27/10/2013 Sportscene


27/10/2013

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


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Good evening. In a weekend when almost every game avoided power

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failure, we have electricity quite literally pulsing through the

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studio. Bolts out of the blue, managers blowing fuses on the

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weekend when the clocks went back and not everything ran like

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clock-work, but certainly switched on in the studio tonight Pat and

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Michael. For the first time since April 2012, we had a Glasgow derby

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in the top flight. Partick Thistle, despite a win last weekend and

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having won plenty of plaudit in general, they were still without a

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home victory in the League and their chances of changing that statistic

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didn't look too hopeful this lunch time as they welcomed the champions.

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Commentary from Rob McLean. Same team as last weekend. Doolan's

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double was decisive. No James Forrest and Ledley is a starter and

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Scott Brown after his European suspension.

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A good save by Scott Fox. Important touch from the keeper. Sill tick are

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six points deR Celtic are six points clear at the top of the Georgios

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Samaras. Celtic in front. Samaras heads in his seventh goal of the

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season. All very straightforward from the set piece. Samaras not

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picked up and there was only going to be one outcome there. It's 1-0

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Celtic. Pukki with a terrific opportunity to

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make it 2-0. Maybe he made his intentions too clear and it's a good

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save. He is a big creative influence.

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Again, Scott Fox denies Pukki. Again, the Finnish international is

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frustrated that he can't get Celtic's second goal.

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There's Doolan. There is the equaliser. All square here. Doolan

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denied that time, but he was quickly back on his feet keeping himself on

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side and then it was Craigen. A really good combination. Doolan had

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time to take a touch. Before beating Forster. Game on here.

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What was missing was the finishing touch. Having got himself into such

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a great position. Powering away from Muirhead and

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scoring. The 22-year-old Portuguese striker scores his second goal for

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Celtic. And the leaders are back in front. It was Welsh who lost

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possession and how he was made to pay. It was a neat finish for 2-1.

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We said before the game we knew they were a danger and they didn't do the

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job properly. It's not always going to be champagne football and you

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have to give respect to the opposition, because they can play a

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little bit and their tails are up after a great win. No mid-week games

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so a free week where the energy levels are higher than ours, but I

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have to give credit to the players. It wasn't pretty at times, but at

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times the football was good and we deserved to win. At this point, we

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give the second goal away. We had good possession and we end up giving

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it away. The champions are very, very clinical. Disappointing there,

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but a good three points for Celtic. And that's a big result for Neil

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after mid-week game, a tough game. Going up to Fir Hill. It's a tough

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place to go and he'll be absolutely delighted to get that result. Good

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to see goals, but you look at things from a goalkeeper's view and they

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could have been avoided. When you have someone like Samaras and van

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dyke, I don't know whether he was allowed to run across, but I look at

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the goalie here. He's blocked off, but the ball ends up five yards into

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the middle of the goal. Look, I think you've got to try to create

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space for yourself before that happens, to give yourself a chance

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as a keeper. You know better than I did, because you played there your

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whole life, but when you see the balls dropping you have to come in.

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He's been blocked off there and obviously had a straight, because

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Pukki was in front. All sorts of problems.

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It gives you a chance to attack. There was a chance after that

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actually I think it was headed when there was all sorts of space and he

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didn't come and you would be expecting him there. He had a very

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good game but that's his Achilles heel. In terms of Celtic defending,

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how bad was that? Again, I think it was a nice corner kick out of the

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edge of the box. Go away with it, but when it was cleared out, look at

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the ball. It is out there with Anthony Stokes, but look how far

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they are in. The goalie should be pushing them out. Partick Thistle

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comploiTed it. They switched off. -- exploited it. They switched off.

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There should have been communication. Van dyke has cleared

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the ball and he doesn't actually move. There's a yard of space that

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he's just staying in the whole time. The ball is at the back end. She is

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still not moving there. Once the ball is going back the way up the

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pitch you've got to get out and squeeze up to the ball. Close down

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the ball and if you're moving away it means that your opponents have to

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be going that way. Partick Thistle had a point. How much were they the

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architects of their own downfall? They like to build it up and they

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start to build it up and they're encouraged by arch bald to do that.

