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  1. Aberdeen defeat Partick Thistle
  2. Adam Rooney's penalty separates sides
  3. Dons narrow gap on fourth-top Hamilton
  4. Partick Thistle stay in ninth place

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Thanks for your company today. Joins us again on Thursday evening, when Celtic host Salzburg in Group D of the Europa League.

So there we have it, the end to a hair-raising afternoon, much more because of facial elements on the pitch than football action, and a Scottish Premiership weekend when Aberdeen ended the trend of home wins by taking the three points in Glasgow.

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

"I thought we had two great chances with two good crosses and ought to have found the target.

"With offside leading up to the goal, our goalkeeper's not happy with it. Paul Gallacher could not move until he knew what Goodwillie was going to do.

"But we should have dealt with the corner better. It maybe shook us a bit and were not set up for the corner.

"At 1-0, you are always in the game and had a lot of attacking players on the pitch and looked more threatening."

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Duncan Graham: "Willie Collum gives so many penalties/red cards he was bound to get one right eventually."

Kirsteen McKechnie: "Was right decision but think the first goal should have stood. Got that one wrong imo."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

"I think on chances created, we deserved to win, although we were a bit wasteful in the first half and Paul Gallacher had some good saves, which always seems to be the case against us,

"We had to play a couple of players out of position and it was a strong enough performance to win the game.

"When you don't get the second goal, the home team is always going to push you back and especially against a good team like Thistle.

"I don't think our goalkeeper has had a save to make, but I know we could do better.

"It was important to win to bounce back after the Celtic game and it keeps us up there."

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

"I think Thistle played some nice football at times. Maybe their build up is a bit pedestrian and they need to find a solution to the goalscoring situation."

Thistle remain in ninth place, having been leapfrogged by St Johnstone yesterday, five points clear of Motherwell and two more ahead of bottom sides St Mirren and Ross County. The Glasgow side do have a game in hand, but that is against reigning champions Celtic.

Thanks to their win, the Dons move to within two points of fourth-top Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premiership and five clear of Dundee and Kilmarnock.

That's Aberdeen's fourth 1-0 victory in five matches. The sequence only being broken by that 2-1 defeat at home to Celtic in their last outing.


Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen complete a deserved victory thanks to a 14th goal of the season from Adam Rooney, who slotted home a first-half penalty kick.

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

"Thistle had two chances in this half but have run out of ideas."

Into stoppage time and Aberdeen are homing in on three points and their eighth Premiership win of the season.

It is Aberdeen's turn to make a change, with 19-year-old midfielder Kieran Gibbons coming on for striker Cammy Smith. Seems like Derek McInnes is looking to tighten up and protect this lead.

Talking of Abdul Osman, the midfielder is found in the clear at the front post by a Stephen O'Donnell cross, but the Thistle midfielder is unable to direct his effort on target.

Aberdeen are either content to sit back and frustrate Thistle or running out of steam. The home side are certainly the more positive side at the moment, with Abdul Osman beginning to dictate midfield.

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Now that Ryan Stevenson has replaced Christie Elliot for Thistle, can we now talk about haircuts? The Thistle sub is shaved up until a lengthier bowl above the ears, topped off with a tiny, doll-like ponytail. Any hairdressers out there know the name for this?

Thistle at last are beginning to threaten and Ryan Stevenson's cross to the near post finds Stuart Bannigan, but the midfielder's attempted header comes off his shoulder and goes wide. That's quickly followed by a Kris Doolan shot on the turn that is a few feet over the crossbar.

David Goodwillie, who has been virtually anonymous for Aberdeen up front, is replaced with on-loan Brighton midfielder Jeffrey Monakana.

Kallum Higginbotham is proving lively for Thistle, but his powerful drive is yards over the crossbar.

That's Thistle's first effort on target, but Kallum Higginbotham's header gets there via a deflection and trickles into the arms of goalkeeper Scott Brown.


