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Aberdeen 0-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone's Ricky Foster and Aberdeen Graeme Shinnie
Former Aberdeen defender Ricky Foster (left) helped St Johnstone win a point

Aberdeen survived late St Johnstone pressure to secure a draw but slipped further behind second-top Rangers.

Murray Davidson fired wide for the visitors and Andrew Considine headed wildly over for the Dons.

With Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett hooked at half-time, the Dons began the second half more brightly.

But it was Saints who had the best chances, with goalkeeper Joe Lewis saving a point by turning David Wotherspoon's free-kick on to the post.

With Rangers beating fourth-top Hearts at Ibrox, Derek McInnes' Dons are now four points adrift of the Glasgow side.

Saints, who stretched their unbeaten league run at Pittodrie to four games, move to within four points of fourth place.

Season of change

Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack returned to the side, but the midfielder was stationed at right-back with Shay Logan on the bench due to a slight foot injury.

It meant Pawlett, Kenny McLean and James Maddison occupied the central midfield areas.

Pawlett had a long-range shot that went wide and Considine missed a sitter from a corner, heading over from five yards.

Clearly, McInnes wanted to shake things up at half-time, taking McGinn and Pawlett off at half-time and replacing them with Jayden Stockley and Logan.

Jack moved into midfield, where he could exert more control on the game. But, although there was perhaps a better balance and intent from Aberdeen, it failed to conjure a goal.

Missing Swanson?

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Highlights: Aberdeen 0-0 St Johnstone

There was a real blow for St Johnstone before the match as it emerged Danny Swanson would miss out after picking up a hip injury on Thursday. The winger could be out for up to 10 days.

This match could have done with his personality and invention in the final third.

Saints' best chance in the first-half came when Steven MacLean's cross was flicked on by Chris Kane to Davidson, who fired wide when he probably should have done better.

After the break, MacLean tried his luck with a shot from 30-yards that Lewis tipped over the bar and Blair Alston almost nicked in on a poor Graeme Shinnie back-pass but poked the ball wide as St Johnstone finished strongly.

The best chance of the game came from Wotherspoon. His free-kick from 25 yards was curling viciously towards goal, but Lewis produced a great save.

Ref remonstration

There was a bizarre moment when referee Kevin Clancy blew for half-time just as Pawlett was winding up for a shot from 25 yards.

The Aberdeen players remonstrated - and rightly so.

The ref has a tough job, but it was a meaningful passage of play with Aberdeen threatening the St Johnstone goal.

What the managers said

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "It was always a bit of a risk playing so many attacking players in the opening period, and I don't think we got our game going with any real rhythm.

"When we did move the ball and brought pace to the game, we moved them about and looked like we could carry a threat, but I don't think we got into enough good attacking positions.

"You have to credit St Johnstone. They denied us space and worked hard to keep us away from goal. It's not just about us - there's an opponent there and I think St Johnstone played well."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "I thought over the piece we probably could have edged it, but we're happy with the point.

"We're slightly disappointed it wasn't all three because even in the first half we had the better chances, and in the second half we had the better chances.

"It was another good away performance. We've been to Ibrox now and probably should have won, been to Hearts and should have won, and been up here and should have won."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 22Jack
  • 15O'Connor
  • 4Considine
  • 3ShinnieSubstituted forBurnsat 88'minutes
  • 11Hayes
  • 23Maddison
  • 7McLeanBooked at 87mins
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forStockleyat 45'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forLoganat 46'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Burns
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 39Storey

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 58mins
  • 26Craig
  • 17CoulsonSubstituted forAlstonat 68'minutes
  • 25KaneBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCumminsat 71'minutes
  • 9MacLeanBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 3Scobbie
  • 4Alston
  • 7Millar
  • 22Watson
  • 29Cummins
  • 32McLaren
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
11,501

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, St. Johnstone 0.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Murray Davidson.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Blair Alston (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Wes Burns replaces Graeme Shinnie.

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen).

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen).

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Murray Davidson.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Christopher Kane.

Booking

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Blair Alston replaces Michael Coulson.

Booking

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic14131043123140
2Rangers179532317632
3Aberdeen1684428151328
4Hearts1776431211027
5St Johnstone166552219323
6Kilmarnock174671529-1418
7Ross County173861728-1117
8Hamilton1621041822-416
9Motherwell164482027-716
10Dundee174491422-816
11Inverness CT173682233-1115
12Partick Thistle163581826-814
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