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Summary

  1. Aberdeen three points behind leaders Celtic
  2. Considine & Jack with early goals for Dons
  3. Jesus Garcia Tena sent off for Accies
  4. Niall McGinn adds third goal for visitors
  5. Hamilton without a win in seven games

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Aberdeen beat Hamilton 3-0
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That's enough from me. Just to recap, Aberdeen are now three points behind Celtic following a convincing 3-0 win at Hamilton. The Dons are now unbeaten in their last 12 league matches.

Remember Sportscene is on BBC One Scotland at 22:30 for TV highlights of all the Premiership action.

We'll be back with more live coverage for Celtic's Europa League first leg meeting with Inter Milan on Thursday, so make sure you join us then.

Cheers for now.

BBC Sportsound pundit Mark Wilson

"Celtic have cruised through the last two years, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure if the race goes down to the wire."

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"Celtic have the strongest pool but Aberdeen aren't that far behind. I just think it's great for the Scottish game that we do have a challenge at the top."

You can see highlights from all of yesterday's Premiership games online in around 10 minutes. There were wins for Celtic, Ross County, Kilmarnock, Dundee and Inverness CT.

More from Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

"Celtic are clear favourites. I think everyone knows that. It's a 13-game season for us now and we're delighted to be in the fight. We'll just keep going and try to keep on picking up points."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

"I'm really pleased with what my players gave me today. It was a strong performance, we counter-attacked well and did the ugly part of the game well. We got the balance right and that's why the win was so convincing.

"Decisions will be a talking point but they didn't impact on the result. You'd like to see them given, of course you would."

Hamilton player-boss Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was a difficult day. Aberdeen are good side and it was an uphill task after losing two early goals. The boys responded well and if we get one back it's a different game. The red card in the second half really finished us off."

Hamilton fans will be asking where the goals are going to come from. Top-scorers Tony Andreu and Mickael Antoine Curier left last month and the team as only managed to find the net once in their last six games.

Andrew Considine
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I've been praising him all afternoon but Andrew Considine deserves one final mention after a wonderful performance. The left-back knocked in the opening goal on six minutes and laid on Aberdeen's third goal. He had a header ruled out for climbing on an opponent and another one well saved.

What about Hamilton? The Accies remain fifth in the Premiership but player-boss Martin Canning's run without a win stretches to seven games, five of which have been defeats.

The hosts were on the back foot after conceding two early goals and ran out of steam in the second half after Jesus Garcia Tena's red card.

Aberdeen are at home to St Mirren next weekend before a crunch visit to Celtic Park on 1 March. The league leaders have two legs against Inter Milan and a home game against Hamilton to negotiate before then.

The victory really should have been by a greater margin but the officials had a couple of howlers, missing a shot from Adam Rooney that crossed the line and giving an incorrect offside when David Goodwillie tapped in.

FULL-TIME

Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen

The Dons close the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to three points with a very comfortable victory. Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack scored early goals and Niall McGinn added a third late on.

Corner number four in that sequence is cleared as far as Shay Logan on the edge of the penalty box and his screaming shot is headed clear by a defender guarding the post.

We're into stoppage time at New Douglas Park as Aberdeen win another corner - and another - and another - and another.

GOAL

Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen (McGinn)

It's that man again! Andrew Considine opens up the home defence with a lovely, weighted pass from out on the left near the halfway line. Niall McGinn races clear through the middle and slams a shot past exposed keeper Michael McGovern.

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Alan David Duncan: "The officials make another hash as Accies right-back plays Goodwillie well onside. Two good goals, one penalty, doo-dah. #bbcscotfootball"

Alan may have a point with that last disallowed goal. There was a defender in red and white right on the byline when Goodwillie knocked the ball in.

SUBSTITUTION

Czech midfielder Nicolas Sumsky is on as Hamilton make their final change.

Ryan Jack is all alone as he arrives at the back post from a corner but can only steer his header over the top. The Aberdeen midfielder should be doing better there.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Once again Aberdeen have the ball in the net and once again it doesn't count. David Goodwillie is ruled offside as he taps in from a Andrew Considine flick-on.

