Week two of the Scottish Premiership season saw three teams maintain a 100% record but piled further misery on Kilmarnock supporters. The Killie fans travelled to Aberdeen knowing that they were likely to lose against everyone’s ‘best of the rest’ side and their fears were realised as they fell meekly to a strong Dons team. Even this early in the season there are doubts as to how they will collect points from week to week. Elsewhere Dundee United bounced back after an opening day defeat against Aberdeen as they collected all 3 points against a Motherwell side who would have felt a little disappointed at not getting anything out of their game at Fir Park. Dundee and Hearts served up the weeks most intriguing and entertaining game at Dens, with the Edinburgh side picking up a massive three points against a strongly fancied Dundee team.
Full results –
Dundee 1 – 2 Hearts
Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee United
Ross County 2 – 0 Hamilton
St.Johnstone 1 – 1 Inverness
Partick Thistle 0 – 2 Celtic (Sunday)
Aberdeen 2 – 0 Kilmarnock (Sunday)
Player – Hearts have found a player in striker Juanma. The summer arrival scored in the opening fixture against St.Johnstone and won the game for Hearts against Dundee. An impressive solo goal capped off a fine performance for the Spaniard as he grabbed a brace at Dens. It already looks like he will be a key player for Hearts this season.
Performance/Result – After the turbulent times of last year it was a very impressive Ross County performance and result at home against Hamilton. The Staggies have undergone yet another squad transformation this year and this was their first real test. A 2-0 home win against a side who will be considered one of their rivals this year was the perfect start to their home campaign.
Goal – A couple of strong candidates this week. A bizarre but pretty fine finish from Tom Rogic for Celtic was up there, as was the strike by the very talented Ryan Christie for Inverness in Perth. My favourite finish of the week though was from the impressive Graeme Shinnie. Scoring his first goal for Aberdeen the fullback took his goal very well, showing off his technique and ability. Already he is proving to be a great signing for the Dons.
Controversy – A couple of penalty claims and incidents had a few people talking this weekend. At Dens we had a handball decision that led to a penalty for Hearts and at Firhill we had a handball decision that was ignored by the referee. Both were as a result of a defender jumping to head the ball but both were under slightly different circumstances. At Dens it was James McPake who was the guilty party and although some have claimed it wasn’t a penalty the fact that he was facing the ball and it had been floated in meant it probably was the correct decision (and I am not just saying that as a United fan!). With the incident in Glasgow it was a case of a close range ball in the air and although Mikael Lustig had his hand up he was facing away from the ball and had no way of purposely handling it. The decision to ignore the claims was probably justified in this case but it is one of those incidents that would have been given on another day.