Aberdeen 0-0 St Mirren

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

Aberdeen have yet to score in 270 home minutes this season after St Mirren extended their unbeaten away record with a fortunate draw.

Self-proclaimed passers St Mirren were outpassed, out-thought and outfought but held on to stay ahead of the Dons on goal-difference.

Josh Magennis had a header rebound off a St Mirren post and Dons substitute Cammy Smith sent another off the bar.

But, for all their pressure, Aberdeen were again wasteful in front of goal.

Cammy Smith's header for Aberdeen came off the St Mirren crossbar
Aberdeen's Smith was denied by the crossbar in the second half

Both two sides join a clutch of Scottish Premier League teams on six points, with St Mirren sixth and Aberdeen ninth.

The visitors, fresh from their Scottish Communities League Cup hammering of Ayr United, had been first to put their passing game together.

Aberdeen, minus injured former Scotland defender Gary Naysmith and Ryan Jack, had Magennis at right-back and an early forward's challenge from behind sent Steven Thompson flying.

Perhaps referee Brian Colvin took into consideration that the Northern Irishman is, after all, primarily a striker when ignoring cries for a penalty only muted because they were limited to the small band of Buddies followers.

Despite St Mirren manager Danny Lennon's famed talk of flowing football, it was the Dons who were proving the more creative, with the fit-again Stephen Hughes instrumental against a visiting defence that was looking increasingly uncertain.

Johnny Hayes sparked to life, flashing a header just wide of the far post from a Ryan Fraser corner then finding Isaac Osbourne with a neat flick that led to a thundering drive rising just clear of the crossbar.

Marc McAusland had to clear from under the very same piece of metalwork while the connecting post shook following a powerful downward header by Magennis.

David van Zanten, starting in place of David Barron in St Mirren's defence, at last threatened for the visitors with a back-post volley that flew across goal and wide.

However, it was the Buddies' Craig Samson who was getting a creak in his neck watching balls flash across his goalmouth and both Russell Anderson and Fraser were the latest to fail in providing the killer touch shortly before the half-time whistle.

Pretty passing is all very well, but Lennon had obviously reminded his charges of the art of shooting as Lewis Guy fired a a couple of admittedly timid shots goalwards within seconds of the restart.

However, the Dons were doing their work at greater speed and substitute Smith should have done better than send a header off the underside of the crossbar after being found unmarked eight yards out by a Hayes cross.

Scott Vernon was the Dons' final sinner, sending a drive high into the crowd behind the goal from 12 yards inside a now crowded and desperate St Mirren goalmouth.

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