SUBSTITUTIONS

There's a whole bunch of changes, with David Goodwillie and Barry Robson getting a run-out for Aberdeen. The flagging home side have already introduced Eammon Brophy and Craig Watson.

Willo Flood, just on a substitute for Aberdeen, is not quite warmed up as his attempted volley results in a wild, fresh-air swipe. BBC Sportsound pundit Mark Wilson, a former team-mate of the Irishman's, enjoyed that one...

CLOSE!

What did Andrew Considine have on his cornflakes this morning? The defender is close to another goal as his header from Niall McGinn's corner is tipped over by Michael McGovern.

We have 20 minutes to go but this one has the feel of being over and done with. It has for a while, with the sending off for Hamilton making an unlikely comeback nigh impossible.

Aberdeen continue to press for goal number three as Shay Logan fizzes a powerful shot into the arms of home keeper Michael McGovern.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Andrew Considine thinks he's got a second goal as he powers in a header from Ryan Jack's cross but referee Willie Collum spotted some grappling from the Dons defender.

Kenny McLean sizes up the free-kick 20 yards out and Michael McGovern makes a good flying save to push the curling shot wide.

RED CARD

Garcia Tena is sent off
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Already on a booking, Jesus Garcia Tena is off for an early bath as he raises a hand to a speeding Niall McGinn. Contact was minimal but it was lazy and daft from the Accies defender.

PENALTY APPEAL

Aberdeen are screaming for a penalty as Adam Rooney is bundled over by Jesus Gracia Tena. Much to the visitors' frustration, the foul is given the other way. His team are ahead but it's really not been a good day for the Dons striker...

CLOSE!

Adam Rooney fires a volley straight at Hamilton Michael McGovern from eight yards. The keeper knew very little about it but it's all about being in the right place.

YELLOW CARD

Jesus Garcia Tena is cautioned for upending Jonny Hayes as Accies are caught short at the back.

Jason Scotland swings his old hips to fashion a shooting chance on the edge of the penalty area but the Hamilton striker's effort arrows wide.

KICK-OFF

The teams are out sharpish for the second half...

ROONEY RAGE

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney vents his angers as his obvious goal is not spotted
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It's fair to say Adam Rooney was not best pleased with assistant referee David McGeachie...

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Dougie Kinnear: "Over the line by a yard! Another bit of quality officialdom! Every week they are making awful mistakes! Should've been 3! #bbcscotfootball"

Richard Wilkinson: "#bbcscotfootball absolutely no reason why something as blatant as that couldn't be given at half time ! #robbed #hamvabe"

Alan David Duncan: "And that should be 3-0 Dons. No doubt @17AdamRooney scored. Not even close. Yet again, dreadful Scottish refereeing. #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

Linesman David McGeachie is taking a bit of flak from the BBC Sportsound team after missing that obvious goal from Adam Rooney. Surely it's time for Scotland's top flight to have TV technology for decisions like that...

HALF-TIME

Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen

The Dons are in a comfortable position after those early goals from Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack - and the visitors should really be further ahead, with Adam Rooney's shot bouncing well over the line after hitting the crossbar.

That said, Accies have been decent going forward and have caused the Dons a few problems.

That effort was set up by a great run forward from Jonny Hayes, bursting from his own half to find Niall McGinn with a cross from the right. McGinn rather sclaffed his shot and it fell perfectly for Rooney - who should be on 22 goals for the season - but for the myopic linesman.

GOAL NOT GIVEN

Oh dear, oh dear... The ball is at least a metre over the line as Adam Rooney smashes a shot in off the underside of the crossbar but the officials don't spot it.

You can even see the mark the ball has made on the artificial surface. A major let-off for the Accies.

Shay Logan has a few choice words for goalkeeper Scott Brown as the defender speeds back to close down a breaking Ali Crawford. The full-back clearly thinks his team-mate should have been off his line dealing with the situation before he did.