Paul Gallacher is earning his keep in the Thistle goal, with Adam Rooney rising above the home defence to meet a Jonny Hayes cross and the goalkeeper does superbly to push away the striker's downward header from 10 yards.

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Richard Wilkinson: "Ok I was maybe wrong about Miller… But James Dayton was in no way follicle challenged! Also, Rowan Vine!" Two good recent examples.

Fred McGrath: "Nobody in modern football beards can compete with the great Greek god that is Giorgios Samaras." So god-like that he has spent much of the season on the West Brom bench. ;-)

The ball is bobbling around the Thistle penalty box again and an Ash Taylor strike takes a deflection before heading over the bar for a corner.

That's one beard for another in Thistle's ranks by the way, although Kallum Higginbotham's hasn't quite reached the lengths of Gimli from Lord of the Rings as yet.


Andrew Considine is immediately yellow carded after his first tussle with Thistle substitute Kallum Higginbotham down the home side's right.

Steven Lawless is next to be withdrawn by Thistle manager Alan Archibald. His replacement is Kallum Higginbotham, who recently returned from injury and is hoping to rekindle the form that made him so influential earlier in the season.

Aberdeen have a great chance on the break, but David Goodwillie's attempted pass to the unmarked Niall McGinn in front of goal is woeful and hits off a defender.

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

"The fans are trying to do the best to give it an atmosphere, but the football isn't doing it at the moment."

Thistle make a change, with James Craigen, who missed the home side's best chance in the first half, coming off and Gary Fraser coming into midfield.

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Richard Wilkinson: "Danny Migraine retired in 1988 Willie "now smooth" Miller retired in 1990 (I think) #muchbetterbeards." Forgot about Danny McGrain and his fellow former Scotland defender's previous facial growth. You should know all about shaving, of course, Mr Wilkinson.

Jonny Hayes has taken a left-foot strike from Stephen O'Donnell in a rather painful place. The Aberdeen man has been quiet after a bright start, but that will certainly wake him up again!

Aberdeen kick off the second half and, while the sunny is still out, so the rain has also made an appearance. Typical Scottish weather that can't make up its mind.

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Alan David Duncan: "Last Scottish player to look good in a beard was Ian Scanlon." Showing your age there Alan! Scanlon, ex of East Stirlingshire, Notts County, Aberdeen and St Mirren, retired as a player back in 1986. What about Ricky Villa? Then again, that's the same era and not Scottish!

Adam Rooney fires Aberdeen ahead from the penalty spot
Adam Rooney fired Aberdeen ahead from the penalty spot

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The conclusion of Willie Miller and Gary Locke in the BBC Radio Scotland commentary position is that Aberdeen should not have been awarded the corner that led to the goal. They are pointing out that David Goodwillie was in the goalkeeper's eye-line as Cammy Smith's volleyed cross lifted over his head inside the penalty box and the forward should have been ruled offside. Give us your own thoughts.

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

"Aberdeen have played the better football, have been the more constructive and have had a number of attempts on goal, while Thistle have had one opportunity, which Craigen put past the post. At times, it hasn't been too pretty, but Thistle have not caused the visiting back four many problems and Derek McInnes will be the happier manager."

There may have been question marks about the corner that led to Aberdeen's goal, but the visitors are worthy of their lead, with Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's hands being warmed with a number of shots while opposite number Scott Brown has been catching a sun tan at the other end.


Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen

The boos ring out from the home fans, who feel aggrieved about the penalty decision that led to Adam Rooney's opener, as the half-time whistle is blown.

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Is it just me, or do footballers look fairly ridiculous with these hipster beards? As an opponent, I would be tempted to give it a wee tug - or just laugh. Thistle midfielder Steven Lawless' growth is not quite as long and flowing as some it has to be admitted, but it does look more suited to a lumberjack.

Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney celebrate
Adam Rooney (right) put Aberdeen ahead at Firhill