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But Baldi gave Muirhead a couple of moves there. Really did well. You'll

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see in the replay, the first thing in his mind is I'm going to get

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forward as we have possession. He leaves all that space. That's what

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the manager wants him to do, but look, you are the architect of your

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own downfall and good finish. Good composure to finish there. But you

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need to understand when to attack and when to hold your position and

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it wasn't comfortable. They didn't have control and you can't go

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bombing forward at that point. Good win for Celtic. Out with the Old

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Firm, Motherwell have finished best of the rest, and without fuss

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they've been going about trying to do the same again this season. Five

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wins out of the last seven have seen them soar up the table. A win today

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would put them clear. No that Saints wanted it to be that simple. A win

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for them would see them back to the top six. Commentary from John Barns.

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Scobee is into defence. Another well winning six of the la

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eight meetings between the sides. -- Motherwell winning six of the last

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eight meetings. Just couldn't get the direction

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right for Gary McDonald there. It broke his way. Diverting wide of the

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target. Deflected by man Manaus. Stephen May, that looked like a

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training-ground free kick. It's May who follows up. He's flying

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at the moment. Stevie May is flying at the moment. His eighth goal of

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the season. His fourth in his last five appearances.

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Here is Nigel Hasselbaink. It has gone wide. That was tenacious play

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by Hasselbank after the Motherwell captain slipped. The good deflection

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for Motherwell. Bob McHugh, he did well to find the yard of space for

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the shot. He failed to trouble Alan Mannus. He does Wotherspoon. He has

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a man wide. It is Chris Millar. Hamill with an effort. That is a

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bitter strike. It certainly warmed the fingers of the goalkeeper. It

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warmed the midriff of Stevie Hamill. Newell and slips and he has gifted

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it to Nigel Hasselbaink. The Dutchman delivers! He puts St

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Johnstone 2-0 in front. It is a nightmare for Gunnar Nielsen. He

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tried to stop the call for a corner but he only managed to set it up for

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a St Johnstone goal. It was a difficult angle but Nigel

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Hasselbaink executed the shot well. Motherwell district to get back in

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this game. Moors all last week in the win over Hearts. -- more scored

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last week. Now it is to Dawn one. He has Hasselbank in the middle. He

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finds the little Dutchman and his touch lets him down. Wotherspoon

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cannot for what. Hasselbank determined to get his second of the

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afternoon. He just fell down over Nielsen. Hamill to meet you. Sutton

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cannot get there but Lawson can. The latter appeals for a penalty. It

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seems to have come off Garry McDonald's hand. It definitely came

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off his hand. Hutchinson. Another pass back for Nielsen. And he has

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given it straight to David Wotherspoon. Can he finish it off?

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Headed away by Ramsden. It looks likes and Johnstone are on course

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for the fourth league win of the season. I think we were disappointed

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at half-time. We emphasised to the players if we kept on doing what we

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were doing, the goals would comment. We were really pleased to get the

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winning goal and the clean sheet. When we got to half-time 0-0 it was

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a good opportunity. They probably wear in the ascendancy and then be

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came out in the second half and did not really get to grips with the

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game. We got what we deserved which was nothing. Nigel Hasselbaink, how

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much of the factor was he today in the victory for St Johnstone? There

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was a lack of width in the game but Hasselbank naturally drifts into

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wide areas. All the problems he caused where in the wider area. He

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has got that unpredictability about him. This is a great example. I

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would be screaming at him. He manages to keep the corner. He has

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fantastic energy. If he could just finish a few of those opportunities

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I think he would be a really, really top-class player. Here is

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unpredictable, sometimes you do not know if you will be good or bad. The

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goalkeeper will be so disappointed but that was a good finish. The

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goalkeeper was putting him under pressure and he managed to keep his

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composure. In terms of this penalty claim, it was quite bizarre, what

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did you think at the time? It was difficult, we were looking at it

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from this angle. The referee cannot see this, it is blind for him. You

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see the linesman, he is in a good position. The problem with these

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instances is that they happened so quickly, once you lift your hand in

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the year I think that is a penalty. In the past you could get away with

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it but lifting your hand like that it is a penalty. I think the shot

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was also on target. Motherwell could have gone second, a bad day at the

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office for them. Compared to last year when they were three points

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ahead. Over the piece they are still doing well this season but Stuart

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McCall knows he needs the extra pace to break down the opposition. Still

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to come tonight: Hearts with that sinking feeling, they face

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Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. It is fair to say that games between Hebburn

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burning and Aberdeen have had a bad reputation for being rather dull

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fears. -- Hibernian. Would this be the one that finally got the pulses

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racing? -- rather dull our fears. Reynolds! A good stop. A fine save

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there. McGinn's corner. Anderson at the back. Returned by Jack. Anderson

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with the shot. It seemed to come off the arm of Kevin Thomson at the edge

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of the box. This is better from Hibernian. Scott Robertson, 40

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lovely delivery. Heffernan. Touched away superbly by Jamie Langfield.

