Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 2-0 St Johnstone

  • Aberdeen win to move top of Scottish Premiership
  • Goodwillie and Smith on target
  • Sixth straight league win for the Dons
  • First defeat in six for St Johnstone

Aberdeen moved top of the Scottish Premiership with a deserved victory over St Johnstone.

David Goodwillie gave the Dons the lead with an overhead kick following Niall McGinn's pass and Aberdeen were strong throughout the first half.

Cammy Smith sealed the three points for the hosts with a late strike.

With Celtic's evening match against Partick Thistle called off due to a waterlogged pitch, Aberdeen move a point above the reigning champions.

The Dons also remain three points clear of Dundee United, who beat Dundee 6-2 earlier on Saturday. St Johnstone stay fifth but are now only two points ahead of Kilmarnock.

Expectant Aberdeen fans did not have long to wait for the opening goal as Goodwillie controlled McGinn's chipped cross on his chest and then sent an acrobatic effort from 10 yards past Alan Mannus. It was Goodwillie's first goal since early October.

Aberdeen players celebrating
Goodwillie (far right) celebrates his early opener

Derek McInnes's side continued to press and Peter Pawlett's header then McGinn's shot were blocked by Mannus.

Goodwillie flashed a header wide before Jonny Hayes' long-range drive stung the palms of Mannus.

Aberdeen had the ball in the net again but Pawlett was denied a goal due to Goodwillie's handball earlier in the move.

Dons keeper Scott Brown had little to do in the first half but was alert to Steven Anderson's shot after the Saints defender tried to emulate Goodwillie's acrobatics at a corner.

Goodwillie and Pawlett linked well at the start of the second period, leading to a curling shot from the former that Mannus did well to keep out.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright sent on James McFadden and Gary McDonald in place of Steven MacLean and Lee Croft and the substitutes combined to good effect with one of the visitors' best chances.

McFadden crossed for McDonald to glance a header wide of target.

A 25-yard free-kick drew another save from Mannus but any nerves among the home fans were extinguished when Smith turned in Adam Rooney's cross from the right in stoppage time.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forMonakanaat 80'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 11Hayes
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forShanklandat 76'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Murray
  • 32Gibbons
  • 39Wright

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 5Wright
  • 19Miller
  • 22CroftSubstituted forMcDonaldat 57'minutes
  • 7MillarBooked at 19minsSubstituted forDavidsonat 70'minutes
  • 4Lappin
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 69mins
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forMcFaddenat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 8McDonald
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 17McFadden
  • 18Davidson
  • 20Brown
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
15,263

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 2, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, St. Johnstone 0.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 2, St. Johnstone 0. Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Rooney.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Gary McDonald (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. James McFadden (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

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

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

Foul by Jeffrey Monakana (Aberdeen).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Niall McGinn.

Attempt missed. David Mackay (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces David Goodwillie.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Peter Pawlett.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Gary McDonald (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary McDonald.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Murray Davidson replaces Chris Millar.

Booking

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

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. Gary McDonald (St. Johnstone) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Adam Rooney.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McFadden (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. James McFadden replaces Steven MacLean.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen19131529171240
2Celtic18123334122239
3Dundee Utd19121637241337
4Hamilton19113535191636
5Inverness CT1911262720735
6St Johnstone199281720-329
7Kilmarnock198382023-327
8Dundee195682531-621
9Partick Thistle185582321220
10Motherwell1952121332-1917
11St Mirren1932141534-1911
12Ross County1924131840-2210
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