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Motherwell 3-0 Aberdeen: Dons punished for mistakes by ruthless Steelmen

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Highlights: Motherwell 3-0 Aberdeen

A haphazard display from Aberdeen was ruthlessly punished by a clinical Motherwell at Fir Park.

The Dons came into the game on a four-game winning streak but had a huge hand in gifting their hosts all three points.

A slack Niall McGinn pass and failed clearances from Stevie May and Lewis Ferguson were all seized upon.

Danny Johnson grabbed a brace before David Turnbull secured Motherwell their second home win of the season.

Aberdeen showed little attacking threat after going behind and in truth the margin of victory could have been even more for Stephen Robinson's side.

Motherwell remain ninth despite the victory, while Aberdeen stay in sixth.

False start from visitors

Motherwell went into this one without first-choice goalkeeper Trevor Carson after it was confirmed on Friday the Northern Ireland international had developed deep vein thrombosis.

Aberdeen wasted no time in testing replacement keeper Mark Gillespie after only four minutes but he batted away May's shot. Graeme Shinnie then pulled a shot well wide.

However, the game would soon get away from them. A McGinn misplaced pass was to prove costly for the opening goal after 25 minutes, Johnson collected in his own half and raced to the edge of the box before turning Shay Logan inside out and curling the ball past Joe Lewis.

Motherwell extended their lead on 30 minutes, Johnson with a close-range header after Gael Bigrimana's corner had been helped on by Main who put off May at the front post.

Aberdeen's hopes of a second-half comeback were dashed when once again poor defending presented Turnbull with a chance. Lewis Ferguson's attempted clearance slammed off Andrew Consideine only for Turnbull to turn in the rebound.

'Motherwell performance should not be overlooked'

Arguably this game changed on one misplaced pass when McGinn found his attempted cross-field pass intercepted. The energy and skill displayed by Johnson to turn that into the opening goal flooded Motherwell with belief and and set the home side on the path to victory.

While Aberdeen were arguably unlucky to be two goals down at half-time their second half performance was below par and after the loss of the third goal they looked a beaten team with 36 minutes still to play.

The focus may fall on Aberdeen given that they play in a cup final next Sunday but that should not overshadow the performance of Motherwell, with possibly their finest showing of the season.

'We took responsibility today' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson on Sportsound: "Pleased with it. I still think we can improve on it.

"A terrific reaction to the last result [a 7-1 loss at Rangers]. I wanted us to take responsibility and not get into a blame game about referees and decisions.

"We battled and were very well organised and we showed a heck of a lot of quality today and with some young players in the team.

"We've had three wins out of four now and three clean sheets. We have to start looking up the table and be really positive."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 5Aldred
  • 21Mbulu
  • 6Hartley
  • 2Tait
  • 8CampbellBooked at 84mins
  • 17Bigirimana
  • 28TurnbullSubstituted forGorrinat 76'minutes
  • 9MainSubstituted forSammonat 85'minutes
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forBowmanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Frear
  • 12Bowman
  • 13Ferguson
  • 19Sammon
  • 22Donnelly
  • 23Gorrin
  • 29Livingstone

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5McKenna
  • 4Considine
  • 29Lowe
  • 3Shinnie
  • 17MaySubstituted forWrightat 63'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forAndersonat 75'minutes
  • 19FergusonBooked at 87mins
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forCosgroveat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Wright
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Ball
  • 25Anderson
  • 27McLennan
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
5,131

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 0.

Attempt saved. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Attempt saved. Scott Wright (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Peter Hartley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Conor Sammon replaces Curtis Main.

Booking

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

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

Attempt saved. Scott Wright (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ryan Bowman replaces Danny Johnson.

Attempt saved. Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Alex Rodriguez replaces David Turnbull.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Bruce Anderson replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by David Turnbull (Motherwell).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Peter Hartley (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Max Lowe.

Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lewis Ferguson.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

David Turnbull (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic139223062429
2Rangers1383235112427
3Hearts148241915426
4Kilmarnock147431912725
5St Johnstone147341618-224
6Aberdeen136341613321
7Hibernian135442314919
8Livingston135441210219
9Motherwell134271522-714
10Hamilton143110931-2210
11St Mirren142210826-188
12Dundee141211832-245
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