Scottish Premiership
Motherwell0Aberdeen1

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Media playback is not supported on this device

Highlights: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen stifled Motherwell as they exacted revenge for their League Cup defeat three days ago thanks to Andrew Considine's scrambled winner.

Stephen Robinson's Well had thrilled Fir Park in Thursday's 3-0 win.

But it took 52 minutes before either goalkeeper had a save of note to make this time, Aberdeen's Joe Lewis pushing away a Chris Cadden drive.

Five minutes later, Considine pounced after a cute Ryan Christie back-heel came back off the post.

Aberdeen survived late pressure to secure a fifth league win in succession over Well and move back up to second in the Scottish Premiership ahead of St Johnstone and two points behind reigning champions Celtic.

This time, Derek McInnes' side managed to subdue the threat of Louis Moult, the striker he tried to sign this summer and who scored a double in Thursday's League Cup tie, to ensure they remain unbeaten in the league this season.

Well had gone into the game with the chance to leapfrog Hibernian and Rangers but remain sixth after their five-game unbeaten run came to an end.

The turnaround in fortunes was remarkable, for which the Aberdeen manager - acknowledging his side's failings on Thursday and changing his team accordingly - must take huge credit.

Aberdeen set up to avoid being beaten, with McInnes demanding a more competitive and aggressive performance than the meek display here in the League Cup.

Whether as a result of that change in approach from Aberdeen or otherwise, Motherwell were unable to impose their authority on the match in the manner they had done just three nights ago.

Aberdeen's Andrew Considine (centre) scrambles home the winning goal
Considine (centre) scrambled home the winning goal

The visitors' more defensive set-up made for a less than captivating opening period, with neither side able to forge many clear-cut opportunities.

Other than a Considine header that was punched away by Trevor Carson, the Well goalkeeper had little to do, while Lewis was made to work only by Kenny McLean, who almost diverted a Gael Bigirimana corner into his own net.

Motherwell ended the first half on top and Lewis pushed away a Cadden effort as they kept up the pressure immediately after the interval.

Then came the sucker punch from the Dons, immediately after McInnes made an attacking change by replacing Greg Tansey with Greg Stewart.

Stewart was quickly involved, creating problems for the Motherwell defence and, although Ryan Christie's flick came off the post, Considine made his presence felt to tap the ball over the line.

Again, the home side piled forward, as Aberdeen looked to soak up the waves of Motherwell attacks.

However, they did so to good effect, preventing any further stern tests for Lewis, with Scott McKenna, the 20-year-old making his first Dons appearance for more than a year, excelling at the heart of the defence alongside Kari Arnason.

Indeed, Stewart could have sealed the victory late on for Aberdeen, but Carson saved superbly from the substitute.

That made for a nervy final phase for the visitors, but the closest Motherwell came to salvaging a point was a Moult free kick in injury time that deflected just over Lewis' crossbar.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 6Hartley
  • 18DunneBooked at 88mins
  • 7Cadden
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 8McHughBooked at 49minsSubstituted forTannerat 71'minutes
  • 22Campbell
  • 2TaitSubstituted forFrearat 59'minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forFisherat 59'minutes
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 3Hammell
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 17Fisher
  • 20Petravicius
  • 27Tanner

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 45mins
  • 5O'Connor
  • 14Arnason
  • 19McKenna
  • 4Considine
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRooneyat 85'minutes
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 89mins
  • 16TanseySubstituted forStewartat 56'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 83MaySubstituted forBallat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Stewart
  • 9Rooney
  • 10Maynard
  • 15Wright
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,535

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 0, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Aberdeen 1.

Attempt missed. Peter Hartley (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Aberdeen).

Attempt blocked. Elliott Frear (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Booking

Charles Dunne (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Ryan Christie.

Charles Dunne (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Stevie May.

Delay in match Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stevie May (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Tanner replaces Carl McHugh.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Fisher (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Alex Fisher replaces Ryan Bowman.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Richard Tait.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Aberdeen).

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 0, Aberdeen 1. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Greg Stewart replaces Greg Tansey.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 24th September 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic76101831519
2Aberdeen7520126617
3St Johnstone7421138514
4Hibernian73311210212
5Rangers73221310311
6Motherwell73131010010
7Hearts723268-29
8Hamilton72141113-27
9Dundee7124815-75
10Ross County7115514-94
11Partick Thistle7034813-53
12Kilmarnock7034511-63
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories