchanan on 66 minutes. A simple

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through ball, away from the defenders, cool and collected under

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the goalkeeper. If I were a St Mirren Fran, I would be afraid. --

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St Mirren Fran. I am saying nothing. We are going to

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Victoria Park now. What a game this is. It's 5-2. Boyce

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completed a hat trick. Ross County 5, Dunne key 2. -- country tee. I

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was looking at that earlier and thinking Ross County and Dundee.

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Hemmings scored a couple for Dundee, I was thinking can he score

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back-to-back hat tricks? He has been upstaged by Liam Boyce. Yeah,

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they're strong at home a lot of the time. He is on fire. If a striker

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goes on a run they - the goal looks about 20 feet wide as if they can't

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miss anything. Boyce is having that sort of game today. It's odd, we

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feel that a about a lot of teams but Dundee maybe specifically above

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anyone else, I have no idea week to week what they're going to do. I

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would never bet on them one way or another. There was a while you could

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bet on them having a draw and 1-1 at that. That's bucked the trend. 4-0

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winners last week. Then 5-2, could have been six. You have no idea

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where it's going to come to. The good thing is we have seen a lot of

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goals with them involved. Before the game I would have put money on Ross

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County for this one purely because they've got scorers. We are

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unpredictable on this show, as well. We are going to the English Premier

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League for the lunchtime match today. Stoke City against Manchester

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United. Let's get the details on that one.

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Stoke 2, Manchester United 0. There have been a lot of defy apt talk

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from Manchester United, in particular, Louis Van Gaal, but all

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that fire was quickly extinguished in a display in which Stoke were too

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good. Arnautovic should have added a third. The decision to leave Wayne

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Rooney out of the starting 11 was reversed at half-time. The visitors

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did rally. Buckland making a couple of excellent saves. In the truth, it

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was really Stoke's day. A victory for them and a United performance

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which will have done little to alter the raft of back page headlines that

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have so upset Louis Van Gaal. Right now there is an incident. There is

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six minutes of stoppage time. The referee has given a penalty. Rooney

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so good from the spot, of course, looking to convert what will be his

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14th goal of the season. Rooney steps up and scores! Sends the

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goalkeeper one way. The ball into the corner of the net the other way.

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From 2-0 down, still five minutes of stoppage time to go here at

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Pittodrie. Aberdeen still have a chance to go to the top of the table

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if they can get another goal in this game. Aberdeen 2, Inverness Caley

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Thistle 2. Feeling more relaxed, Michael? It's the natural order has

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been restored. The natural order has not been restored at Manchester

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United. They've lost 2-0 against Stoke. The headlines were that Louis

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Van Gaal was for the chop. That was before today's match. The likelihood

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is he will be. You need good results if you are a top club. It doesn't

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look good enough. Also they're not playing an exciting brand of

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football. A month ago they were top of the table. Exactly. But they

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weren't playing brilliantly well. You could see the weaknesses there.

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I don't think it's anything like you have lost the dressing room, one or

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two players aren't suited to playing with him. In the end Manchester

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United expect more. In a season where there is a great opportunity

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to take the league, because everyone seems really keen to hand it to

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everyone else, Leicester may be Arsenal apart, wasn't - I would say

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one thing, certain teams are underestimated now. That result

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against Stoke, I have been to see Stoke this season, it's not a

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surprise to me, they're a fabulous team. They will continue to hammer

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up that league, I am sure about it. You may disagree over what I am

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going to say next, but van Gaal had a real go at the media this week,

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Pat. A monologue at the beginning, criticising the media for stories

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reported about him, some have proven to be thus far unfounded. You have a

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lot of sympathy for him. I have sympathy for anyone in that

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position. When you are in the headlights of what is a media

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barrage, whatever it is, whether they're right, wrong, whether it's

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opinion or not, it's incredibly hard to deal with for a family and

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everyone around it. More often than not whoever it is, being it Mourinho

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or van Gaal or whoever, be it myself now and again, it doesn't matter.

