Anthony Rougier's last minute penalty extended the lifeline of Hibernian on Saturday. Rougier goal forced a 1-1 tie with St. Johnstone. The goal was Rougier's second of the season. Hibernian fought hard to gain the tie and will have to fight even harder to remain in the Scottish Premiership. Hibernian sits last on the table with 20 points and 11 points separating them from the safety zone. Rougier provided some sparkling offense during the game. His shot was saved by the St. Johnstone goal keeper after a poor back past. Four minutes after the restart Rougier again was causing trouble. He weaved his way past two defenders and provided a cross that just eluded a teammate. However, in desperation to seek an equalizer he lunged at the St. Johnstone keeper with little attempt to win the ball and was subsequently cautioned.
Raith pins hopes on Andrews.
Marvin Andrews made his second start for Raith Rovers on Saturday. Raith won their encounter with Scottish Cup semi-finalist Falkrick 1-0. Andrews had a good game, showing composure in knocking away a dangerous ball headed to a Falkrick striker. The win moved them within two points of second placed Falkrick and a chance to gain promotion. Raith management seems to have placed there promotion hopes on the shoulders of key Raith players including Andrews. Here is a section written about Andrews by the Scottish Football web site:
ANDREWS CAN BE KEY FIGURE FOR RAITH
It is a shame for Raith Rovers that they have had to wait until so late in the season for the debut of the imposing Marvin Andrews. For as time rapidly runs out on their team's bid to reach the Premier League, Rovers fans saw someone on Saturday whose will to win could have made a difference to their flagging title challenge.
But events have conspired against the club and Andrews, who first caught the eye last autumn but couldn't obtain a work permit until recently. Then the Trinidad and Tobago international was called up for his country for the Gold Cup tournament in California. He flew back a couple of weeks ago, but his first appearance for Rovers was put back further by a nasty infection in his leg.
As Andrews explained, "It was an abscess on my thigh which made my leg swell up to 10 inches more than its usual size. I needed an operation to cut it open and clean out the infection." The surgery left a hole in the limb which had to be protected by strapping during the 1-1 draw with Airdrie at Stark's Park. But his ailment didn't prevent him putting in an accomplished display at the heart of the defence, which had boss Jimmy Nicholl enthusing, "He has the attitude and determination to win the ball that we need."
Like most imports to our game, Andrews found the pace fast but the one aspect of life in Scotland that will take the most getting used to is the weather. He even found America's Golden State a bit dreich, never mind Kirkcaldy. "I have never experienced this kind of weather in my life before," said Andrews, on what was one of Fife's more temperate days of late. California was a little bit cold for my liking but this is something else. I'm used to the hot sun."
Andrews is only 22 but remarkably has already collected 47 caps for his country. And, if he can cope with our climate, will be a fine addition to a Raith squad which, unfortunately, looks like spending next season in Division One.
Marcelle less Barnsley continues good run
Clint Marcelle sat on the bench on Saturday but must have been a happy man to see the resurgent Barnsley win again. They defeated Southampton in a 4-3 barn burner. That win tied them with Tottenham on 31 points with only goal difference keeping Barnsley in the bottom three relegation spots. Barnsley needs a few more wins and some help from other teams to keep up in the English Premier division. Over at Villa Park, Aston Villa continued there good run when they defeated Crystal Palace 3-1. Villa was without Dwight Yorke who was sitting out the game due to a suspension for yellow card infractions.
In the shooting range...
Jerren Nixon started for FC Zurich for the third time this season. He was unable to help his club as they lost the Zurich derby to cross town rivals Grasshoppers 0-2.