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Summary

  1. Aberdeen move into second place
  2. Third consecutive loss for Inverness CT
  3. Final Premiership fixture of 2014

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Aberdeen beat Inverness 1-0
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That's enough from me. Thanks for your company on what turned out to be another good afternoon for Aberdeen.

I'll see you all in 2015...

We'll be back with some cracking top flight fixtures on 1 January.

Here's how the card looks:

Dundee Utd v Dundee (12:15)

Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Hamilton v Motherwell, Ross County v Inverness CT, St Mirren v Kilmarnock (all 15:00)

Partick Thistle v Celtic (17:30)

All of the highlights from yesterday's games will be available online in just over half an hour. Make sure you get a look at Stevie Mallan's debut goal for St Mirren, it's a peach.

And Hibs supporters may be in for some repeat viewing of their biggest win over Rangers since 1912.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

BBC Sportsound host Richard Gordon to former Dons captain Willie Miller: "This is the first time Aberdeen have had the chance to go top of the league at this stage of the season since you looked like Che Guevara."

That's it for 2014 in the Scottish Premiership. Aberdeen fans will have a good Hogmanay now that they are just two points off top spot.

Inverness supporters may be more subdued since that's the first time they've lost three league games on the spin since January 2011 but Highlanders usually enjoy a good party no matter what.

ICT manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

"I felt we put enough into it to get something out of the game. Lady Luck is just not shining on us at the moment.

"Aberdeen keep that shape and they are very good at it. I just feel the effort and commitment was good, we were terriers with and without the ball but we need to take care of our passing.

"We need to be bigger and braver on the ball. We need to be quicker and slicker in the final third.

"Any team that comes here will know they've been in a game and that was certainly the case today."

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Michael Nelson on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball If someone had told me, Aberdeen FC would be 2 points off the top of the table at the end of year I would have bitten their hand off!"

A rather violent reaction to some good news but I think we all know what you mean.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

"We had good opportunities to get the second goal and I was disappointed not to get a penalty, which would have made things easier. There was a lot to like about us in terms of application and concentration.

"We had to change the back four today and Craig Murray has acquitted himself very well.

"For us as professionals, we need to have a boring, cliched one-game-at-a-time approach. For the fans, there in nothing wrong with getting excited.

"We have 20 league games to play and we don't want to look too far ahead. We don't think we are this or that, we are just working hard and normally you get rewards for working hard."

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"I don't see Celtic going on and dominating the second half of the season. It's intriguing because the champions are not dominating games like they should with the squad they have and Aberdeen must be considered a threat, as other teams are, like Inverness and Dundee United."

BBC Sportsound John Robertson

"Inverness will play worse than that and win games. I think they deserved at least a point but it can't be a fluke that Aberdeen are winning so many games 1-0. If you are only two points behind in the table, you are certainly contenders."

So that's eight clean sheets in 10 matches and five league wins on the bounce for the Dons. Aberdeen are guaranteed to move top of the pile if they beat St Johnstone at Pittodrie on New Year's Day, if only briefly, that's because Celtic's trip to Firhill is an evening kick-off.

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Corey Cook on Twitter: "Good win for Aberdeen 3 points is what was needed #bbcscotfootball"

FULL-TIME

Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen

It was a long time ago, but Peter Pawlett's smart strike on 12 minutes is enough for Aberdeen to take maximum points and move second in the Premiership.

Inverness are throwing bodies forward but there is little structure to their approach and Aberdeen are holding firm without too much trouble as we enter stoppage-time. We're only getting one more minute.

SUBSTITUTION

Cammy Smith is on for David Goodwillie and Ibra Sekajja replaces Aaron Doran as both sides make late changes.

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Stuart Morrison on Twitter: "2 big decisions for Calum Murray today and he gets them both wrong! #bbcscotfootball"

The towering Ash Taylor meets an Aberdeen corner but the defender's header sails straight into the arms of Dean Brill, which at least shows the keeper still has the use of his fingers on this cold evening.

