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Summary

  1. Jonny Hayes scores after two minutes
  2. Aberdeen unbeaten in last six at home
  3. Just two league wins for Motherwell this term

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's enough from me. It wasn't a classic at Pittodrie. Let's hope for better fare from tomorrow's games.

    Thanks for your company and make sure you join us again on Saturday for all of the Premiership action.

  2. Post update

    Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I can understand where Stuart McCall is coming from, they defended well enough but they only had one shot and it was just the ball breaking from a tackle."

  3. Text us on 80295

    Al Mitchell: "Come on you Reds . It's all going to turn round now. Aberdeen are going to the top of the table soon to stay !!!!"

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "We talked about not losing an early goal and that's exactly what we do. I feared the worst but we showed great commitment and desire. We nullified Aberdeen, so I'll take a positive from that and there's a determination in the dressing room to kick on from here and win more than we lose over the next 11 games."

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    Former Motherwell defender Craig Paterson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Motherwell were industrious but had nothing in the final third. They never looked to have the guile to create anything, everything was played in front of Aberdeen."

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    It's worth noting that BBC Scotland's Jim Spence opened that interview with Derek McInnes, with a diplomatic "That was murder..."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've played far better this season and tossed away points. What was required tonight more than anything was a really solid performance and we didn't give Motherwell any opportunities. It was back to basics in a way. Our discipline was a positive for me."

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    Aberdeen nudge up a place to fifth in the Premiership, overtaking Celtic, although the champions have played two games less.

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    What now for Motherwell? Last season's runners-up are a shadow of their former selves. Ross County are the only team in the Premiership with fewer points.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC Cammy Smith looking really lively since coming on. A quail's egg served on top of a plate of mince. #bbcsportscot #ABEvMOT"

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    Ian the seer: "My powers have been on the wane since the referendum."

  12. FULL-TIME

    Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell

    So it's back to winning ways for the Dons thanks to that early strike from Jonny Hayes. It was a pretty dire stuff for the 11,149 crowd but most will go home reasonably pleased with the result.

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    Motherwell pile men forward but can do nothing to trouble the home defence and the Dons will see this one out comfortably.

  14. Post update

    We'll get three minutes of stoppage time. Will Motherwell summon up one attack worthy of the name or simply go down with a whimper?

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    That's 89 minutes now Ian. Where is our promised goal?

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    Ian the seer from Inverness: "Aberdeen to score a second from a breakaway in the 89th minute!"

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    With time running out, Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth is on to replace Zaine Francis-Angol.

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    Anon: "If the Dons see this out get 3 points tonight I predict that they'll go on a winning streak until January. What do I base this on? Blind optimism and faith in the squad. COYR!"

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    Motherwell goalkeeper Dan Twardzik gets himself in a fankle, taking an extra touch from a back-pass under pressure from Adam Rooney. His panicked clearance makes it out to Cammy Smith on the left flank but the Aberdeen substitute cannot conjure up anything to punish the error.

  20. SUBSTITUTION

    I forgot to mention Lee Erwin was on for Josh Law, as Aberdeen make their final change, replacing goalscorer Jonny Hayes with Cammy Smith.

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    Adam Rooney lays off a pass from Willo Flood for Niall McGinn to run on to but the Northern Ireland international shoots wide from 20 yards.

  22. Post update

    We have 10 minutes to go. Surely Motherwell have to start chasing an equaliser.

    "I've had better Friday nights at the dentist," jokes former Aberdeen skipper Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland.

  23. Post update

    We have a Motherwell shot on target. I repeat; a Motherwell shot on target. It is, however, not a very good one as Craig Reid's skidding effort from distance is scooped up by Scott Brown.

  24. SUBSTITUTION

    Barry Robson is on for Aberdeen striker David Goodwillie as Dan Twardzik again looks uncertain, getting only a slight touch on a corner and the ball flicks the hand of Adam Rooney on its way past at the back post.

  25. Post update

    Motherwell keeper Dan Twardzik flaps at an up-and-under from Jonny Hayes and the ball drops to Shaleum Logan who cannot make space for a shot and is crowded out.

  26. Text us on 80295

    Beetle in Dumfries: "Brother and Sister-in-law have arrived with their wedding DVD. I've snuck upstairs to listen to this match. As a 'Well fan it only just crept in as the least painful option!"

  27. YELLOW CARD

    Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley is booked as the crowd appeal loudly for handball. Referee Crawford Allan then gets a real mouthful from visiting manager Stuart McCall.

  28. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Dougie Kinnear on Twitter: "6 months on and Motherwell are still taking throw ins and free kicks wherever they want! #bbcsportscot P.S Someone wake up @bbcjimspence It looks like he's lost the will to live over there!"

    Spencey will leap into action at full-time to bring us all the post-match interviews.

