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Summary

  1. Aberdeen three points behind leaders Celtic
  2. Considine & Jack with early goals for Dons
  3. Jesus Garcia Tena sent off for Accies
  4. Niall McGinn adds third goal for visitors
  5. Hamilton without a win in seven games

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  1. Post update

    Aberdeen beat Hamilton 3-0

    That's enough from me. Just to recap, Aberdeen are now three points behind Celtic following a convincing 3-0 win at Hamilton. The Dons are now unbeaten in their last 12 league matches.

    Remember Sportscene is on BBC One Scotland at 22:30 for TV highlights of all the Premiership action.

    We'll be back with more live coverage for Celtic's Europa League first leg meeting with Inter Milan on Thursday, so make sure you join us then.

    Cheers for now.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Mark Wilson

    "Celtic have cruised through the last two years, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure if the race goes down to the wire."

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Celtic have the strongest pool but Aberdeen aren't that far behind. I just think it's great for the Scottish game that we do have a challenge at the top."

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    You can see highlights from all of yesterday's Premiership games online in around 10 minutes. There were wins for Celtic, Ross County, Kilmarnock, Dundee and Inverness CT.

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    More from Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "Celtic are clear favourites. I think everyone knows that. It's a 13-game season for us now and we're delighted to be in the fight. We'll just keep going and try to keep on picking up points."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I'm really pleased with what my players gave me today. It was a strong performance, we counter-attacked well and did the ugly part of the game well. We got the balance right and that's why the win was so convincing.

    "Decisions will be a talking point but they didn't impact on the result. You'd like to see them given, of course you would."

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    Hamilton player-boss Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a difficult day. Aberdeen are good side and it was an uphill task after losing two early goals. The boys responded well and if we get one back it's a different game. The red card in the second half really finished us off."

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    Hamilton fans will be asking where the goals are going to come from. Top-scorers Tony Andreu and Mickael Antoine Curier left last month and the team as only managed to find the net once in their last six games.

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    Andrew Considine

    I've been praising him all afternoon but Andrew Considine deserves one final mention after a wonderful performance. The left-back knocked in the opening goal on six minutes and laid on Aberdeen's third goal. He had a header ruled out for climbing on an opponent and another one well saved.

  10. Post update

    What about Hamilton? The Accies remain fifth in the Premiership but player-boss Martin Canning's run without a win stretches to seven games, five of which have been defeats.

    The hosts were on the back foot after conceding two early goals and ran out of steam in the second half after Jesus Garcia Tena's red card.

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    Aberdeen are at home to St Mirren next weekend before a crunch visit to Celtic Park on 1 March. The league leaders have two legs against Inter Milan and a home game against Hamilton to negotiate before then.

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    The victory really should have been by a greater margin but the officials had a couple of howlers, missing a shot from Adam Rooney that crossed the line and giving an incorrect offside when David Goodwillie tapped in.

  13. FULL-TIME

    Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen

    The Dons close the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to three points with a very comfortable victory. Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack scored early goals and Niall McGinn added a third late on.

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    Corner number four in that sequence is cleared as far as Shay Logan on the edge of the penalty box and his screaming shot is headed clear by a defender guarding the post.

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    We're into stoppage time at New Douglas Park as Aberdeen win another corner - and another - and another - and another.

  16. GOAL

    Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    It's that man again! Andrew Considine opens up the home defence with a lovely, weighted pass from out on the left near the halfway line. Niall McGinn races clear through the middle and slams a shot past exposed keeper Michael McGovern.

  17. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "The officials make another hash as Accies right-back plays Goodwillie well onside. Two good goals, one penalty, doo-dah. #bbcscotfootball"

    Alan may have a point with that last disallowed goal. There was a defender in red and white right on the byline when Goodwillie knocked the ball in.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Czech midfielder Nicolas Sumsky is on as Hamilton make their final change.

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    Ryan Jack is all alone as he arrives at the back post from a corner but can only steer his header over the top. The Aberdeen midfielder should be doing better there.

