Highlights of the weekend's matches. St Johnstone v Dundee, Aberdeen v Ross County, Hearts v Motherwell, Dundee Utd v Hamilton, Kilmarnock v Partick and Celtic v Inverness.
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Data spectacular opening goal in the Dali. And the shot was an absolute
beauty. It's in. What a finish. And that is it, I would imagine.
Good evening and welcome to Sportscene on this wintry weekend.
The good news is that all six matches in
Coming up tonight, a weekend of football
to warm even the coldest of hearts.
Michael Stewart and Stuart McCall bring their expertise to bear
We start with Celtic's trip to Inverness.
It had already been a bad week for Ronny Deila - now he was visiting
There was a massive boost for Caley Thistle in the shape of Gary Warren
Andros Draper. Starting for the first time since the August and
October. Josh Meekings at right back. Ronnie Deila can again call on
midfielders Stefan Johansen and Nir Biton. They were both banned for the
Ajax came in the Europa League in mid week. Callum McGregor keeps his
place in the starting line-up after impressing. It is not just the
European game on Thursday that Celtic are trying to bounce back
from. They drew with Kilmarnock last weekend. That goalless draw. Ronnie
Deila wants a reaction to that as well, you would imagine. Here comes
Callum McGregor. He scores himself, and why not? That is wonderful from
McGregor. He only ever seems to score in the first ten minutes of
matches, and he scores two in two, having scored against the Dutch side
the other night. Wonderful goal again from Callum McGregor. Warren.
Craig Gordon saved that. Not that he knew much about it. Back in by
Vincent. Josh Meekings. A good shuffle and not a bad effort. The
diving header from Gary Warren was saved by Craig Gordon. Josh Meekings
was not far away with that curling effort. Anthony Stokes had plenty to
say on social media this morning. Restoration boiling over. Rarely
gets a look in these days. Ronnie Deila accusing him of being
disrespectful to his team-mates before the game. Lovely touch
initially from Storey and it is 1-1. This was all about the first touch
for Miles Storey. It took Dedryck Boyata out of the equation, and
Simunovic could not get at him, and Miles Storey made no mistake from
the rebound. Caley Thistle are level. Celtic did not win here last
season. Inverness causing them problems again. Josh Meekings. Given
away by Greg Tanzi to Armstrong. It falls to Nir Biton. He has such a
good hit from that kind of distance. It just swerved to the wrong side of
the post. It twisted well. It was unorthodox. The job of the officials
is hard enough. You don't want to be missing goals. That hole in the net
will need to be tied up before the second half gets underway. The
corner from McGregor. There was appeals inside the box. Simunovic
was involved in this. Tangled with Danny Devine. He certainly had his
Jersey pulled. Ryan Christie watching, out on loan, back at Caley
Thistle from Celtic. Being treated at Celtic. An interested spectator,
today. Even Stevens on the scoresheet. 2-1, Leigh Griffiths!
And the lead is restored. This is great play initially by Scott
Allan, teeing up Kieran Tierney. The substitute finding the left-back who
has impressed so often since breaking into this Celtic side.
Scott Allen had a cameo against Ajax in midweek. Getting a bit longer
today in the second half. Leigh Griffiths is just one shy of the 20
goal mark and we are not out of November. He was his own worst
critic after the Ajax game in midweek. It will feel a lot that, as
will Ronnie Deila, as Celtic go back in front. At last, a debut for car
and call, replacing Tom Roberts. -- Carlton Cole. Replacing Tom Rogic.
Vincent, active Ian Vigurs. Shout for handball against Stefan
Johansen. It was the effort from Ian Vigurs. And there it was. Vigurs
losing out in the middle to Nir Biton. McGregor. He's been patient.
Cole! Probably should have scored. That would have been some impact for
the former England international, testing Owain Fon Williams with
this. Again, Callum McGregor creating the chance. The corner kick
from Tansey cleared off the line by Johannson. The Scottish Cup
holders' best chance of the second half. We have had all four seasons
in the Highland capital today. Sunshine across the Moray Firth all
of a sudden. Griffiths. He has it on the left. A big chance here. And it
has gone in! Well, that will be game over. They are claiming handball
against Carlton Cole. This is not going to win any goal of the season
awards. That is for sure. But it has secured three precious points for
Celtic. It has got to go down as an own goal, surely. Carlton Cole took
an eternity to get it under control, didn't really in the end, it comes
off Danny Devine, but did it come off the hand of Carlton Cole? It
appears as though it did. But it is 3-1, Celtic, and the points secured.
