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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, Hibernian prove too strong for Aberdeen, running out convincing winners at Easter Road. Motherwell leapfrog the Dons to move into third place, with a narrow victory at home to managerless Hearts.

    St Mirren claim victory against Hamilton while Livingston maul Kilmarnock in rain-hit West Lothian.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back tomorrow for the League Cup final between holders Celtic and Rangers. Hope you can join us then. Cheers!

  2. 'Livingston deserved the win' - Alessio

    FT: Livingston 3-0 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio believes his side were still in contention for a result today but admits his side capitulated after the first goal and didn't deserve anything from the match.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: "I think in the first half we were in the game. I thought we played good football. Whereas in the second half, the first goal changed the game. We were ready for set-pieces and throw ins but we conceded the goal after a free-kick.

    Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio
    Image caption: Angelo Alessio said Livingston deserved their victory

    "Then it was difficult for us to get back into the game. After the second goal, my team lacked consistency and played bad. We created opportunities to score with Eamonn Brophy and Niko Hamalainen but I think Livingston deseved this game."

  3. 'Hearts lacking firepower' - MacPhee

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

    Hearts caretaker manager Austin MacPhee tells BBC Scotland: "I thought we started well and were good on the counter-attack with some good early opportunities, although our decision-making could have been better. Motherwell then scored with their first shot at goal.

    "The period when we're on top, we need to be more clinical. We're obviously lacking firepower up front and the squad is slightly unbalanced, we could do with another wide player.

    Hearts caretaker boss Austin MacPhee
    Image caption: Austin MacPhee says the Hearts squad need to "stick together"

    "The boys just need to stick together. The players are lacking confidence but showed good spirit. They have been really good for me, there is a good culture within the group and whoever inherits that will have a good starting point."

  4. 'I gambled too early' - McInnes

    FT: Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes takes responsibility for the changes he made in the second half. With Aberdeen 1-0 down, McInnes made a triple substitution, with his team going on to concede another two goals.

    He told BBC Scotland: "We were good in the game first half, we counter attacked well, positionally we were good, and we were guilty of not making more of our opportunities as a counter attacking team.

    "We spoke about trying to impose ourselves because we felt that Hibs can sometimes become a wee bit anxious at home. But all three goals we lose from being in possession.

    Aberdeen players after going 3-0 down
    Image caption: Aberdeen were unable to claim any points at Easter Road

    "I'm maybe guilty of making too many changes looking back now. I thought the 3-4-1-2 we went to allowed us more possession of the ball and we got into good areas, but we didn't do enough with the ball and I've gambled too early with the shape because it left us more open on the counter attack."

  5. Goodwin delighted with 'hard-fought' win

    FT: Hamilton 0-1 St Mirren

    St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin tells BBC Sportsound he began to question whether it was going to be their day after hitting the woodwork three times in their 1-0 win away at Hamilton Academical.

    "We’re all delighted. A hard-fought victory. It could have been a lot easier if it wasn’t for hitting the woodwork so many times. It got a bit nervy towards the end and we just didn’t manage the game well enough in the last five minutes. Thankfully we got over the line, a huge result against a team who are going to be in and around us all season."

    Jim Goodwin
    Image caption: Jim Goodwin described St Mirren's victory as "a huge result"
  6. 'We more than deserved the win' - Holt

    FT: Livingston 3-0 Kilmarnock

    Livingston manager Gary Holt believes his side delivered a performance worthy of maximum points.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: "I certainly did enjoy that. We've had performances of late that have been really good and I've been a little bit disappointed with the way the boys have been after games but we were honest within our group to admit we never deserved to win the games. Today I think we more than deserved what we got.

    Livingston boss Gary Holt (right)
    Image caption: Livingston boss Gary Holt (right) was delighted with his side's display

    "I thought from the start we were excellent. We should have been up 3-0 at half time. I firmly believe that with the chances we had. But I told the boys not to get frustrated. Kilmarnock are a very good side and love to hit you when you get frustrated. The goals, movement and finishes that we created were all excellent."

  7. Motherwell move up to third

    Scottish Premiership table
  8. Hibs boss praises Boyle

    FT: Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen

    Hibernian boss Jack Ross tells BBC Scotland: "Our performance level, in the main, since I've come in has been good.

    "To play well against a really good team and win in that manner was very pleasing. Having Martin Boyle back fully fit is a big plus for me.

    Hibernian's Martin Boyle
    Image caption: Martin Boyle fired a double in Hibernian's victory against the Dons

    "He was working his way back to full fitness when I came in. He brings us something different and he's a good player. He's not just quick, he's a good footballer.

    "In the first half we shortened the game too much because we have got the ability to stretch and we did that in the second half. The calibre of the our goals were really good.

    "Working on getting the balance right is the key aspect for us, and we're getting there. I hope they'll take belief from today. We're setting standard in training and we're setting them in games now."

  9. 'We deserved to win' - Robinson

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson tells BBC Scotland: "I thought that it was a really professional performance. I've been told that our second goal was onside so, if it was, it would've killed the game off.

    "When you're still at 1-0 there's always a chance [of conceding an equaliser]. They bring on big Uche Ikpeazu and go very direct, throwing every ball into the box.

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson
    Image caption: Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson hailed his side's victory

    "It's difficult to play against but I thought our front players were excellent and we thoroughly deserved to win."

  10. 'Exciting times' for Motherwell

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: The first and only real moment of quality in the first half was Chris Long's goal. It was a bit of a huff and puff from both sides after the break but Motherwell deserved three points and deserve to be in third place in the table. It's pretty exciting for Motherwell supporters.
    Chris Long celebrates
    Image caption: Chris Long's winner sees Motherwell climb to third in the Premiership table
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  12. Motherwell flying high

    Motherwell 1-0 Hearts FT

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland

    A deserved win for Motherwell who did just enough to make sure they finish the afternoon third in the Premiership.

    In an otherwise awful first half, a moment of magic from Jermaine Hylton made all the difference as he conjured up the chance for Christopher Long to score.

    It should have been 2-0 to Motherwell in the second half, Alan Campbell tapping home but if was ruled out for offside - he looked to be just on.

    Chris Long fired home the winner
    Image caption: Chris Long fired home the winner at Fir Park

    Hearts simply failed to offer enough in the final third once again - the sixth away game they have failed to score.

    Jake Mulraney was sent off near the end which underlined all the frustration surrounding Hearts at this time. This is a club seriously in need of fresh impetus.

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  16. FULL-TIME Hamilton 0-1 St Mirren

  17. FULL-TIME Livingston 3-0 Kilmarnock

  18. FULL-TIME Hibernian 3-0 Aberdeen

    It had been an even 45 minutes, but after half-time Hibernian took control and picked holes in the Aberdeen defence.

    Martin Boyle twice skipped through, using his pace to great effort, to slam home a double.

    Florian Kamberi beat three men in red before finishing a sublime third.

    It was Hibs' first win in seven attempts against Aberdeen, and just a second win in 17 league games against the Dons.

    Hibernian's Florian Kamberi (right) and Aberdeen's Ryan Hedges
    Image caption: Florian Kamberi (right) scored a subline third for Hibernian