Saturday 22nd January

 

Motherwell 2 – 0 Hibernian

Merouane Zemmama missed a penalty as Hibernian became further embroiled in relegation trouble after losing 2-0 to Motherwell at Fir Park.

 

Hibs were looking to bounce back after their cup defeat to Second Division Ayr United midweek. Motherwell had other ideas, Jamie Murphy and Steven Saunders both headed home Stevie Hammell deliveries in the first half to earn Stuart McCall his first League win as Motherwell manager.

 

Zemmama blasted over from the spot before half time, and Hibs only managed two shots on target in the 90 minutes. The Edinburgh club find themselves on a run of 10 games without a win, and now 5 without a goal.

 

Motherwell were comfortable throughout, and recorded their 4th clean sheet in 5. Hibs have already beaten Motherwell twice this season, but the Fir Park side took their chances against a Hibernian team whose heads are down. A result which will please Stuart McCall, and leave Colin Calderwood wondering where to go now as they host the champions next week.

 

 

St Johnstone 0 – 0 St Mirren

Barely 3000 fans turned up to see St Johnstone and St Mirren play out a game lacking in any real quality.

St Johnstone spurned the chance to seal a hat-trick of wins against their Paisley counterparts, though Derek McInnes’ side have now lost only once in their last eight games. St Mirren failed to create any real opportunities, and couldn’t build upon their demolition of Peterhead in midweek.

St Johnstone are now unbeaten in their last 12 games against the Buddies, who last won the battle of the Saints in August 2005.

St Mirren new boy Jim Goodwin failed to test the ‘keeper when he headed wide from 6 yards.

Paul Gallagher was forced into a couple of decent saves, tipping a Chris Millar freekick over the bar, and getting down low to tip Colin Samuel’s low drive wide.

Steven Thomson and Steve May both had chances for St Miren and St Johnstone respectively, but both failed miserably to find the target.

 

 

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Hearts went only two points behind Rangers at the top of the SPL yesterday after fighting off wave after wave of attack from Walter Smith’s men in the early Kick-off at Tynecastle.

 Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness had early chance well saved be Hearts’ man of the match Marion Kello. He was to prove decisive in the outcome of the match with a string of good saves throughout the course of the match. But the constant pressure from the SPL champions did not pay off and they were caught out at the back and Ryan Stevenson capitalised on this with a 77th minute winner for the men in maroon.

A huge result in the title race, as Hearts have now beaten both Old Firm teams at Tynecastle and travel to either end of Glasgow in the next two weeks. These games will surely decide if it will be a two or three horse race for the title.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-1 Hamilton Accies

Newly re-signed striker Mickael Antoine Currier struck home a first half penalty to rescue a valuable away point for Billy Reid’s men at the Caledonian stadium. Any points away from home are crucial at this stage in the campaign in the fight for relegation and a scrappy encounter ended in a fair draw after both teams had lost their previous games. Hamilton now find themselves only three points behind struggling Hibernian and Inverness are left to wonder how they are struggling so much at home after so much success on their travels in the past year.

 

 

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