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Scottish Independence Debate Viewers Plead With Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling To 'Stop Shouting'

26/08/2014 11:35 BST | Updated 26/08/2014 16:59 BST

The hashtag #bbcindyref has been trending on Twitter since Monday night's fierce debate on Scottish independence, with many social media users uniting over what has been described as "a shouting match."

Alex Salmond's victory in last night's debate will "raise the hearts" of Yes campaigners but it "remains to be seen" whether it will inject momentum into the campaign, an expert has said.

Research by ICM for the Guardian newspaper showed 71% of people questioned thought Salmond had been the better performer in the BBC clash, compared to 29% for Better Together head Alistair Darling.

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While thousands took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the heated head-to-head debate, many - regardless of their 'Yes' or 'No' stance - agreed on one thing; too much shouting, not enough action.

READ MORE: Who Won The Debate According To The Scottish Papers

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The second debate took place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

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Speaking on post-debate analysis on BBC Scotland, Prof John Curtice, from Strathclyde University, said it was "remarkable" how little time was actually spent on the issues "we know are likely to switch voters minds and that is what are the prospects for Scotland's economy, either independence or in the union."

From despairing to defensive, here's how viewers of last night's debate reacted to two Scottish men in suits shouting at each other:

The optimistic:

Oh Donald, how wrong you were.

The pleading:

The disillusioned:

The daytime TV summary:

The helpful:

The defensive:

During the debate, Salmond claimed to offer "three Plan Bs", after the First Minister was roundly criticised for his lack of clarity on the country's future currency after the first debate.

The SNP leader outlined the three options should Westminster reject a currency union - using sterling outside of the Union, the Euro and a Scottish currency.

However, Salmond insisted he was seeking an mandate from the Scottish people to call for a formal currency union with the rest of the UK. Meanwhile, Darling repeated his calls for the First Minister to come up with a Plan B.