28/02/2016 Sportscene


28/02/2016

Highlights from the SPFL. Hamilton v Celtic, Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Hearts v Kilmarnock, Inverness v Dundee, Motherwell v Partick Thistle and Dundee Utd v Ross County.


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Good evening, and welcome to Sportscene.

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Every weekend, there's more twists and turns

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Tonight on Sportscene, it's no different.

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The big twist on the show tonight is that Michael Stewart

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Darren Jackson on standby as technical support.

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We begin in Dingwall, where Dundee United were looking

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to make good on Darren Jackson's guarantee that they would

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Before the match, County honoured the side that won

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Two changes to the Ross County team. Two changes to the Dundee United

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team as well. 1-0 Dundee United! And the Captain

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picks up where he picked up last weekend at a 30 yard shot. A header

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from the set piece this time, equally invaluable.

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Dundee United are ahead. It was a cushioned header from

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Durnan. Back to the goalkeeper Kawashima.

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Ross County are looking to get back on level terms.

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Fraser groups around the outside. Durnan keeps it alive. 90 minutes

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from -- 19 minutes from time, 2- 02 Dundee United, are they on their way

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to three priceless points, it looks that way.

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Graeme trying to block the chance. that way.

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All he could do was put the ball in the net. United on two goals in

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front. Graeme had the chance to get a goal

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back for Ross County. It is heads in hands time. A really good stop by

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Kawashima with his left boot. It came off Spittal, that of his own

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crossbar. There is a furious appeal for a penalty. John Beaton says no.

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Spittal was so lucky this did not spin into his own net. And then, the

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alleged handball against Durnan. The up and under. And Fraser's shop

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producing a really good save from Fox as Dundee United look to make

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the point safe here. Dar scores Dundee United's third

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goal. And, surely now, the United fans can think about celebrating a

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massive when. And hoping that the great escape might just be possible.

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That sums up Ross County's day. It has been Dundee United's day,

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back-to-back wins, could they yet escape from relegation?

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The players have been excellent, we have always shown a reaction to

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being a goal behind. Today wasn't our day. We haven't

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looked like a team like that for a number of weeks. Good for the

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players. They have improved recently.

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Throughout the season, it hasn't been good enough. We can only now

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try our best and keep the performances at this level to win

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matches. Huge victory for Dundee United

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against Ross County. Last time you are on the show comment you famously

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said you guaranteed Dundee United would stay up, is that guarantee

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valid? There is only one guarantee in life.

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I said, once they get Paton, Erskine, Morris, they won't fit on

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the pitch. They are massive players. They have a good squad. I was

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confident in the squad which is why I said that.

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Now, eight points? Keep going. What do you think? They

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still have a chance, two fantastic results. To go up there and win 3-0.

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What they will be very pleased about is a clean sheet. They have not had

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any luck. You saw it hitting the post and

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bouncing into the goalkeeper's hands.

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Fraser, a key player against Ross County, someone you know well from

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your time at United. Wonderful talent. He had a bad leg

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break when he was younger and it took a long time to get back.

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I remember watching him at Airdrie, and all the fans were raving about

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him. He just had to learn the dirty side of it earlier. Look at his

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He makes a great one. Tremendously talented. Great passing of the ball.

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He can see a pass, makes a pass, real quality. Scotty can do anything

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in the game. For me, there is a huge difference

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between coming into a side that is doing well, and into a side which is

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difficult. He has been drafted into a team

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which hasn't been doing well this season which makes it difficult.

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He is a boy who can take the ball under pressure. That is what you

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want in these circumstances. They play Aberdeen midweek.

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Celtic went into Friday's match at Hamilton knowing that a win

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would take them nine points clear of Aberdeen,

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and put the pressure firmly back on the Dons.

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Eight is a number Martin Canning wants to think about but eight of

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those starters began at Parkhead five weeks ago.

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Ronny Deila hands a first League start to isla. Bailey takes over.

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Kris Commons is back in the Celtic side for the first time since the

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win at Tannadice. Scott Brown has lost the ball here.

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Crawford of what a chance! He scored the winner at Celtic Park

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for Hamilton a year past October. He ought to have done better here. The

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Accies have had their backs to the wall until now.

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That is a penalty. What on earth was in Maree thinking about here? He was

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going away from goal. In Maree felled him inside the box and has

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giftwrapped a huge chance to go in front.

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Make that 33 this season. One of the great modern day Celtic

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strikers. The current number nine. He makes no mistake from the spot.

