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  1. Rooney cancels out Lappin opener
  2. Dons draw level with leaders Celtic
  3. Saints narrow gap on fourth-placed Hamilton
  4. Dons extend unbeaten run to nine games

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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An honest assessment from Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes brings to a close our coverage of tonight's action at McDiarmid Park. Thanks for your company and please join us again tomorrow for five more matches that will need to go some to match the entertainment value of tonight's match in Perth.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes at BBC Radio Scotland

"Before the game, it was two points dropped, but we did not play well enough to win the game.

"We were out of sorts, although we were better in the second half.

"Overall, we know it is a difficult place to come and win and the performance had to be better.

"The performance was not to the level we hoped for."

The aforementioned St Mirren are at home to Dundee, while Inverness Caley Thistle can move to within a point of Aberdeen should they win away to Hamilton, who today confirmed Martin Canning as their new player-manager. Meanwhile, Kilmarnock host Partick Thistle in a mid-table battle and Dundee United will also hope to continue their chase for a European place against Motherwell.

The focus at the top of the table switches to Dingwall tomorrow, when Celtic can create a three-point gap at the top if they defeat a Ross County side desperate not to let the four-point gap at the bottom grow between themselves and St Mirren.

Just waiting for the response of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes. Seems like he's got lots to say in the dressing-room first!

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Alan David Duncan: "With the pasting Saints gave us tonight, that's a point saved not a point dropped."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was an incredible game and I have said to the lads we went punch for punch with one of the best teams in the land.

"They should be proud of their performance.

"I am happy with one point and I would have been even more happy with three.

"Young Kane up top led the line really well and the intensity of our performance was much more like us."

Aberdeen extend their unbeaten run to nine games, but that will be little consolation as their hopes of keeping touch with Celtic suffered a blow with a second draw of the week.

St Johnstone move to within six points of fifth-placed Hamilton Accies, while they are now four points ahead of Dundee in seventh.

St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was a fantastic game, really end to end at times.

"I am really gutted for the boys as I think they deserved three points, especially with those chances at the end.

"But I thought the introduction of Smith for Flood changed the game for them.

"It is a good point against a good Aberdeen side challenging at the top."

Aberdeen slip up for a second time in a matter of days, failing to get the win they needed to return to the top of the Scottish Premiership. They do draw level with Celtic, but the reigning champions have two games in hand, including tomorrow's game against bottom side Ross County.


St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

The Dons goal survives another scare as Michael O'Halloran just fails to get his tippy toes to a ball across the six-yard box.


St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Incredible triple save from Aberdeen goalkeeper Scott Brown. First, he gets down to palm away Murray Davidson's low drive then he twice blocks from Michael O'Halloran at point-blank range to concede a corner.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen break straight up the park and Lawrence Shankland is denied by a block from point-blank range from goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

St Johnstone squander a chance to take the lead when they have three players against one on the break, but Jonny Hayes puts in a great tackle to thwart Steven MacLean.

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Dylan Burnett: "With this goal, Rooney can really challenge for player of the year." Maybe goal of the year, but he will perhaps need to do lots more to challenge for the main prize.


Aberdeen push for a winner and Alan Mannus does well to dive low to push away Adam Rooney's low drive, which comes through a sea of legs. The goalkeeper then does well to save as Niall McGinn pounces on the rebound.


St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney finds himself in the referee's book for persistent fouling.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Cammy Smith misses a great chance to give Aberdeen the lead when the young forward does well to make space for himself inside the Saints penalty box, where he is found by Shay Logan's chip, but he heads wide from only 10 yards out.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Young Chris Kane receives a standing ovation from the home support as he is replaced with Michael O'Halloran. Not bad when you can bring your top scorer off the bench.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Substitute Cammy Smith shows ambition with a 30-yard drive, but the striker's shot is straight at Saints goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Another change coming from Aberdeen, with Scotland forward David Goodwillie being replaced with 19-year-old Lawrence Shankland.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Liam Caddis replaces Lee Croft as St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright makes his first substitution.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

"We should talk our game up more. I have watched some dross from that English Premier League, but this has been brilliant - one of the best games I have watched all season."

Adam Rooney celebrates with David Goodwillie
Adam Rooney equalised for Aberdeen after gathering David Goodwillie's flick on at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

The action is end-to-end at the moment and a David Goodwillie overhead kick from a difficult angle lands on the roof of the St Johnstone net.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

St Johnstone left-back Brian Easton weaves his way into the Dons penalty box, but he drags his low shot across the face of goal and wide.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Shouts for a penalty there from St Johnstone as Chris Kane rushes in on goal challenged by Andrew Considine. A bit of an ambitious call if truth be told.

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Alan David Duncan: "Adam Rooney, you ginger wonder!" Indeed, a 20th goal of the season for the Irishman.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright said his players were fired up after Inverness full-back Carl Tremarco suggested they had given up after 70 minutes of Tuesday's defeat at Caledonian Stadium. They certainly were in determined mood, but now they face a real test of their character against a Dons side for whom a half-time substitution appears to have changed the course of the game.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

Chris Kane has the chance to restore Saints' lead and cap a superb individual performance when the young striker is found by Lee Croft's cross, but he misses it completely as he attempts to power the ball home from 14 yards instead of steering it towards goal.


St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen (Adam Rooney)

What a strike! Out of the blue, Aberdeen are back on level terms as Adam Rooney, who has looked so ineffectual until now, latches on to David Goodwillie's head flick and sends a 25-yard drive past the despairing fingers of goalkeeper Alan Mannus and into the far top corner.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at McDiarmid Park
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan doesn't look too impressed, maybe with former club Aberdeen's defending, at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone 1-0 Aberdeen

TV replays of that Lee Croft chance suggest the winger was a yard offside. The Dons would have had grounds for complaint if that had gone in.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

"The better players on the pitch have been St Johnstone players. They have put pressure on a very good Aberdeen side and have started the second half the same way as they did the first."


St Johnstone 1-0 Aberdeen

Lee Croft squanders a great chance to extend St Johnstone's lead as the winger races into the penalty box but fires his low drive across goal and against the face of the far post from 12 yards.


St Johnstone 1-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen kick off the second half and manager Derek McInnes has already made a change, with young forward Cammy Smith replacing Willo Flood, the Irish midfielder putting in a poor performance on his return from injury.

Breaking Celtic news

Brighton & Hove Albion say they have agreed the signing of Israel midfielder Beram Kayal from Celtic for an undisclosed fee - subject to a successful work permit application. The 26-year-old passed a medical earlier today and will sign a two-and-half year contract until the summer of 2017 - subject to a successful work permit hearing next Wednesday.

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Jack Murphy: "St Johnstone flying in with some reckless tackles. Wouldn't be surprised if Aberdeen's injury list gets longer tonight."

Alan David Duncan: "AberdeenFC looking pretty jaded so far. No spark, no energy, and fragile. Time to freshen the team up Derek?"