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Summary

  1. Aberdeen defeat Partick Thistle
  2. Adam Rooney's penalty separates sides
  3. Dons narrow gap on fourth-top Hamilton
  4. Partick Thistle stay in ninth place

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company today. Joins us again on Thursday evening, when Celtic host Salzburg in Group D of the Europa League.

  2. Post update

    So there we have it, the end to a hair-raising afternoon, much more because of facial elements on the pitch than football action, and a Scottish Premiership weekend when Aberdeen ended the trend of home wins by taking the three points in Glasgow.

  3. Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought we had two great chances with two good crosses and ought to have found the target.

    "With offside leading up to the goal, our goalkeeper's not happy with it. Paul Gallacher could not move until he knew what Goodwillie was going to do.

    "But we should have dealt with the corner better. It maybe shook us a bit and were not set up for the corner.

    "At 1-0, you are always in the game and had a lot of attacking players on the pitch and looked more threatening."

  4. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Duncan Graham: "Willie Collum gives so many penalties/red cards he was bound to get one right eventually."

    Kirsteen McKechnie: "Was right decision but think the first goal should have stood. Got that one wrong imo."

  5. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think on chances created, we deserved to win, although we were a bit wasteful in the first half and Paul Gallacher had some good saves, which always seems to be the case against us,

    "We had to play a couple of players out of position and it was a strong enough performance to win the game.

    "When you don't get the second goal, the home team is always going to push you back and especially against a good team like Thistle.

    "I don't think our goalkeeper has had a save to make, but I know we could do better.

    "It was important to win to bounce back after the Celtic game and it keeps us up there."

  6. Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think Thistle played some nice football at times. Maybe their build up is a bit pedestrian and they need to find a solution to the goalscoring situation."

  7. Post update

    Thistle remain in ninth place, having been leapfrogged by St Johnstone yesterday, five points clear of Motherwell and two more ahead of bottom sides St Mirren and Ross County. The Glasgow side do have a game in hand, but that is against reigning champions Celtic.

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    Thanks to their win, the Dons move to within two points of fourth-top Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premiership and five clear of Dundee and Kilmarnock.

  9. Post update

    That's Aberdeen's fourth 1-0 victory in five matches. The sequence only being broken by that 2-1 defeat at home to Celtic in their last outing.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen complete a deserved victory thanks to a 14th goal of the season from Adam Rooney, who slotted home a first-half penalty kick.

  11. Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Thistle had two chances in this half but have run out of ideas."

  12. Post update

    Into stoppage time and Aberdeen are homing in on three points and their eighth Premiership win of the season.

  13. Post update

    It is Aberdeen's turn to make a change, with 19-year-old midfielder Kieran Gibbons coming on for striker Cammy Smith. Seems like Derek McInnes is looking to tighten up and protect this lead.

  14. Post update

    Talking of Abdul Osman, the midfielder is found in the clear at the front post by a Stephen O'Donnell cross, but the Thistle midfielder is unable to direct his effort on target.

  15. Post update

    Aberdeen are either content to sit back and frustrate Thistle or running out of steam. The home side are certainly the more positive side at the moment, with Abdul Osman beginning to dictate midfield.

  16. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Now that Ryan Stevenson has replaced Christie Elliot for Thistle, can we now talk about haircuts? The Thistle sub is shaved up until a lengthier bowl above the ears, topped off with a tiny, doll-like ponytail. Any hairdressers out there know the name for this?

  17. Post update

    Thistle at last are beginning to threaten and Ryan Stevenson's cross to the near post finds Stuart Bannigan, but the midfielder's attempted header comes off his shoulder and goes wide. That's quickly followed by a Kris Doolan shot on the turn that is a few feet over the crossbar.

  18. Post update

    David Goodwillie, who has been virtually anonymous for Aberdeen up front, is replaced with on-loan Brighton midfielder Jeffrey Monakana.