Griffiths. McGregor. This was an important game for
Celtic. Carlton Cole, looking for a fourth. On the back of the
Kilmarnock game and the Ajax game, this has been a worthy three points
for the champions. It is always very difficult when you have played two
and a half days ago, the travelling as well. And they played good as
well. Inverness always have a lot of energy and try to play. Very pleased
with three points and with the performance. You could see
everything behind it. We wanted to control more with the ball than we
did today. We did OK for 60 minutes. We were as good as Celtic. It is all
right a good footballing side and we still have to win games and keep
clean sheets. That is what we need to work on. The football side is not
bad. But we need to be a little bit more ruthless in the way that we
defend. Valuable win for Celtic. Extending the lead at the top to
seven points. Callum McGregor first into the limelight and he is seizing
his chance. He certainly is. He came into the game on Thursday against
Ajax through mist necessity because of the lack of numbers. And he took
his chance. Almost made himself on drop a ball. In the game here today,
doing fantastically well, early on, with a great strike. Again, similar
to the goal that he got against Ajax. Not real power on it, but his
accuracy is what put it in the back of the net. He is a good distance
out. You think that the goalkeeper should maybe get to it because it is
not a rocket of a shot, he gets it right in the corner, as you see. It
was important that Celtic made that bright start after the
disappointment against Ajax. But again you see the fragility in the
Celtic defence in this match as well. It is something they seem not
to be able to fix at the moment. Again, conceding two goals in
Europe. Routine is a big thing in management. The goal, it is a little
bit soft in the middle. And right through the heart of the defence.
Trying to play a little bit of football and they get caught. But it
is like a knife through butter, if you watch it. It is too easy. It
does not look good. When you see the first angle, Celtic want to play
football but the two centre halves are very wide. But the bit of
defensive instinct and knowledge to see that he's getting back into
position quicker and seeing off the danger, good defenders like Virgil
van Dijk and Jason Denayer would get it snuffed out before it gets into
the box. We saw on Thursday night that it was about fine margins that
went against Celtic. Today, they got the rub of the green at times. You
can see here, it is given as offside. It is very tight. Watch
Simunovic. Why step out? Just match the run. He's dicing with a big
chance here. And it goes up the other end, great goal from Celtic to
go 2-1 up, but taking a chance at the back and they could have been
2-1 down. Good finish from Leigh Griffiths. After the other night, I
felt for him. Was this a handball? I think to myself, why is your hands
and putting his arm out's he's giving the referee decision to make.
And look at this, another handball, not intentional. Look at the Stefan
Johansen one, he has thrown his arm out and it could have been a
penalty. This is not intentional but it ends up in the back of the net.
It does not sit easily with me when there's been a handball that leads
to a goal. He gets a bad touch. Interesting on Twitter from Anthony
Stokes. It went down very badly with his employers, buzzing to be up to
Inverness to sit in the stands and lovely weather for it as well. He
apologised later. The think that he has played his last game for
Celtic? When was the last time he played? That the perils of social
media. Stay off it. The question still remains, do you think this
management team at Celtic will be given another crack at European
competition? That is a big call for the board to make. I think it is a
real stick or twist. I think they have two twist because I do not see
any progress being made in Europe. To Rugby Park next where Kilmarnock
welcomed Partick Thistle. Now, if the League had started
in October Thistle would lie fourth Fair to say their stock is
on the rise. Straight up to Firhill, there has
been another goal. Partick on their way to the first winner of the
season. Steven Lawless, what a strike! Ryan Stevenson's Cross has
gone all the way in. Thistle have one again. Come on mate just one
change from the side that drew nil nil at Celtic Park. Greg Kilty
coming in for the injured Rory McKenzie. Partick Thistle make two
changes from the win over Inverness with Robbie Muirhead and Stewart
Hannigan coming into the starting XI. Steven Lawless. Gets the ball
through. The flag stays down and Partick Thistle take the lead
through Doohan. It was a great ball from Lawless. It was certainly
tight. Doohan kept his cool. He finds the net for the fourth time
this season, his third goal against Kilmarnock. Gary Fraser with a free
kick to the back post. It is Doohan, it is 2-0, and two goals for Chris
Doohan. He has scored twice against Kilmarnock back in August and scored
twice against, not again. Such a tight angle. You have to ask, where
was the Kilmarnock defence's, Mike need to find a way back into the
match. And they are back into the match. Who else but the Northern
Ireland international? His eighth goal of the season. It was Balatoni
with the ball into the box and a sweet finish from Josh Magennis.