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What happens behind the scenes, people don't know about and don't

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seem to care. We don't seem to have the humanity to care about it. At

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least he brought that humanity out and said this is hurting my family,

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try and remember that. You know what, not that I disagree, he is not

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doing well enough and probably will lose his job, but I liked the way he

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brought the humanity in and says remember when you are doing this a

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lot of people got hurt. A valid point, Michael? It is. I

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vice-president seen what exactly Louis Van Gaal is upset about in

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terms of the media coverage. -- haven't seen. We don't see the

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editions of the newspapers here. It wouldn't happen here in this

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country! It is an interesting point to what extent you get criticised

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personally. If he thinks he will not get criticised for results and

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performances and style of play at Manchester United he is kidding

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himself on. He knew what he was coming into when he took the job. He

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knows how big it is and knows you are going to get criticism if you go

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seven games out a win. They're out of the Champions League and Carling

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Cup, Capital One Cup. It's looking like he is going to go. Jose

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Mourinho's availability doesn't help him either. Yeah, I am sympathetic

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to his family and the rest but that comes with the territory and with

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the pay cheque that you get. Bad day for him. Another good day for the

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Falkirk manager Peter Houston. His side have won at home to Dunbaren

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to. Let's get the details. -- Dumbarton. They're very much in the

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championship title race. Three points off the top two teams,

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Rangers and Hibernian who meet on Monday afternoon at Ibrox. Only goal

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coming after 36 minutes. A screamer. He could have had a second. Decided

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to pass the ball rather than play to goal himself and he played in Baird

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who could have had a hat trick but for some terrific defending from the

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Dumbarton defence. In truth, this was all about Falkirk this

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afternoon. They managed to scrape the victory but much more

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comfortable than the joer line was. It finished -- score line. It

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finished Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0. Charlie, over to you. It's the

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opposite of what Brian was saying there. It's damp and bleak. But it's

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not a happy stadium here. The fans of St Mirren booing the team off the

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pitch because they've now gone to second bottom of the table. Their

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terrible home league record continues. 4-1 they've been beaten

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here this afternoon by Livingston who did a really number on St Mirren

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here. It was a terrific game for Livingston, very poor for the home

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side. Buchanah had Livingston in front at 23 minutes. Shankland

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pulled a goal back for the home side. But the second half, St Mirren

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were terrible in defence. A third goal for Livingston. Glenn with a

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terrific free kick, 25 yards out, blasted the ball into the back of

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the net after Baird had given the ball away and compounded that by

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fouling his opposing player. Then 66 minutes, Buchanan ran away from the

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home defence as easy to knock in his 8th goal of the season. Saints

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nowhere in this game at all. They've real problems and St Mirren are

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second bottom of the championship. Back to the Premier League. -- to

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the premiership. Aberdeen blew a chance to go to the top of the table

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on a rain-sodden afternoon at Pittodrie but showed character and

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determination to come from two goals down to at least dig out a point in

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a dramatic afternoon's football in the granite city. It was good

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counterattacking play from Caley Thistle in the first half. Although

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Aberdeen had a lot of the ball it was the counterattacking pace of

:24:06.:24:12.

Storey that caused problems. Twice he was through but didn't make Ward

:24:13.:24:18.

work hard enough. But on the counterattack in 41 minutes Polworth

:24:19.:24:23.

gave the high landers the lead, it was great play by Draper getting to

:24:24.:24:29.

the buyline. Quinn muscled out of possession. It was guided into the

:24:30.:24:34.

bottom corner of the net. Quinn's afternoon didn't get better. Two

:24:35.:24:37.

minutes after the restart he bundled into the back of Draper conceding a

:24:38.:24:44.

needless penalty and Tansey stepped up and made a comfort job of taking

:24:45.:24:52.

the spot kick. Then it was really a case of Caley Thistle defending

:24:53.:24:56.

deeper trying to play on the counterattack with long balls.

:24:57.:25:00.

Aberdeen piled the pressure on. Finally they did manage to get the

:25:01.:25:05.

breakthrough on 73 minutes. McGinn claiming his 50th goal for the club

:25:06.:25:11.

but it was a moment of real disaster for Gary Warren, went to clear the

:25:12.:25:16.

ball, slipped, and McGinn pinched possession and slid it under the

:25:17.:25:20.

body of the goalkeeper Williams who played for the last 25 minutes plus

:25:21.:25:27.

stoppage time with his head in bandages after back-peddling to

:25:28.:25:31.

gather a corner and cracking his head off the post. Williams was

:25:32.:25:35.

actually booked for time wasting late on. By then Rooney had stepped

:25:36.:25:42.

up and made his usual confident job from the penalty spot in the first

:25:43.:25:52.

minute of stoppage time. A shot towards goal and the referee judging

:25:53.:25:56.

there was deliberate handball and Rooney despatching the penalty kick

:25:57.:26:00.

that puts them level with points, level on points with Celtic at the

:26:01.:26:05.

