Rangers v Motherwell, St Johnstone v Hamilton, Kilmarnock v Ross County, Inverness v Partick Thistle, Dunfermline v Dundee Utd and Queen of the South v Hibs. With David Currie.
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Yes, good afternoon and welcome to Sportscene results. No alternative
facts on this show, at least not intentionally. Just the scores. Plus
an impeachable analysis. Welcome, gents. After the break for the
Scottish Cup the Premiership is back, so let's find out what's
happening, shall we? Latest scores in the Scottish Premiership, couple
of results, Aberdeen beating Dundee 3-0.
To the early kick-off, Motherwell against Rangers at Fir Park, could
the home side avenged last week's Scottish Cup defeat at Ibrox, or
would Rangers rub it in with a win that would put them back into second
spot in the Premiership? Let's get Liam McLeod's story of the match.
Pressure on Rangers today by virtue of Aberdeen's excellent win over
Dundee last night but they dealt with it by overcoming Motherwell for
the fourth time this season. A poor first half lit up by red card
apiece. Oh how are in for a terrible challenge after four minutes, and
the momentum with the steelmen. An over the top tackle on Kenny Miller
because of the second red card. He scored again, tapping home on 72.
The hosts barely threatened an equaliser after that. Smashing three
minutes from time to seal the points. 36 league games without a
win for Motherwell against Rangers, who move back above Aberdeen into
second place, albeit with a game more played. STUDIO: Let's see what
Mark McGhee had to say after the match. Played some good stuff at
times, reticular lady early part with 11 men on the park. --
particularly in the early part. We did not make enough chances when we
were down to ten men. STUDIO: Agree with the analysis? Analysis goes by
the wayside when a couple of things are taken on board, Kenny Miller is
the wayside when a couple of things extraordinary at the moment. Played
brilliantly. It came down to the sending offs in the first half. Do
you agree, Michael? Yeah, I think I probably do. I think Ireland's one
was a red card. For it to happen in the fourth minute, everybody goes,
here we go again. But you couldn't criticise the referee for that. The
McDonagh won, I did not think was as clear cut. Was it excessive force?
I'm not sure. Didn't seem to be an enormous complaint from Mark McGhee.
I thought it was tough on Scott. Lets go around the grounds, starting
at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone cruising to victory over Hamilton.
They are on the verge of going level on points with Hearts. Bad day for
Hamilton. Plenty of goals at Rugby Park, let's hear about that one,
Kilmarnock against Ross County. Quite a match here, it stands at
2-2. Kris Boyd put Kilmarnock ahead after ten seconds. County quickly
turn things around. #routis getting the equaliser. -- Hearts. Anyone's
game. And Inverness Caledonian Thistle against Partick Thistle,
let's hear about that one. It is 0-0, must win, said Richie Foran,
but they are not winning. They certainly Owen Williams in goal for
two tremendous saves that kept them level. They haven't been overly
troubled. Sera- zero here. level. They haven't been overly
drop into the championship, shall we? And find out how the leaders
Hibs are doing. They are leading 1-0 courtesy of a strike from John
McGinn. Corner kick from the right, James Keatings with the delivery,
McGinley arrived late, his folly to a deflection as it beat the Queen of
the South goalkeeper. Dundee United away to Dunfermline. Yes, it is 1-1.
Ahead after a cracker from Andreu after just 18 minutes. And Andreu
has just missed a sitter. Always sounds like he's enjoying this match
and we are enjoying Kilmarnock against Ross County. Quick goal from
Kris Boyd, ten seconds, we had barely sat in our seats when he
knocked it in. It was so quick, we've been thumbing through the
records. We have a naked and I was going to say, that must surely be
the quickest goal -- we have an egghead here. I think it takes over
from Kris Commons who had 12.4 seconds. 12.2. Something like that.
Famously John Hewitt of Aberdeen scored in 9.6 seconds in the
Scottish Cup. That being said, Kris Boyd missed a real chance. To be
fair it's been a really good game of football. Kris Boyd has been
substituted. He has put himself around and Kilmarnock really pushed
higher up the park. To be honest I've been impressed by both teams.
Kilmarnock have come back into it after what could have been difficult
going 2-1 down. Also reassuring for command to get a couple of goals.