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He goes down under the challenge of Boyata who is in trouble.

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It is a red card. Craig Thomson the referee was in little doubt here.

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Did Boyata touch the ball? He has gone for a professional foul.

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The frown on his face. He keeps it out. But already the

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pendulum is swinging. And it is swinging Hamilton's way.

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McGovern did his job. It arrived at his feet fortuitously.

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Mackay-Steven on the rebound. Hamilton holding on a little bit

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here, Celtic are fashioning Mork chances with ten than they were with

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11. 11.

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-- more chances. Plenty of pushing and shoving in the box.

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Lustig goes to ground and Craig Thomson gives Celtic another spot

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kick. The challenge on Lustig. They were

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warned before this. He is all over this weed.

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Griffiths will have the chance to double the Celtic advantage.

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A great save from Michael McGovern. He has just helped -- kept Hamilton

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Academical in this game. Griffiths went the other way this

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time. McGovern went the same way but a

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different result. Brophy! It is one apiece. Finally,

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the numerical advantage counts at New Douglas Park. It is a lovely

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finish from Brophy which will mean even more to him than the last one

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which was at Celtic Park in the 81 -- 8-1 defeat.

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A big chance here as well and Doherty should have been on target.

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A substitute finding himself in space, blocked by Lustig.

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The pleasing thing is the first tenants we started on the front

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foot. We managed to ride it out, we did

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well defensively, the shape was good. The best chance was with

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Crawford. Their work rate, it was anything I

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could expect. We started well and didn't do much

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in the first half but we got our goal. The second half, things were

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more open. More difficult with ten men. Even though we had three alone

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with the goalkeeper. You need to take your chances, when you have ten

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men. They had maybe a couple. It was disappointing. The most

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analysed sending-off in the entire season, Boyata.

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A great point for Hamilton. For you, this was part of a wider story in

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terms of the Celtic defence. Everyone knows the way Celtic play.

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It is an open and expansive style. You can see the area they leave.

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They get their full-backs pushing up. Two plane that that, you need to

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have central defenders who know how to defend. Boyata is pointing. He

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has got to see the run of Crawford and step across.

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This one, again, the gap between the centre halves. Johansen can't empty

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out that space with such a gap between the centre halves.

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Boyata, you think he has done well. I have been critical of Boyata on

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the show before. There's three things he does well.

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He is offside, he does it very well. You say to players, played to the

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whistle. He reacted. He got back and got a touch. I don't think that is

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100% a sending-off. You disagree? You need to take into

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account he has touched the ball. Also, the fact he has committed a

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foul on the player. I don't think there is enough of a touch on the

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ball to ignore the foul which has been committed. You need to say the

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ball has not been taken off its line, the striker still has the

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opportunity to get on the ball. The fact his momentum has brought the

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player down, it is the right decision.

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Michael is defending the referees, a first!

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I don't think it is a sending-off. He touches the ball and his momentum

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isn't near enough to foul him. He slid in and touched the ball.

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The debate has raged on. McLean their press them, I have been

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on the end of a 7-1, and 8-1, it is embarrassing. The Celtic defence is

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too far in the box, they should be squeezed out and I am really

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impressed with the goal, Brophy is a goal-scorer, see him peeling out

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whether spaces and he has reacted. That is what the goal-scorer is. I

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see some people saying it is luck, it is not, it is a great goal. When

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Hamilton are at their best, every time you watch them, they are

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playing with high energy and pressing the opposition, pushing

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them back. Ultimately, the sending-off made a big difference

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because it is easier to put the pressure onto the opposition but on

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the flip side, Hamilton still have to perform and they did that. In

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terms of Celtic, Darren, former Celtic player, at times this season,

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there does seem to be a lacklustre side to it, not the high octane

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stuff Celtic fans would like to see. Is that fair comment? It is and it

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isn't. They'll top of the league, still in one cup, everyone talking

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about Ronny Deila, will he be there or not? Europe is the big thing, but

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about Ronny Deila, will he be there they'll top of the league. Is it the

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football they want to play? Possibly not but they have club football

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players, Kris Commons, Christie, Mackay Stephen, Armstrong,

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Griffiths, very good footballers. And they remain out in front and it

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gave Aberdeen a real boost ahead of their game with set back the lead St

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with St -- Johnstone. Johnstone's. --

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13 goals in the previous two meetings between these sides.

