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Sunday's SPL as it happened

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By Colin Moffat

1705: That's quite enough from me for today. Pity we only got a couple of goals. Congratulations to Motherwell, who top the SPL table, and Celtic for their win at Pittodrie earlier. Many thanks for your company. Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

1700: You can see online highlights of yesterday's games from Tannadice and East End Park on this website from 1800. Today's action will be available when Sportscene (BBC2 Scotland) finishes at 2300. Martin Hardie's last-minute equaliser for Dunfermline is well worth seeing.

1659: "First half was much of a muchness," Motherwell manager Stuart McCall tells BBC Radio Scotland. "We changed the system after the interval and the sending off put the momentum in our favour and I thought we would score. The second half performance merited the victory."

1656: There wasn't much to worry big Joe and his buddies at Spurs ahead of the Europa League showdown. Hearts were pretty awful. "In the first half we lost so many passes," Jambos boss Paulo Sergio sighs on BBC Radio Scotland.

1655: "I think it's a great draw for both sides. Hearts have a new coach with new ideas, so we have to cover all bases," Tottenham coach Joe Jordan on a spying mission at Fir Park.

Full time
1651: FULL-TIME: Motherwell 1-0 Hearts
The Steelmen are top of the SPL thanks to a goal from Jamie Murphy on the hour. The home team were well on top in the second half and were buoyed by the dismissal of Ian Black. Motherwell's Keith Lasley also got his marching orders late in the game.

1650: Hearts throw the ball forward to John Sutton but Motherwell are fighting like tigers to hold on to their lead.

1648: Tom Hateley charges forward to set up Chris Humphrey but, not for the first time this afternoon, the Motherwell winger is let down by his first touch and the chance is gone. Jamie Murphy goes off to be replaced by Stuart Carswell.

Red card
1645: Red card for Motherwell. It's 10 v 10 as Keith Lasley picks up a second booking for a tired challenge on Arvydas Novikovas.

1644: Another sclaff from Steven Saunders gifts Hearts a corner but the defender atones for his mistake by heading clear.

1642: Hearts sub Arvydas Novikovas on for Jamie Hamill as we enter the final three minutes of regulation time.

1640: No sign of Hearts getting a foothold in the game but all they need is a goal and we all know it only takes a second...

1637: Stevie Hammell's free kick slams into the defensive wall and Jamie Murphy squeezes the loose ball wide inside a busy penalty area.

Yellow card
1636: Jamie Hamill brings down Chris Humphrey right on the edge of the penalty area. Last man? No, says ref Stevie Reilly as he flashes a yellow card.

1635: Rudi Skacel coming on for David Templeton. The young Hearts winger has been ineffectual today.

1633: Hearts keeper Marian Kello pushes a Jamie Murphy header round the post after more good build-up work from Stuart McCall's men.

1630: Tom Hateley drives a dangerous ball across goal and it's deflected away for a corner as Motherwell continue to keep a hold of the ball high up the pitch.

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1628: From Stewart and Ally by text on 80295: " Who would have thought, the mighty 'Well top of the league after 3 weeks?"

1625: Hearts boss Paulo Sergio may be new to the Scottish game but it sounds like he knows how to give the referee pelters. I guess that's part of the universal appeal of the beautiful game.

1622: Motherwell are turning the screw, looking for a second killer-goal. Michael Higdon dithers in possession and fails to spot team-mate Nicky Law in a wide open position.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
With Eggert Jonsson sleeping at the back for Hearts and playing everyone onside, Nicky Law picks out Jamie Murphy and the Motherwell forward keeps a cool head to round Marian Kello and score.

1619: GOAL Motherwell 1-0 Hearts (Murphy)

1618: Bedlam in the Hearts penalty box as Jamie Murphy gets the ball stuck under his feet from a good Chris Humphrey pass. Jamie Hammell's follow-up shot is deflected wide.

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1617: From wrl1989 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Saw the red card image pop up on the text updates & expected to see Ian Black's name alongside it. I wasn't let down."

1614: Andrew Driver goes off to accommodate John Sutton, who is on the receiving end of some mild booing from the home fans.

1612: Motherwell have picked up the pace as Hearts prepare to bring on former Fir Park striker John Sutton. Maybe I was wrong about the visitors playing for the draw.

1610: Down to 10 men, Hearts may well try to shut up shop completely. The visitors weren't exactly adventurous with a full compliment of players.

Red card
1607: Red card for Hearts. Ian Black is sent packing for going right through Keith Lasley. "He can have no complaints" is the verdict from BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark. "A dreadful challenge," says trackside reporter Chick Young.