Everybody thinking they had been so reliant on him, so that is pleasing
for them. St Johnstone have struggled against teams from the
lower half of the table at home this season, so that will be a welcome
boost. Crawford missed a big chance and within a few minutes of that
coming, scores not only one, but two, and now they are cruising.
Richie Foran declared this a must win game but the way results are
doing, a point would be a decent yield. The way the game is going, I
think Partick are pretty unlucky, particularly the second half.
Playing the need football, most getting played in the attacking part
of Partick Thistle. If they come away with a point they may be
disappointed. A chance Aberdeen to overtake Rangers last night for a
wee while at least in the table. Needed to beat Dundee at Pittodrie
to do it and they did it quite convincingly as it turns out to you,
in large part, to a night masterclass. Pat will have enjoyed
this. We see the goals, delighted with this layup. Almost unmissable.
To be fair every part of his game was superb. Then he hit the post or
bar couple of times as well. That is class, takes on the volley. After
that standard of game, not getting a hat-trick, he should hang his head
in shame. Brilliant. Was his performance as good as train
spotting 2, I believe you were there last night? I was forced at gunpoint
to go to that. Nile McGinn has looked dated at times. Is that down
to his participation in the Euros? The boy had no break whatsoever, he
went straight from the Euros with Northern Ireland into the Aberdeen
Europa League qualifiers, and you feared for him, not only did you
think his foreword suffer but his body might break down. Derek McInnes
gave him a proper break. He said, take a couple of weeks, don't come
to the Dubai training camp. He also scored twice against Stranraer in
the cup last weekend. You had him scoring twice last night, terrific.
He was electrifying last night. The worry for Aberdeen is looking ahead
to the next few months, how do they cope without him and Jonny Hayes if
one or both of them go. You have to say that is looking quite likely.
Let's hear what both managers had to say after the match at Pittodrie
last night, they were chatting to Martin. Once we made the
breakthrough, I thought we brought some real quality and I didn't think
that we looked anything other than going to win the game. We know
they've got good players but we've going to win the game. We know
got to do the basics properly. The going to win the game. We know
third goal sums it up, the ball comes into the box, nobody within
five or ten yards. For me, we know they've got good players but we've
got to make it as difficult as possible and we didn't do that. It's
not so much the contract offer, it's maybe weighing up more what he wants
to do next, whether he wants to stay a bit longer or whether he wants to
try something different, and he's quite within his rights and we would
respect that. Spoke about Aberdeen earlier, what about Dundee? In some
bother, out of the cup, into the winter break with a great win over
St Johnstone but it has gone pair shaped a wee bit. You get the
feeling they will be in the bottom six, probably too much quality. They
can get dragged into it, it's easy, every single team down there. The
confidence will be low as well. Not a man to harbour a grudge. Today
looking at the video printer and Kane Hemmings has scored for Oxford
United, Dundee are really struggling for goals and defensively frail at
times. You cannot get away from the influence that had to lose him right
at the beginning. Also come back to a sickening result after losing in
the cup to St Mirren, he saw one. They needed a result last night but
it was a hard one to go to Pittodrie. Difficult to Dundee.
There's kind of a gloominess about them. From the shock in the Scottish
Cup last week to a shock in the FA Cup this afternoon. Liverpool from
the Premiership were at home to Championship Wolverhampton
Wanderers, led by Scottish manager Paul Lambert. Let's hear what
happened at Anfield. Liverpool's dry January continues. The postmortem
will be long and loud, particularly with three home defeat in a week, at
today is Wolverhampton Wanderers day. This was a top performance from
Paul Lambert's team. They scored early. There was not a full minute
played when defender Richard Stearman headed in the opener.
Before half-time is the Wolves side, 34 places below Liverpool, were
leading 2-0. Weimann taking it round the goalkeeper to score. Liverpool
did get one goal back late, scored by give up ready. But their
performance was not good enough and Wolves deserve this, and go into the
fifth round. STUDIO: Dreadful result for Liverpool, dumped out of the
League Cup by Hull and now an ignominious defeat. Yeah, to be fair
I think this had been coming for quite some time. Too fast, too high,
not enough backing on the substitutes bench. They were going
to blow up at some time. Even though that was kind of a reserve side.
