Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen1St Johnstone0

Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone

Aberdeen secured their second Scottish Premiership win of the week by defeating St Johnstone at Pittodrie.

Ryan Jack gave the Dons the lead when his 25-yard shot deceived St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

Michael O'Halloran fired against the post as Saints tried unsuccessfully to force a leveller.

And the visitors ended the match with 10 men after substitute Steven MacLean picked up a second booking for a foul on Nicky Low.

The result keeps the Dons four points clear of third-place Motherwell while St Johnstone remain sixth in the Scottish Premiership.

Following Tuesday's victory over Celtic, Aberdeen were buoyant and took an early lead when Jack netted his first goal of the season.

However, the hosts struggled to build on their early advantage.

Lee Croft threatened with a shot as Saints began to trouble Jamie Langfield's goal.

And the visitors played with the benefit of a strong wind in the second period and piled pressure on the home goal.

Croft found himself one-on-one with Langfield after the Dons defence failed to deal with a long through ball.

The winger attempted to lift the ball over the keeper but Langfield stuck out his arm to clear.

Moments later, O'Halloran fired in a shot from outside the box that beat Langfield but rattled off the inside of the post before being cleared.

Stevie May, top scorer for the Perth side, was having a quiet afternoon and his volley from 16 yards was on target only to be blocked by the outstretched boot of Alan Tate.

However, Saints' hopes suffered a blow when David Wotherspoon's replacement MacLean was booked for the second time in 25 minutes following his challenge on Low.

Four minutes of stoppage time ensued but Aberdeen held out to claim the three points.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 29Logan
  • 5Considine
  • 8Flood
  • 28Tate
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22JackSubstituted forRobsonat 63'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forLowat 78'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 17Rooney
  • 11Hayes

Substitutes

  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 4Anderson
  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19MillerBooked at 60mins
  • 24Easton
  • 12Dunne
  • 6Anderson
  • 2MackayBooked at 80mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 8McDonaldSubstituted forIwelumoat 84'minutes
  • 17May
  • 22CroftSubstituted forHasselbainkat 85'minutes
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forMacLeanat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Cregg
  • 7Millar
  • 9MacLean
  • 11Hasselbaink
  • 15Banks
  • 23Clancy
  • 25Iwelumo
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
11,487

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).

  4. Post update

    David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

  8. Post update

    Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Lee Croft.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, St Johnstone. Chris Iwelumo replaces Gary McDonald.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from very close range is too high.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Brian Easton.

  16. Booking

    David Mackay (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Low replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28243168145475
2Aberdeen28173840261454
3Motherwell2716294340350
4Dundee Utd27128749321744
5Inverness CT2613583326744
6St Johnstone27105123431335
7Hibernian2788112532-732
8Kilmarnock2876153347-1427
9St Mirren2876152744-1727
10Partick Thistle28511122945-1626
11Ross County2875163350-1726
12Hearts2856172350-276
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