28/04/2013 Sportscene


28/04/2013

BBC Scotland's weekly round-up of all the action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, presented by Rob Maclean.


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The title was tucked away by Celtic last weekend. Relegation and

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European places were still on the agenda this weekend. All the key

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moments coming up, in the company of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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and St Johnstone defender Callum Davidson. Let's start with today's

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game at Fir Park where the champions were clapped on to the

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pitch by their hosts. Then Motherwell set about trying to

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beat them. The best of the action Celtic had plenty of players but he

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games. -- he scored. Samaras is goalkeeper. That was great play to

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set up Gary Hooper but what a great stop by the goalkeeper. But there

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was a shout for hand ball. The second attempt. Hooper should have

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finished the first time but he did the second. That gives Celtic the

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Henrik Ojamaa. A brilliant goal. There was a narrow gap. A tiny gap

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and it was picked up by Henrik side of Ojamaa. He tried to change

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direction and took him down. That a phrase of all staff. -- Fraser

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goalkeeper. He has had a terrific Did Motherwell show wide a finish

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best of the rest behind Celtic? think they did. I don't think

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anyone could deny they deserve the three points. They were aggressive

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enough in the right areas but show the quality that separated them

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from the rest of the teams chasing them. They had a fantastic season

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and the way they played to date is probably the way they have played

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the majority of the season. It is simple and full of passion and

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energy. Stewart has done a week great job.

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You could probably pick out a half a dozen players who caught the eye.

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James McFadden as well. Yes, he looks like he is hungry and has

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something to prove. He has been fantastic. That was a great touch

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there and a reverse pass. Ojamaa has been excellent. Like a

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rottweiler. He has a lot to do? was a great touch across the

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defender. You look at his energy, that was a great pass. Motherwell

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to isolate Humphreys. Look at the bodies for what they have. From a

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break and they are a good counter attack team. The only surprise he

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was Mike fat and didn't score. Again, getting bodies for. They are

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always carrying a threat. They are a very attacking team. Motherwell

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are phenomenal. The referee was in the spotlight a few times today.

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through. It wasn't stopping a goal. A what about that? He was very

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unfortunate. You just can't get out the way. I can see why the referee

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David but it was harsh. I thought it was a soft penalty. The player

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was offside. He should deal with the situation but there was no

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question Higton was massively on Neil Lennon had a little blast at

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player of the year in the week. Heidi do feel about that? He is

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probably disappointed his players aren't there and it was a knee-jerk

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reactions. He will probably wish the four nominees all the best and

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congratulate them. Personally, from St Johnstone we've probably have

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six or seven players so it is not exactly as if they don't realise

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they have had a good season. I personally voted for Michael Higdon.

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He has led the line extremely well and allowed them to build and

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scored dark - might score goals. That is why I voted for him but

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that is my opinion. I think Neil is looking back and it is a knee-jerk

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reaction to not seeing his players there. The title is one for Celtic

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and the title is four weeks away. I'll these difficult games for

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Celtic to negotiate? He has got to try to make sure they get to the

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Cup final. The players have a lot of pressure on them and he will

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make sure they are fresh going into it. The performance today... There

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are alarm bells for Neil going into the Cup final. That performance

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today will make sure it isn't a formality. The Celtic have shown

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that when they have been on the top of the game they are better than

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the rest. He would hope that individually and as a team they are

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capable. They are in Europe. Dundee have been showing a distinct

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reluctance to accept relegation. Ahead of this weekend's home game

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against Hearts, John Brown's team had lost only one of their last

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seven league games. Highlights from Dan de were to survive in the SPL.