They have a game against Chelsea on Tuesday and if they do not win,
goodbye to going for the league, and certainly they just need to think
about staying in the top four. Fans in general enjoy teams getting
knocked out of the cup when they play a weakened team, it's almost
like, that's what you get. If you're not going to give full respect to
the cup, treated lightly and say it's not a top priority, you get
your comeuppance. That's the difference between Scotland and
England, down there they don't take it seriously. Nobody would dream of
fielding a weakened team. It is unusual for even Rangers or Celtic
when they are dominant, they still take the League Cup seriously. For
them it's part of a potential treble. Supporters, do they take the
FA Cup less seriously nowadays? Depends which supporters. Top six,
or they are interested in is getting Champions League. They know the
money is there. That becomes the Champions League. They know the
first thing. Real fans want to see winds, competitions. Looks as though
Kilmarnock fans might be seeing a rare win for their side this
afternoon. Have they scored against Ross County? They look to have
snatched three points just at the death. Sean Long staff scoring in
the 90th minute. Ross County players standing, they cannot believe it.
Kilmarnock have turned this game round once again. Shaun Want blasted
it past the Notts County goalkeeper. Kilmarnock have been better and
deservedly pulled level. Now it will be difficult to argue that they
don't deserve all three points. That would be a valuable win indeed. And
it would lift them above Motherwell and Dundee by my calculations and
not that far out of the top six. All the darkness we've been hearing
about at commander, I've been watching them today, thinking, where
is the problem? -- at Kilmarnock. Everybody seems to be gelling
together, and what a difference that could make. It is full-time at
McDiarmid Park in the match between St Johnstone and Hamilton. Full-time
scenes, there. Let's get. From Richard Wilson. This game turned on
a miss. The manager must have been sure his side were going to take the
lead when Ali Crawford was sent into one goal in the second half but his
team's best player somehow managed to miss from inside the penalty
area. Moments later St Johnstone took the lead through a header from
Ciaran Cummings and the striker added a second five minutes later,
converted from close range. The game was lost Hamilton and Murray
Davidson's had really rubbed salt in the wounds. 12 league games a row
without a win. Bigwig St Johnstone. Working their record going into
this, they had won seven and lost seven, now eight wins. I saw them
midweek at Celtic Park, they were exactly what you would expect from
St Johnstone, very well organised, disciplined, kept their shape,
frustrated Celtic for a long time, lost a fairly late kind of goal.
Plenty of positives. Should have had a late penalty. So for them to pull
level with hearts is impressive -- with Hearts. At the championship it
is full-time tween Hibs and Queen of the South. Hibs are 1-0 win courtesy
of a John McGinn goal seven minutes into the second half, the only goal
of the afternoon and his third of the campaign. Straight off the
training ground. McGinn arriving late at the back post, took a
deflection as it ended in the back of the net. Hibs dominated, Queens
had a late rally but it really came to nothing. Numerous chances in the
first half through Keatings, Shinnie, Cummings and Holt. The
solitary effort from John McGinn ensures John -- ensures they pick up
the victory. Fifth win in a row. That's another narrow win. Narrow
win, yes, but they have dominated a lot of teams and Neil Lennon
continues to say, we are dominating teams but not hammering them.
Somebody is going to take a real beating soon. Just look at the squad
that Ertz have got in comparison with everybody else, it is so
powerful looking. Not going to say they will definitely win the league
but I will be astonished, the way it is going, if they don't. At the
moment. Full-time at Rugby Park, that thrilling encounter involving
Kilmarnock and Ross County has reached its conclusion. Looks as
though the Kilmarnock players are happy. Kilmarnock have taken the
wind? They have indeed. What a game at Rugby Park. Right from the off,
no sooner had Kilmarnock kicked off than they were ahead. Kris Boyd
nicking into dink over. Ross County not fazed by the loss of the early
goal and quickly turn things round. Routine equaliser after good play.
Shalt tapping the ball over the line following a great header off the
bar. Knocking in the rebound. At 2-1 you could not argue that County
deserved to be in front but Kilmarnock changed things in the
second half. They looked a revitalised and equalised through
Gary Dicker. Looks like it would be a share of the points and I'm not
sure many would have argued against that as a reasonably fair result but
Kilmarnock had their tails up and snatched a winner in the 90th
minute. One of the new men on loan from Newcastle who looked pretty
bright, Sean Long staff, grabbed the goal, running through to finish. Lee
can't walking off the pitch at full-time will be absolutely
delighted. Especially given the departure of cinnamon coloured
barley. He was not missed today. Less exciting fare on offer in
Inverness this afternoon. Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home to
Partick Thistle, and that has concluded. Full-time here, 0-0. Not
entirely the stuff of inspiration for home supporters, looking for a
glimmer that would suggest better times ahead. Aaron Doran had a good
chance in the closing stages but cold narrowly wide. Visitors
thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping by Owain Fon Williams.
