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Summary

  1. Scottish Premiership action at Fir Park
  2. Considine scrambles home only goal
  3. Dons up to second in Premiership, Well remain in sixth
  4. Visitors avenge midweek League Cup exit at same venue
  5. Well lose five-game unbeaten run

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

So, Aberdeen avenge their League Cup defeat at Fir Park by claiming maximum points this afternoon, moving to within two points of league leaders Celtic.

We'll have highlights of all yesterday's Premiership games on our website at 18:00 tonight. Stay on our page at 16:00 to watch Championship action as St Mirren host Queen of the South.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

Petravicius out of Well shadows

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Lithuania winger Deimantas Petravicius is still waiting to make his first appearance in Well colours since signing until the end of the season.

At least he managed to get his tracksuit on as he was on the bench for the first time as his wait for a work permit is now over.

Petravicius was left out of the Lithuania squad for their recent World Cup qualifier against Scotland because of his lack of action since leaving Polish club Zaglebie Lubin this summer.

Motherwell's Deimantas Petravicius warms up at Fir Park
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The midfielder is no stranger to British football having come through the Nottingham Forest academy.

But he made only one appearance for the English Championship outfit - and made two appearances for Stevenage on loan.

However, he is a bit of a stranger to first-team outings. Since those brief sightings with Forest and Stevenage, he has gone on to make only one other appearance - for Zaglebie as they finished ninth in the Ekstraklasa last season.

Despite Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson making three substitutions against Aberdeen, Petravicius is still waiting for his chance at Fir Park.

I trust Scott McKenna - McInnes

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Scott McKenna, the 20-year-old making his first Dons appearance in more than a year, earned praise from manager Derek McInnes for his performance in the heart of defence beside Iceland international Kari Arnason, who also came back into the side.

"Different ends of spectrum, young and old, Kari with all his experience and Scott at the start of his career," McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Both were as good as each other. When the ball was coming into the box, we had more size than the other night.

Aberdeen's Kari Arnason and Scott McKenna celebrate
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Kari Arnason and Scott McKenna formed a new defensive partnership

"You would expect two guys like that to win most headers, but I was also impressed with Scott's distribution.

"I trust Scott McKenna. He's been getting better over the weeks and I am sure he will have a good career ahead of him.

"But everybody played their part today."

Dons 'handled our forwards better'

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

While disappointed to lose, Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is not being too harsh on his side for failing to repeat Thursday's League Cup win over today's opponents.

"I thought it was a tight game," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "They had the better of the first 20 minutes, but I thought we had the better of the rest of the game.

"It just shows our progress that we are disappointed to lose to a team who were second in the league last season.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson
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"It was a big change in result but not a big change in performance.

"They are celebrating in there like they have won the league, kicking doors and things, and that shows how far we have come.

"The difference was that their centre-halves handled our forwards better than the other night."

We nullified Well's strengths - McInnes

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has described his side's performance as "pragmatic, doing the basics right and not giving Well the encouragement they got the other night.

"It was not a polished performance, but we did what we needed to do.

"We knew prior to the double header we had our work cut out and we probably didn't get the selection right the other night.

"We had a bit more size about us and that was what was required.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and goalkeeper Joe Lewis
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Derek McInnes (left) thinks he got the tactics better this time

"There are different ways to win a game and we mentioned that to the players.

"We had to right a few wrongs from the other night, for our ourselves, and to the man I thought we had the better players than Motherwell and it was the reverse from the other night.

"What we did do was nullify their strengths as a team."

Reacting from Fir Park coming up...

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

We'll hear from both managers soon, meantime you can read Alasdair Lamont's match report here.

Aberdeen's Derek McInnes (right) and Andy Considine
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Put it there, pal. Andrew Considine celebrates with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes at full-time

'Exciting if you like your meat raw'

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Aberdeen stood up to the physical challenge and I thought that Scott McKenna was immense, with Kari Arnason alongside him as the cool head.