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Hoping for more goals at Pittodrie this weekend was John Barnes.

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captain Ryan Jack returns after a two-month absence to replace injured

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Shane Logan at the back and with Adam Rooney sidelined for six weeks,

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Simon Church is a focal point in attack. Scott Brown makes his first

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start of the season in midfield for St Johnstone's.

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The break-up the ball falling for Simon Church. An early chance for

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Aberdeen. Kenny McLean just didn't have enough to beat Alan Mannus. In

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the first minute. Great opening. Varies Brown! -- there is. Trying

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his luck against his namesake in the Aberdeen goal but couldn't find the

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target. Lovely header from Cummings and

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Maclean was trying to beat Scott Brown, just didn't have enough

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elevation to beat the Aberdeen keeper.

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Cummings with the header. He is looking to hit the target from

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there, though. Cummings, so far this season, has got six goals to his

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credit. Church. Excellent defensive header

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from Simon Lappin to deny Graeme Shinnie at the back post. Church's

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flick on was about to pick him out. Niall McGinn's corner, Taylor's

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header and Church with the follow up puts Aberdeen in front. 35 minutes

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played. Alan Mannus did well to pour it away initially but Church was

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waiting to pounce to claim his second Aberdeen goal.

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Knocked in by Reynolds and Church was trying to get a touch but the

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goalkeeper stood firm. Aberdeen have lost only four of the

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last 36 home matches, two of them to St Johnstone. Church, good save by

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Alan Mannus. And Church is leading the Aberdeen attack well in the

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absence of Adam Rooney. Aberdeen desperate for the victory that can

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see them close the gap on Celtic at the top.

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Miskick by Taylor. Setup for Craig. The referee is pointing to the spot.

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It's a penalty to St Johnstone. The Aberdeen players believe that Liam

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Craig dived. Was there contact in the challenge? The referee said

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there was. It is Craig levelling it up for St Johnstone. It is Liam

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Craig's second from the spot this season, his fourth goal all told.

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And with less than two minutes left to play, it is one of these. But the

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game to play at the way it did is extremely disappointing from our

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point of view and as I say, it is not for me to beat up referees, he

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has called it because he thinks it is a penalty, so I can't be certain,

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having seen it again, but if it is a penalty, it is disappointing we

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allowed that situation to arise. The first goal was important in any game

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and unfortunately, we have been losing the first goal too often this

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season but particularly here, where it is nil-nil, the crowd can get a

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bit agitated the longer it goes and that gave Aberdeen a lift and you

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saw in the second-half performance the number of opportunities and the

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amount of pressure they put us under but we defended really well as a

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team, the two centre halves did their job well today and headed a

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lot of dangerous crosses away. The penalty clearly the big talking

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point but Michael, you want to focus on something that happened before

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that. Have a look at this incident, there is no doubt the penalty

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incident is the talking point, but this happened just a minute or two

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before what led to the penalty and I just want to bring it up because a

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lot of things go on in a game of football that you have no control

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over, but when you have a free kick and the ball is stationary, it gives

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you a good opportunity to set things up and for Aberdeen, there is only

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four minutes to go before the final whistle, it gives you the chance to

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run down the clock and waste a bit of time. You see Ash Taylor here, he

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is making a run to go up and get into the box for a free kick from

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Kenny McLean, and there is a great run here behind. It gives Kenny

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McLean an option, what is he going to do? Play it down the line wait

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for Taylor to get into the box? For me, personally, you waste as much

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time as possible and get the guy into the box but if you played them

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the line, it has to be played long. I don't think it is even experience,

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you look at Kenny, he has reacted to a great run from right. The only

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criticism is he has not overheated. If it goes out for a goal kick, you

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get everyone back and you are set up. He has not overheat it. And that

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would give Ash Taylor the chance to get back. You have two against two

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at the back, they leave the ball, and they get their shot, it doesn't

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come to anything but it creates the atmosphere of nervousness in the

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stadium. Aberdeen have seen out nine games, winning nine games by a

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single goal this season, which takes a lot of mental strength and mental

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single goal this season, which takes energy. It gets the crowd anxious

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and it gets onto the pitch with not long to go. A few bits and pieces

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before the penalty incident you wanted to focus on. These individual

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things are not in themselves horrendous, but again, for me, it

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just creates that atmosphere within the stadium. This is only a personal

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view but I don't want my full-back coming into these areas in the

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middle of the park to win headers and the reason is look at this huge

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space that is vacated by full-back when they into that area.