  19. Post update

    Kallum Higginbotham is proving lively for Thistle, but his powerful drive is yards over the crossbar.

  20. Post update

    That's Thistle's first effort on target, but Kallum Higginbotham's header gets there via a deflection and trickles into the arms of goalkeeper Scott Brown.

  21. GREAT SAVE!

    Paul Gallacher is earning his keep in the Thistle goal, with Adam Rooney rising above the home defence to meet a Jonny Hayes cross and the goalkeeper does superbly to push away the striker's downward header from 10 yards.

  22. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Richard Wilkinson: "Ok I was maybe wrong about Miller… But James Dayton was in no way follicle challenged! Also, Rowan Vine!" Two good recent examples.

    Fred McGrath: "Nobody in modern football beards can compete with the great Greek god that is Giorgios Samaras." So god-like that he has spent much of the season on the West Brom bench. ;-)

  23. Post update

    The ball is bobbling around the Thistle penalty box again and an Ash Taylor strike takes a deflection before heading over the bar for a corner.

  24. Post update

    That's one beard for another in Thistle's ranks by the way, although Kallum Higginbotham's hasn't quite reached the lengths of Gimli from Lord of the Rings as yet.

  25. YELLOW CARD

    Andrew Considine is immediately yellow carded after his first tussle with Thistle substitute Kallum Higginbotham down the home side's right.

  26. Post update

    Steven Lawless is next to be withdrawn by Thistle manager Alan Archibald. His replacement is Kallum Higginbotham, who recently returned from injury and is hoping to rekindle the form that made him so influential earlier in the season.

  27. Post update

    Aberdeen have a great chance on the break, but David Goodwillie's attempted pass to the unmarked Niall McGinn in front of goal is woeful and hits off a defender.

  28. Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The fans are trying to do the best to give it an atmosphere, but the football isn't doing it at the moment."

  29. Post update

    Thistle make a change, with James Craigen, who missed the home side's best chance in the first half, coming off and Gary Fraser coming into midfield.

  30. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Richard Wilkinson: "Danny Migraine retired in 1988 Willie "now smooth" Miller retired in 1990 (I think) #muchbetterbeards." Forgot about Danny McGrain and his fellow former Scotland defender's previous facial growth. You should know all about shaving, of course, Mr Wilkinson.

  31. Post update

    Jonny Hayes has taken a left-foot strike from Stephen O'Donnell in a rather painful place. The Aberdeen man has been quiet after a bright start, but that will certainly wake him up again!

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    Aberdeen kick off the second half and, while the sunny is still out, so the rain has also made an appearance. Typical Scottish weather that can't make up its mind.

  33. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "Last Scottish player to look good in a beard was Ian Scanlon." Showing your age there Alan! Scanlon, ex of East Stirlingshire, Notts County, Aberdeen and St Mirren, retired as a player back in 1986. What about Ricky Villa? Then again, that's the same era and not Scottish!

  34. Post update

    Adam Rooney fires Aberdeen ahead from the penalty spot
    Image caption: Adam Rooney fired Aberdeen ahead from the penalty spot
  35. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    The conclusion of Willie Miller and Gary Locke in the BBC Radio Scotland commentary position is that Aberdeen should not have been awarded the corner that led to the goal. They are pointing out that David Goodwillie was in the goalkeeper's eye-line as Cammy Smith's volleyed cross lifted over his head inside the penalty box and the forward should have been ruled offside. Give us your own thoughts.

  36. Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Aberdeen have played the better football, have been the more constructive and have had a number of attempts on goal, while Thistle have had one opportunity, which Craigen put past the post. At times, it hasn't been too pretty, but Thistle have not caused the visiting back four many problems and Derek McInnes will be the happier manager."

  37. Post update

    There may have been question marks about the corner that led to Aberdeen's goal, but the visitors are worthy of their lead, with Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's hands being warmed with a number of shots while opposite number Scott Brown has been catching a sun tan at the other end.