1604: Chris Humphrey races away from David Templeton but once again makes a mess of his cross when in a good position. Infuriating for Motherwell boss Stuart McCall.

1601: The players are back out on the Fir Park pitch. Here's hoping we get a few more thrills in the second half.

1558: Danny Grainger has had to curb is attacking instincts to deal with the threat of Chris Humphrey but the Motherwell midfield isn't exactly charging forward to assist striker Michael Higdon. It's all been a bit drab.

1555: Danny Grainger and Ryan McGowan aren't quite Roberto Carlos and Cafu but they do like to get forward. Pity the rest of the Hearts team haven't been as enthusiastic this afternoon.

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1551: From Andy Jackson by text on 80295: "So Sandy Clark thinks we (Hearts) are replicating Brazil now by pushing the full backs up? Vlad's gotta be delighted with that rapid change in style."

Half time
1546: HALF-TIME: Motherwell 0-0 Hearts
No goals at Fir Park. Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph has made two good saves to deny Andrew Driver, while Jamie Murphy headed a great chance over the crossbar for the home side.

1544: A much easier save for Darren Randolph this time, gathering an effort from Jamie Hamill.

1541: Another slip-up from Steven Saunders presents Andrew Driver with a sight of goal but Darren Randolph rescues his team-mate's blushes again with a terrific save.

1539: Jamie Murphy is rattled by some of the treatment he's getting from the Hearts defenders but he's in the wrong weight division if he's looking for a fight.

Yellow card
1535: Suddenly, a few tasty challenges are being made and it's livened the crowd up. Motherwell certainly looking the livelier side at the moment. Keith Lasley is booked for a late tackle on Adrian Mrowiec.

1533: Chris Humphrey whips in a great cross but Jamie Murphy can't keep his header down. Soon after, Humphrey finds room on the right again but shanks his effort, much to the annoyance of Michael Higdon, who was screaming for the ball near the penalty spot.

1532: I know Ryan Stevenson scored twice against Paski on Thursday but is centre forward really his best position? The man of many tattoos hasn't done much today.

1528: Motherwell speed merchant Chris Humphrey collects a good headed flick from Michael Higdon and leaves Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas in his wake but Danny Grainger gets across to make a vital interception. Still 0-0.

1525: BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark is casting doubts over Andrew Driver's fitness. The Hearts winger missed a lot of football last season due to injuries.

1522: David Templeton gets in behind the home defence but fails to pick out a team-mate from the right flank, Steven Saunders cutting out the disappointing cross.

1519: Nicky Law drives forward with purpose for Motherwell but his pass to Michael Higdon bobbles off the striker's shins. Steve Jennings collects the ball soon after and his venomous shot brings out a good save from Marian Kello. Better stuff from the home side.

1515: Hearts win two corners in quick succession but the second delivery from Danny Grainger is headed harmlessly over by Eggert Jonsson.

1512: The Hearts full-backs are pushed right up, adding to the five midfielders the visitors have deployed. It's a like a really long row of players on a table football game.

1509: It's all a bit cagey at Fir Park. Neither side is exactly bombing on and the midfield area is really congested.

1505: I'm taking that earlier medical correction back! I had it right first time. Poor old Emilio Izaguirre has fractured his fibula. That's the end of the anatomical chat. Football only from now on...

1504: Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph makes a smart save as Steven Saunders is caught in possession and Andrew Driver fires in a shot.

1502: Motherwell win an early corner but Danny Grainger is on hand to head clear from Stevie Hammell's delivery.

Whistle
1500: Referee Stevie O'Reilly gets us underway at Fir Park.

1455: Spurs coach Joe Jordan is at Fir Park, keeping an eye on the team he managed in the early 1990s. Hearts take on the Londoners in the play-off round of the Europa League.

1452: New Hearts manager Paulo Sergio admits to BBC Radio Scotland that he is still getting to know his players but he's been impressed by the standard at Tynecastle. The Portuguese coach keeps striker John Sutton on the bench, along with Rudi Skacel.

1449: Medical correction: Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre has suffered a fractured fibia. Anatomy was never my strongest subject...

1445: Motherwell were 3-0 winners at home to Inverness on the opening day of the season and followed that with a 0- draw at Kilmarnock. Hearts held Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox but fell 1-0 at home to Dundee United, in what was to be Jim Jefferies' final game in charge.

1440: TEAMS FROM FIR PARK:
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Saunders, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Forbes, Page, Halsman, Lawless, Carswell.
Hearts: Kello, McGowan, Jonsson, Zaliukas, Grainger, Templeton, Black, Hamill, Mrowiec, Stevenson, Driver. Subs: Balogh, Barr, Sutton, Novikovas, Skacel, Gordon Smith, Robinson.