top. Celtic with the superior goal difference and with two games in

:26:06.:26:08.

hand. I think Derek will be relieved that his side managed to show the

:26:09.:26:12.

character and determination to come back from that blow being two goals

:26:13.:26:17.

down and show that they can scrap and battle away and maintain their

:26:18.:26:23.

recent decent run of form. Aberdeen 2, Caley Thistle, 2. Let's chaer

:26:24.:26:29.

from Charles at full-time Ross County and Dundee. -- hear. County

:26:30.:26:35.

ran riot in the second half at Victoria park. Incredible game, it

:26:36.:26:51.

started franticly. Stuart missed a chance of 2-0. County's equal icer

:26:52.:26:59.

came when Davis returned a goal kick and Boyce found an empty net. Into

:27:00.:27:06.

the second half, Stuart again set Hemmings for Dundee's second.

:27:07.:27:19.

County's second equaliser. Boyce got County's 4th and Boyce completed a

:27:20.:27:23.

hat trick to make the final score Ross County 5, Dundee 2. Full-time

:27:24.:27:29.

at New Douglas Park. Over to Jonathan. Hamilton on 0, Kilmarnock

:27:30.:27:37.

1. A huge victory this for Gary Lock, a first win for Kilmarnock in

:27:38.:27:41.

over two months which has to ease some pressure that's been building

:27:42.:27:45.

in recent weeks on the manager. Footballing success so often built

:27:46.:27:55.

on narrow margins, Lock could have the winger to thank. A shot had

:27:56.:28:01.

beaten MacDonald but right there on the line was Conrad who managed to

:28:02.:28:05.

head away a clearance. It was spectacular and one to watch on the

:28:06.:28:11.

highlights tomorrow night. Kilmarnock more lively, more

:28:12.:28:14.

substance, overall. McGuinness looked like he had given Kilmarnock

:28:15.:28:20.

the lead. A volleyed effort to the top corner somehow McGovern kept it

:28:21.:28:30.

out. A worrying moment for fans as Petra went down injured, looked bad,

:28:31.:28:33.

for about five minutes he was taken care of by the medical team. He was

:28:34.:28:38.

stretchered from the field to a standing ovation. Let's hope it's

:28:39.:28:47.

not too bad. The ball found Obadeyi in the box. It looped over the

:28:48.:28:52.

Hamilton goalkeeper McGovern. He couldn't keep it out. The Kilmarnock

:28:53.:28:56.

fans were on their feet as they saw the net billow. A huge moment for

:28:57.:29:02.

Kilmarnock and it gave the team much needed confidence. That's how it

:29:03.:29:08.

stayed. Gord hn a header that was well saved by MacDonald. It was

:29:09.:29:12.

almost 2-0 in front but it ended 1-0. Hamilton one win from the last

:29:13.:29:17.

ten games. Kilmarnock move to within a point of Motherwell. Ten points

:29:18.:29:20.

clear now of Dundee United. That match sounds as if it's worth

:29:21.:29:24.

catching in the highlights programme tomorrow night. Not sure. You said

:29:25.:29:30.

he got a ht trick? Well done. He never got any plugs in for his show

:29:31.:29:35.

last week, he made up for it today! Certainly worth watching if you are

:29:36.:29:39.

a Kilmarnock fan, Michael. First win since October 24th. After all the

:29:40.:29:44.

plugs were out of the way the last point Jonathan made was they're ten

:29:45.:29:48.

points clear of Dundee United which obviously United didn't play today

:29:49.:29:53.

so they've a game in hand but that's beginning to look really significant

:29:54.:29:56.

for both clubs. But ominous for United. The other thing you have to

:29:57.:30:01.

look at Kilmarnock are up object 20 points... I know what you are

:30:02.:30:05.

saying. They're close to the top half of the table. This is Gary

:30:06.:30:08.

Lock, if you read on Twitter last week apparently was getting sacked

:30:09.:30:14.

or had been sacked and it shows how extreme this game - how quickly it

:30:15.:30:17.

can change and how extreme opinions are. In fact, a couple of wins and

:30:18.:30:21.

you are into a comfortable position. I have a feeling none of those clubs

:30:22.:30:25.

in the bottom half are going to be in a comfortable position for

:30:26.:30:29.

sometime. It's going to be tough for Dundee United to catch them but

:30:30.:30:32.

always going to be one getting close to that play-off position.

:30:33.:30:39.