  38. HALF-TIME

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen

    The boos ring out from the home fans, who feel aggrieved about the penalty decision that led to Adam Rooney's opener, as the half-time whistle is blown.

  39. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Is it just me, or do footballers look fairly ridiculous with these hipster beards? As an opponent, I would be tempted to give it a wee tug - or just laugh. Thistle midfielder Steven Lawless' growth is not quite as long and flowing as some it has to be admitted, but it does look more suited to a lumberjack.

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    Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney celebrate
    Image caption: Adam Rooney (right) put Aberdeen ahead at Firhill
  41. Post update

    Paul Gallacher is a busy man, the Thistle goalkeeper pushing clear an Andrew Considine drive, with David Goodwillie then firing across the face of goal.

  42. GOAL

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen (Adam Rooney)

    The Dons take a controversial lead. The home side thought David Goodwillie was offside in the lead up to the corner that leads to Mark Reynolds heading off Abdul Osman's arm and Adam Rooney fires the resulting penalty low past goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

  43. GREAT SAVE!

    Paul Gallacher is almost caught out by first-time cross come shot from Cammy Smith but rises to push the ball for a corner. The goalkeeper was waiting for an offside decision against David Goodwillie.

  44. Post update

    Another save from Paul Gallacher, the Thistle goalkeeper diving to his right to push clear a curling free-kick from Niall McGinn.

  45. GREAT SAVE!

    Partick Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher makes the first save of the match, pushing the ball away for a corner after Adam Rooney shots low on the turn from just inside the penalty area.

  46. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "Willie Collum needs to get to Specsavers. Nothing wrong with that @17AdamRooney strike." Must admit that it was difficult to see what the referee ruled out the "goal" for even with the benefit of TV replays.

  47. Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland

    "After that good start by Aberdeen, I don't think either team have put many passes together. I think what we're looking for is the teams getting the ball back on the ground and they are both capable of doing that."

  48. Post update

    Nearly a mix-up in the Aberdeen defence as Mark Reynolds leaves a high ball to goalkeeper Scott Brown and Thistle striker Kris Doolan is close to getting a toe on the ball to intercept.

  49. Former Hearts manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The last five minutes is more like Partick. They are moving the ball about side to side and are coming back into the game."

  50. Post update

    Without the suspended Shay Logan, the Dons have retained a back four, with Jonny Hayes filling in at left-back, but so far it is working for the visitors, with the winger probably their most dangerous player. However, Thistle are starting to settle after a nervy start.

  51. Post update

    Suddenly, Thistle should have been ahead there. Kris Doolan heads down a hopeful Stephen O'Donnell cross into the box and James Craigen ought to have at least found target with his half-volley from only 12 yards out. Instead, his left-footed effort bobbles a few yards wide.

  52. Post update

    Thistle are on the attack for the first time, but Ash Taylor comfortably heads clear a Steven Lawless cross.

  53. Post update

    Adam Rooney hooks the ball into the Thistle net, but the whistle had already gone for a foul. However,Thistle are living dangerously with Jonny Hayes again causing problems down the left and his low cross leading to a couple of Niall McGinn shots being blocked.

  54. Post update

    Aberdeen cause palpitations in the Thistle defence after a poor clearance by Steven Lawless rebounds off Jonny Hayes, whose dangerous cross leads to a couple of vital blocks in front of goal by Danny Seaborne.

  55. Post update

    Correction to the Thistle changes. There are four, not three. Jake Carroll replaces the suspended Jordan McMillan at full-back is the one we missed earlier.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Partick Thistle kick-off but immediately lose the ball and it is Aberdeen on the attack until the home side boot the ball clear.

  57. Post update

    The teams are trooping out on to a sun-soaked Firhill surface. With any luck, the action will be just as bright.

  58. Post update

    Aberdeen sold 1,000 tickets in advance, so let's hope a few more were attracted out by the sunshine along with a good home support at Firhill.

  59. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC really attacking line-up & great to see Cammy Smith getting a start. Sheep on Fire!"