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Paul Heffernan keen to add to his tally for Hibernian, three already

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since joining. McGivern's header breaks kindly for Peter Pawlett,

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one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The follow-up. He is turned away by

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James McPeake. McGivern was the man stretching initially. He should have

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bought the shout. McGinn could not finish because of the intervention

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of McPeake. This is good from Hibernian. McGivern in towards

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Robertson. There is a chance for fine. It is knocked away by James

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Collins go there is a for offside. -- although there is even whistle

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for offside. Here is burning on the chase. Stevenson. Scott Vernon. That

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is a terrific strike from the substitute. Aberdeen in front with

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ten minutes remaining. The manager feels there was an infringement. It

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seems as though he slept more than anything, I do not think there was

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any foul by the Aberdeen player. That was a terrific strike by Scott

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Vernon to give his side the lead. The manager is being spoken to by

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the referee. That was one of the longest pass backs of the day. The

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keeper slept. What a great opportunity for Collins to level it.

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He has wasted that opportunity. What a howler from Jamie Langfield. James

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Collins really should have punished him. Here is burning. He is doing

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extremely well. He set up the opportunity for Gregg Wylde.

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Cancelling S setup here? He can! The two substitute -- the two

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substitutes combined. -- can see set it up here? While with the finish to

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ensure that Aberdeen move into second spot in the Premiership. They

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did enough. It was a poor day from us. We are disappointed with that.

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We wanted to pull back a decent win here. We felt everybody played their

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part. We wanted players in every area of the pitch. We knew we had to

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handle the ball well and I felt we did that. Suber substitutes made the

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absolute difference. Vernon and Gregg Wylde at the 44 Aberdeen. Poor

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defending by Hibernian. That was exploited. Aberdeen capitalised.

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This man did really well to get the ball between his body and the

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player. What a great finish. That is poor defending. Sometimes as a

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defender you have to take it through. For Gregg Wylde, he has

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electric pace and he uses that. Another composed finish. How much

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does this express the strength and depth at Aberdeen? They push onto

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potentially be the best of the rest in the Premiership this season. In

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the last couple of years they were struggling but he has come in with

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players, Willo Flood is a great little player. He is a Dubliner. But

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he can play. Barry Robson has been out injured all year but he has come

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back in. I was surprised at who he had on the bench. It is unfortunate

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when some people get the type of Suber sub. -- the kind of super

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Saab. The warm form is something that the manager will be looking to

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rectified quickly. By Michael we shall see. A bad day at the office

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for Hibernian but what about the Edinburgh rivals? Hearts went into

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the match already looking pretty lost that they bought of the table.

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At Rugby Park for us is Brian McLaughlin. Ahead of the game both

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managers had spoken of how crucial this game wars. The fans had their

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own agendas, the telly fans with the red card against the chairman. --

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eco-Marnoch fans. Crucial, every game is crucial. We will be

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struggling for the rest of the season. There is nothing wrong with

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a pre-match pie to keep energy levels up. Ryan Stevenson had the

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first effort on goal. The shot from just outside the box tipped over by

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the goalkeeper. The Kilmarnock boss urged his players forward at every

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opportunity. Kris Boyd came close to finding the back of the net just

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minutes later. Another former Rangers player was also causing

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problems for Hearts. This time it was Barry Nicholson with a volley

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just over the crossbar. The Hearts defence has come under scrutiny in

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recent weeks. Once again questions will be asked after allowing Kris

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Boyd time and space to score. Terrific composure from Kris Boyd.

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He was to prove a real handful for the Hearts rearguard all afternoon.

