Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen 2-0 St Mirren

Scott Vernon and Barry Robson scored as Aberdeen inflicted a first defeat in seven matches on St Mirren.

St Mirren's centre-backs failed to deal with Jamie Langfield's punt which allowed Vernon in to fire the first past Saints goalkeeper Marian Kello.

The Buddies threatened through a Paul McGowan curled effort after the break.

But Robson sealed the match in spectacular style as his corner swung directly into Kello's net to ensure the Dons stay fourth in the Premiership.

It is also an 11th clean-sheet for Derek McInnes's men, who have now secured three wins on the bounce.

Solid defending was beginning to become commonplace for St Mirren, too, with three clean-sheets in their last four coming into this match.

But it came to an abrupt end at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen were in the ascendancy right from the early stages, Peter Pawlett cutting in from the right and taking a shot on goal which was deflected wide.

Aberdeen players celebrate at the full-time whistle in front of a crowd of over 9,000

Pawlett had scored a beauty for the Dons last weekend and looked bright as part of a front three alongside Vernon and Niall McGinn.

St Mirren did have ball in the back of the net when Steven Thompson turned in at the near post from Jason Naismith's cross, but the linesman flagged for offside.

Vernon, playing instead of Calvin Zola, had missed one chance before he got his sixth goal of the season - assisted by goalkeeper Langfield.

Confusion between Marc McAusland and Darren McGregor following Langfield's launched ball, meaning Vernon could run on into the box to beat Kello.

Another great opportunity fell to the Englishman minutes later, but the Aberdeen front-man fluffed it on this occasion.

After half-time, St Mirren took the game to their hosts and McAusland may have converted if he had been able to connect with a cross.

McGowan then curled one in on goal from 25 yards only to see it comfortably held by Langfield.

Aberdeen's second goal came rather bizarrely but some credit must be given to the whipped delivery of Robson, whose corner kick deceived everyone to fly into the net.

St Mirren protested that Kello had been fouled but those claims were to no avail.

Michael Hector's weak shot and Jonny Hayes' effort could have extended Aberdeen's lead, but just the two goals would have to do for a healthy Pittodrie crowd.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 27Hector
  • 6Reynolds
  • 8FloodSubstituted forHayesat 54'minutes
  • 4Anderson
  • 5Considine
  • 22JackBooked at 29mins
  • 15RobsonSubstituted forLowat 71'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 9Vernon
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forShaughnessyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 7Zola
  • 11Hayes
  • 17Wylde
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
  • 21Magennis

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 10McGowan
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 24Newton
  • 6Goodwin
  • 9Thompson
  • 11McLean
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forHarkinsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 16Caprice
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Grainger
  • 30Dilo
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
9,332

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away11
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 2, St Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, St Mirren 0.
Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).
Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).
Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Shaughnessy replaces Peter Pawlett.
Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gary Harkins (St Mirren).
Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Michael Hector (Aberdeen).
Gary Harkins (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Nicky Low.
Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from very close range is too high.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces John McGinn.
Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Low replaces Barry Robson.
Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Goodwin.
Attempt blocked. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 2, St Mirren 0. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the high centre of the goal following a corner.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sean Kelly.
Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).
Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).
James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Michael Hector.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jonathan Hayes replaces Willo Flood.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.
Attempt blocked. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).
Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).
John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Hector (Aberdeen).

Second Half

Second Half begins Aberdeen 1, St Mirren 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Mirren 0.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conor Newton.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Michael Hector.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Andrew Considine.
Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Andrew Considine.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.
Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

Booking

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).
Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1512302439
2Inverness CT1510231232
3Dundee Utd168532129
4Aberdeen169251029
5Motherwell16916-628
6St Johnstone15636521
7Hibernian16457-617
8St Mirren15447-916
9Partick Thistle15357-1214
10Kilmarnock163310-1112
11Ross County153210-1411
12Hearts163310-14-3
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