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Jeremy Wood on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball clear Dons penalty. could see it from here in Dubai #COYR"

Inverness have their tails up now as Carl Tremarco has a go from the edge of the box and his shot is deflected wide. We're into the last eight minutes and Gary Warren is up from defence playing as an auxiliary striker.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Billy McKay must score. No! The goal is gaping as Scott Brown is beaten to a cross by Gary Warren but the Inverness striker is leaning back and smashes a shot against the face of the crossbar.

PENALTY APPEAL

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is nearly on the pitch as he and his players scream for a penalty. Adam Rooney powers in a header and it hits the flailing arm of Gary Warren, definitely altering the course of the ball, and taking the sting out of the striker's nod. A let-off for the hosts...

That Greg Tansey effort was really fizzing! It wasn't quite in the top corner but not far away and it needed a top drawer save.

GREAT SAVE!

Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey curls a powerful free-kick over the defensive wall from the left and Scott Brown does very well to get two big hands to the ball to push it over the crossbar.

CT star Greg Tansey has the beating of Peter Pawlett (right) in the air
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Can Inverness find a way back into this game or will it be eight clean-sheets in 10 games for Aberdeen's parsimonious defence?

That's better. Ryan Christie takes a nice touch to make room for a shot on the edge of the Aberdeen penalty area but Mark Reynolds is quick enough to close down the midfielder and deflect the ball wide.

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"I think Jonny Hayes will be bitterly disappointed not to get any kind of touch on that. It was a wonderful opportunity."

David Goodwillie scurries free of the Inverness defence down the right and makes his way into the penalty box to centre for the onrushing Jonny Hayes but the ball whistles through the legs of the diminutive Don.

BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

"The game is scrappy but that will suit Aberdeen. They have taken the sting out of the game. Neither team can get hold of the ball and (Inverness keeper) Dean Brill could be getting frostbite out there."

One of those hoofs falls kindly for Aaron Doran but rather than cracking a shot on target the Inverness midfielder has an embarrassing swipe at fresh-air. Were these guys on the sherry at half-time?

After an entertaining first-half, this game has taken a serious turn for the worse, with far too many aimless balls being hoofed around.

There's a long way to go in this one but as it stands Aberdeen will end the year in second place just two points adrift of Celtic. Could the Dons mount a challenge for the title or will the champions stroll to a fourth consecutive success?

Inverness are shelling long balls at the Aberdeen defence in the opening minutes of the second half. I'm not sure that's the best approach against central defenders Ash Taylor and Mark Reynolds.

The teams are back out for the second half, with the visiting fans in good voice. No changes in personnel.

FOCUS, FOCUS...

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
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When did this become the universal football gesture for "nothing daft now, lads"? Dons gaffer Derek McInnes has got it down to a tee.

BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

"Inverness have been finding holes in the Aberdeen shape and they have switched Marley Watkins to target young Craig Murray. They will be encouraged by how the first half finished since they were well on top."

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"Aberdeen started strongly but have not been committing too many players forward since they got the goal. They are waiting for counter-attacks to flood the attack in numbers."

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Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC looking sluggish today. Too many sprouts and Christmas pudding. Caley look more dynamic right now. #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

HALF-TIME

Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen

Peter Pawlett's goal separates the sides and it was a fine finish on 12 minutes but Inverness will feel aggrieved not to be on level terms after creating a couple of good chances.

Will one goal be enough for the Dons? They don't give many away.

GREAT SAVE!

Just as we enter first-half stoppage time, Graeme Shinnie hammers in a shot from 22 yards and it needs a great flying save from Scott Brown to deny the hosts an equaliser. The ball is worked back to Ryan Christie and his shot from near the penalty spot is deflected narrowly wide, although the officials don't award a corner.

Marley Watkins was perhaps too slow to get a shot away there, making it a tough angle to beat the keeper from. Billy McKay was screaming for a pass in a central position.