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. Darren BAR made the move in the summer. He found himself in the wars

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after this melee in the home box. The keeper appearing to catch BAR as

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he comes away. The 28-year-old eventually carried off and both sets

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of fanned giving him a standing ovation. Nicholson should have

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scored here. But at the other end Patterson and Wilson were inches

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away from connecting. There was one more chance. Johnson here. But Jimmy

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McDonald saving the stay. The half-time report says Kilmarnock

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were on top, but the Jambos were still very much in the game. Into

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the second period and Hearts Klose to an equaliser. Jimmy Walker with a

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cross and Patterson's header wide of target. Kilmarnock pushed forward

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and McDonald came to the rescue. A fantastic first touch before a

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neat flick. Hearts youngsters were trying their best. Whenever they did

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have sight of goal Craig Sampson was in no mood of allowing them any hope

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of a comeback. It was the home side that finished stronger. Boyd the

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provider and Chris Johnson, who was one on one with Jordan McGhee, but

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the shot was deflected over for a corner. Boyd with two terrific

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finishes and Hearts travel back with a mood as damp as the weather here

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at Rugby Park and it's here where -- we'll hear what both managers have

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to say. We have to defend better than that. You can see the

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confidence in the players. We are passing really well and it's been

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like that for the majority of the games and we've not been far away.

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It's good to turn in the three points. There wasn't much in the

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game. The two mistakes have cost us. Pat, did he share any pies with you?

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We were inside, so we had much better food. In terms of the result,

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Kilmarnock deserved winners? Very much so. I was very impressed with

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them yesterday. They had energy about them they played the game in

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the right way. Alan will be delighted with the way they played.

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They were a handful upfront. Boyd was back to himself again. Led the

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line and knocked balls up to him and he's strong and he's running now and

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lost a lot of weight as we can imagine, but this goal was poor

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defending, but look at that, strike left foot, back of the net. He knows

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he can score goals. Is he a better player now? I can't say that, but

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he'll always be able to score goals. As a striker, he's got that nack and

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ability. You don't lose that. We are talking about the things he's

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improved, with movement and weight. He's never going to lose that

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ability to find the back of the net. I think also he's taken on a

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leadership role, so he was organised and the players we being told what

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to do and he was a real leader. The others played around about him.

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Chris Johnson out on left. This is an opportunity. Different class.

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SmaS something that he -- shas something he has been -- that's

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something that he may have been guilty about before. What is that?

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He did that all day yesterday. It's great to watch. That will buoy up

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the fans. Not for the first time this season poor defending from

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Hearts. Confidence is low. Do they have a chance of escaping that

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bottom part? It's getting slimmer as the weeks pass. It's becoming a bit

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of a theme that bad defensive mistakes are costing them very, very

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dearly. The two goals there were straight balls, Pat. As a goalkeeper

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you need communication at the back and centre halves have to deal with

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it. On the evidence from yesterday, I can't see them getting out of the

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their situation. They didn't have any natural striker. When Ryan

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Stevens went off and Patterson came off, but he's more on the right-hand

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side and there were real opportunities. It looks bleak for

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them. Champagne football on Tannadice Street seems to be the

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order of the day, after an uncertain start to the season. A quarter of

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the way through and Dundee were starting to play some of the most

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fun-to-watch football. But after a defeat Mark Wilson was drafted in.

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They were up against a St Mirren side who have stopped the rot. Two

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wins on the trot after victories at Hearts and edging seven-goal

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thriller against St Johnstone. Kello made his debut. They have a Turkish

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Dutchman who is becoming a real hero. The opening goal arriving in

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the 27th minute. With Gary Mackay Stephen on from the start they were

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dominant. Minutes after the goal, there was a penalty. Sean Kelly with

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the infringement. And no doubting the penalty. He put it confidently

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past Kello to make it 2-0. United should have been more than two goals

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in front in the first half. St Mirren were chasing tangerine

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shadows and some dithering in defence almost allowed in Ryan Gold

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for number three. At 17 years of age he's a great talent and his chance

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to really shine would come in the second half. Even from this sort of

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range, no problem. You won't see many better strikes this season.

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That goal came with still 30 minutes left on the clock. Still the

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tangerine tide came forward. St Mirren were toiling. First Ryan

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Graham denied. And then from Andrew Robertson's cross, Graham would be

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denied again this time by Kello. By and large a dismal day out for St

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Mirren. Dobson got a chance, but the goalie did just enough to put off

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the former United striker. With just seven minutes left to play, Ryan Dow

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intercepted and surged forward before feeding the ball to Chris

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Erskine. Number four for them. The side are lighting up the Scottish

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Premiership. As for St Mirren, after recent improvements, this was a

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reminder of the bad old days of not too long ago. Disappointed for us in

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terms of where we have been. In terms of the energy what we've

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brought and collectiveness and playing as a team and I thought we

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broke the shadow of that today. I think it's good. I thought

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everything came together and worked well at passing and chances created

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and good balls in the We are going to talk about Ryan

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Gold. 17. Absolutely fantastic. A joy to watch. He is. The team is

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packed full of real attacking threat and imagination in the final third.