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    Aberdeen lead 1-0 at Pittodrie

    It's been more than 65 minutes since Aberdeen were celebrating Jonny Hayes' goal. Can we please have another one? Even a shot or two on target would do...

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    Aberdeen spring a counter attack, with Niall McGinn breaking forward to poke a pass on to David Goodwillie. A few step-overs follow, which only allows more defenders to get back, then the striker blazes a shot over the crossbar from 18 yards.

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    A Niall McGinn corner ricochets around in the six yard box before popping up invitingly for David Goodwillie but the Dons forward has an awkward swing at it and can only force the ball wide.

  32. SUBSTITUTION

    Here comes Adam Rooney and it's Peter Pawlett making way for the Aberdeen striker.

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    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney is warming up. He has 11 goals this season, although five of those came against Daugava Riga in Europa League qualifying and another three arrived at home to Livingston in the League Cup.

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    It's very, very quiet at Pittodrie. A decent crowd has had very little to cheer since that second-minute strike from Jonny Hayes.

  35. Post update

    A host of team-mates gather round Simon Ramsden as we have a break in play but the Motherwell defender is just replacing a contact lense. He does well to get it in first time with so many onlookers.

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    Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett skips forward and pings a nice pass to Niall McGinn, who clips the ball low into the centre of the penalty box from the right but Shaleum Logan can't get much purchase on his shot and it's an easy save for Dan Twardzik.

  37. YELLOW CARD

    Motherwell defender Stephen McManus is the first player cautioned for a wee barge into the back of David Goodwillie when contesting a header.

  38. Post update

    Just as Motherwell did in the first half, Aberdeen waste no time in hoofing the ball out of play from kick-off.

  39. Post update

    The teams are back out on the pitch, no changes in personnel to report.

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    Will Motherwell gaffer Stuart McCall shuffle his pack for the second half? Five at the back is perhaps stifling the Dons but it doesn't look like the best way to find a leveller. Winger Lionel Ainsworth is among the substitutes. Could he make a difference?

  41. Post update

    We've got four more Premiership fixtures tomorrow, all at 15:00 BST.

    Dundee v Hamilton

    Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

    Partick Thistle v St Johnstone

    St Mirren v Ross County

  42. HALF-TIME

    Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell

    Aberdeen celebrate the early goal from Jonny Hayes (right)

    Aberdeen lead thanks to an early strike from Jonny Hayes. And that has just about been it, I'm afraid.

    Motherwell have threatened from a couple of corners, with Scott Brown looking a bit wobbly between the sticks. Stuart McCall will be hoping to put more pressure on the home keeper after the break.

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    With five at the back, Motherwell look set up to play for a goalless draw. Do I really need to point out the flaw in this approach?

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    Josh Law races after a lofted pass into the Aberdeen penalty area but keeper Scott Brown is alert to the danger as we reach the 40th minute.

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    Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds does his job, heading a free kick from Jonny Hayes back into the danger zone but no player in red is on the same wavelength and keeper Dan Twardzik is under no pressure at all.

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    Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller on Sportsound

    "Motherwell are working hard but they are finding it hard to find space for passes because the sides are matched up. It's not exactly exhilarating from either side."

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    Dons defender Ash Taylor takes a nice touch with his chest and suddenly thinks he's a midfield maestro, shaping his body for a curler into the opposite top corner from 20 yards, but reality quickly sets in and Dan Twardzik has no trouble gathering the effort.

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    Motherwell are the lowest scoring side in the league with just six goals so far. The visitors have created nothing from open play this evening. Striker John Sutton has barely touched the ball and Henrik Ojamaa is scurrying around with little purpose.

  49. Post update

    Willo Flood surges forward as Aberdeen continue to dominate possession and it needs a good sliding intervention from Simon Ramsden to prevent the midfielder's raking pass reaching David Goodwillie on the edge of the penalty box.

  50. Post update

    Aberdeen are in trouble from a corner kick again as Simon Ramsden rises at the back post and heads over. The Motherwell defender should be hitting the target from there.

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    Jonny Hayes opens the scoring for Aberdeen

    Here's a look at that early goal for Aberdeen. It was far too easy for Jonny Hayes to split the Motherwell defence.

  52. Post update

    Aberdeen goalscorer Jonny Hayes swings a curling cross in from the left and Niall McGinn is first to it, only to scuff his shot wide of the mark from eight yards.

  53. Post update

    More pressure from Motherwell, with a sequence of corners, and home keeper Scott Brown is staying well back this time. The defenders in red clear up without too much fuss.

  54. Post update

    Dons keeper Scott Brown fumbles a corner and is a relieved man when Stephen McManus skims a shot over the top of the crossbar following a spot of pinball in the box.

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    Aberdeen striker David Goodwillie sneaks away from what looks like the back five Motherwell are operating but his low strike from the right of the penalty box is easily gathered by Dan Twardzik.

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    Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller on Sportsound

    "I'm still trying to work out the Motherwell formation. You'd think that you would just keep it simple when things aren't going well."