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It is mathematically possible but the fight continues. Was that a

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foul? A free-kick on the edge of there was a we rugby-tackled to the

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ground. The Dundee striker was manhandled. A great save from Jamie

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back of Finnegan. Webster it could be in trouble and there will be

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another card from the referee. And De Wet step is sent off before the

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Brown's appointment seems ridiculous now as he has done a

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pressure. That was palmed away and that is the closest they have

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come to scoring this afternoon. The goal that could be. -- Dan de have

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defence. It is now eight goals in 13. Thompson was taken out but it

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his 17th appearance. That was a lovely finish. He simply didn't

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Maze but drilled that the ball past the keeper. They have restored

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equaliser of the afternoon. Danny without scoring a single goal in

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the season and now he gets to for minutes to play. Griffiths

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inside the box and the benefit went to be attacking side. -- Bob been

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The fact that Dundee 1 and St Mirren didn't, John Brown's team is

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They have want to eat in a row and they have built up a bit of late

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season momentum. Yes, it has been fantastic. All credit to John Brown.

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It has been interesting, although it might be late. It does make St

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Mirren at nervous though. It would be against all odds if they

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survived? There is still a lot to be done, but they have given

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themselves a chance. Nobody gets an easy game against Dundee. I think

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we will played Dundee next weight - - next week and have a tough game.

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Nobody can deny how world John has done and the players deserve a lot

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of credit. There was a controversial goal from Finnegan

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and one yesterday at Easter Road. It has been a plus for Dundee.

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Obviously I want to win the game and we will go there and tried to

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win, but we will expect a tough match, and it is credit to John

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because there were a lot of people who were ridiculing his appointment

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and he has proved them wrong. wasn't laughing after the match. He

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was raging over the dismissal of Webster. Will he be watching this

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and changing his mind? I was not sure of this one. It does look as

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if he has fouled him. He has bowled his leg, which was a reaction when

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he went down. I think this was it that no yellow card. I think the

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first one was dubious though. Reilly was sent off late in the

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game. Dundee still one, but he is going to be suspended for a couple

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of crucial games coming up. I think the linesman push the player harder

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than the other player! And that should not have been a red card.

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Should be Assistant have gone for that? I think there has been a lot

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of over-reaction. He is what Derek was touching on earlier, that the

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goal that kept it alive for Dundee School by Leigh Griffiths

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inevitably been a good St Mirren - is he in line? -- being against St

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Mirren. I think he was slightly off. Very difficult for the linesman to

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see. A think McAusland got himself a bit square. He should have been

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cutting off that ball. I think they have had a bit of fortune there. It

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did look a bit of side. St Mirren cannot believe they are in this

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situation they are in, in that they are not completely safe. They have

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not won again in the SPL for a couple of months, which is amazing

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for 18 that can produce top-quality football. Here is the run-up of

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games to come for Dundee and St Mirren. You would expect them to

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get something from them? Derek wants to win, but Dundee will look

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at those Games as all been great in their current form. Aberdeen is

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slightly different because they have a new manager. Players are

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fighting for their contracts. You would hope that St Mirren will get

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a points. -- will get a point. Derek had his first home game as

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Aberdeen manager. He has taken over the team in the bottom half of the

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leak, but he would love them to finish with a flourish. Derek

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McInnes takes charge of his first home game after taking over as

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Aberdeen manager. Can his side produced a victory after the

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season. No wonder he is one of the here. Kilmarnock still searching

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enough to directed back downwards. That is used still unbeaten. How

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happy were you with that yesterday? We started the game really well.

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The first 15, 20 minutes were really intense. It got us going the

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right way, but Kilmarnock, to be fair to them, started to enjoy it

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and they were the better team going into half-time. We matched up with

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them in the second half and then we started to control it. We did pass

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up a few opportunities to finish the game off, but we were creating

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chances. There was a trademark goal from McGinn, but it may be also

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underlines what you don't have and that his goal scoring back-up.

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can see there that the ball is still gathering pace. He did get

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his 20th goal in style. I think he is the first Aberdeen player for a

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long time to score 20 goals, so hopefully there is more to come

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from him. The game on Monday night at Easter Road was less than

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memorable. I think we all lost part of our lives that night! How did it

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feel to be taking the reins for the first time? I have had a long

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honeymoon period because it has been announced for a while. There

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was a lot of training and preparation. It was 17 days since

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the last game and it showed in our players. The best players on both

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sides were beat defenders. -- world the defenders. When you look back

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at the glory days, following on in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson,

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lot of people have tried and failed in that job, haven't they? That was

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such a great era for the club. Where we are at the moment is such

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a long, long way away from that, but what we can do is be somewhere

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in between. I remember playing against Aberdeen teams in the past.