1437: Michael Higdon returns from a thigh injury to lead the line for Motherwell and Steven Saunders replaces Shaun Hutchinson in the heart of the Steelmen's defence.

1435: Comedy legend Billy Connolly joins BBC Radio Scotland during the post-match interview with Neil Lennon. He's a bit worried by the hawk employed at Pittodrie to chase away the seagulls...

1433: "We worked the ball well in midfield but were wasteful in the final third, taking the wrong options too often," Celtic boss Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland. "It's a broken fibula for Emilo Izaguirre . If he needs surgery, it's three months out and that's a hammer blow for us."

1430: "I've been at a few of these fixtures over the years and they are always good for goals," BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark at Fir park for Motherwell v Hearts. "The pitch looks great and everything's set up for an open, entertaining game."

1426: "We knew we just had to keep going and that we had the quality to get a goal," Celtic right-back Adam Matthews tells BBC Radio Scotland. The Welsh international enjoyed a solid SPL debut for Neil Lennon's team.

1423: Hearts make one change from Thursday night, with Jamie Hamill coming into the starting line-up. Full teams from Fir Park to follow...

1420: "I thought we did enough to merit a draw but we committed suicide with the goal," Aberdeen manager Craig Brown tells BBC Radio Scotland. "I'm very disappointed for the players, who put in a lot of effort."

1416: Hearts will travel to Fir Park full of confidence after Thursday's 4-1 win over Paksi in the Europa League. If new boss Paulo Sergio gets another victory today, the sacking of Jim Jefferies will soon be forgotten.

1413: BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young says Rangers hope to conclude a deal for Australian midfielder Matt McKay next week. He's a 28-year-old, who currently captains Brisbane Roar.

1410: Aberdeen deserve credit for their endeavour but they showed little in the way of attacking intent. Celtic were far from their best but carved out a number of decent chances and in Kris Commons had the day's best performer. The Scotland international was full of clever promptings and played a key part in the goal.

Full time
1408: FULL TIME: Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic
A second-half strike from Anthony Stokes is enough to give Celtic maximum points against a hard-working home team.

1407: The ball drops to Nicky Low at the edge of a crowded Celtic penalty area but the youngster's strike is skewed well wide.

Yellow card
1406: Aberdeen are still chasing every ball but Celtic are knocking it around quite comfortably. A booking for Isaac Osbourne after a tired challenge.

1404: The regulation 90 minutes are up. We'll get another three minutes of injury time.

It's raining
1401: Teenager Nicky Low is given a late run out for Aberdeen as the heavy rain returns. Darren Mackie is the man to make way.

1400: Charlie Mulgrew makes a good run to get into the opposition penalty box and Georgios Samaras heads narrowly wide from the defender's cross.

1358: It's hard to see where an Aberdeen goal would come from. There is no real width in the home team and Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has had a quiet day.

1355: Michael Megginson on for Aberdeen and Georgios Samaras on for Celtic. Josh Magennis and goal-scorer Anthony Stokes the men going off.

1353: Kris Commons slips a wonderful pass through to James Forrest but David Gonzalez makes a good block to prevent the visitors from doubling their advantage.

1350: Michael Paton is on for Aberdeen, having replaced an exhausted Peter Pawlett. Can the home side stage a fight back?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Kris Commons slides in to rob Aberdeen skipper Ricky Foster and nudges the ball on to Anthony Stokes. The pair then exchange slick passes as the home side back off and the Irish striker slams in a fierce shot from 14 yards.

1348: GOAL Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic (Stokes)

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1346: From foxhuntingx on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "I'm trying to work out if Aberdeen's defence is good or Celtic's attack is bad?"

1344: Aberdeen keeper David Gonzalez is out swiftly to block at the feet of a scampering James Forrest.

1340: Howls of derision from the Dons supporters as former favourite Charlie Mulgrew makes a mess of a free kick from 22 yards, blazing the ball high and wide of the target.

1339: Cries for a penalty from Celtic as Gary Hooper tumbles under pressure from Andrew Considine, who then steps in to block a shot from Kris Commons. Still 0-0.

1337: Joe Ledley is the man to trudge off for Celtic. The Welshman has had a quiet game.

1335: James Forrest warming up in earnest for Celtic. Who's for the hook?

1333: Aberdeen keeper David Gonzalez gives the home fans a fright as he slips slightly when shaping to kick clear. With Gary Hooper sliding in, the Colombian does a nice Cruyff-turn to avert the danger. Nice skills...