  57. Post update

    Jonny Hayes is running at the Motherwell defence again and his cute chip from the angle of the penalty area drifts over the top.

  58. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell (Hayes)

    Take a bow Jonny Hayes. David Goodwillie prods a pass in the direction of the midfielder and the wee Irishman bursts past a sluggish Stephen McManus to slot the ball under goalkeeper Dan Twardzik.

  59. KICK-OFF

    Motherwell get the game started and immediately hammer the ball out of play...

  60. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Dougie Kinnear on Twitter: "Searching the bookies for odds on Lasley putting Pawlett up in the air and not getting a sniff of a card! No takers so far! #bbcsportscot"

    Alan David Duncan on Twitter: "@AberdeenFC need a win tonight. @PetePawlett (baby) will be the difference. COYR #bbcsportscot #ABEvMOT"

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    Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller on Sportsound

    "Derek McInnes is right to stress the positives this season but the negative part is losing so many goals and he's taken steps to rectify that tonight. The loss of Russell Anderson has been a huge factor."

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    Five minutes until kick-off. A win tonight would lift Aberdeen above Celtic, who play on Sunday, while maximum points would take Motherwell on to 10 points and propel them up a couple of places.

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    Motherwell midfielder Josh Law

    Midfielder Josh Law was recruited over the summer to bring some guile to the Motherwell midfield.

    It's fair to say the 25-year-old has not made quite the same impression that his brother Nicky did at Fir Park but it's still early days for a player who was last with Alfreton Town in the fifth tier of English football.

  64. Post update

    This is a second Friday outing in as many weeks for Aberdeen and again the opposition are from Lanarkshire. Derek McInnes's side were turned over 3-0 by Hamilton Accies and can have few complaints about the scoreline.

    The Reds were just about every pundit's pick for second place but have yet to really hit the straps.

    Aberdeen have been more convincing at home although they did surrender a 2-0 lead in a draw with St Mirren to miss out on fifth victory on the bounce.

  65. Post update

    Since drawing at Celtic Park last month, Motherwell have been bundled out of the League Cup and given away 10 goals in three league losses.

    But the visitors have a great record at Pittodrie, unbeaten on their last nine trips to the north east.

  66. Post update

    Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett

    Peter Pawlett is back in the Aberdeen starting line-up and it looks like he'll be playing just off central striker David Goodwillie, with Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn out wide.

    "We can always tinker with the system to allow us to be a bit tighter. We've got a couple of changes tonight with Rooney and Robson coming out the team. McGinn and Pawlett come back in - that's more to do with a system change," said manager Derek McInnes.

  67. Post update

    On the last day of last season Craig Reid scored in the last minute at Pittodrie to lift Motherwell above Aberdeen into second place.

    That made it back-to-back campaigns as runners-up and three top-three finishes in a row for the Steelmen.

    However, it's been a different story for Stuart McCall's side this season, with just two victories in 10 games.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "To get a victory we've got to improve our performances. Of late we have lost too many goals. Defensively we've been poor. But you're always wanting a balance. You want to be strong defensively but I always look to carry an attacking threat and I think in Sutton, Ojamaa, Law, people like that - hopefully we can carry it to Aberdeen at times.

    "You look at their front players and we're going to have to be at our best defensively. Last season we came and got two clean sheets and we'd be delighted if we could do that again."

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    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I just feel as though change may well help us. Jamie has been great for me since we came in. He was excellent last season. In one or two games he has maybe not quite reached the same standards and we've got a good goalkeeper we've signed in Scott Brown.

    "We played him against Livingston in the cup a couple of weeks back and he was excellent that night. Keepers get a bit more extra grace and loyalty because you are reluctant to change your goalkeeper but we feel Scott is deserving his chance. He's got the trust of all the players. He trains at a high level every day."

  70. Post update

    A bit of a surprise to see Dons keeper Jamie Langfield benched, along with top scorer Adam Rooney.

    Motherwell make four changes, with Stevie Hammell, Josh Law, Fraser Kerr and Craig Reid coming in.

  71. LINE-UPS FROM PITTODRIE

    Aberdeen: Brown, Jack, Logan, Considine, Reynolds, Flood, Pawlett, Taylor, Hayes, McGinn, Goodwillie. Subs: Langfield, Rose, Smith, Robson, Monakana, Rooney, Shankland.

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Kerr, Hammell, Ramsden, McManus, Lasley, Reid, Francis-Angol, Law, Ojamaa, Sutton. Subs: Nielsen, Carswell, Ainsworth, O'Brien, McHugh, Erwin, Leitch.

  72. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Aberdeen v Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

    There are a lot of surprises in the league table, not least Hamilton leading the way and champions Celtic sitting in fifth spot. But these two have also been below par over the opening quarter.

    The Dons occupy sixth place and Motherwell are slumped all the way down in 11th.