Robbie Muirhead with the ball into the box. Kilmarnock have not dealt
with this, and Gary Fraser has, and Partick Thistle have squawked --
have restored their two goal advantage in this match. In these
wild weather conditions. Kilmarnock all at sea. Gary Fraser kept his
cool. Good composure from Fraser. Partick Thistle make it 3-1. The
ball played on. What a chance that was for the hat-trick from Micron.
It is not dealt with again. And this time, McDonnell makes the save.
Desperate for the hat-trick and getting plenty of chances thanks to
this lack of defending from Kilmarnock. The ball comes out wide.
Robbie Muirhead, former, like player. What a strike from Robbie
Muirhead! That has to be three points from Partick Thistle. Robbie
Muirhead does it in style from 30 yards. What a finish that is. The
beat goalkeeper of that quality from that range, it has to be a good
strike and it is a fantastic strike. Smith with the ball into the box.
Swirling into the box. And their header from Connelly has found the
back of the net. And the captain scores. Looks like it will be a
consolation goal. It looks over the top of Sculli. He got his bearings
wrong. The condition is not helping. It is not going to be enough for
Kilmarnock in this match, surely. Good skill from booth. And again.
Partick Thistle carving open Kilmarnock. A chance form your head.
And it is 5-2. -- a chance for Robbie Muirhead. Partick Thistle,
who struggled to score in the early part of the season, have got five
goals in Ayrshire. Why does it always rain on me, thinks Gary
Locke? And the header back of the post. Almost 64 Partick Thistle. An
abysmal day for the Kilmarnock defence. You're not going to win
games losing the goals that we lost today. Apart from Robbie Muirhead's
strike from 35 yards out, but all of the other goals were preventable if
we do other jobs and unfortunately for us today, too many players did
not do that. We call from the set play as well. Kilmarnock were
rattled because after the goal they struggled for ten minutes. Then it
was a great performance in the second half. It was a scintillating
display from Partick Thistle, leapfrogging Kilmarnock in the
table. They went from struggling to score to suddenly this deluge of
calls. You can see it in terms of the form table. They would actually
be for. It shows the turnaround that Alan Archibald has engineered. You
can face it back to when they beat Dundee United to leapfrog them. They
put Dundee United bottom. Since then Dundee United to leapfrog them. They
they have gone on a good run. Scoring goals. I like Doolin. He
should have had a hat-trick. Looking at the attacking personnel, you have
got Steven Lawless as well, Robbie Muirhead. Partick Thistle should be
scoring goals. Yesterday was special for them. Partick Thistle have
always been an attacking side. But goals change games. They make such a
huge difference. That was obviously what they were struggling to do at
the start of the season. And when you get goals, it breeds confidence.
When you have someone capable of doing something like that, that was
a fantastic strike. When you have got somebody that can do that, out
of nothing, it puts real confidence into the side. They have gone from
strength to strength. Interesting to see where Partick Thistle can take
this. But how can a site that goes to Celtic Park and grind out a 0-0
draw then concede five goals at home to a site that is below them in the
league's as a manager, you do not see that coming. But the fantastic
result. As you say, 0-0 at Celtic Park. Then to lose five yesterday,
and it could have been more. They have a big game at home to Dundee
United next week. A lot of work to be done on the training ground this
week. To Pittodrie now. Aberdeen with just
the one win from their last 8 matches.
They faced a Ross County side with just one away win in the league all
season. Commentary from Rob MacLean. Aberdeen centre-back as Taylor is
drop by Derek McInnes. Graeme Shinnie goes into midfield. Just one
change to the Ross County team which beat Motherwell. Jonathan Franks
replaced by Stuart Madoc. The Dingwall team looking for a second
win of the season against Aberdeen. Andrew Davis with the challenge
against Adam Rooney. The home side looking for a free kick.
Davis with the header away. Mr by Willo Flood. Hesitation by Reynolds.
And on goes Liam Boyce with options on either side. Through four Craig
Curran, and he has squeezed in! The opening goal. After 40 minutes at
Pittodrie. -- 14 minutes. It was sloppy their way Aberdeen gave away
possession and there's the punishment. Leaving neither
goalkeeper or Che Logan on the goal-line able to stop him scoring.
