Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen1Inverness CT0

Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Aberdeen made it 10 home league wins in a row with a slim victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Dons took the lead when Jonny Hayes' corner landed at the near post, with Caley Thistle's Gary Warren deflecting in Ash Taylor's shot.

Greg Tansey headed wide for the visitors, while Hayes, Kenny McLean and Niall McGinn all missed for the Dons.

Miles Storey should have made it 2-0 but somehow got the ball caught under his feet on the goal line.

The result moves Aberdeen 13 points clear of third-placed Rangers, with the two sides set to meet on Sunday at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen may have been unable to mount a serious title challenge this season, but they are still on course for a record points tally after surpassing the run of home wins set by Sir Alex Ferguson's side in 1986.

They now need 12 points from the last seven matches to do that, but an overall run of 12 victories in their last 14 Premiership matches suggests they are up to the task.

Aberdeen impressed with their pace, intensity and variety of movement going forward in the first half, but the defence remains equally effective as they have now gone 531 minutes without conceding a goal.

Of course this was another painful night for Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran in what has been a steep learning curve for the Dubliner in his first season in the job.

No team in British senior football have won fewer league matches than the Highlanders this season and, while they are not yet entirely cut adrift at the bottom, time is fast running out to turn things around.

Gary Warren (centre) gets the final touch to direct the ball past his own goalkeeper
Inverness' Gary Warren (centre) gets the final touch to direct the ball past his own goalkeeper

The sight of five former Caley Thistle players in such an impressive Dons squad was compounded by the knowledge that current top league marksman Greg Tansey is moving to Pittodrie in the summer.

The midfielder is desperate to leave with the club still in the Premiership, but he missed one of their best chances of the evening when he headed a Henri Anier cross over the bar from six yards in the first half.

The real disappointment for Foran, though, will be that the goal they conceded was a gift for Aberdeen.

It was poor marking by the Caley Thistle defence as Dons pair Taylor and Andrew Considine contested a Hayes corner, the ball eventually deflected in by captain Warren off Taylor's strike.

Despite a battling performance, Caley Thistle simply could not find a way back into the match.

They did have a late let off, though, when former Inverness player Storey had an incredible miss when he failed to convert from point-blank range after a Hayes shot came off the post.

Post-match reaction

Greg Tansey and Graeme Shinnie
Greg Tansey, who last week signed a pre-contract with Aberdeen, battles Graeme Shinnie

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "We didn't have the same rhythm or flow to our game as we normally have, but there were a number of factors for that as we had the game in our pocket but didn't know whether to stick or twist.

"We are delighted to get the 10th home win on the bounce for the first time since that great Aberdeen side in 1986 with so many top players and a top manager in Sir Alex Ferguson.

"That keeps the distance between us and Rangers and we just look forward to playing them here on Sunday now but we have a lot of hard games left."

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "We had chances to go one up but we didn't take them then we give a goal from a set-piece which was really disappointing.

"We work hard on defending those so it was a sloppy goal to give away and Aberdeen looked more confident than we did.

"We are not going to be judged on games against Aberdeen though. We have seven must win games left and I believe we can still get enough points to get out of trouble."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 15O'Connor
  • 4Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 7McLean
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Hayes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStoreyat 79'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forChristieat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Christie
  • 16Pawlett
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 27Ross
  • 34Anderson
  • 39Storey

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 5Warren
  • 4McNaughtonSubstituted forFisherat 86'minutes
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 66mins
  • 21Laing
  • 8DraperSubstituted forColeat 61'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 7Polworth
  • 23AnierSubstituted forEbbeat 67'minutes
  • 13MckayBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Ebbe
  • 12McCart
  • 18Fisher
  • 20King
  • 22McKay
  • 29Cole
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
11,507

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Inverness CT 0.

Attempt blocked. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alex Fisher.

Hand ball by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alex Fisher replaces Kevin McNaughton.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt blocked. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Christie replaces Niall McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Adam Rooney.

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Dean Ebbe replaces Henri Anier.

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Larnell Cole replaces Ross Draper.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic30282081186386
2Aberdeen31204761243764
3Rangers3014974334951
4St Johnstone30127113938143
5Hearts30118115042841
6Partick Thistle30910113335-237
7Kilmarnock30712112946-1733
8Ross County31710143451-1731
9Dundee3186173350-1730
10Motherwell3077163458-2428
11Hamilton30512132747-2027
12Inverness CT31413143455-2125
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