Superb stop from close range and fully merited at least a point.
Richie Durrant did demand a win, didn't get it, but they moved level
on points with Hamilton. Partick deserve credit for a strong
all-round display. They threatened fairly effectively when they had the
chance. Disappointment for them. Directly in sheet, and they could
lose Ellie use more of those, and more creativity
back to the championship and we can find out how second placed Dundee
United got on a way to Dunfermline this afternoon. It finished 1-1. A
cracker, here. 11 games unbeaten here now. United five without a win
although they took the lead after 18 minutes. Home defence failed to
clear their lines properly. Tony Andreu pounced to fire into the back
of the net. Came within inches of doubling the lead but the shot
caught the outside of the box. Within minutes they drew level after
a sustained spell of pressure. Kallum Higginbotham did well to
create space down the left. His cross into the box was met by the
head of John Hearne who is run and have noticed by the defence and he
nodded home. Cammy Bell was injured as the cross came in. Saw out the
first half but failed to recover. Tony Andreu had a clear shot on goal
from ten yards out but Sean Murdoch saved and although the rebound fell
straight at the feet of him, you blasted it over. That was the best
chance of the second half. 1-1 it finished. Let's find out what
happened in Paisley between bottom club St Mirren and fourth placed
Falkirk, Kenny Crawford was watching. It finished 2-1 to four
Kirk. Not the new dawn Saints fans were hoping for after the
encouraging Scottish Cup win and a whole raft of new signings. It was
all about John Baird, goals on 11 minutes and 63 minutes for him. The
first a brilliant finish from a fairly tight angle about 12 yards
out after a long throw which St Mirren players were sure was taken
ten yards further up the pitch than it should have been. John Baird from
Lee Miller's low cross turned in it should have been. John Baird from
from about ten yards in the centre of the box. Rory Loy and pulled one
from about ten yards in the centre back, his first goal since joining,
created out of nothing with his back to goal, turning and shooting low,
left footed into the far corner, but it wasn't enough, St Mirren remained
seven points adrift at the foot of the championship. Raith Rovers and
Dumbarton that this afternoon, watched by Charlie Mann. A big three
points for Dumbarton but growing concerns for Raith Rovers and bass
Gary Locke because the crowd was booing at the end of the stadium.
Raith Rovers have not won league match since October the 29th, and
they took the lead in the first and things were looking good that stage.
I am hardly the scorer, his fifth goal of the season after 27 minutes.
But in the second half Raith Rovers folded. Dumbarton equalised on 49
minutes. Christian nanny's header, his second goal of the season. The
visitors went in front on 57 minutes. On loan Daniel Harvey ran
from his own half, and absolutely blasted a left footed shot past the
goalkeeper. Then to compound it all, a corn on 63 minutes right across
the box. Knocked into the net for 3-1. Really poor run for Raith
Rovers, and a good day for Dumbarton, they move away from the
bottom two, and their 87 fans who followed them are away happy. Must
have been counting. 11 away from St Mirren at the bottom now. Wynford
Dumbarton could almost ensure they would be in that bottom relegation
spot or am I over egging that? St Mirren are seven adrift of Ayr
United, playing this evening, ten adrift from even avoiding the
play-off place. St Mirren have adrift from even avoiding the
signed a lot of players this month. It is kind of all on nothing, isn't
it? All your eggs in one basket situation. Need these guys to
it? All your eggs in one basket deliver if they are going to save
themselves. Clear blue water there. At the top, Hibs are eight points
clear of Dundee United. Is there a danger that will become a
procession? Clear green water at the top. I don't think it will become a
progression because there will be slip-ups in this league. It is a
tough league to get out of, and they will take nothing for granted. But
as I said just before, the strength and depth in that squad just now,
they look a more powerful squad, not giving away a lot of goals which
really helps if you are trying to win leagues. Needed Dundee United to
be right on their tail. I applaud Dundee United for doing as well as
they have done, a brand-new built side, sticking with Hibs so well. If
Hibs get a bit further away, difficult see them catching.