Free kick given. Taken by Logan. Johnny Hayes leaving Liam Boyce in
his tracks. Foster, blocking the shot. And it was Andrew Conser dying
in the end who saw a shot saved by Ross County keeper, Gary Woods. In
from Niall McGinn. Rooney. Stooping to try to head that in. Just failing
to make contact with the free kick from Niall McGinn. Aberdeen were
booed off at the end of the first half, looking to better after the
interval. Good play from Niall McGinn. His shot appeared to strike
the arm of Marcus Fraser. Aberdeen screaming for a penalty. The ball
retained by Rooney. Now it is Maclean and McGinlay spins away from
the full-back, Fraser. It is in front of Rooney and it is 1-1. A
much better showing from the Dons. Since the interval. They had to get
better. And they have just level things up. Six minutes after the
restart. Niall McGinn with the setup. And the really good finish.
Graeme Shinnie. Now considering. -- Considine. And across from Johnny
Hayes has gone in! And it is 2-1. It has been completely turned around.
Fortune favouring Johnny Hayes. There is no greater area than when
the ball clips the post on it's way into the back of the net from one
down, to 2-1 ahead, Aberdeen. Graeme Shinnie loses out. Now Jonathan
Franks to try to set something up. Liam Boyce. What a save from Danny
Ward. The flying header from Liam Boyce produces a reflex stop. Put
away by Considine. Lovely play from Rooney. Niall McGinn, stamps are the
goal which surely Seals the points were Aberdeen. -- stabs home. It is
3-1. Ten minutes from time, and the comeback is surely complete after a
much improved second-half showing. No way back, it seems, for Jim
McIntyre's Ross County. But they have not given up. It is off the
line from Craig story. The youngster in the right place at the right
time. The first half was more nervous than it should have been
because of the goal, we lost people goal. We had 45 minutes to do
something about it and the players did it. They deserve credit the
matter what anybody says to them. The goalkeeper has had a great save
from Liam Boyce with his header at the crucial point which would have
made 2-2, and then Aberdeen got their tails up after that. It was
poor play defensively, the goals that we give away were
disappointing. You know that you have to defend well when you come
here, which we certainly did in the first half. The classic game of two
halves. Did that second-half performance reenergise Aberdeen?
They are now where I would expect them to finish. They have too strong
a squad, good individuals and good team players in there as well and a
lot of quality, always score goals. The first half, disappointing, then
Derek got the reaction and they will probably now keep on with the
quality they have in the squad. In the first half it felt like Ross
County bullied Aberdeen. Niall McGinn such an important player for
them. Initially, he found it a bit tricky, finding the route to goal.
Ross County have done that to lots of teams this season. They have
outmanoeuvred and bullied a lot of teams. But the change in the second
half was quite clear to see. And no more so than through Niall McGinn,
who is a big player for Aberdeen. Great finish from Rooney as well.
When you get" I Johnny Hayes and Adam Rooney, when they are on form,
top form, then undoubtedly, that makes Aberdeen click. A bit of good
fortune, but no surprise it is the three of them that end up scoring.
This is a great run from Niall McGinn. A brainless winger by just
continue the run down the outside but he notices a space on the inside
and makes the inside run and ends up with the ball in the back of the
net. Still with the chance of challenging Celtic to an extent? I
wouldn't have thought so, but they will have a good competition with St
Johnstone and with hearts going for second place. It is a bit up and
down for Ross County. Back in Dingwall to begin. It is a tough one
against St Johnstone. St Johnstone are team that is historically very
resolute, much like Ross County are at the moment. There's not a great
deal to pick between them. But, up in Dingwall, they have started to
make that a difficult race for teams to go. 1-1!
We're celebrating 40 years of Sportscene this season
and we've delved into the archives for some nostalgia.
34 years ago this weekend, Dundee United took on Rangers
The Tannadice side looking to win it for the third season in a row.
Lots of hands up asking for the ball. That was a very poor free
kick. And Milne has it at his feet. Jardine going across in. Great goal,
1-0, Dundee United. He tries to chip in, and he does, he scores! Cooper.
Cooper with it. Hegarty. He tries the chip and it is there from
Redford. Two minutes ago. -- to go. There was Friday night football
at McDiarmid Park. High-flying St Johnstone welcomed
draw specialists Dundee. The home side's form of late has
been impressive and the fans, it's It has been going brilliantly again.
