Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen

Derek McInnes secured a point in his first game as Aberdeen manager, with the Dons playing out a goalless draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.

Leigh Griffiths carried Hibs' first-half threat, overhead-kicking wide then forcing a save from Jamie Langfield.

The hosts hit the post through Eoin Doyle after the break.

Griffiths almost won the game in spectacular style in the closing stages, his 30-yard strike well saved by Langfield.

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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

A fixture not renowned for high goal counts lived up to its reputation in an introduction Craig Brown's replacement McInnes will not have much to look back fondly on.

These two bottom-six sides found themselves trying to make the best of a disappointing Scottish Premier League season in their first match since the split.

If anything, the 90 minutes of football underlined the talents of Griffiths, who was involved in most of the positive play in a game Hibs will feel they deserved to win.

A half-hearted penalty claim raised the Easter Road decibel level for the first time as Hibs' Doyle claimed he had been wrestled to the ground by Russell Anderson, but referee Steven McLean did not concur.

Derek McInnes
Aberdeen's new boss Derek McInnes took over from Craig Brown

Griffiths appeared lively from the off, improvising well from James McPake's headed flick-on to acrobatically fire wide.

Quite where Pat Fenlon's men would be without the on-loan Wolves forward's 25 goals this season is a frightening thought for the Leith faithful, who almost saw his tally rise to 26 when he raced on to a long ball before shooting too close to Langfield.

The visitors were far from outplayed in the first half but struggled to create chances. Niall McGinn's left-foot strike from 18 yards, blocked by McPake, represented their closest scoring opportunity.

Straight after the re-start, Griffiths intelligently squared to Danny Handling, but the young Hibs forward side-footed straight into the arms of Langfield from the edge of the box.

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Interview - Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Nifty interchange from Griffiths and right-back Clancy led to the latter swinging in a low delivery that Joe Shaughnessy only half-cleared, leaving Doyle to smack the ball against the post.

The introduction of Peter Pawlett briefly injected more life into Aberdeen's rare attacking forays, although he became important in defence when he cleared the danger from Paul Hanlon's header.

Hibs' rear-guard prevented substitute Scott Vernon connecting with a tempting Jonny Hayes cross as the Dons looked to nick a cheeky winner.

And a terrific long-range strike out of nowhere from Griffiths, one worthy of winning the match, demanded a good diving save from Langfield.

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