St Johnstone are in fourth place, it is 11 points between them and pen

:30:40.:30:48.

between Killie and United. United are getting detached. Keep your

:30:49.:30:51.

powder dry, we will talk more about this later in the show. Right now it

:30:52.:30:56.

is time for the classified results round-up.

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Let's have a look at the league tables after I have slugged some

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water. A valuable victory for Kilmarnock

:34:45.:35:03.

takes them ten clear of Dundee United. A week off and there are, it

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skews me. -- a wee cough Leicester City stay top. They lost

:35:08.:36:20.

today to Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur move up to fourth with a

:36:21.:36:22.

handsome victory over Norwich City. Let's get some more details from the

:36:23.:37:18.

game in England today. Pat's former club Chelsea were playing at home to

:37:19.:37:23.

Watford. Let's hear from my wing -- let's hear from Mike Williams.

:37:24.:37:29.

This Hiddink have drawn 2-2 with Watford in his first match back in

:37:30.:37:35.

charge. Watford, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Bournemouth have all

:37:36.:37:40.

taken something from Chelsea this season. Fantastic from Watford who

:37:41.:37:46.

scored through Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Diego Costa scored as well.

:37:47.:37:57.

He picked up a yellow card and will miss Chelsea's next match.

:37:58.:38:03.

Frustration for Guus Hiddink and joy and celebration for Quique Flores.

:38:04.:38:09.

The Watford players go over to the left to celebrate in front of their

:38:10.:38:13.

travelling fans. They have held on for a famous draw.

:38:14.:38:19.

2-2. It cannot be that famous. Chelsea are losing lots of games at

:38:20.:38:24.

home. It should not be a surprise to anyone. Watford have been really

:38:25.:38:30.

good. Odion Ighalo has been phenomenal this season, and

:38:31.:38:32.

alongside Troy Deeney, who is beginning to score, it makes a

:38:33.:38:37.

massive difference. This should not be a shock any more. Teams like

:38:38.:38:43.

Watford, Leicester, Stoke, Crystal Palace, they are not monks. You have

:38:44.:38:48.

to take them seriously. It is not a fluke. You should not be shocked.

:38:49.:38:53.

These teams will continue to take points of the so-called big teams

:38:54.:38:56.

between now and the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur beat

:38:57.:39:01.

Norwich City this afternoon. Let's hear from Mark Webber. A

:39:02.:39:06.

lesson in football from the Lilywhites at both ends of the page.

:39:07.:39:11.

Tottenham were dominant in attack. Harry Kane's well struck penalty

:39:12.:39:15.

started it and he doubled it before half-time. Tom Carroll replace the

:39:16.:39:20.

rampant Dele Alli and he made it three in the second half. It could

:39:21.:39:26.

have been five or six. Hugo Lloris kept the clean sheet with another

:39:27.:39:32.

smashing double save. 3-0. Let's go to the seaside to find

:39:33.:39:38.

out how Bournemouth feared that home to Crystal Palace.

:39:39.:39:40.

Six games unbeaten for Bournemouth. It shows how much they have

:39:41.:39:44.

progressed that they will be disappointed not to have taken all

:39:45.:39:47.

the points. Ritchie headed wide, Murray flocked from ten yards. Paris

:39:48.:39:54.

have lost just one in eight. -- Crystal Palace. It was a

:39:55.:39:59.

full-blooded encounter. It ends all square. Restore Palace

:40:00.:40:03.

going well near the top of the table. Right into the top echelons

:40:04.:40:08.

of the league. If you watch them play, and I have watched them a few

:40:09.:40:13.

times, they are incredibly well-organised. They have a simple

:40:14.:40:18.

system. Quick, attacking wide players, Wilfried Zaha I is

:40:19.:40:23.

particularly special. They sit back and break brilliantly. It has worked

:40:24.:40:27.

superbly for them and it is now is a price they are that high up the

:40:28.:40:33.

table. Teams like Watford, Crystal Palace, Leicester, because of the

:40:34.:40:37.

serious extra money in the Premier League in England, they have all got

:40:38.:40:42.

much, much deeper squads. They all have an opportunity. They will not

:40:43.:40:47.

follow way they have done before. Another club going well Michael,

:40:48.:40:50.

Tottenham Hotspur. Yes, they have been below the top four, out of the

:40:51.:40:56.

Champions League places for so long. No Chelsea out of the running this

:40:57.:41:01.

season, Manchester United are slipping out of the running, but

:41:02.:41:05.

still they have been below the top for Michael, out of the Champions

:41:06.:41:08.