And we are scoring goals, which has never happened before. Unbelievable!
It is nice to get a system that the players enjoy playing and playing
for the manager. The ten men have come from behind. They have got
great spirit this team. Michael Halloran has been amazing this
season. Halloran scores for the person picked -- third consecutive
game. It is only half away, it is Craig and it is 3-1. You have a lot
of experienced boys in the team and good management team behind us. They
never get too carried away when it is going well and we didn't get down
at the start of the season when we were not doing as well as we would
have liked. They have grounded out victory when reduced to ten men
three times this season. Speaking to Kevin Thompson, he has had a few red
cars in his career. It is like anything. If you are injured and
suspended, you kick every ball and you want to be involved. The main
thing is that the team wins again. -- wins the game.
McGavin trying to get it through to Stewart. It is in towards King
Hemmings. He does well to turn on and try to get the shot away. Good
early opening from the visitors. The shot saved by Alan Mannus. Lovely
turn by Stewart, releasing King Hemmings. And Dundee have the early
breakthrough. Only played three minutes. And King Hemmings has put
Dundee in front. Neat flick and interchange between Stewart and
Hemmings. And he picks his spot in the bottom corner for his sixth of
the season. In towards Wotherspoon. That is the equaliser. They were
only behind for ten minutes. Great pace from Michael O'Halloran end the
wide right area. Sets it up nicely for Wotherspoon. And make no
mistake. Goal number three of the season for Wotherspoon. Maclean,
keeps it moving. David Wotherspoon. Good play from Wotherspoon. He tried
to curl it to the far corner. Already with one goal this evening.
Coming close to two there. Colder again. St Johnstone backing. It is
Stewart. Not enough power to beat Alan Mannus. You're always
disappointed when you don't win, but we picked up a point and we kept the
unbeaten run going, so the players are pleased with that. We have built
on back safely on Monday and then it is back to work. It was a fantastic
start, a great goal between Stewart and Hemmings, a great finish and I
felt that we looked comfortable for the first period of the game. I
thought we could have dealt better with St Johnstone's first attack. It
was a good cup I can the great finish. It was a fair result. Dundee
had a great start getting a good goal, but our response was excellent
and I felt that we finished the half stronger. In the second half,
probably never created as much chances as we would have liked. I
think that point for both teams was probably fair in the end. The fourth
1-1 draw for Dundee in a row. That is incredible in itself. Stewart has
been involved in a lot of goals for Dundee. He has impressed you over
the last couple of years. He was short listed for Player of the Year
last season. He was terrific last season. This is a really good goal,
with good movement. He has done well from the lower levels, getting Rory
Loy and King Hemmings. He has been playing in wide areas.
His movement is very good. Put it in. And a good goal. But that front
three is a problem for most sites. The lads that they have brought in
have done well for Dundee. He goes round the goalkeeper and schools.
Rory Loy and Hemmings have done that very well, for Dundee. Greg Stewart
has done better than anybody would have expected at Dundee last season
at has continued it this season. An impressive run of five straight wins
for St Johnstone brought then. But still one point. How much of a
threat as a Christmas party? It is more for the staff than the players,
I have got to tell you. St Johnstone score so many goals, fantastic to
watch. If this changed days for them. You can hear the fans talking
about them, that it is great to see the team scoring so many goals.
Don't think Tommy Wright would be able to explain what has changed in
the site. It is not as if there's been a huge turnaround in personnel.
But it is no surprise to find them up at the higher end of the league.
At the end of the season, Sam Johnstone have a chance of Europe
yet again. Interesting to see where they can go this season.
Signs of improvement for Dundee United last weekend but this
weekend, Hamilton Academicals the visitors at Tannadice. Commentary
from John Barnes. Miixu Paateleinen sticks by the same
starting line-up as last week. Billy Miixu Paateleinen sticks by the same
Mackay leads the attack, the only player to have scored under the new
manager. Hamilton make one change with the fit again Alex Crawford
returning to the midfield after one month out. Greg Doherty drops to the
bench. No wins in the last six games for Hamilton. Good covering from
Ziggy Gordon. Making sure that Mackay was not getting close. The
linkup play with Billy McKay I and Souttar and Dundee United are in
front. Meet football by the Tannadice side with the touch from
Souttar, to Mackay. It was great all-round team played. Good block by
Michael McGovern from Blair Spittal. Coming to the rescue for Hamilton
Accies. Mackay with the flick. And McGovern denying Spittal. Mackay.