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Ultimately, it doesn't get exploited, but what I would want is

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this guy, my centre half to go and dominate and win the ball and then

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what happens is you have your full-back who deepens and narrows

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and your other centre half deepens and narrows and takes out any gaps

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in the backline. In an ideal world, you could be right but it is two

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minutes to go. The left back has made a decision and if I am Derek, I

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am happy with that, he has gone and won the ball, I have a back for

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covering two. The ride back and see the left winger and my two defensive

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midfield players can see the St Johnstone midfield. In itself, it is

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not a big mistake, it might not even be a mistake but the point is it is

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the first of what transpires to be for raw five that lead to the

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penalty being given away, because he is in a half position, he doesn't

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know whether to commit or drop off. Reynolds is on his heels, Taylor

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slashes it, fourth mistake, Brian Jack is caught on a two against one

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and he takes a step in field and it allows Craig enough space to get

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outside. That is a mistake, if he doesn't take the step inside, he

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should tell his midfielder, I'll take the runner, you take the ball.

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Is it a penalty? He could have got a touch on it but it doesn't look as

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though the ball goes any faster after he gets a touch on it, but he

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has made contact. You have to give credit to Liam Craig, he helped the

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ball on in the centre circle and he didn't stand about, he made the run

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and he got rewards with the penalty. How big an opportunity missed for

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Aberdeen? A huge opportunity missed and it is disappointing for them but

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it is those small things, concentration late in the game and

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if they are going to win in the title, they have to get every one of

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those right. I can understand the referee giving that but it is hard

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Time for a Rewind. to take.

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And this week we pay tribute to a true legend.

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Next Friday, Scotland's greatest ever player picks up his bus pass.

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I know you like top of the Pops, Kenny, and you have a particular

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like to see Funky Music. like to see Funky Music.

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# Play that funky music, wideboy... In the midfield, Kenny Dalglish and

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he lets fly. There he is again. What a goal.

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Dalglish! It is Dalglish, in fact, it is a goal! Michael Stewart had

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his birthday on Friday, we will bring you that montage some other

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time! In a moment, we'll see how

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Motherwell fared at home But first, we're off to Dens Park

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where Dundee hosted Inverness. Sixth versus seventh,

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and a place in the top six on offer. The 15th of January 2005, the last

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time that they had managed their win over Inverness Caley Thistle on the

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business and in the 13th minute of this meeting, Inverness were on the

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front foot once more. Ross Draper with the sure-footedness to finish

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and Dundee, as so often the case in this fixture, with it all to do.

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Thankfully for the dark blues these days, they have the potency up front

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to turn things around. Greg Stewart with the effort from range with his

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trusty left foot. Just wide of the target.

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On a run of six games without defeat, Dundee were never going to

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give up on proceedings. Gary Harkins' tenacity set up a chance

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the Greg Stewart, but he failed to hit the target. But Dundee would

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keep trying. Some great interplay between Kane Hemmings and Nick Ross

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gave Hemmings a great chance but Fon-Williams saved well. And soon

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after, some more slick interplay between the Dundee forward land in

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Rory Loy, to get a shot away, but again, Fon-Williams stood firm --

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allowed in Rory Loy. A misplaced header then looked certain to give

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Greg Stewart the chance to finally score the Dundee equaliser, but

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Fon-Williams did it again and even managed to the Greg Stewart a degree

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of sympathy. A great day for the Welsh international goalkeeper

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finally came to an end with four minutes left to play. Kane Hemmings

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with the final touch, his 20th goal of the season in 30 appearances as

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it finished 1-1. Dundee are now unbeaten in seven matches. I thought

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the first ten minutes, we didn't start well but overall, second half,

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we were terrific. We could have won that game 5-1 today, we had

:29:28.:29:32.

fantastic chances. On another day, Eubank Greg Stewart and Kane

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Hemmings scoring a few more goals -- you bank. But the team never gave

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up, they kept going and I thought we were brilliant second-half, some of

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the combinations were excellent. To be honest, I felt Dundee did enough

:29:47.:29:49.

to win the game and to get away with the result and appoint, yes, you

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will take that. To lose a goal so late on and maybe Nick all three, a

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little bit frustrating. Moult looked to put them ahead early

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on but his effort was ruled out. McDonald straying offside. But his

:30:16.:30:24.

time would come. In the battle of experience there

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was only going to be one winner between Lasley and Nesbitt. A harsh

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lesson for Nesbitt on his third senior appearance.