1330: Darren Mackie gallops down the left and drills a good delivery across goal but his Aberdeen strike-partner Scott Vernon cannot make contact.

1329: Celtic full-back Adam Matthews gets forward to deliver a decent cross and Ki's glancing header flies wide.

It's sunny
1326: What's all this? The sun has suddenly broken through at a previously soggy Pittodrie. Celtic stringing together some nice passes but still Aberdeen hold firm.

1325: Remember, we have Motherwell v Hearts coming up at 1500. The home side will go top of the table with a win, regardless of how this match ends.

1322: Kris Commons has a pop from the left edge of the penalty area but his shot flies harmlessly wide.

1320: The rain has stopped at Pittodrie but I'm sure the action won't dry up. Let's hope for a few goals in the second half.

Whistle
1318: We're off again. No changes in personnel.

1310: Will the managers be considering any half-time alterations? Celtic boss Neil Lennon might want a bit more from his strikers Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper, while Craig Brown may be worried about fatigue setting in, with his side doing so much chasing.

1308: Kris Commons and Ki have been the stand-out players for Celtic, while right-back Adam Matthews has enjoyed a solid competitive debut so far. Aberdeen are grafting all over the pitch and goalkeeper David Gonzalez has the aura of a real cool customer.

1306: Emilio Izaguirre has been taken to an Aberdeen hospital with a suspected broken ankle. The Honduran left-back was a massive player for Celtic last season, winning SPFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Player of the Year.

Half time
1303: HALF-TIME: Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic
The visitors have had the lion's share of possession but Aberdeen are working hard in a match being played at a high-tempo.

1302: From a Ki free kick deep in first-half injury time, Daniel Majstorovic heads the ball down and Gary Hooper is crowded out by a cluster of red shirts as he tries to make room for a shot on the six yard line.

1259: Celtic respond with a swift counter-attack and Gary Hooper's intended pass for an unmarked Ki deflects off defender Rory McArdle and rolls into the grateful arms of David Gonzalez.

1258: Aberdeen strikers Darren Mackie and Scott Vernon combine well, with the latter drilling in a shot that is beaten away by Lukasz Zaluska.

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1256: An annonymous text on 80295: "Celtic seem to be playing a 4-5-1 with Stokes as a left wing forward. Would rather see Samaras than Hooper play the main striker role if that is the case."

1254: BBC Radio Scotland reporter Jim Spence tells listeners that the Celtic coaching team fear a broken ankle for Emilio Izaguirre.

1252: Celtic midfielder Ki is given acres of space to charge forward and start another Celtic attack but the game stays at 0-0 as David Gonzalez collects a flashing header from Joe Ledley.

Yellow card
1250: A booking for Daniel Majstorovic as the Celtic defender leads with his studs to challenge Rob Milsom near the halfway line.

1246: Aberdeen have rather fallen out of the game as Celtic begin to take a stranglehold on possession. The home side just can't hold on to the ball.

1245: Dons keeper David Gonzalez holds on to stinging shot from Anthony Stokes after an impressive run out of defence from Kelvin Wilson. The former Nottingham Forest centre-half looks very tidy on the ball.

1241: Aberdeen are pinned back, defending their penalty box with a series of last-ditch blocks. A period of concerted Celtic pressure ends with a shot from Beram Kayal rising high over the target.

1238: The game is being played at a rapid rate of knots, with a lot of meaty tackles flying in. Kris Commons is the only player showing any real composure on the ball.

Yellow card
1235: Welcome back to Pittodrie, Charlie Mulgrew. Peter Pawlett picks up the first yellow card of the day with a late sliding challenge.

1234: Daniel Majstorovic is lucky to get a foul as Darren Mackie leaves him sprawled on the wet turf. The Celtic defender has made a very shaky start.

1232: Emilio Izaguirre has landed awkwardly on his ankle and is getting put on to a stretcher. Former Don Charlie Mulgrew is getting ready to come off the Celtic bench.

1230: I don't want to alarm andylee2000 but the first goal in Celtic's 9-0 hammering of Aberdeen last season came on 26 minutes...

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1228: From andylee2000 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Aberdeen to be 0-0 at this stage feels like a victory after last season's horror shows!"

1226: The Dons are looking lively now and it's Celtic turn to defend their penalty pox. Big Majstorovic doesn't look the quickest...

1224: The Aberdeen fans applaud a good run from Peter Pawlett from deep in his own half to set up an attack that ends with Daniel Majstorovic blocking a shot from Rob Milsom.

1221: Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes combine to set up Kris Commons but the midfielder's attempted chip is easily gathered by David Gonzalez. A bright start from Celtic.