  60. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    All five Scottish Premiership games yesterday ended in home wins. Can Aberdeen buck the trend at sunny Firhill?

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    Aberdeen are looking to back to winning ways after a run of three straight wins - all by 1-0 - was ended with a 2-1 home defeat by reigning champions Celtic.

  62. Post update

    Thistle have only lost one of their last four matches. They return to Firhill, where they are unbeaten in their last three outings, after three straight away games.

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    Partick Thistle can leapfrog St Johnstone into eighth with a game in hand should they defeat the Dons. Any points today would give the Jags extra breathing space over the teams below, with Motherwell five points adrift having played two more games and bottom sides St Mirren and Ross County a further two points behind.

  64. Post update

    Aberdeen, who start the day five points behind Hamilton Academical in the Premiership, need a win to keep pace with the four top teams.

  65. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    There was no mention in Alan Archibald's pre-match interview about his revelations in yesterday's newspapers that he has been taking coaching tips from Glasgow Warriors' Gregor Townsend. Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes will be hoping Thistle don't resort to any rugby tackles today. What tips do you think Townsend, whose side are flying high in the Pro12, could give the Thistle manager?

  66. Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    The big news in Scottish football yesterday was defeats by St Mirren and Rangers that led to fans barracking respective managers Tommy Craig and Ally McCoist. Should they stay or should they go? Who do you think will be the next managerial casualty in Scottish football? Barry Ferguson must be getting a tad nervous too down in League Two with stumbling Clyde.

  67. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW

    "We felt that, after the last result and losing in the last minute, it has been eating away with us and we expect a strong performance.

    "I have a high regard for the job Alan Archibald does here and Thistle can cause any team problems when they get their tails up.

    "Barry Robson picked up an injury in training, which reduced our options.

    "We have injuries and suspensions and we have a very young bench, but we have a strong squad and I have every confidence in them."

  68. Post update

    Partick Thistle make three changes, with Scott Gallacher replacing Scott Fox, the victim of a sickness bug, in goal, Stuart Bannigan returning from his suspension to replace the banned Sean Welsh in midfield and striker Kris Doolan coming in for Ryan Stevenson.

  69. Post update

    Aberdeen are without suspended defender Shay Logan, while Willo Flood joins fellow midfielder Nicky Low and defenders Russell Anderson and Clark Robertson on the sidelines through injury. It means that two forwards come into the starting line-up - Cammy Smith and Scotland cap David Goodwillie.

  70. LINE-UPS

    Partick Thistle: Gallacher, O'Donnell, Frans, Seaborne, Carroll, Bannigan, Osman, Lawless, Elliott, Craigen, Doolan. Subs: Basalaj, Balatoni, Stevenson, Higginbotham, Fraser, Wilson, McDaid.

    Aberdeen: Brown, Taylor, Reynolds, Smith, Jack, Rooney, Considine, Pawlett, Hayes, McGinn, Goodwillie. Subs: Langfield, Murray, McKenna, Gibbons, Wright, Monakana, Shankland.

  71. Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW

    "It will probably be end to end with both teams going for it.

    "We dropped a place with St Johnstone winning yesterday, so we want a victory.

    "It is about what we do no matter what team Derek McInnes puts out.

    "Aberdeen's strength is the depth of their squad and they have experience all around the pitch.

    "It was one of our worst away performances of the season in Aberdeen and we've improved since that."

  72. Post update

    Yesterday was a bit of a mini goals-fest in the Premiership, with the net bulging 17 times in the five games played.

    The chances of today's match at Firhill being as productive are diminished by the recent form of the two sides.

    Their 3-3 draw away to high-flying Hamilton Academical aside, Thistle have scored once in their other five matches, while the Dons have not scored more than once in their last five outings

  73. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Scottish Premiership, Sunday edition, which features Partick Thistle match in Glasgow against Aberdeen. We are just under 45 minutes away from kick-off.