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Moult put the ball in the net for a second time but this time it

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counted. 1-0 to Motherwell. Thistle were

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offering little in response and only the crossbar save them from going

:30:54.:30:59.

2-0 down. The let off was temporary as

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McDonald set up Moult to fire home his second.

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Proving too much to handle for Thistle. A sublime reverse pass.

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The traffic was one way and the visitors allowed Johnson space into

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the penalty area and they paid the price.

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A fine individual goal from the former Kidderminster man. It

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deserved third for Motherwell. McDonald almost grabbed the goal but

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was thwarted by a decent stop from the goalkeeper.

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Thistle had one last blast for respectability.

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But it owed more to a lapse of concentration.

:31:50.:31:55.

A first win at home in 2016 for Motherwell moving them up to ninth

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in the table. In this division we are raw kid will

:31:57.:32:05.

of winning and losing against each other.

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Motherwell deserved the lead albeit through a penalty. It was

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disappointing, the pitch. Had more urgency today. Dundee with

:32:17.:32:28.

that draw against Caley Thistle. A huge week for them, they play

:32:29.:32:38.

Celtic. Great interplay from the Dundee

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forwards. They need to sharpen off on the finishing.

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I have a lot of respect for Stewart. The front for a very good. They

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cause problems. Paul was trying to fit Harkins into the team.

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He has wonderful talent. He will see runs.

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The interplay was a joy to watch. When you play guys in the forward

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area like that, their interplay is so quick. It is impossible to

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defend. Human nature is your right gets attracted to the ball. When the

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movement is so quick and interplay so good, it is difficult to defend.

:33:28.:33:30.

Dundee have that in abundance. Interesting match against Rangers

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next weekend in the Scottish Cup. Food you make favourites?

:33:43.:33:50.

It is very hard. Rangers at home are very strong. They have come up

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against Premiership teams this year and have drawn.

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A hard game. Hard to call. With that front for, you know there will cause

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Rangers problems. That is where that game will be one

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lost. Rangers will have a lot of position but with that front for,

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that is their weakness. Fascinated to see who gets the upper hand.

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Credit to Motherwell, McDonald central to proceedings, playing

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alongside Moult and Johnson. The perfect front three. They have

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the perfect front three. A striker who wants to play within the six

:34:33.:34:39.

yard box. A player who wants to come to the ball and link the play. And

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Martin Johnson who has pace. Scott McDonald is a very clever player.

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One of those results which encapsulates the bottom half of the

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Premiership, you're never sure who will come out on top.

:34:54.:34:58.

Martin McGhee was talking about their turn to enjoy the results. I'm

:34:59.:35:03.

sure he wants to make sure it is not as flippant as that.

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Great play from Scott McDonald. Guys like that in the final third reason

:35:09.:35:10.

you have always a chance to win. This week, Robbie Neilson signed

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a new contract to keep him Yesterday, they hosted Kilmarnock

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who's manager Lee Clark Before the game Tynecastle paid

:35:18.:35:20.

tribute to Jim McFadzean, a former player for both clubs

:35:21.:35:24.

and a League winner Five changes to the side that lost

:35:25.:35:27.

at Tannadice. Lee Clarke is looking for his first

:35:28.:35:47.

Premiership win he makes one change to the side against Dundee.

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Confusion at the heart of the Heart of Midlothian defence.

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Slater touts his shot wide. A chance in the first minute for Kilmarnock.

:36:05.:36:13.

Didn't have his shooting boots on there. Lee Clarke. Nielsen having

:36:14.:36:24.

signed a new Dawlat year deal. Pushed to the ground by Stuart

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Findlay, that is a penalty kick. No question about the decision.

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Arm on his back, he went to ground. Yellow card for Findlay. Saved by

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McDonald of the post. Looped back in by Jimmy Walker.

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Hearts are ahead. Relief for Jimmy Walker. Saw his initial effort saved

:36:49.:36:56.

off the post. Then, looped back. Not the best of connections, the spin

:36:57.:36:57.

took it over into the net. Driving into the Kilmarnock camp,

:36:58.:37:13.

support outside from Nicholson, going it alone. Another saved by

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McDonald. Hearts threatening to go 2-0 up.

:37:19.:37:21.

Another good save. Once again, McDonald to his left.

:37:22.:37:34.

Walker slipped with the follow-up. A good curve on that from Stoute.