Aberdeen were better in the second half; Motherwell did well but weren't as energetic or up for it as they were last Thursday [in the League Cup tie] but they still put in a very good shift.

Aberdeen's Scott McKenna (right) and Kari Arnason celebrate at full-time
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Aberdeen purged the memory of their League Cup exit with victory at Fir Park

It was exciting if you like your meat raw. If you had the choice, you would prefer a silky, smooth game of football. I don't think you're going to see many silky games of football at Fir Park under this manager.

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Premiership table
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Story of the game

FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Statistics from Fir Park
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FULL-TIME Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Andrew Considine's strike proves crucial as the Dons beat Motherwell to move to within two points of Premiership leaders Celtic.

Revenge a dish best served cold? The Dons purge the memory of their midweek League Cup mauling with maximum points in a hard-fought win at Fir Park.

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Motherwell are huffing and puffing as their search for a late, late equaliser becomes more frantic.

The Fir Park bugle is sounded for the charge...

ADDED TIME

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Gael Bigirimana is felled on the edge of the area. Free kick in a great position but Louis Moult sends his effort into the Aberdeen wall and flies over.

Four minutes of added time at Fir Park.

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Home appeals for a penalty as Louis Moult tumbles in the box; referee Nick Walsh is having none of it.

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

It's Aberdeen who are pressing for a second goal with Motherwell struggling to get possession and venture into Dons territory.

Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie receives a yellow card for a late, sliding challenge on Gael Bigirimana.

Dons freshen up

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney replaces Ryan Christie as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes looks to see this out and claim maximum points.

GREAT SAVE!

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Greg Stewart whips the ball from the feet of Cedric Kipre only to see his shot brilliantly parried by Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson.

What a save!

Aberdeen change

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Stevie May, who has ran his socks off with little reward, hobbles off to be replaced by Dominic Ball.

Ryan Christie relieves Motherwell pressure as he surges away with the ball only to be fouled by a posse of Motherwell players.

Can the hosts find an equaliser? They have eight minutes plus added time remaining in which to do so.

'Well profligate

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Louis Moult flicks on the ball into the path of substitute Elliott Frear who scampers down the left but his cross is behind the Motherwell cavalry - much to the chagrin of the home fans - and the chance goes abegging.

Aberdeen were sliced open there.

Aberdeen seize initiative

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Derek McInnes' side lead courtesy of Andrew Considine's close range finish following a sublime piece of skill by Ryan Christie.

Aberdeen's Andy Considine (left) celebrates with team-mate Graeme Shinnie
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Late 'Well charge?

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

The Motherwell supporters are urging their side forward in search of an equaliser. The hosts are awarded a free-kick following Stevie May's full-blooded challenge on Allan Campbell. Didn't look too much in that.

Aberdeen are looking comfortable with their one-goal cushion.

Motherwell shuffle pack

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

A third and final change for Motherwell as Carl McHugh trots off to be replaced by Craig Tanner.

Aberdeen in command

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Motherwell are chasing a fifth consecutive win at Fir Park but they have their work cut out after Andrew Considine nudged Aberdeen's noses in front.

We've got 22 minutes remaining.

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Ryan Christie the provider wants a goal of his own as he bears down on the Motherwell goal to block a Trevor Carson clearance. The hosts, though, recover to repel the danger.

In the stand, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, in a warm winter jacket, keeps an eye on his Premiership rivals...

Christie skill

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Watching replays illustrates what a great piece of skill that was from Ryan Christie to set up Andrew Considine's opener. Bravo!

Tait booking explained

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

It appears Richard Tait's booking at the start of the second half was the result of a skirmish between him and Ryan Christie as the teams went down the tunnel at the end of the opening 45 minutes.

Substitutions for both sides

Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Greg Stewart has replaced Greg Tansey for the visitors, while Motherwell replace Richard Tait and Ryan Bowman with Elliott Frear and Alex Fisher.

GOAL Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

Andrew Considine

We have the breakthrough at Fir Park! Shay Logan whips in a menacing cross as Stevie May can't get an effort on goal. Ryan Christie does, though, with a clever backheel which comes back off the post and Andrew Considine is there to rifle the ball home.