League places for so long. Now Chelsea are out of the running this

:41:09.:41:10.

season, Manchester United are slipping out of the running, but

:41:11.:41:12.

still Diarra thereabouts. Todd numb have three or four points of the

:41:13.:41:14.

lead over United. Dashed Tottenham Hotspur. Pat makes a great point

:41:15.:41:22.

about the television money. It means that clubs like Leicester might be

:41:23.:41:27.

able to hold onto players. When Chelsea came in for stones, everyone

:41:28.:41:31.

thought he would leave Everton, but they were able to keep him. Maybe

:41:32.:41:38.

Leicester will be able to do that with the Riyad Mahrez and Jamie

:41:39.:41:42.

Vardy. No problems with money for Man City. Another big victory for

:41:43.:41:46.

them at home to Sunderland. Pellegrini says they have the

:41:47.:41:51.

strongest squad in the Premiership. I would disagree. I think Arsenal

:41:52.:41:56.

have more depth. Against the very top teams, in Europe and in England,

:41:57.:42:03.

Man City Niedermeier and players, they need Vincent Kompany to be

:42:04.:42:06.

playing well, they need Yaya Toure to be at his best, they need David

:42:07.:42:11.

Silva still to be in there. They have spent money on players, but

:42:12.:42:17.

they need those four. Some of the players in the squad do not look

:42:18.:42:21.

anywhere near as good. They have a good chance of winning the league,

:42:22.:42:26.

but I would still fancy Arsenal. Arsenal can go top later today. Do

:42:27.:42:32.

you think they will do that? Everything is a line for Arsenal.

:42:33.:42:35.

This is what they have been waiting for four years. I preferred it when

:42:36.:42:42.

you disagree but I do not mind if you agree. I watched Arsenal the

:42:43.:42:45.

other night and they were very convincing. Pat is right. Some of

:42:46.:42:50.

their traditional rivals are temporarily out of the running. It

:42:51.:42:55.

is not now or never about Arsenal. It is the best chance in ten years,

:42:56.:43:01.

the best they have had. Leicester lost 1-0 at Liverpool. Liverpool

:43:02.:43:06.

have been stuttering and Jurgen Klopp. The results have been

:43:07.:43:12.

average. Compare the results to what they were like with Brendan Rodgers.

:43:13.:43:17.

They are not much better. I will see nothing against Jurgen Klopp until

:43:18.:43:20.

he gets his chance to add to the team in January and possibly longer

:43:21.:43:26.

than that, in the summer. He will rebuild the team. Now he has got

:43:27.:43:31.

players from the previous regime. I am not judging him. Let's find out

:43:32.:43:35.

what happened between Swansea City and West Brom.

:43:36.:43:39.

Robyn Cowen was watching. Wonderful scenes at the Liberty Stadium, fist

:43:40.:43:45.

pumping and hiding at the final whistle, the first victory at the

:43:46.:43:49.

Liberty Stadium first Swansea in a Premier League game. The goal was

:43:50.:43:56.

slightly fortunate. Angel Rangel's effort hit the post. Ki Sung-Yueng

:43:57.:44:01.

reacted first. West Brom had a few have chances in the second half but

:44:02.:44:06.

came up against a very solid and hard-working Swansea City defence.

:44:07.:44:09.

They are out of the relegation zone for now at least.

:44:10.:44:15.

1-0. Add Villa Park, the bottom club were at home to West Ham United.

:44:16.:44:21.

Ivan Gaskell has the story. Relegation looks increasingly like a

:44:22.:44:26.

certainty for Aston Villa. 20 of the last 23 side bottom of the Premier

:44:27.:44:30.

League at Christmas have gone down. After this it will take a miraculous

:44:31.:44:35.

change of fortune for Aston Villa to come back. At times they played well

:44:36.:44:39.

and push West Ham bag but they still went behind to Aaron Cresswell's

:44:40.:44:44.

late well struck first half goal. Aston Villa swept forward after the

:44:45.:44:48.

break when Rudy Gestede was bundled over. Jordan Ayew converted from the

:44:49.:44:56.

spot but Aston Villa could not finish West Ham. For Aston Villa,

:44:57.:44:59.

draws are not enough. He is right. It's a massive jump.

:45:00.:45:08.