:37:35.:37:37.

Another great save from McDonald. Good stills from Nicholson. Another

:37:38.:37:51.

saved from McDonald, stuck out his boot.

:37:52.:37:58.

Good initial skills from Nicholson. Again good work by McDonald.

:37:59.:38:07.

Nicholson with the header, just off the post.

:38:08.:38:14.

How close was that? Great ball by Paddison, Nicholson, and over the

:38:15.:38:18.

post. The shot going wide. Alexander knew

:38:19.:38:35.

that was going wide. A good effort from Ogude Yves.

:38:36.:38:42.

Another chance here for hearts. Findlay clears it off the line.

:38:43.:38:54.

Lifted over the goalkeeper. No one there for hearts to tap the ball

:38:55.:38:59.

home. Another corner kick.

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Handball and a penalty. Magennis who started off as a goalkeeper, handled

:39:06.:39:08.

that right on the edge of the six yard box.

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Again, McDonald says it and again from the follow up, fantastic work.

:39:14.:39:20.

On his feet to block the second effort from Nicholson.

:39:21.:39:24.

Alexander punches it clear. Kiltie with the final effort which was

:39:25.:39:36.

blocked. Faubert on as a substitute. All Stoute got in the way.

:39:37.:39:41.

Getting three points against a tough team. A couple of chances to kill

:39:42.:39:52.

the game off. I am pleased with three points. Lots

:39:53.:39:56.

of good things to take from the game, we need results as well.

:39:57.:40:01.

Disappointed with that. Lots of positives to take from it. Some good

:40:02.:40:06.

individual performances today. A good win for hearts. You have to

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feel sorry for McDonald in the Kilmarnock goal.

:40:12.:40:15.

To go back to your old club and have a performance like that and end up

:40:16.:40:19.

on the losing side is a tough one. A great penalty saved. But there to

:40:20.:40:23.

get the rebound if Walker had struck it better. He shanked it allowed him

:40:24.:40:30.

to get it up and over. He made a number of really good

:40:31.:40:35.

saves. A bitter pill for him to swallow.

:40:36.:40:41.

He is a great shot stopper. He doesn't have great presence

:40:42.:40:45.

standing in his goal, but Nielsen has signed a new contract,

:40:46.:40:57.

and talked about winning the title. Realistically not this year.

:40:58.:41:03.

A tough task. This is great with what we have been seeing at

:41:04.:41:07.

Aberdeen, creates the feeling it can be done. There is no reason for

:41:08.:41:11.

hearts and Robbie to look at that and say, why can we not?

:41:12.:41:19.

Lee Clarke has a task on his hands. It is very hard when you are losing

:41:20.:41:25.

games. He had a great grounding down south, in Huddersfield. At

:41:26.:41:32.

Birmingham and that feel -- Blackpool.

:41:33.:41:35.

He will give it his best shot. Reports of racial abuse directed at

:41:36.:41:40.

Magennis, police are appealing for witnesses.

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Time for a look at the Ladbrokes Premiership table.

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The gap at the top remains six points, with Celtic and Aberdeen

:41:48.:41:49.

St Johnstone are back in fourth place, while Motherwell climb two

:41:50.:41:53.

places thanks to that win over Partick Thistle.

:41:54.:41:55.

Dundee United have now got the gap down

:41:56.:41:58.

Could it yet be a hugely dramatic escape for the Tannadice side?

:41:59.:42:03.

Almost time to look at the Championship.

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But first, a look ahead to a massive few days

:42:06.:42:07.

Sportscene's here on Saturday night at 10:20 on BBC One Scotland,

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with highlights from Rangers' clash with Dundee.

:42:33.:42:33.

final between Ross County and Dundee United.

:42:34.:42:37.

On Sunday afternoon, join Rob Maclean and guests

:42:38.:42:39.

on BBC One, for live coverage of Hibernian's clash with holders

:42:40.:42:43.

And we'll be back, regular as clockwork, on Sunday night,

:42:44.:42:46.

to recap the weekend's action in the Cup and Premiership.

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To the race for the Championship now.

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Rangers began the weekend with an eight-point lead at the top

:42:53.:42:55.

Two changes for Rangers. Miller is into the starting XI, so is Law.

:42:56.:43:17.

Two changes as well to the St Mirren team which beat Dumbarton.

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Setting off on a trademark run, finding Miller.

:43:32.:43:42.

Who goes very close to putting them in front.

