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St Mirren 0-2 Aberdeen

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at St Mirren Park

Aberdeen re-established a four-point lead at the top of the Premiership with victory over St Mirren.

With second-placed Celtic not in action, the Dons took full advantage as goals from Niall McGinn and Shay Logan gave them the points.

St Mirren had the better of the opening half-hour but were undone by two goals in the space of three minutes.

The victory extends Aberdeen's winning run in the league to eight matches, but St Mirren now sit bottom of the table.

The odds were stacked against St Mirren before the game even kicked off. They had not won at home, or kept a clean sheet, all season, while Aberdeen arrived on the back of seven straight league victories.

It was St Mirren who started the more brightly however, passing the ball cleanly and accurately, and dominating much of the early possession.

Flaws were still evident, though, especially in the final third. The lack of a true forward meant that St Mirren were restricted to long-range efforts. Kenny McLean and John McGinn both prompted saves from Scott Brown, and the Aberdeen goalkeeper coped with them assuredly.

Even not operating at their most domineering, the visitors were still capable of breaking with incisiveness, pace and power. When the excellent Ryan Jack robbed McGinn of possession, he smartly released Adam Rooney, but Marc Ridgers parried the shot. The ball was soon worked back to Niall McGinn, but the St Mirren goalkeeper was able to block again.

Shay Logan added Aberdeen's second goal from close range
Shay Logan added Aberdeen's second goal from close range

The forward would have been frustrated, but he was soon sheepishly celebrating. An attack culminated in McGinn curling an in-swinging cross towards the back post. The ball was carried in the wind, but also missed by all of the players inside the area, and it slipped inside the post, leaving Ridgers looking bemused.

St Mirren would have felt that it was a wretched moment of misfortune, but they were too psychologically fragile to respond. Instead, they found themselves further behind just two minutes later. Again the ball was crossed from the left, but on this occasion Johnny Hayes shaped it cleverly towards Logan racing in at the back post, and the full-back stabbed it past Ridgers.

The forlorn mood would have felt familiar to St Mirren. Even so, they were not wholly subdued and McLean was furious with himself for not being accurate enough as he side-footed a volley at goal from Stephen Mallan's delivery. McLean remains the most accomplished player in the St Mirren squad, but his technical aplomb is not accompanied by a clinical edge and playing up front is out of necessity rather than design.

Aberdeen felt comfortable and could have added to their lead. First Rooney failed to properly connect with a clever Hayes free-kick and so missed a clear chance while unmarked at close range. Then Andrew Considine sent his header from a corner straight at Ridgers.

Even when the finishes were more decisive, McGinn saw his hooked volley tipped away by Ridgers, while the substitute Lawrence Shankland saw his effort smack off the crossbar late on.

Gary Teale's side are still without a home victory this season
Gary Teale's side are still without a home victory this season

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Goodwin
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 31Mallan
  • 13OsbourneBooked at 64minsSubstituted forReillyat 87'minutes
  • 32MclearSubstituted forMorganat 71'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forBallat 71'minutes
  • 8McLean

Substitutes

  • 10Marwood
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 20Williams
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 34Morgan

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 11Hayes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forRobsonat 82'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forShanklandat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 21Shaughnessy
  • 23Masson
  • 25Shankland
  • 39Wright
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,977

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Aberdeen 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Aberdeen 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jeroen Tesselaar.

  5. Post update

    Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

  6. Post update

    Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Isaac Osbourne.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Adam Rooney.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Peter Pawlett.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces David Goodwillie.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen21151533171646
2Celtic19133336122442
3Inverness CT2113263021941
4Hamilton20123536191739
5Dundee Utd20122639261338
6St Johnstone209291721-429
7Kilmarnock2183102127-627
8Dundee216783033-325
9Partick Thistle195682523221
10Motherwell2152141438-2417
11Ross County2025131941-2211
12St Mirren2132161537-2211
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