Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-5 St Johnstone

St Johnstone scored two early goals at Pittodrie

St Johnstone stunned Premiership leaders Aberdeen with a clinical display at Pittodrie.

Brian Easton looped in an impressive volley and Joe Shaughnessy knocked home the visitors' second after 10 minutes.

Ash Taylor pulled one back immediately with a header but Dons keeper Danny Ward let a Liam Craig shot creep past him before half-time.

Steven MacLean then added two close-range headers as Saints picked up their first away points of the season.

Aberdeen remain four points clear of Celtic at the top of the table, although the champions can reduce that lead when they visit Hamilton on Sunday.

On this form, the Dons are a long way from a title challenge. Having opened with eight consecutive league wins, the hosts have now slipped to back-to-back defeats.

Easton opened his account for the season with a magnificent volley from the edge of the penalty area that dipped under Ward's crossbar.

It was a stunning, controlled piece of brilliance by the left-back and his manager Tommy Wright and assistant Callum Davidson celebrated wildly on the touchline.

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor and Ryan Jack look stunned
Aberdeen's players were left stunned by the size of their defeat at Pittodrie

The visitors doubled their lead when Simon Lappin's free kick was headed towards goal by MacLean. The post briefly saved Ward but Shaughnessy was on hand to prod home the rebound against his former employers.

Taylor reduced the deficit less than two minutes later, the big defender powering a Niall McGinn corner into the net to stem the flow after Zander Clark needlessly conceded the set-piece.

Aberdeen began to control proceedings as they piled the pressure on Saints but, with the storm weathered, the two-goal lead was restored.

Craig drew a wonderful save out of Ward at the expense of a corner, from which a weak Craig effort from the edge of the box squirmed beyond the on-loan Liverpool keeper.

Saints evoked memories of one of their most famous of victories, when they scored five against Aberdeen in 1990, adding two more goals early in the second half.

MacLean twice headed past Ward, firstly at the near post from a Craig corner and then at the back post from a Graeme Cummins delivery.

That signalled an exodus of hundreds of Aberdeen supporters from the ground, although Adam Rooney, McGinn and David Goodwillie went close to lessening the embarrassment.

MacLean then thought he had completed his hat-trick when a shot was almost spilled into his own net by Ward.

Having conceded only three goals in their first eight domestic games this season, Aberdeen have let nine past them in their last three.

And Derek McInnes will have the international break to reflect on his worst defeat as Dons manager.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 90mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 22Jack
  • 11HayesSubstituted forWrightat 67'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forRobsonat 67'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forGoodwillieat 49'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 27Wright

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forFisherat 70'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 65mins
  • 26Craig
  • 4LappinBooked at 80mins
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 74'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forHurstat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Anderson
  • 11Sutton
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 27Thomson
  • 30Hurst
  • 31Hurst
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
13,405

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home1
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 5.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Barry Robson.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Greg Hurst replaces Steven MacLean.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Graham Cummins.

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Darnell Fisher replaces David Wotherspoon.

Foul by Scott Wright (Aberdeen).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Wright replaces Jonny Hayes.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Kenny McLean.

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

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

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 5. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Cummins.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. David Goodwillie replaces Peter Pawlett.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 4. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 3.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen108021710724
2Celtic96212381520
3Hearts105231714317
4Hamilton95131310316
5Ross County104331612415
6Dundee104331618-215
7St Johnstone104242117414
8Inverness CT103431112-113
9Motherwell10316813-510
10Kilmarnock102351020-109
11Partick Thistle10136613-76
12Dundee Utd10127920-115
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