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Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Pittodrie
Shay Logan (left)
Shay Logan (left) scored to give Aberdeen all three points at Pittodrie

Aberdeen responded to Celtic's lunchtime victory by securing the three points against Kilmarnock which keep them hanging on to the coat-tails of the Premiership leaders.

Ash Taylor headed them ahead only for Josh Magennis to turn in Rory McKenzie's knock-back.

A diving header by Shay Logan secured a win which was more workmanlike than full of flair.

They stay one point behind the champions with one more game played.

The result means at the other end of the table Killie remain in the sights of bottom club Dundee United, although still eight points clear of the automatic relegation place.

Aberdeen made two changes, leaving out Mark Reynolds and Craig Storrie from their starting line-up, to accommodate fit again Niall McGinn and Barry Robson who came on as a substitute against Partick Thistle in midweek only to limp off injured before the end.

Kilmarnock, with one change in their side - the return of skipper Steven Smith for James McHattie - were under the cosh from the start surviving a number of chances, the closest of which was an effort from Kenny McLean which rattled the post.

Ash Taylor (grounded)
Ash Taylor (grounded) watches as his first half header bounces into the net

Killie were insistent on route one football which seldom threatened and it was no surprise when the Dons took the lead just before half time.

Robson delivered a corner which should never have been awarded - it looked as if goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald didn't touch a nevertheless threatening cross - and Taylor headed home.

But two minutes into the second half Kilmarnock equalised with a goal created by a Greg Kiltie cross from the byline. It was headed back across from the far post by McKenzie and Magennis - a former Aberdeen player - headed home.

That led to a nervous Pittodrie, but Shay Logan had the place bouncing again with a spectacular diving header after Jonny Hayes had drilled a ball in from the left hand side.

Aberdeen were worthy of all three points and if nothing else they are awash with spirit.

However, it spelled out more misery for the visitors whose best hope of avoiding automatic relegation might be continued problems for Dundee United.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 74mins
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Hayes
  • 22Jack
  • 15RobsonSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forReynoldsat 80'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 18Church

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Flood
  • 14Smith
  • 19Collin
  • 23Storie
  • 27Wright
  • 31Ross

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21MacDonald
  • 27Hodson
  • 26BalatoniBooked at 88mins
  • 5Findlay
  • 3Smith
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHigginbothamat 75'minutes
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forO'Haraat 90+1'minutes
  • 29Dicker
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forBoydat 82'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 36FaubertBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 9Boyd
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 14O'Hara
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
13,725

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark O'Hara replaces Greg Kiltie.

  5. Booking

    Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Simon Church (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

  9. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Tope Obadeyi.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Mark Reynolds replaces Niall McGinn.

  15. Post update

    Simon Church (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Rory McKenzie.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 2, Kilmarnock 1. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29206372234966
2Aberdeen30205551321965
3Hearts29168551262556
4Ross County29123144446-239
5St Johnstone29116124446-239
6Motherwell30115143645-938
7Dundee2981294043-336
8Partick Thistle2997132937-834
9Inverness CT2989123441-733
10Hamilton3089133349-1633
11Kilmarnock3077163053-2328
12Dundee Utd2955193053-2320
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