Aberdeen and St Johnstone could not be separated as the hosts failed to take full advantage of Motherwell's humbling Tannadice defeat.

A Dons win would have secured European football, but Saints were deserving of their Pittodrie point.

And it was a tale of two errors that provided the goals.

Stevie May capitalised on Clark Robertson's pass-back early on before Chris Millar returned the favour for Adam Rooney to level.

It is now five draws in six league games for the Dons as they try to seal their highest league finish since 1994.

Aberdeen welcomed Ryan Jack back from suspension with Robertson making his first appearance since the League Cup quarter-final win at Motherwell in October, where he sustained a cartilage injury.

Millar and Nigel Hasselbaink were handed Saints starts with young player of the year candidate May - whose two goals knocked the Dons out of the Scottish Cup just two weeks ago, in his usual post up front.

Stevie May goal

Stevie May scores for St Johnstone after an error by Clark Robertson

The Aberdeen fans unfurled a banner as the teams made their way on to the Pittodrie pitch, supporting manager Derek McInnes's hopes of being named manager of the year.

One of the other candidates was in the opposing dug-out in Tommy Wright.

The sea haar that had dogged the Granite City throughout the day lifted just in time for kick-off.

But Robertson still struggled to find a team-mate in just seven minutes.

The only thing missing was the gift wrap and ribbons as his attempt to find Mark Reynolds went straight to May, who gobbled up the unexpected chance to score his 27th of the season.

It was a fine finish in the end from a player who is ready to open contract talks with Saints next week.

It took the Dons 20 minutes to wake up and Russell Anderson tried his luck from distance, but goalkeeper Alan Mannus beat the ball to safety.

Saints midfielder Millar had one of his finest matches when he helped his team into their first Scottish Cup final, but he somehow managed to pen the sequel to Robertson's horror story as Aberdeen squared the game on the half hour.

His almost identical pass-back went straight to Rooney, who took it away from Mannus and knocked it into the empty net.

Jonny Hayes then saw his cross-cum-shot free kick tipped over by Mannus with Robertson's glancing header easily held from the resulting corner.

Adam Rooney goal

Aberdeen equalise as Adam Rooney capitalises on a Saints error

Peter Pawlett forced a close-range save from Mannus at the start of the second half as both teams struggled to grab hold of the game, with Robertson then hooked for the experienced Barry Robson.

On the hour mark, Millar tested Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, who saved comfortably.

Chances were at a premium in the second half, although Langfield almost completed the trilogy of errors late on when he allowed a Reynolds pass-back to roll under his foot, but the ball went behind for a corner.

Hayes almost snatched a winner for the Dons in the final minute, but his overhead effort was saved well by Mannus.

Aberdeen do move four points clear of Motherwell in second place, but with trips to Celtic Park and Tannadice up next, it is far from a foregone conclusion.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 29 Logan
  • 03 Robertson (Robson - 57' )
  • 08 Flood
  • 04 Anderson Booked
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 10 McGinn (Zola - 86' )
  • 22 Jack
  • 17 Rooney
  • 16 Pawlett (Smith - 68' )
  • 11 Hayes

Substitutes

  • 07 Zola
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Robson
  • 20 Weaver
  • 24 McManus
  • 35 Murray

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 Mackay
  • 24 Easton
  • 12 Dunne Booked
  • 06 Anderson
  • 05 Wright
  • 10 Wotherspoon Booked
  • 04 Cregg Booked (MacLean - 78' )
  • 17 May
  • 11 Hasselbaink (Croft - 62' )
  • 07 Millar (Miller - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 09 MacLean
  • 15 Banks
  • 19 Miller
  • 22 Croft
  • 23 Clancy
  • 25 Iwelumo
  • 44 Thomson
Ref: Alan Muir
Att: 10,003

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

7 2

Corners

7 2

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 1.

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 1.

90:00 +2:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Chris Millar.

90:00 +2:10

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Willo Flood.

90:00 +1:55

Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:59

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:05

Attempt missed. Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

86:45

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

86:26

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:26

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

85:54

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

85:54

Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Calvin Zola replaces Niall McGinn.

85:00

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:55

Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).

83:14

Attempt blocked. David Mackay (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:31 Booking

Booking Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

82:25

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

82:25

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:42

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

81:42

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:08

Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

80:32

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

80:32

Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:48

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:48

Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean replaces Patrick Cregg.

75:05 Booking

Booking David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

75:00

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:59

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

72:45

Attempt missed. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

70:24 Booking

Booking James Dunne (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

68:09

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

68:09

Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Peter Pawlett.

67:04

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

67:04

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:53

Hand ball by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone).

64:06 Booking

Booking Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

64:00

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:58

Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Lee Croft replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.

59:53

Attempt saved. Chris Millar (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

59:00

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:56

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

57:08

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

57:08

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Clark Robertson.

55:56

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

53:15

Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:15

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

49:38

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:38

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

46:23

Attempt saved. Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:06

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

45:51

Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 1.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 1.

45:00 +1:03

Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:03

Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

45:00 +0:24

Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:28

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:43

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

41:43

James Dunne (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:00

David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:58

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

40:37

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:31

Foul by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone).

39:28

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:28

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

35:50

Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).

35:50

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:16

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

35:16

Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:42

Attempt saved. Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:56

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

32:06

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone).

31:00

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:58

Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

30:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 1. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

28:30

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:26

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:26

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

21:15

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Steve May.

21:03

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

20:24

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:11

Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

19:50

Attempt saved. Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:25

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Chris Millar.

19:13

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:23

James Dunne (St Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:23

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

13:44

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:44

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

11:54

Attempt missed. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:34

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

10:08

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

9:42

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aberdeen 0, St Johnstone 1. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

4:51

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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