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Aberdeen v Motherwell abandoned after floodlight failure

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Floodlights play their part at Pittodrie

The Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Motherwell was abandoned after floodlight failure at Pittodrie.

The lights in the stadium had been running on a generator following recent power problems in the area but went out at one end after six minutes.

After an 18-minute break, play resumed at 0-0 but, almost immediately, the ground plunged into near darkness.

The match had been rearranged because of Aberdeen's involvement in the League Cup final last month.

The floodlights had been powered by the generator with no problems for last Tuesday's win over Kilmarnock and the weekend draw with St Johnstone.

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser told BBC Scotland: "We brought in two generators and tested them - they've be working fine for the last week and a half, but tonight the generator tripped.

"We powered it up again but when it tripped again, we had no option but to call the game off.

"We can only apologise to both sets of supporters."

Fans have been asked to keep ticket stubs for the rearranged fixture
Fans have been asked to keep ticket stubs for the rearranged fixture

With the December schedule already packed, it is unlikely the game will be replayed before January's winter break.

"It is outwith our control and Aberdeen's as well," said Motherwell chief operating officer Alan Burrows.

"At Motherwell we have had problems with floodlights in the past too, so they have my sympathy. Unfortunately, these things happen.

"My sympathy is with the Motherwell fans and we will see what we can do in terms of helping them with travel for coming back up here for whenever the game is played again. We will discuss the options with them.

"The key thing is the safety of the players and the people in the ground. I think it is the right decision by Aberdeen, and they made it promptly. These things happen unfortunately, we just have to get on with it."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 59mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 50mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 22Jack
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forPawlettat 72'minutes
  • 8ChristieSubstituted forStoreyat 80'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStockleyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 27Ross
  • 39Storey

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 17FrearSubstituted forClayat 67'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 18LucasBooked at 30minsSubstituted forBowmanat 45'minutes
  • 88Pearson
  • 12Cadden
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Griffiths
  • 20Clay
  • 21Jules
  • 26Campbell
  • 30McMillan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
10,384

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2.

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Richard Tait.

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

Attempt saved. Miles Storey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 2. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Louis Moult following a corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen).

Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 1. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Tait following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Niall McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Adam Rooney.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Clay replaces Elliott Frear.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 5, Motherwell 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Aberdeen. Shaleum Logan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Steven Hammell (Motherwell) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Elliott Frear (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15141044123243
2Rangers179532317632
3Aberdeen1684428151328
4Hearts1776431211027
5St Johnstone166552219323
6Kilmarnock174671529-1418
7Ross County173861728-1117
8Hamilton1721051823-516
9Motherwell164482027-716
10Dundee174491422-816
11Inverness CT173682233-1115
12Partick Thistle163581826-814
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