It's to the 4th bottom team. It's going to be tough. Oddly enough,

:45:09.:45:18.

they've some good players. And the goal scorer, not to the level he was

:45:19.:45:21.

at Blackburn, but without a shadow of a doubt, I don't see anyone that

:45:22.:45:27.

I have met at all that's betting on Aston Villa surviving the season, it

:45:28.:45:30.

would take something extra special. I am not convinced they've got it.

:45:31.:45:34.

Go on, Michael! It's a big story, Villa going down. They're not a

:45:35.:45:40.

club... A long time. I don't know if they have. Someone will send a text

:45:41.:45:46.

in or something. They've a top level Premier League. If Newcastle take

:45:47.:45:50.

anything tonight, Norwich go to the bottom three, as well. They're just

:45:51.:45:54.

outside, that would be troubling for Alex Neil. There is a lot of

:45:55.:45:59.

goodwill to Alex in Scotland. We want him to do well. He has had an

:46:00.:46:02.

incredible year. A shame if they finish in the bottom three. The

:46:03.:46:07.

promoted club that's struggled most, Pat? He came in with this attitude I

:46:08.:46:16.

will attack it, the way Watford did. They had a real good go at it. They

:46:17.:46:22.

got a hammering I think at Newcastle 6-2 and Alex seemed to come back and

:46:23.:46:26.

more defensive and Gary was working beside him and they thought we will

:46:27.:46:30.

be more sensible about it but it's not natural, I don't think, to them

:46:31.:46:34.

and they seem to be halfway between what they want to do and what they

:46:35.:46:40.

feel they should. Tough for Norwich at the moment. Big matches to come,

:46:41.:46:45.

including what could be a tricky trip to Tynecastle for Celtic.

:46:46.:46:50.

Hearts haven't won for a while. Their most recent match a no scoring

:46:51.:46:54.

draw to St Johnstone. In the circumstances it wasn't a bad result

:46:55.:46:57.

at all. You remember this, Pat? Down to ten men early on.

:46:58.:47:04.

Yeah. It's one of those ones where, he lost it... Just about every

:47:05.:47:07.

player has lost it for a second but you don't go that far. There was no

:47:08.:47:12.

doubt about that that he had to go off the field. A reprieve here for

:47:13.:47:17.

them. There were many opportunities. Loads of chances in this game. No

:47:18.:47:23.

bigger than this one, as well. Hearts were well organised

:47:24.:47:28.

defensively. It was about an hour I think they played without Juan. That

:47:29.:47:32.

I guess is encouraging for them, they were able to survive and take a

:47:33.:47:36.

point in those circumstances. You mentioned a tricky trip to

:47:37.:47:39.

Tynecastle for Celtic. It should be. They always are. But their record at

:47:40.:47:46.

Tynecastle is terrific. It's a seven straight wins there and goals, 26

:47:47.:47:51.

scored and two conceded. Talking about Hearts going down to ten men,

:47:52.:47:57.

they do work on that. Depends who the referee is. Players will fall

:47:58.:48:01.

into that system, that regime and feel comfortable about it and they

:48:02.:48:04.

don't panic. They don't lose it. They all know their jobs and that

:48:05.:48:08.

helps. I pose it was a striker as well which may help the

:48:09.:48:13.

reorganisation, you know, the back four and the defences, it's

:48:14.:48:21.

unchanged. Meanwhile at Celtic last week, Celtic were losing at home to

:48:22.:48:26.

Motherwell. And much has been made, obviously Scott Brown... From a

:48:27.:48:29.

leading position, as well. That's the unusual thing. Oddly enough, I

:48:30.:48:33.

heard people talk about it, when Brown is not playing, it's almost

:48:34.:48:37.

like a different team you are playing because the driving force is

:48:38.:48:41.

not there. That's maybe slightly harsh on Motherwell who had a good

:48:42.:48:47.

day. They played well on the day. They were intelligent. You see the

:48:48.:48:51.

defending there at the Motherwell goal is poor. It's poor again here.

:48:52.:49:02.

Bitton gives it away. Actually I think they've looked better in the

:49:03.:49:06.

last few weeks than at the start. But Motherwell exposed them last

:49:07.:49:11.

week. Only thing I would say about it it's rare for Celtic to stumble

:49:12.:49:15.

in two consecutive domestic games. They tend to react when they have a

:49:16.:49:19.

bad one, which it was last week and there was negativity from the

:49:20.:49:22.

stands, negativity in the media aftermath. They tend to react to

:49:23.:49:26.

that and Tynecastle is a place that you would react to. You would react

:49:27.:49:30.

to the atmosphere. Remind me of the stat you were saying earlier about

:49:31.:49:35.