Trying it himself. And it was the Accies goalkeeper with a fingertip
save once more. To keep out Billy Mackay. Tagliapietra. And the slack
pass from McKinnon. United have wasted the opportunity. Billy Mackay
had the chance to set up Spittal but he chose McGavin rather than playing
it square left. Spittal. Rankin. And another fine stop my Michael
McGovern. The danger is still not over. Billy Mackay should have
buried that one. Rankin with the emission -- initial effort. It was
Paul McGowan who got in the way of emission -- initial effort. It was
Billy Mackay and put him off. Spittal, Billy Mackay should finish
it this time. Another fine save by Michael McGovern. It just will not
go for Mackay. Sliding challenge by Durnan. Ali Crawford with the
corner. And that is Gavin Dunning with the header, and he has put it
in his own net, would you believe it? It looked like an easy clearance
but he somehow directed it into the bottom corner, then he collided with
Sendles-White. The referee was concerned. He just went past him.
Gavin Dunning tried to sort of hit out at him. Crawford. Accies have
got their tails up. Blocked away. Crawford. The clearance from Sean
Dillon, and Ziggy Gordon, and Accies are front! Two goals in nine minutes
and they have turned this game around. Ziggy Gordon with his first
goal of the season. Quick reactions from the full-back. Rankin, finding
Dixon. Dunning. That is a lovely pass. Mackay again, and he is
thwarted by his Northern Ireland team-mate Michael McGovern, great
goalkeeping. Astonished how we lost that game. Scored a wonderful goal.
The game was under control. No problem. Then after going 1-0 up we
create clear cut opportunities, one on one with the goalkeeper and we do
not put them away. If you pay the consequences. You are asking for
trouble is. It was that good conditions, but the lads' character
came out, they never know when they are beaten, and they continued to
work. It was probably not our best performance but in conditions like
that up here, difficult game, it was never going to be easy and it was
great to get the result. Great win for Hamilton Accies but for the
second week in a row, Dundee United relinquishing a winning position and
losing. That is eight defeats from their last nine games. How do they
get out of this downward spiral? Encouragement from the opportunities
that they have created. In another game, Mackay would have got a
hat-trick. The worrying thing is, for all the chances created, they
have lost the ball and once they lose a goal, with Gavin Dunning
heading in like that, as a manager, you cannot foresee that happening.
They were in control of the game but then they became a little bit
brittle, and confidence is a massive factor. The worrying factor for
Dundee United is that since August 39th in the league, no other player
has scored except for Billy Mikhail. -- Billy Mackay. They have brought
in Pongolle in the head that he can add some goals. And it is not as if
Billy Mackay has banged in a hatful in that time, either. They had been
through one on one with the goalkeeper on a number of occasions
and if you don't put those away, you are asking for trouble and Dundee
United paid the ultimate price. Great win for Hamilton, but they
have brought in Gavin Dunning and he has played two games. And he scores
a non-goal yesterday. If you watch here, Gavin is not picked up. He is
in the six yard box to go and attack the ball. He does go and attack it.
If you try to do that again, it would be impossible for him to do
it. In control of the game. And when you're down there, those things go
against you. Credit to Accies, they continue to defy the odds. Yes, they
have turned it round at the back end of last season and continued this
done to them. -- continued this season, so well done to them.
Firhill has been far from a happy hunting ground
They haven't beaten Motherwell on the road
Hearts were also wearing their special third strip,
which bore the names of the 8,000 fans who helped
Back after a ban for hearts is the top scorer, Juanma, with Prince
Buaben demoted to the bench. Scott McDonald. Looking to spark
something. Aleksander is in trouble. And Motherwell go ahead
inside 90 seconds. Hearts looking for the free kick which was not
coming their way. That was judged to be a fair challenge from Moult. So
of new CDs given. It is an eight goal of the season for Moult. And it
is an aerial challenge that the hearts goalkeeper should have one,
but nothing wrong with the challenge, 1-0, Motherwell. Kennedy
is in trouble against Osman Sow. He threads the ball through for Juanma.
And it is 1-1. Delightful finish. That is number nine of the season
for hearts' Spanish striker. It is poor, defensively from Motherwell
but a really good finish. Nine minutes played, two goals already.
1-1. Swanson. The ball, spinning back in the direction of Kennedy.
