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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Cheerio

    That's all folks. We were treated to 20 goals in four Premiership games this afternoon, with managerless Hearts and Hibs finding long overdue wins and Aberdeen moving up to third.

    Join us again tomorrow for more fun and games.

  2. Doidge out of the doldrums with hat-trick

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Christian Doidge is a happy man after banging in a hat-trick for Hibs this afternoon.

    "My record since I've come up here hasn't been too good, so to get three is really good for confidence and good for the team obviously," he tells BBC Scotland.

    "We've drawn a lot of games recently, so to get the away win at such a tough place, the boys are thrilled."

    On his own form, he adds: "If you're a professional footballer and you're not really doing your job properly, you're going to get a bit of abuse. You just need to stay mentally strong and try and get into the positions that has got me here in the first place.

    "Performances have been quite good, I just haven't found the back of the net. Maybe confidence-wise it was gone a little bit. But I got my three goals and I'm really happy."

  3. 'It's going to be up and down this season'

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Speaking to BBC Scotland post-match, St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright wasn't happy with his side's performance: "We emphasised the point of trying to be on the front foot then we gift them the first goal inside the first couple of minutes, and the 15-20 minutes after they give us the run around. We then gift them a third at the start of the second half, so it's disappointing. There was a lot of individual errors, but they did kept going to be fair. In the end, we got what we deserved.

    The Northern Irishman added: "I'll be honest, it's going to be up and down this season. Whether we are sitting fourth, sixth or eleventh, we don't get ahead of ourselves. Nobody was getting ahead of themselves after back to back wins and it would've been the same if we won today. I thought Hibs were good particularly first half, but we can't give goals away like the first and third and expect to win games.

    Tommy Wright
  4. Hamilton 'getting used to playing with 10 men'

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-2 Hamilton

    Hamilton manager Brian Rice tells BBC Sport Scotland: "I think for 44 minutes it's a great away performance. We're 2-0 up with two great goals, we're in control and not looking too bothered. For the next four minutes it all changes, and for the following 40 minutes the players gave me everything I know they've got. Heart, a desire not to get beat and a great attitude.

    "I've had a word with the players at the start of the season and I said 'respect the referees, it's a hard job, don't make it any harder for them', so I'm not going to come out and make comments.

    "We're getting used to it. We seem to be getting players sent off all the time, and it's not for malicious things, it's wee things. It's something we need to look at and address, but it doesn't take away from the spirit and the will power of the boys not to get beat."

    "After 44 minutes it's two points lost, 48 minutes it's a point gained, that's how I see it."

    Hamilton manager Brian Rice controls the ball on the touchline
    Image caption: Hamilton boss Brian Rice praised his player's attitude at Rugby Park
  5. 'An incredibly bad day the office'

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St Mirren

    "It was an incredibly bad day the office," says frustrated St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin.

    "I've been full of praise for the players in terms of how we've been organised in weeks gone by but today we were a shadow of that.

    "Hearts were the better team. They won every battle. It looked like a bigger game for them

    "The players know that performance was unacceptable. We can all take losing a game when we've been competitive but I can't say that today."

  6. Kilmarnock 'lost two points' - Alessio

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-2 Hamilton

    Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio tells BBC Sport Scotland: "I'm angry because we could've done better. We conceded two easy goals and played 60 minutes with 11 against 10. A lot of mistakes were made.

    "We should have stayed wider and tried to find the key pass or cross and make the opportunities to score.

    "Well done to Hamilton because playing 10 against 11 is very difficult. I feel like we lost two points."

    Angelo Alessio gives his players instructions.
    Image caption: Kilmarnock gaffer Angelo Alessio was disappointed with a point despite trailing 2-0
  7. Double helping to come on Sunday

    We've got more top flight action tomorrow, with the Old Firm back from their impressive Europa League exploits to resume their tussle at the top. Only goal difference separates the Glasgow rivals.

    Celtic are at home to Motherwell, while Rangers go to Livingston.

    Both of those matches kick off at 15:00.

  8. County 'shooting themselves in foot' - Ferguson

    FT: Ross County 1-3 Aberdeen

    Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson tells BBC Scotland: "It's a difficult one because you lose the game and it looks like you lose the game quite comfortably, but I don't think at any stage Aberdeen were totally comfortable in the game. We made a real go of it today.

    "We feel we're shooting ourselves in the foot at the moment. We feel that the two set-plays are certainly preventable from our point of view and again we contribute hugely to the third goal as well. We need to stop that, and we need to ensure we stop it quickly because it's becoming a little bit frustrating.

    "I don't think we can question the players effort and endeavour. There was a lot of things that really pleased us."