Celtic's great record at Tynecastle. 26 goals scored, two conceded in the

:49:36.:49:39.

last seven? Remember what happened the last time they went there? Yes.

:49:40.:49:43.

Good, because we are going to see it. Celtic came out on top. Yeah, I

:49:44.:49:52.

think Griffiths... You know, it's always going to be tough, well not

:49:53.:49:57.

always, because there have been really big scores, but I think

:49:58.:50:01.

Hearts won't go into this fearful. Even though the stats don't sound

:50:02.:50:04.

good, they won't go in fearful because they'll be up for it. It's

:50:05.:50:07.

going to be an incredible atmosphere and it gives them a chance to get

:50:08.:50:11.

back into being talked about again. Everyone has been talking about St

:50:12.:50:15.

Johnstone and talking about Aberdeen. There is, if Celtic have

:50:16.:50:20.

had a slight wobble, you have to try and take advantage of that and

:50:21.:50:24.

that's what Hearts are going to have to try to do on this occasion.

:50:25.:50:28.

Everyone has been talk being it all week, it isn't only one result

:50:29.:50:32.

really. There was the Kilmarnock someone one, as well. In the end,

:50:33.:50:35.

Celtic generally have a wobble and get back on to it again. That's the

:50:36.:50:39.

difference between them and say Aberdeen, they had a boggle and it

:50:40.:50:44.

was mega. We saw Griffiths enjoy scoring against Hearts. He may play

:50:45.:50:50.

tomorrow. He may not. He is back in the straight and narrow in fitness

:50:51.:50:54.

terms, Michael. A big player. A big player in this fixture, as well. He

:50:55.:51:00.

scored a few against Hearts and revelled in it. We asked Ronnie the

:51:01.:51:05.

other day whether he was going to play, I didn't get the feeling he

:51:06.:51:08.

was that confident. He gave a vague answer. He has been out for three

:51:09.:51:13.

games I think with a calf strain. They're not the same attacking force

:51:14.:51:18.

without him. They don't carry the same threat. To Monday and Rangers

:51:19.:51:26.

and Hibs. Whoever comes out on top will go into 2016 as league leaders.

:51:27.:51:30.

They're level on points. Rangers have a superior goal difference.

:51:31.:51:34.

It's one win each in terms of league matches between the teams this

:51:35.:51:38.

season. Rangers winning 1-0 at Ibrox in August. It was a show-stopper,

:51:39.:51:45.

Pat. Yeah. I did say at the time if you put that goal in and by Messi or

:51:46.:51:53.

Ronaldo, you would say what a goal. That's a phenomenal free kick there.

:51:54.:51:57.

He has meant it, as well. He was on fire at that time of the season. Not

:51:58.:52:01.

saying he is as good a player as them but it was a moment of

:52:02.:52:06.

brilliance. Not as - he has varied a bit as have Rangers but they'll be

:52:07.:52:10.

up for it for this win, no doubt at all. Hibs won the match at Easter

:52:11.:52:15.

Road, 2-1 on this occasion. Both games have been interesting because

:52:16.:52:21.

they could have gone the other way. Quite interesting! Yeah. Japgers

:52:22.:52:25.

really could have won this game at Easter Road, they ended up losing to

:52:26.:52:30.

a late goal. Just as I thought Hibs might have won that one at Ibrox.

:52:31.:52:35.

The game we vice-president mentioned was the Cup tie on the opening day

:52:36.:52:41.

of the season, 6-2 at Easter Road. It almost feels like two different

:52:42.:52:45.

teams. Hibs are a different team. Rangers aren't playing with the same

:52:46.:52:50.

verve or scoring to the same rate. Rangers have scored in every game

:52:51.:52:53.

this season having said that. You think that's virtually the first

:52:54.:52:57.

thick that Hibs have to deal with -- first thing that Hibs have to deal

:52:58.:53:03.

with. They still score freely at Ibrox. Plenty through the managers,

:53:04.:53:08.

all conducted through the media. Warburton said he is more concerned

:53:09.:53:12.

about Christmas shopping than Hibs. Stubbs says Rangers have been in

:53:13.:53:17.

denial. Warburton has come up and you have to learn what it's like in

:53:18.:53:23.

Scotland, it's extraordinarily pressured anyway, if you are a

:53:24.:53:26.

