Round-up: Teemu Pukki strikes it lucky for Celtic against Hibernian

 

Celtic bounced back from their Champions’ League hammering by Barcelona with a 1-0 home win against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.

Teemu Pukki scored the winner in the 28th minute from close range to extend his side’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and keep them on course to retain their title.

“It is a big thing as it has been many games since my last goal so it will give me confidence,” said Pukki. “The job of the striker is to score so I was thinking about it.”

Phillips’ sticking point

Matty Phillips returned to haunt his former club as Queens Park Rangers’ beat Blackpool 2-0 yesterday to move top of the Championship. The winger, who moved to Loftus Road in the summer for £5 million, broke the deadlock with a second-half strike at Bloomfield Road before Charlie Austin sealed the points on 73 minutes. Phillips jumped in the air with delight after scoring having been heckled by Blackpool fans during the game and took to Twitter to defend his decision to celebrate. “Not having all this about disrespect for celebrating,” he said. “I took the stick I got, a goal is a personal achievement. It is a massive three points for us, we are top of the league.”

Ward on the board 

Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson secured a sixth successive league win for Steve McClaren’s Derby County, who proved too strong for struggling Charlton Atheltic at The Valley. The Rams have lost just once in the 10 games since the former England manager took over from Nigel Clough and yesterday’s 2-0 win took them within three points of the promotion spots. Ward (above) scored the 32nd-minute opener and Bryson added a second three minutes from time to inflict a fifth defeat in a row on Charlton.

McCormack sinks Rovers

Leeds United moved into the top six with a resounding 3-0 Yorkshire derby win at Doncaster Rovers.

Matt Smith headed home a free-kick from Alex Mowatt in the 20th minute to put Brian McDermott side’s ahead but Rovers battled back and were unlucky not to equalise when Theo Robinson fired home in the 66th minute only to have the effort disallowed for offside amid a storm of protest.

Ross McCormack took full advantage to claim his 11th goal in the last seven games before Rodolph Austin added a third with three minutes remaining.

Watford woe deepens

Sheffield Wednesday claimed their first away league win of the season to extend Watford’s dismal sequence of results at Vicarage Road. Connor Wickham capitalised on being fouled by Nyron Nosworthy in the first half to fire the resulting free-kick past Jonathan Bond from 20 yards. The 1-0 defeat made it nine games without a win for Gianfranco Zola’s side, who have now also failed to score in their last four matches at home, all of which have ended in losses.

Cranky Karanka

Aitor Karanka was furious with Middlesbrough’s players for conceding a crucial late goal for the third game running in their 1-0 home loss to Brighton. After a last-gasp strike led to defeat at Derby and a late equaliser cost them at Birmingham, the Boro manager was livid after Matthew Upson’s 86th-minute header. “Of course I am angry,” he said. “We are giving gifts to our opponents in every game. I can’t believe it. It is the same thing again. It is always a lack of concentration. It just cannot continue.”

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Extras
indybest
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays
tvJudi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations
Arts and Entertainment
Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Metz - 23 May 2012
art
Sport
Is this how Mario Balotelli will cruise into Liverpool?
football
News
Ronahi Serhat, a PKK fighter, in the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow in a scene from 'Love Is Strange'
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home