Dangerous backpass. Osman Sow, with a real chance. He could have turned
this game completely around. Has to be disappointed he didn't do more
with this. Credit to Connor Ripley for the save. Danny Swanson's free
kick. That was a glaring miss. I don't think he needs to be told he
should have been scoring here, Rossi. Well picked out, great free
kick. Missed opportunity. Again from Swanson, again a chance, and
Patterson this time, with an angled header. It produces a good stop from
Ripley. Johnson with a touch. Martin Johnson get it back. Having a look
at what's on. McDonald, and the great save from Neil Alexander. That
is a crucial factor and a scrap for possession close to the goal line.
Great wing play from Johnson. The faintest of touches to McDonald.
Good save. Swanson. Juanma. I think Ripley got a touch to divert that.
The long ball from Hamill. Dangerous from Rossi. And he flies into a
challenge against McDonald. And Marvin Johnson is racing away, and
is a second goal for Motherwell, with a great hit of composure within
the penalty box. You cannot say that about the defending from Hearts.
They messed up badly. There's the punishment. Johnson on the mark. On
65 minutes, 2-1. Prince Buaben, off the bench. Osman Sow. Hammers home
the equaliser for hearts. A spectacular strike. It has gone
right over the top of Connor Ripley. The Motherwell goalkeeper
bemused and beaten. There goes Prince Buaben again. A powerful
addition to the midfield, picking his way through, Juanma looks with a
shot, this lot, saved by Ripley, and Sam Nicholson blazes that over the
top. And he cannot get a look. A hat-trick of chances for Hearts to
turn one point into three, looks like it is going to end, 2-2. I
thought the performance was terrific. We had enough chances to
win the game. I was pleased with it. But both sets of players, in the
conditions, coped with it well. Disappointed to drop two points. We
came here to win, but we will accept a point, we worked hard. All in all,
on a day like today, with the conditions we will take a point. It
is fair to say we will all glad to see that goal from Louis Moult
stand. Even you, a former hearts captain, Michael Stewart. You see
goalkeepers get far too much protection. I think it is a fair
challenge. Well played, Steven McLean, allowing the chance to go
unpunished. He just jumped up. It hits his head as he has got a tap in
into the back of the net. Neil Alexander has got to do better. It
amazes me the number of times you see goalkeepers jumping with their
hands in the air, and they can be beaten with a guy who was just using
his head. It was good to see that one standing. Good point for
Motherwell, but they need to improve, Stuart. The good thing
yesterday, they had Stevie Hamill back. They were good defensively.
And the fantastic goal from Johnson. He needs to be at his best,
Ainsworth, they have got some good forward players. But Hearts had some
good opportunities as well. It was a good point. I think Motherwell and
the teams down the can still look to climb the table with a couple of
victories. Hearts talking about how they can still get Celtic to the
title. I am not sure what Robbie Neilson thought about that. He was
not so please. It was a missed opportunity. Let's look at the goal
from Osman Sow. It was a real belter. Was it better than Robbie
Muirhead's goal earlier from Partick Thistle? Both of them are fantastic
strike. It is a position that Osman Sow picks up a lot. That Number Ten
position. The end product, it is something that he lacks at times,
but certainly not here. Better than Robbie Muirhead? I think both of
them are fantastic. I give it to Osman Sow, because it got his team a
point, whereas Robbie Muirhead's was irrelevant, at the end of the day. I
will give it to Robbie Muirhead, because it cost Motherwell two
point! Two great strikes. And after all that the
Ladbrokes Premiership table looks Celtic remain on top,
seven points clear of Aberdeen. Hearts in third place,
just a point behind. The faint embers
of a title race perhaps. And then a bunch
of teams congested in mid-table. At the bottom Dundee United,
now seven points adrift. Congratulations to Scotland's women
after their 10-0 victory over Macedonia today, and also to Andy
Murray and the rest of Team GB after
making history in the Davis Cup. We're back next weekend with another
slice of Scottish football history. Until then, from all of us here,
Highlights of the weekend's action in the SPFL including action from Friday night's Tayside derby between St Johnstone and Dundee. On Saturday, Aberdeen entertain Ross County, looking to avenge their 2-0 defeat from earlier in the season and Hearts are away to Motherwell. Bottom of the table Dundee United welcome Hamilton Accies to Tannadice and Kilmarnock face Partick, a win for either side would be priceless in keeping them away from danger at the bottom. On Sunday, champions and league leaders Celtic make the long trip north to face cup holders Inverness CT in the lunchtime kick-off.