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Oh how the Rowe is tormenting St Mirren. Webster with the challenge,

:43:51.:43:59.

and down he went, although he did jump to his feet very quickly.

:44:00.:44:05.

The fans behind the goal are screaming for a penalty here.

:44:06.:44:11.

They certainly locked arms, the pair of them, a tug at the shirt. Down he

:44:12.:44:14.

went. No penalty.

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Driving forward again. In four Miller. What a mess. Oh, dear. I'm

:44:28.:44:36.

sure he is saying something a little stronger than that. Can't believe he

:44:37.:44:39.

has scooped this over top. Webster made the challenge, the

:44:40.:44:56.

referee John McKendrick couldn't have been much closer. And he says,

:44:57.:45:00.

no penalty. It's Tavernier, and Lange field

:45:01.:45:17.

makes a good save. Looking for the top corner, not quite finding it,

:45:18.:45:24.

but it is still a good solid save. On the attack, Tavernier. Now

:45:25.:45:28.

Miller. There is king and he has turned it wide. Well, the chances

:45:29.:45:37.

keep on coming for Rangers. And St Mirren putting up stiff resistance,

:45:38.:45:39.

still goalless at Ibrox. It is King and Lange field again

:45:40.:45:58.

getting himself in the way -- Langfield. When King took it wide,

:45:59.:46:01.

always difficult to beat the goalkeeper from that angle. In front

:46:02.:46:07.

Tavernier, into a really good area, no one really attacked it for

:46:08.:46:11.

Rangers. It took an awkward bounce and it needed saving in the end by

:46:12.:46:13.

Langfield. Leaving St Mirren players in his

:46:14.:46:26.

wake, another great run and King on the end of it and again, it is a

:46:27.:46:31.

crucial touch by the St Mirren goalkeeper. Langfield divert this

:46:32.:46:35.

around the post. Interception by O'Halloran. And

:46:36.:46:52.

Harry Forrester! Scores his first Rangers goal in the 86th minute at

:46:53.:47:00.

Ibrox. It is a crucial strike, just when St Mirren thought they were

:47:01.:47:05.

holding on for a point. What was Gary Ervin thinking here? O'Halloran

:47:06.:47:08.

holding on for a point. What was with interception, Harry Forrester

:47:09.:47:09.

with the finish. Stevie Mallan with the free kick. It

:47:10.:47:21.

was never going to beat Wes Fotheringham. And that is going to

:47:22.:47:23.

be that, 1-0, Rangers. Before we discuss it,

:47:24.:47:26.

how did their nearest challengers Hibs were away at Dumbarton hoping

:47:27.:47:29.

for a return to form, After their surprise midweek defeat

:47:30.:47:50.

to Morton, Hibs needed a win to get back into the title race and they

:47:51.:47:53.

threatened to take an early lead through Liam Henderson. The on loan

:47:54.:48:01.

Celtic midfielder crashing a shot off the crossbar. It was the hosts

:48:02.:48:05.

who took the lead in the 20th minute with their first effort on target.

:48:06.:48:10.

Kevin Cawley evaded the attentions of John McGuinness and Barkley

:48:11.:48:15.

before drilling home a 20 yard shot. Finding room between the Hibs

:48:16.:48:20.

midfielders before firing an unstoppable shot. Three minutes

:48:21.:48:28.

before the break, the Sons doubled their advantage when Christian Nade

:48:29.:48:33.

headed home. The goalkeeper came out to intercept the cross but the

:48:34.:48:37.

format Hearts striker nipped in ahead of him to glance home his

:48:38.:48:43.

first role for Dumbarton. Stevie Aitken is' side then further their

:48:44.:48:52.

lead and again, a former Hearts player twisting the knife, but Hibs

:48:53.:48:59.

got themselves back into contention just before the hour with a

:49:00.:49:03.

spectacular goal from Henderson. Linking twice with Stephenson, the

:49:04.:49:07.

midfielder cut in from the left before curling a superb shot into

:49:08.:49:12.

the top corner. It was Henderson's 5th Fleet goal of the season and he

:49:13.:49:17.

won't have scored many better than this effort. -- league goal. The

:49:18.:49:29.

comeback looked well and truly on when they made it 3-2 with 50

:49:30.:49:34.

minutes remaining. Dumbarton failed to clear their lines before El

:49:35.:49:39.

