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  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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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.

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."

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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 !!!!"

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall
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"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."

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."

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

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."

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

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.

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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."


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.

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

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?

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!"


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!"

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.


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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!"


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.

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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.

Aberdeen lead 1-0 at Pittodrie
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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...

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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

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

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?