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You can see from the graph there some years we have come second. We

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need to get back to that, although I am not saying we would do it

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instantly. We need to make sure that the way we work, the way we

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practise, will set standards. it be too comfortable a situation

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at Pittodrie? Not really. I am judging it from what I have seen.

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There are areas where we can work harder. We need to meet

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expectations and for me we have to make sure be a better in certain

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departments and areas. On the football side of it, we work harder

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than some clubs and hopefully we can set a pace and a demand and

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hopefully we can be rewarded for that. The Aberdeen people and the

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city itself are fantastic and there are lots of good people at the club.

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They have treated me very well and we have got off to a good start. We

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are all working hard for the same thing. In battle for the third

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place in the SPL and the European qualification are two teams who met

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today. St Johnstone and Inverness Caley Thistle. Liam McLeod was

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of grievance about that. St Johnstone will try to take

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advantage of the fact they are one expecting that. It looked a touch

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They haven't been able to test the brink of European football. A draw

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well. It is his penultimate home game for St Johnstone before he

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and they are running out of time. Be a massive gulf potentially for

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Dundee United and Celtic and they need to win today. What wonderful

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You have to fancy yourself. The games are all going to be difficult

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so hopefully we can keep going. the teams in the top six have a

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goal scorer well into double figures. St Johnstone are a bit

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different. You have half a doesn't -- half-a-dozen guys. The scoring

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is spread across a number of people. Yes. A lot of players score

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consistently all the time. You have guys like buying who you could say

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is playing out of position -- like a Vine. There are chop and changes

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in formation as well. Nigel came on Yesterday and what an impact he

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made. Liam Craig scored a header as well. You think these pictures are

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significant, don't you? The bond that exists? Yes, you can see how

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much it means to the boys to get in the top six. The demand they put un

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themselves and they have to work to get the reward. All three teams are

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in the mix. They would all have taken this situation at the start

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of the campaign but it is who can finish the season strongly. Steve

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has done a great job and if he can get them into Europe again, a

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fantastic achievement. There are a lot of good people at St Johnstone

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as well and it is good to see them getting a reward. Was there is a

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clear goalscoring opportunity followed by the send off? When I

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first saw it, I was unsure whether he was covering. But, to me, that

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was a definite red-card. We probably played better in the first

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15 minutes and struggled when we went down to 10 men. Breaking teams

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down is difficult. You play Nigel in a five-a-side game and you want

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him in the team because he will always make something happen and he

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did it again there. I'm pretty pleased with that one. Steve Lomas

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followed you at St Johnstone. A tough act to follow. I am surprised

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he doesn't get more of a mention in terms of manager of the year. Does

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this guy not merit more of a mention? I think he is probably

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tucked in behind the others when he has been mentioned. Everybody in

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football recognises what a good job he has done. Terry, Stewart and

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Adams have had good Stephens but -- seasons but Steve Lomas is up there.

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He has done well. The players have all worked -- and enjoyed working

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under him. The results are important and the demands as a club

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have increased year on and year out. If you get into Europe wants it is

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a great achievement but if you can do it again the next season it is

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probably a bigger achievement and we will go all out to try and get

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there. This was Friday night action and we are indebted to that phrase

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-- saved. It was a great delivery from Barry Douglas. The Save or was

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fantastic. It is a terrible pitch but County manage to produce some

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These goals from him have been really important as he has scored

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really important goals. They almost scored twice. If you look at their

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performances of late, Ross County are rate team who have gone from

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The January window it, it is sometimes difficult to get someone

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with an injection and he has given Ross County that. Dundee United saw

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a dismissal. What did you think? That looks quite bad. A foot high

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has come off his and he jumped in the air. I would have been

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disappointed if I had got sent off for a tackle like that as a

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fullback. And I think There is an element of not in -- intending to

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hurt him. I thought it was a harsh red card. Let us look at the

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Motherwell had just about secured second spot. Dundee are at the

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bottom, at eight adrift of St You'll see all that action next

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