Alagui pounced on the ball. It proved too little too late for Hibs,

:49:40.:49:44.

who have seen their automatic promotion hopes slipping away. We

:49:45.:49:49.

are delighted, but credit to Hibs, at 3-0, a lot of teams would have

:49:50.:49:55.

brought their tail in but they came at us and put us under severe

:49:56.:49:59.

pressure but we managed to hold out. Our record before the last couple of

:50:00.:50:03.

games has been very good and we are just making silly individual errors

:50:04.:50:09.

and unfortunately right now, we are getting punished for them. And after

:50:10.:50:14.

all that, the Ladbrokes championship table looks like this... Rangers are

:50:15.:50:22.

11 points clear now and look at Falkirk, after their victory against

:50:23.:50:26.

Queen of the South, just two points behind Hibs. Raith Rovers were

:50:27.:50:31.

winners against Morton this weekend. It is amazing how quickly things can

:50:32.:50:35.

change in the space of a week. Is that championship title race over? I

:50:36.:50:41.

can't see Rangers losing four games with that goal difference, so I

:50:42.:50:45.

would think it is over but I don't think Alan will push the panic

:50:46.:50:50.

button. They have been exceptional, unbelievable, and I have been at a

:50:51.:50:54.

couple of games, I was there during the week and as he said, they are

:50:55.:51:00.

losing bad goals. Even against Morton, they scored before Morton

:51:01.:51:06.

scored and I thought it was a goal, but losing bad set play is, I

:51:07.:51:11.

thought Paul Hanlon could have matched the run of Christian Nade

:51:12.:51:14.

there, even though the keeper came out but I don't think they should

:51:15.:51:20.

panic, they should be over the moon, they are in a quarterfinal and

:51:21.:51:25.

second in the league. Is it down to a mental thing? Very much so, it is

:51:26.:51:29.

tough, there is a mental fragility when you have come through a long

:51:30.:51:34.

period of not losing games and then they have had a month of really big

:51:35.:51:39.

games, then come down and that combination has taken their foot off

:51:40.:51:43.

the pedal and as Darren says, concentration, you lose sloppy

:51:44.:51:46.

goals, you give yourself an uphill battle and they have not been able

:51:47.:51:51.

to turn it around but echoing what Darren says, they will be more than

:51:52.:51:56.

happy with the season so far. Quick word on Michael O'Halloran, making

:51:57.:51:59.

his debut for Rangers and he is all about direct, quick play. Yes,

:52:00.:52:05.

strong, pacey and I think they have brought him to play with Warokorn in

:52:06.:52:11.

the middle, but he has his injury but he has real pace and strength.

:52:12.:52:18.

Did you think about talking him to United? We spoke to a lot and talked

:52:19.:52:25.

about a lot of players and he is one that we liked, but he is a good

:52:26.:52:30.

player. He will get the ball and he will make things happen for you. He

:52:31.:52:34.

is something different, he gives a real pace and I think when you add

:52:35.:52:39.

that to the Rangers team, it gives them a different threat in the final

:52:40.:52:42.

third and he is definitely going to be a plus for that Rangers team. So

:52:43.:52:47.

as far as you are concerned, the title is in the bag for Rangers? I

:52:48.:52:52.

think so, Darren made a great point, Rangers have to lose more than four

:52:53.:52:54.

games and Hibs have do win everything and I think it is too

:52:55.:52:58.

much, Alan Stubbs has said that. That is the beauty of the play-offs,

:52:59.:53:02.

it gives teams a second bite of the cherry. And a massive weekend for

:53:03.:53:06.

Rangers in terms of the Scottish Cup, they take on Dundee. Michael

:53:07.:53:11.

and Doran at the rate Darren, thank you for tonight.

:53:12.:53:13.

The late Davie Cooper would've been 60 years old this week.

:53:14.:53:15.

A true Scottish football great, greatly missed, who lit

:53:16.:53:17.

He has scored. Cooper equalises for Rangers.

:53:18.:53:45.

Johnson is in, here is Cooper with a chance. It's a goal. Davie Cooper!

:53:46.:53:59.

Davie Cooper, 1-0.

:54:00.:54:02.

Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Action from the weekend's matches in the SPFL including the Friday night clash of Hamilton and champions Celtic. Five games from the Saturday include Aberdeen's clash with St Johnstone, Hearts game with Kilmarnock and Inverness CT's trip to Dundee. Elsewhere, Motherwell host Partick Thistle and crisis-club Dundee United travel to Ross County. Also, the race for promotion to the Premiership gathers pace.


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