  20. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Once again Aberdeen have the ball in the net and once again it doesn't count. David Goodwillie is ruled offside as he taps in from a Andrew Considine flick-on.

  21. SUBSTITUTIONS

    There's a whole bunch of changes, with David Goodwillie and Barry Robson getting a run-out for Aberdeen. The flagging home side have already introduced Eammon Brophy and Craig Watson.

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    Willo Flood, just on a substitute for Aberdeen, is not quite warmed up as his attempted volley results in a wild, fresh-air swipe. BBC Sportsound pundit Mark Wilson, a former team-mate of the Irishman's, enjoyed that one...

  23. CLOSE!

    What did Andrew Considine have on his cornflakes this morning? The defender is close to another goal as his header from Niall McGinn's corner is tipped over by Michael McGovern.

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    We have 20 minutes to go but this one has the feel of being over and done with. It has for a while, with the sending off for Hamilton making an unlikely comeback nigh impossible.

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    Aberdeen continue to press for goal number three as Shay Logan fizzes a powerful shot into the arms of home keeper Michael McGovern.

  26. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Andrew Considine thinks he's got a second goal as he powers in a header from Ryan Jack's cross but referee Willie Collum spotted some grappling from the Dons defender.

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    Kenny McLean sizes up the free-kick 20 yards out and Michael McGovern makes a good flying save to push the curling shot wide.

  28. RED CARD

    Garcia Tena is sent off

    Already on a booking, Jesus Garcia Tena is off for an early bath as he raises a hand to a speeding Niall McGinn. Contact was minimal but it was lazy and daft from the Accies defender.

  29. PENALTY APPEAL

    Aberdeen are screaming for a penalty as Adam Rooney is bundled over by Jesus Gracia Tena. Much to the visitors' frustration, the foul is given the other way. His team are ahead but it's really not been a good day for the Dons striker...

  30. CLOSE!

    Adam Rooney fires a volley straight at Hamilton Michael McGovern from eight yards. The keeper knew very little about it but it's all about being in the right place.

  31. YELLOW CARD

    Jesus Garcia Tena is cautioned for upending Jonny Hayes as Accies are caught short at the back.

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    Jason Scotland swings his old hips to fashion a shooting chance on the edge of the penalty area but the Hamilton striker's effort arrows wide.

  33. KICK-OFF

    The teams are out sharpish for the second half...

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    ROONEY RAGE

    Aberdeen's Adam Rooney vents his angers as his obvious goal is not spotted

    It's fair to say Adam Rooney was not best pleased with assistant referee David McGeachie...

  35. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Dougie Kinnear: "Over the line by a yard! Another bit of quality officialdom! Every week they are making awful mistakes! Should've been 3! #bbcscotfootball"

    Richard Wilkinson: "#bbcscotfootball absolutely no reason why something as blatant as that couldn't be given at half time ! #robbed #hamvabe"

    Alan David Duncan: "And that should be 3-0 Dons. No doubt @17AdamRooney scored. Not even close. Yet again, dreadful Scottish refereeing. #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

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    Linesman David McGeachie is taking a bit of flak from the BBC Sportsound team after missing that obvious goal from Adam Rooney. Surely it's time for Scotland's top flight to have TV technology for decisions like that...

  37. HALF-TIME

    Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen

    The Dons are in a comfortable position after those early goals from Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack - and the visitors should really be further ahead, with Adam Rooney's shot bouncing well over the line after hitting the crossbar.

    That said, Accies have been decent going forward and have caused the Dons a few problems.

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    That effort was set up by a great run forward from Jonny Hayes, bursting from his own half to find Niall McGinn with a cross from the right. McGinn rather sclaffed his shot and it fell perfectly for Rooney - who should be on 22 goals for the season - but for the myopic linesman.

  39. GOAL NOT GIVEN

    Oh dear, oh dear... The ball is at least a metre over the line as Adam Rooney smashes a shot in off the underside of the crossbar but the officials don't spot it.