Hibs really need to win, they don't want that stress and hassle of
trying to get up that way. Tell me about it! Won't this won't be too
stressful. Time for today's classified results.
It's not stressful for them, but it is for me!
Let's start with the Scottish Premiership.
Let's look at the League tables starting with the Premiership.
Rangers again 19 points behind Celtic.
Celtic playing Hearts at Celtic Park tomorrow.
At the foot of the table it's now level on points.
In the championship Hibs are eight points clear at the top, another win
for them away to Queen of the South. St Mirren remain seven points behind
Ayr United. League one, Livingston well ahead.
Another good win for them today. At No matches in the English
Premiershipier league today so the top of the championship.
Bottom of the table doesn't ever really change, does it?
Let's stay in England and get some details from the big FA Cup match
and Tottenham Hotspur and league two Wycombe, how did it finish? White
Hart Lane rejoices. The Wycombe players go to embrace their
Tottenham counterparts, they know they've given them a hell of a game
this afternoon and they can proud of their performance. Tottenham who
finished with ten men after an injury after all three substitutes
were used. They hung on and at the death beat the team who were fifth
in league two. 70 places separated these two sides. It didn't look like
it, for 90-plus minutes but Spurs live to fight another day and will
march on into the fifth round of the FA Cup. Heart break for Wycombe but
they can head back with their heads held high.
If it is a Cup shock you are looking for, let's find out what happened
with Lincoln City and the championship leaders Brighton and
Hove Albion. Our man there was Mark Clment. It is Lincoln City 3,
Brighton and Hove Albion, 1! What a miracle Danny has foamed. He was a
PE teacher just a few months ago. He had his success with non-league
football. He came to this football club and he has completely and
totally transformed them. As you can see, chaotic scenes here. Chaotic
scenes because Lincoln City are in the 5th round of the Cup for the
first time since 1887. The team lead the national league, they've only
lost twice now in 25 matches and they've taken a scalp, 72 places
higher. Lincoln City are in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Oh! They might have let us hear the scream there! Let's find out details
of another surprise in the Cup now. Oxford United against championship
big guns Newcastle United. That was watched by Andy Stevenson. What a
performance, what a result. Oxford have knocked Newcastle out of the FA
Cup. 3-0. Hemmings has now scored in every round of this season's FA Cup.
Newcastle wasted chances in the first half and then won a penalty.
The spot kick was saved by Simon Easted with. Then a header from
Nelson. A debut goal from Martinez on loan from West Ham. It's no more
than Oxford deserve. They showed fantastic effort all the way
through. Newcastle at times look like a team of strangers. Oxford
into the 5th round. Plenty of surprises in the Cup, including
Liverpool and Wolves. I feel sorry for Wycombe. We were watching the
score all afternoon. Yeah, at the very least you think you are going
to get a replay out of it and TV money presumably and cash for them,
to lose it like that... You like a bit of romance, Pat. Plenty for
Lincoln City. Yeah, we will hear plenty about that. Also part of you
wants to get a Premier League team out, as well. That's why we did talk
mostly about Spurs during that and Liverpool going out is a massive one
for them. If you look at the Spurs team... 97 minutes. Will that be any
more surprising than if Hearts actually managed to beat Celtic
tomorrow? Because in the end looking at the way it's gone in the Premier
League, you know, Celtic look unstoppable. They've a chance to
break that record. I can't see anyone stopping them. They
eventually will stop. I don't think it will be tomorrow. Right. Alas, we
have to stop now. Our time is running out. Jonathan will be here,
as ever, with a highlights show tomorrow night.
The best bits of the weekend's Premiership action and it's repeated
after Match of the Day::. We are back in seven days on BBC One
Scotland. That's it for today. My thanks to
Pat and Michael. See you soon.
Introduced by David Currie.
Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the first Premiership Saturday since the winter break, Rangers visit Motherwell in the lunchtime kick-off, St Johnstone entertain Hamilton in Perth, Ross County make the journey to Ayrshire to face Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle are in the Highlands to play Inverness. In the Championship, it's Dunfermline versus Dundee Utd and Queen of the South against Hibs. Plus action from Friday night's top-flight match between Aberdeen and Dundee.