Rangers manager it's going to be constant. If you are pressure on you

:53:27.:53:28.

from other managers or people you have to accept that. It's part of

:53:29.:53:32.

the deal. I think Mark was taken aback by it but then I have been in

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a situation where I have welcomed people that have come up from down

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south and players and had to explain to them you are going to get it up

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here, a bit of needle, you have to learn to deal with it. In the last

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press conference I thought Mark seemed to be dealing with it. He is

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getting it a little bit now. Don't worry about what the press are

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saying and don't worry about other managers, it's part of the wind-up,

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deal with it. He said that, that's exactly the right way to react. Who

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do you fancy for it on Monday night, Hibs and Rangers? I don't know. I

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will come back to you! Pat? I won't hide the fact I have a slight bias,

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I would take a draw now as someone like Hibernian to do well, in fact,

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I think it'sroom almost the likely result, I don't think there's much

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between the teams. Just now or going for the league generally. Michael,

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reached a decision? It's hard to disagree with any of that. They've

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been equally matched, not even this season, last season, as well. I can

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see a draw. I guess both teams will be happy with that. It keeps Hibs in

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the hunt and unbeaten run going. It will keep Falkirk happy, as well.

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Will both teams be happy with a draw at Pittodrie this afternoon?

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Aberdeen will be disappointed to have dropped two points. They had a

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big turnout today. Fans are expecting them to go top. In the

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circumstances of the match 2-0 down with 20 minutes left at home, it's

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all right. You can take something from it. It shows a bit of

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character. That's exactly what Davis said in the match report. There was

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character shown. We were actually talking about it through the show.

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If you look at the players who scored, it's kind of noticeable.

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They've got that front four that is fantastic. It's going to be big for

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them. Hayes and McGinn, everyone is talking about them now. McClean is

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going to be a huge player for them, as well. The story about Rooney,

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scores a penalty today to save them a point and that, I don't know if

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you read it, he practises penalties and tells the goalkeeper where he is

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going to put it, that's a great line that. Maybe you tell them and psych

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the goalkeeper out. That's really good to be that confident in

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yourself that you are going to do that. That front four, that's the

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four that will do it for Aberdeen between now and the end of the

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season, two of them have scored goals today. Big for Ross County,

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and 5th, on 27 points. That's only seven clear of the redpags play-off

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spot. -- relegation. You cannot get carried away. If you score five

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goals, what a massive boost of confidence to you. You add on top of

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that they've a striker in Boyce who is on fire just now. You are so, so

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comfortable that wherever you are playing, when you are playing,

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however you are doing, he will get us a goal and that gives you so much

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confidence all over the team. Gary Lock will be enjoying Boxing Day? He

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will. First win for several weeks. It lifts them and makes sure they're

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one of those teams in that pack. The league is ridiculous almost. Between

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5th and 11th there is nothing. We are trying to speculate on who might

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go down or in the play-offs, it's impock db -- - impossible. Hamilton

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are on a bad run. Two points ahead of Kilmarnock. No one will relax.

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Managers are trying to calm players and tell players it's OK, we are

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doing well, we are having a nice run. This is a little blip now. In

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fact, nobody with probably the four top are going to be completely and

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utterly relaxed and I can't see them relaxing because they've a lot of

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players down that bottom of that table who have been in this problem

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before and can't seem to drag themselves out. You get teams that

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move, two or three wins together and they change.

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Now, folks, that's almost it from the results show for 2015.

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A big win for Ross County. A hat trick for Liam Boyce.

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Congratulations to him. In the championship:

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St Mirren, not a great day for Alex first match in charge:

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Just time to reboot some charge: of the graphics once more this year

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to remind you of some of today's outcomes.

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Now, please remember to watch the highlights show tomorrow night

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Your first football show of the New Year is the results show

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next Saturday the 2nd of January at 4:30 on BBC One.

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But in a minute or two, it's an Off The Ball Saturday

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Supplement Boxing Day bash with Tam Cowan.

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And since it's Christmas, the part of Stuart Cosgrove will be

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Some chap called Michael Grant's on it as well.

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Thanks to Pat and Michael for their wisdom and wit,

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Take care and enjoy the rest of the holidays.

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Introduced by David Currie.

Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the Premiership, John Hughes's Inverness side are in the Granite City to play Aberdeen. In the other matches, it's Dundee Utd against Motherwell, Hamilton versus Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle take on St Johnstone and Ross County host Dundee.

Plus previews of Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle and the crucial Championship encounter between Rangers and Hibernian.


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