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Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen

Derek McInnes said his Aberdeen players had been rewarded after a "tough week" as they moved second in the Premiership with victory over Kilmarnock.

Home goalkeeper Leo Fasan was caught out by Kenny McLean's long-range strike as the Dons recovered from their Scottish Cup semi-final loss.

Fasan later showed agility to reach an Anthony O'Connor header but Shay Logan was on hand to slam in the loose ball.

"It's important we get back to getting that winning feeling," said McInnes.

"We knew we had to put the work in to get the job done today and I thought it was a hard-fought game. I know it's a 2-0 scoreline but I didn't think there was a lot in the game territorially. Kilmarnock continually asked the question. We were good enough.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was pleased with his side's display

"Thankfully we came up the goals at good times to win the game. Glad to come away from a tough venue with three points.

"It was hard work today. We've got good players. It's too easy to count them out and too easy to write them off at times. We are capable of winning games against good opponents and Kilmarnock have been that certainly in the last wee while.

"We deserved to win because I'm looking at the response from my players, from a total Aberdeen perspective and see the effort and the endeavour to get the job done today after what's been a tough week and the players got the reward."

The Dons, who lost 3-0 to Motherwell in last week's semi-final, move three points clear of Rangers, who play their game in hand against Hearts on Sunday.

Kilmarnock's first league defeat since late January leaves them fifth but they now slip seven points behind Hibernian, who beat leaders Celtic earlier on Saturday.

The Ayrshire club have been on a remarkable run under Steve Clarke but the Dons have been immune to the manager's magic.

The Dons, who last lost this fixture in December 2011, have been responsible for three of the four losses Killie have suffered since Clarke took the job in mid-October.

"We were a little bit hesitant first half," said Clarke.

"We got caught on the counter attack and everybody just retreated to the edge of the box and allowed Kenny McLean to have a free shot from distance. It was a good strike but we should've defended better.

Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean returned from suspension to bolster the Aberdeen midfield
Graeme Shinnie and McLean returned from suspension to bolster the Aberdeen midfield

"The reaction second half was good. We started the second half on the front foot, we created one or two chances, a little bit unlucky not to score.

"And then we get done on a second set play. It wasn't a free-kick but it was a good delivery into the box and we didn't defend it well enough.

"No big complaints, I think Aberdeen probably with their first-half performance, getting their nose in front, probably just shaded the game."

Just as Aberdeen suffered last weekend from the absence of McLean, Logan and Graeme Shinnie, Kilmarnock found themselves in a similar situation with key players Youssouf Mulumbu and Jordan Jones sidelined for this one with hamstring injuries.

Aberdeen would show their teeth right from the start. Stevie May flighted in a free-kick from the left and Scott McKenna powered a header toward goal only for Fasan to divert the ball over the bar with an acrobatic save.

McLean fired over for Aberdeen from 20 yards before Kilmarnock midfielder Alan Power tested Dons keeper Joe Lewis with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Overall Aberdeen had the better of the first-half chances and Greg Stewart was next to try his luck, firing just over the crossbar.

But the shadow-boxing would come to an end with a moment of decisive quality from McLean.

From 30 yards the Scotland international spotted an opportunity at the near post and rifled an effort into the bottom corner. Fasan should have done better but it was a moment that underlined on-loan Norwich City player McLean's value to a side he will soon depart.

At the other end, Eamonn Brophy shot wide, but he and Kris Boyd were starved of service in a first half in which Kilmarnock had opted to start with an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation.

Killie carved out a couple of chances early in the second half. From a corner, the ball found Boyd unmarked in the box and he fired a shot which was kept out by a combination of post and Lewis. Boyd then sent a header over the top but it would be Aberdeen who would hit the target again.

O'Connor powered in a header from a May free-kick, which Fasan did well to save but failed to hold. The ball arrived at the feet of Logan in the six-yard box and the defender swept the ball home.

Kilmarnock went back to a more orthodox back four but it was Aberdeen who continued to create the better chances as they were able to hit the home side on the counter attack.

The Dons had a great chance to make it 3-0 but Fasan did well to save Shinnie's close-range shot and the keeper later stuck out a leg to divert an effort from Adam Rooney.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 32Fasan
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 54mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 16BoydSubstituted forErwinat 62'minutes
  • 17Findlay
  • 6Power
  • 8Dicker
  • 12Taylor
  • 25BrophySubstituted forCameronat 72'minutes
  • 9Boyd
  • 10KiltieSubstituted forBurkeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Greer
  • 20Wilson
  • 22Erwin
  • 26Simpson
  • 29Burke
  • 31Cameron

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKenna
  • 6Reynolds
  • 18Ball
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8StewartSubstituted forArnasonat 85'minutes
  • 7McLeanBooked at 54mins
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRooneyat 64'minutes
  • 83MaySubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 21Harvie
  • 27Cosgrove
  • 30Woodman
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
5,067

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 2.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Kári Arnason replaces Greg Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Greg Kiltie.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

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

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Innes Cameron replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Stevie May.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott McKenna.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Ryan Christie.

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Erwin replaces Scott Boyd.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 2. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34229365234275
2Aberdeen34205952361665
3Rangers33195967382962
4Hibernian341711651361562
5Kilmarnock34151094541455
6Hearts33111393530546
7Motherwell34109153643-739
8St Johnstone34108163349-1638
9Dundee3496193354-2133
10Hamilton3486204462-1830
11Partick Thistle3477202858-3028
12Ross County3469193857-1927
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