    You can even see the mark the ball has made on the artificial surface. A major let-off for the Accies.

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    Shay Logan has a few choice words for goalkeeper Scott Brown as the defender speeds back to close down a breaking Ali Crawford. The full-back clearly thinks his team-mate should have been off his line dealing with the situation before he did.

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    Hamilton have had a couple of decent chances now but they have been struggling in front of goal since Martin Canning took over from Alex Neil. Accies have scored just three times in the six games the defender has been in charge for.

  42. CLOSE!

    Ali Crawford plays in a perfectly weighted pass in for Jason Scotland and the Hamilton striker is one-on-one with Scott Brown. The keeper gets something on the shot, which allows defender Mark Reynolds to get back and clear from his own goal-line.

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    Aberdeen are very good at what boss Derek McInnes calls "managing the game". They can really stifle teams once they get ahead and then spring swift counter-attacks.

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    This has been a good response from the home side as Aberdeen make a series of blocks in their own penalty area. The ball falls invitingly for Stephen Hendrie but the busy full-back drags a strike wide from 18 yards.

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    Accies full-back Stephen Hendrie is at is again as he has a pop from distance and his shot takes a nick off a defender on its way over the crossbar.

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    Hamilton left-back Stephen Hendrie, who will join West Ham in the summer, gets to the byline and hammers an excellent ball across the face of goal but Jason Scotland cannot reach it.

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    A QUICK ONE-TWO FROM THE DONS

    Andrew Considine scores for Aberdeen

    Goal number one... as Andrew Considine forces the ball in.

    Ryan Jack scores to make it 2-0

    Goal number two follows soon after, with Ryan Jack knocking in Niall McGinn's cross.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "@nmcginn10 with two fantastic crosses. What a start for the Dons! But what was Considine doing so far up the pitch?! #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

    Andrew Priestley: "In the blink of an eye Aberdeen lead by two goals and have almost killed the game off. #bbcscotfootball"

  49. CLOSE!

    Hamilton are all over the place from another cross ball as Andrew Considine swings in a good delivery for fellow full-back Shay Logan to meet with a header at the back post and his effort whizzes narrowly wide.

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    Right, who had Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack for the opening goals? Those two are not known for their goal-scoring prowess.

  51. GOAL

    Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen (Jack)

    Niall McGinn pops up on the left this time and he picks out another good delivery for Ryan Jack to meet at the near post with a first-time shot high into the net.

  52. GOAL

    Hamilton 0-1 Aberdeen (Considine)

    Niall McGinn scampers down the right to drill in a low cross for Adam Rooney to reach with a stooping header. The ball then skips off the chest of defender Ziggy Gordon forcing Michael McGovern to make a sprawling save but Andrew Considinde is in the right place to knock the ball in from close range.

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    Some neat, sharp passing in the Aberdeen penalty area from the home side but Jason Scotland's final ball to Ali Crawford is just too firm.

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    Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes gathers a throw-in and is given time to turn only to fire a shot well wide of the target from 22 yards.

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    Jason Scotland builds up a head of steam with a charge up the middle but the veteran Accies striker is crowded out once he reaches the edge of the penalty area.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen, in a black change kit, get the game started...

  57. Post update

    A win today would move the Dons to within three points of Celtic, who they visit after next weekend's home game against St Mirren, although the leaders will have a game in hand. Celtic have won all eight of their games in 2015 but Ronny Deila's team need to negotiate two legs against Inter Milan in the Europa League before concerning themselves with their nearest challengers.

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    So, can Aberdeen really challenge Celtic for the title? Derek McInnes and his players have been steadfastly towing the party line during this excellent run of form, stubbornly refusing to give the media any juicy soundbites. The nearest we've got is midfielder Willo Flood on the back pages today, saying: "Let's have a go. Why not?"

    I can't see anyone pinning those words up on a dressing room wall, can you?