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Ryan Gold epitomises that. You see he drifts into little pockets of

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areas and finds space. You could argue that the defence need to close

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him down a bit quicker, but that's intelligent play. He finds the space

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and knows where to drift. He causes defence all sorts of problems and it

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one is a perfect example. Into that wee picket, difficult to pick up and

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direct and straight at goal. What a shot that is. Fantastic strike. You

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see it here. Just after this, where the goalkeeper didn't have much of a

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chance. What Jackie's allowed the players to do in the final third is

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express yourselves and get in. I don't think Jackie plays with the

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wingers, but likes them into the inside and play in the little

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pockets and there are young players coming in. You don't have to be the

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big guy. I think Barcelona have proved that with the players they

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have, small, but your movement. Intelligent. Yeah. 29.6 yards. I

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thought I better convert that for the viewers. Fantastic to watch.

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Champagne football. Disappointing for St Mirren, because they looked

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like they might have turned a corner. You could see some on the

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VT, their defending was so poor. No closing down. Didn't seem to be

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stretched between the midfield and back four. They dropped off. All

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sorts of areas for teams to play against them. That was pretty much

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the weekend that was. Just five games this weekend, because the

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Friday night match ended up in darkness in Dingwall. Ross county

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and Inverness was going to on and then the match was abandoned to be

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played on another date. They'll be reverting back to Victoria Park

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after that. That's how it finished there, abandoned, so what's the

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table looking like now? If you thought this weekend was

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pretty good, next week looks pretty tasty too.

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Even before all that, there's a small mid-week matter of the League

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Cup quarter finals. On Tuesday, Inverness are at home to Dundee and

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Morton are at home to St Johnstone and it's Hibs and Hearts for the

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Edinburgh Derby. It will be Hibs and Hearts for a place in the last four.

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That game is live on BBC One Scotland at 6.55pm on Wednesday and

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extended studio analysis on-line at full-time.

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It's a brave man who predicts an Edinburgh derby, Pat, so over to

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you. I am not going to predict. Any derby can go. It depends how you

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wake up and how you approach the gale and get out there and be

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positive, but I watched Hearts yesterday and I think Hibs pu have

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the upper hand. The home team. The way that Hearts are playing, their

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confidence must be down. But it's a quarter final and a big chance to do

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something this year. You never know. In the last Edinburgh Derby it was

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Hearts? It was, but they were on a better run than at the moment. Pat

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is right. The confidence must be at rock bottom at the moment. Difficult

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to say what will happen, but -- It seems like an age ago in I was

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talking about it yesterday. That was something that hearts never had.

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Somebody attacking the front post area and natural strikers is

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something they lack, but a great finish. They theT got no the

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positions almost even lease -- they got into the positions almost even

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less. You have to attack the near post and get in front of the

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defenders and that improved. He can prove that he can do it. They want

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to work on that and I know he was talking about improving the

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defending, but they have to work on the all-round part. Let's hope it's

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great. A time for a look at tomorrow's back pages before we

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leave you. There we go. That is the Daily Mail. Rough diamond. And this

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is the Scotsman Badbe comes of age there. -- Balde comes of age. Neil

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Lennon promises he'll get more game game. He's a bit of a rough diamond,

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but he's got so many injuries. Neil Lennon needs to be bringing them in.

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The injuries are a problem. You had Mulgrew out and Kris Commons has

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been out. And Samaras went off with a gash. Big games. James Forster, so

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let's hope he's fit. Balde and Pukki and the guys they've brought them in

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and they cannot be babies all the time. They have to be men and score.

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He proved that he can go by people and score and that's what he has to

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do week in and week out. They've got a big score, so they have to cope

:44:17.:44:20.

with the number of games. I'm sure he'll get the opportunities in games

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to come. He took his opportunity and make a big impact and he got Celtic

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the three point in the end. That is it. The weekend in Scottish football

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is finally at an end. Thank you to Pat and Michael for joining us this

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evening. There is more football mid-week as we were just talking

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about. Wednesday night, the Edinburgh derby. Join us for that,

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but for now, from all of us here, stay safe in the weather, good

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night.

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