Andrew Considine fires Aberdeen in front
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Andrew Considine fires Aberdeen in front after a clever back heel by Ryan Christie comes back off the post

GREAT SAVE!

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

The hosts come to life in spectacular fashion as Chris Cadden forces Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis into an impressive save as his wicked shot looked to find the bottom corner. Much better from the hosts!

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Another booking, this time we do know what for as Carl McHugh scythes down the galloping Ryan Christie.

The latter dusts himself down to take the free-kick... ballooned over the bar as Trevor Carson watches it sail out of play and a ball-boy scuttles off into the stand to retrieve his prize.

YELLOW CARD - Tait offensive?

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Not sure what's happened here. Referee Nick Walsh booked Motherwell defender Richard Tait as he trotted down the tunnel before the second half got under way.

KICK-OFF

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

We're back under way at Fir Park. Goals please, and plenty of them!

Taxi for 'silky football'

HT: Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

If you're looking at this game (as Derek McInnes) then you're happier as you haven't been blown away. You started the game well enough and had the better of the play for the first 20 minutes. Then it got even and Motherwell started to take over.

We've got to say it's not been a great game of football, has it? If you like your football meaty, high-tempo and like challenges then yes, you would enjoy this afternoon. But, in terms of silky football and chances created then I'm afraid we've been starved of that.

Who is Scott McKenna?

HT: Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Scott McKenna is not only making his first Dons start of the season but his first appearance of any kind for Derek McInnes' side since coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 League Cup win over Ayr United in August 2016.

The 20-year-old was only on for a minute against Ian McCall's side but obviously impressed enough in that 60 seconds to earn a loan move to Somerset Park a couple of months later.

Actually, it was probably more to do with a previous loan spell with Ayr, having made his senior debut in a League One defeat by Peterhead way back in February 2015.

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna
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He's Scott the lot...

McKenna went on to make 14 appearances in his latest spell on the Ayrshire coast but returned to Pittodrie in March - before the Honest Men were consigned to relegation from the Championship and immediately after being sent off half-way through a 3-1 Scottish Cup defeat by Hibernian.

He has had one "senior" outing this season - in Aberdeen Under-20's 1-0 win over their St Johnstone counterparts in the Challenge Cup - and made his Scotland Under-21 debut earlier this month in a fine 2-0 win over Netherlands.

This is, in fact, McKenna's fifth Dons appearance, his debut coming as a late sub in a 4-3 win over St Johnstone in February 2016.

Motherwell gaining the upper hand

Half-time: Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

Motherwell finished the first half on top, applying pressure to the Aberdeen defence but it hasn't been nearly as one-sided as Thursday evening. On the whole it's been pretty even, which will please Derek McInnes more than Stephen Robinson.

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

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If that goalless first half was a song then it was Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond when we're looking for some Rage Against The Machine!

Hope springs eternal for the second half...

Story of the first half

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

If you've nodded off, or are "resting your eyes" on the couch at home following that sleepy first half in Lanarkshire, then you're forgiven!

Precious little in the way of exciting goalmouth action, but Aberdeen have been clearly stung by their midweek League Cup exit and are denying Motherwell much space.

Stats from Fir Park
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HALF-TIME Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Steelmen building pressure

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Stephen Robinson's side are finishing the half the stronger of the two, but a couple of promising moves fizzle out in the final third.

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Free kick for Motherwell wide on the left as Cedric Kipre & Kenny McLean indulge in a wee dance for space probably not dissimilar to a dance on Strictly and referee Nick Walsh calls order.

The ball is whipped in, partially cleared before Peter Hartley flashes a shot wide of Joe Lewis's goal.

Case for the defence?

Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

Six minutes plus added time remaining of the first half at Fir Park. Save for claiming a few crosses, neither goalkeeper has been forced into action.

Messrs Carson and Lewis could probably be skim-reading the Sunday papers.

A case of both defences nullifying the other's attacking threat?