1219: Celtic midfielder Kris Commons strides forward with purpose and unleashes a swerving shot from 30 yards. Aberdeen keeper David Gonzalez gets down smartly to push the ball away.

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1218: From thefootgaffa on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "An under-strength and inexperienced team Aberdeen are fielding. I worry for them! "

1217: "I think Celtic will be rampant today," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod is expecting Aberdeen to concede a few goals today.

Whistle
1215: Referee Calum Murray sounds his whistle and Celtic kick off, wearing their gray and green away kit. No fashion prizes for the visitors...

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1213: From RealBBuchanan on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "I am going to assume Celtic's midfield will have too much for Aberdeen."

1212: "We haven't started in fantastic fashion, that's for sure, although I was not too disappointed against St Johnstone before we were reduced to 10 men. We also played well against Villarreal, but we were disappointing last weekend. We feel we are reasonably comfortable throughout the team, but we could do with the guys who are missing through injury," Aberdeen manager Craig Brown tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1210: Aberdeen fans won't thank me for reminding them that the aggregate scores between the clubs in five matches last season was a mighty 21-1 in Celtic's favour.

1207: "We have a bit of continuity from last season. But Aberdeen have some new faces and last season will mean nothing to them," Celtic manager Neil Lennon, talking to BBC Radio Scotland on his side's dominance over the Dons last term.

1205: The teams are going through their warm-up drills as sheets of rain tumble down over the stadium. Not long to go now.

1201:BBC Radio Scotland reporter Jim Spence was caught on the hop up at Pittodrie. It sounded like he had a mouthful of pie when they went to him for the teams. Being a vegetarian, it would be a macaroni pie for our Jim.

1158: Sandomierski's agent has just told BBC Scotland that Jagellonia Bialystok have rejected an offer from Celtic and that Belgian club Genk have offered more money for the goalkeeper. It's just agent talk, mind. Nothing official...

1155: On Friday, Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirmed an interest in Polish goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski . His compatriot Luckasz Zaluska plays today. How will all the speculation about a new number one affect him?

1152: Celtic say Mark Wilson's injury should only be short term but that Glenn Loovens will be out for four to six weeks.

1150: TEAM LINE-UPS FROM PITTODRIE:
Aberdeen: Gonzalez, McArdle, Arnason, Considine, Foster, Mackie, Osbourne, Milsom, Pawlett, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Jason Brown, Robertson, Paton, Megginson, Low, Shaughnessy, Jordan Brown.
Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Kelvin Wilson, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Ledley, Kayal, Commons, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Cervi, Samaras, Maloney, McCourt, Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama.

1145: The SPL season started earlier than usual but clubs have been allowed to postpone a game in the first three rounds of fixtures to play friendlies. Aberdeen manager Craig Brown believes the league has been devalued by an "untidy" start and it's hard to disagree.

1143: Since the victory at Easter Road, Neil Lennon' side have been busy with friendlies, playing challenge matches against Wolves, Inter Milan, a League of Ireland XI and Swansea. Three of those matches ended in 2-0 defeats, while the Irish select were demolished 5-0.

1141: Celtic opened their league campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win at Hibs, while Aberdeen have yet to score: drawing 0-0 at home to St Johnstone and losing 1-0 at St Mirren last weekend.

1138: Starting XIs from Pittodrie:
Aberdeen: Gonzalez McArdle, Arnason, Considine, Foster, Pawlett, Osbourne, Milsom, Magennis, Vernon, Mackie.
Celtic: Zaluska Matthews K. Wilson Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Commons, Kayal, Ki, Ledley Stokes, Hooper.
Full line-ups, with subs to follow...

It's raining
1135: It's a pretty miserable day, with rain falling across most of Scotland. The temperature has taken a dramatic tumble as well.

1133: Aberdeen will be without suspended midfielder Ryan Jack, while Fraser Fyvie is injured. Celtic skipper Scott Brown serves the second of his two-match ban and defenders Glenn Loovens, Thomas Rogne and Mark Wilson are sidelined.

1130: Good morning and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. First up we have Aberdeen v Celtic, kicking off at 1215, with Motherwell v Hearts to follow at 1500.



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As it stood on 7 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Motherwell 3 4 7
2 Celtic 2 3 6
3 Dundee Utd 3 1 5
4 St Mirren 3 1 5
5 Rangers 2 2 4
6 Hibernian 2 -1 3
7 Dunfermline 2 0 2
8 Kilmarnock 2 0 2
9 Hearts 3 -2 1
10 Aberdeen 3 -2 1
11 St Johnstone 2 -2 1
12 Inverness CT 3 -4 1

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