    Ross County were ahead inside five minutes through Josh Mullin's penalty
    Image caption: Ross County were ahead inside five minutes through Josh Mullin's penalty
  9. 'Superb Hibs blew St Johnstone away'

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: This was a superb performance from Hibs. This wasn't a 'nearly' display, this was Hibs blowing the opposition out of the park. Doidge played through the middle and Flo Kamberi drifted around him left and right, just popping into little spaces.
  10. Aberdeen's 'trademark' is winning runs - McInnes

    FT: Ross County 1-3 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has now led his side to three wins in a row, and he tells BBC Scotland: "We've been pretty convincing in all three wins. The only disappointment today was not getting a third clean sheet in a row, but I think that was down more to a poor refereeing decision [for a penalty awarded against Lewis Ferguson]. We've had handballs not been given much more blatant than that. I'm not convinced it was in the box.

    "Our trademark has always been long winning runs in every season we've had. To go three wins in a row hopefully we can continue that when we come out of the international break.

    "I still feel with the strength of the squad now getting bigger with us getting players back we must search for those improvements throughout the season and I'm confident we can have more winning afternoons."

    Lewis Ferguson and Ryan Hedges of Aberdeen
    Image caption: Despite Aberdeen's apparent struggles, only the Premiership's top two have defeated them in their last 11 games
  11. 'Aberdeen playing with confidence'

    FT: Ross County 1-3 Aberdeen

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Aberdeen were good for their win today and they bounced back well after the shock of going behind. It seems to be working for them at the moment, playing with freedom and confidence and getting two up front. They looked far better once Curtis Main came on, and could have won this won this by four or five.
  12. 'Hibs played with freedom and style'

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Hibs interim manager Eddie May already has a job in youth development, so he's not as keen to impress, but his side did him proud this afternoon.

    "We've been close in a lot of games this season, the team should probably have been six points better off than we are," he tells BBC Sportsound.

    "They played with a freedom and style - and more importantly, with real quality. It's not a case of them playing for me, they were playing with professional pride."

    Christian Doidge netted a hat-trick after a pretty wretched start to his carer in Scotland.

    "The other player up front definitely helped him today," says May of fellow striker Florian Kamberi's contribution.

    Hibs striker Christian Doidge scored his first league goals for Hibs
    Image caption: Hibs striker Christian Doidge scored his first league goals for Hibs
  13. 'Hearts need to kick on now' - MacPhee

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee is pleased with his day's work, telling BBC Sport Scotland: "I thought we were very positive, there was a lot of energy in the team and we attacked a lot. We were delighted to get five goals in the league for the first time since August 2016.

    "We need to kick on from here and not be complacent. Across the board there were a lot of very good performances."

    When asked if this boosts his chances of being made full-time manager, he says:"It's not for me to comment on. When I've been asked to step in as interim manager I've won four out of five of the games which is a good record for any club. An attacking performance is what the supporters want no matter who the manager is.

    "Hopefully, this result with me taking the team for the time being gives everyone a chance to breathe."

    Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee speaks to BBC Sport Scotland
    Image caption: Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee speaks to BBC Sport Scotland
  14. 'MacPhee not the man for me'

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: On the face of it, a 5-2 win at home looks good, but if you delve a little deeper it's a difficult situation. It wasn't brilliant at times. There were elements of that game that were strange. Uche Ikpeazu on the right wing did not work for me. Is Austin MacPhee the man to take this club forward? I don't think so. But there could be a position for him somewhere in the set-up.
  15. Goals, goals, goals

    Well, well. What an afternoon of entertainment in the Scottish Premiership.

    We were treated to 20 goals in four games. Fantastic!

    Hearts and Hibs appear to have woken up after sacking their managers...

    Eamonn Brophy celebrates his equaliser for Kilmarnock
    Image caption: Eamonn Brophy celebrates his equaliser for Kilmarnock
  16. 'Nerves settled at Tynecastle'

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Neil McCann

    Former Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: The second half probably didn't live up to the first, but Jamie Walker settled the nerves straight away after the break. Obviously there were a lot of nerves in the Hearts squad because of the home record but they looked settled in the second half. Jake Mulraney's goal was special and Hearts were always going to win the game after that. Lots of entertainment at Tynecastle and Austin MacPhee will be pleased.
  17. 'Hibs turn on the style to sink Saints'

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Tyrone Smith

    BBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park

    Hibernian put St Johnstone to the sword with a clinical and ruthless display.

    Deadly up front, dominant in midfield and rock solid at the back.

    A sure sign that the new manager, whoever he may be, will have plenty of positive things to work with.

    The only question is, why have Hibs waited until now to put in a performance like this?

    Hibs hammered St Johnstone in Perth
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