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    Aberdeen avenged October's 3-0 loss at New Douglas Park with a victory by the same scoreline at Pittodrie in December. They also dumped Accies out of the League Cup, with Adam Rooney on target in both of those games. The Irish striker is on a very impressive 21 goals for the season.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Kenny McLean is a wonderful addition for Aberdeen. He's a quality player. He always has his head up looking for that killer pass and he can find the net too."

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    Kenny McLean won praise from Derek McInnes for an "elegant" debut against the Staggies and the midfielder's arrival from St Mirren really beefs up Aberdeen's attacking options. It also gives the boss once of those "nice headaches" they talk about regarding selection. The visitors have a strong-looking bench today.

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    Aberdeen skipper Willie Miller with the old Premier League trophy

    Those Aberdeen fans dreaming of a first league title since 1984-85 will be hoping for a repeat of last weekend's impressive showing when Ross County were demolished 4-0.

    Derek McInnes's side are unbeaten in their last 11 Premiership outings. The Dons have won nine of those games and only conceded four league goals since they lost at home to Celtic in early November.

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    More from Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "The opportunity (to sign Kenny McLean) came quite late in the window and we feel quite pleased with ourselves that we managed to get him.

    "We think he's a player that is only going to get better and, when the opportunity came to get him, we were quite surprised and it was too good an opportunity to ignore.

    "We moved quickly and I'm grateful to the board for helping us get the deal done because Kenny McLean in an Aberdeen shirt will show how good a player he is.

    "He has done it often enough as a St Mirren player. Kenny is not only a good player, and there's a lot to like about him technically and he's a good size, but any time I watched St Mirren, he always took real responsibility."

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    The swift Accies return of Jason Scotland was also a bit odd, with the striker exiting in search of more regular first-team football only to pitch up again two weeks later - presumably when the club knew Antoine Curier was for the off.

    Nigel Hasselbaink is another forward to have rejoined the Accies but he's been away a bit longer, the little Dutchman having left in 2011. He'll need to wait for his 'second debut', since there has been a delay in receiving international clearance from his former club in Greece - and he's off to the Netherlands anyway to be with his partner, who is expecting a child.

  65. LINE-UPS FROM NEW DOUGLAS PARK

    Hamilton: McGovern, Garcia Tena, Gordon, Canning, Hendrie, Crawford, Routledge, MacKinnon, Gillespie, Redmond, Scotland. Subs: Hill, Lyon, MacDonald, Sumsky, Brophy, Longridge, Watson.

    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Considine, Reynolds, Daniels, Jack, Pawlett, McLean, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Langfield, Flood, Smith, Goodwillie, Shankland, Robson, Shaughnessy.

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    The Accies were top of the Premiership pile when they coasted to a 3-0 win over the Dons back in October. Tony Andreu and Mickael Antoine Curier (2) were on target that day and both have since departed. Those two scored 21 goals between them in the first half of the season before moving on last month.

    The release of Antoine Curier was certainly strange, with the 31-year-old Guadeloupe striker now training with English League Two side Burton Albion.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We're just trying to improve on last season. We have shown great consistency and the players deserve great credit. We are delighted to be in the mix and for people still to be talking about in February. If people are still talking about it in March, then great. It's just one game at a time for us."

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    Norwich manager Alex Neil on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's great to be back and to see everyone. Martin Canning has got to do it his way. I speak to him regularly because he's a good friend. I think his style will work over time."

    Neil has done a great job since he moved to Carrow Road from New Douglas Park. The Canaries moved up to sixth in the Championship after yesterday's win over Wolves.

  69. Post update

    The home side have not won a match since Martin Canning stepped up to take over from Alex Neil as player-manager, with back-to-back draws following a run of four defeats. A victory today would move them to within a point of fourth-placed Dundee United.

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    I can tell you Aberdeen have made one change, with Peter Pawlett taking over from Cammy Smith in midfield. The Accies are a bit tardy with their team-lines on Twitter.

  71. Post update

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage. Aberdeen visit New Douglas Park to take on Hamilton Accies.

    The in-form visitors are currently six points behind leaders Celtic and 10 points ahead of their hosts, who occupy fifth place in the table.