Aberdeen spurned several second-half chances in a goalless Scottish Premiership draw with St Johnstone at Pittodrie.

Dons winger Gregg Wylde and Saints midfielder David Wotherspoon had good efforts saved in an even first-half.

The hosts showed more attacking urgency after the break as Cammy Smith's drive was beaten away by Steve Banks.

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn hit the crossbar with an angled volley which came closest to breaking the deadlock.

The draw will be more readily accepted by the visitors, while the lack of a finishing touch might increase Aberdeen's rumoured interest in the loan-signing of Celtic striker Tony Watt.

Responding to recent set-backs was high on the agenda for both sides in front of a north-east crowd just under the 10,000 mark.

The positive start to the campaign for Tommy Wright's St Johnstone had been dented by a heavy loss to Tayside rivals Dundee United in their previous league outing.

Meanwhile, the new era under Derek McInnes at Aberdeen had all been going to plan until a couple of injuries to key players compounded two consecutive Premiership defeats.

Aberdeen's Cammy Smith and St Johnstone's Murray Davidson both had good goalscoring chances

Aberdeen's Cammy Smith and St Johnstone's Murray Davidson both had good goalscoring chances

Nevertheless, the Dons took the game to their Perth opponents when Michael Hector directed a header and a low 20-yard shot narrowly wide.

The on-loan Reading defender found himself occupying a central midfield position, helping fill the void left by the injured Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Jonny Hayes.

Wylde also sought to make a big impression in his first start for Aberdeen; his left-footed volley from a Mark Reynolds delivery had to be well saved by the diving St Johnstone goalkeeper Banks.

Saints captain Dave Mackay had already scored a belter of a free-kick this season against Ross County, and he nearly made it another with a rising set-piece tipped over by Jamie Langfield in the hosts' goalmouth.

Langfield also had to be on his toes to deny Wotherspoon after good skill and set-up play by St Johnstone's Dutch forward Nigel Hasselbaink, who had earlier been booked for simulation.

At the start of the second half, both Josh Magennis and Smith tested Banks while visiting midfielder Murray Davidson would have been disappointed to send a Hasselbaink cut-back flying over from eight yards.

The head of Magennis then set-up McGinn brilliantly for a volley the Northern Irishman smashed against the crossbar, before Banks tipped the former Celtic player's curled effort round the post minutes later.

Saints' Wotherspoon cleared a late Russell Anderson header off the line but referee Steven McLean had already blown for an infringement.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Shaughnessy (Murray - 76' )
  • 03 Robertson
  • 04 Anderson
  • 27 Hector (Smith - 46' )
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 17 Wylde (Zola - 88' )
  • 22 Jack Booked
  • 10 McGinn
  • 21 Magennis

Substitutes

  • 20 Weaver
  • 05 Considine
  • 18 Low
  • 35 Murray
  • 07 Zola
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Smith

St Johnstone

  • 15 Banks
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Scobie
  • 05 Wright Booked
  • 06 Anderson
  • 07 Millar
  • 08 McDonald
  • 10 Wotherspoon
  • 11 Hasselbaink Booked (Caddis - 77' )
  • 18 Davidson
  • 09 MacLean (May - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Clark
  • 19 Miller
  • 24 Easton
  • 04 Cregg
  • 16 Caddis
  • 17 May
  • 27 Fallon
Ref: Mclean
Att: 9,478

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

5 3

Corners

12 6

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:47

Shot by Liam Caddis.

90:00 +1:29

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

90:00 +1:17

Ryan Jack crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +1:06

Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Murray.

89:59

Free kick taken by Steve Banks.

89:25

The official flags Calvin Zola offside.

88:29

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

88:17

Foul by Russell Anderson on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded.

88:03

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

87:56 Substitution

Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Calvin Zola coming on for Gregg Wylde.

87:30

Shot by Craig Murray.

87:18

Clearance made by Steven Anderson.

87:13

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde.

85:51

Clearance by Murray Davidson.

85:10

David Wotherspoon takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

82:17

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

82:06

Craig Murray is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

79:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn.

79:11

Niall McGinn delivers the ball.

77:54

Free kick taken by Ryan Jack.

77:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Banks on Russell Anderson.

77:15

Niall McGinn takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

76:36

Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.

76:20

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Nigel Hasselbaink goes off and Liam Caddis comes on.

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Joe Shaughnessy goes off and Craig Murray comes on.

75:19

Frazer Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Anderson.

74:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

73:27

Clearance by Frazer Wright.

73:16

Corner taken by Peter Pawlett from the left by-line.

72:50

Niall McGinn has an effort at goal. A parry by Steve Banks prevents the goal.

72:38

Clearance made by David Mackay.

72:31

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

72:14

Gregg Wylde takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

71:54

Murray Davidson takes the free kick.

71:40

Booking for Ryan Jack for unsporting behaviour.

71:40 Booking

Booking

71:33

Foul by Ryan Jack on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded.

70:45

Josh Magennis takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

70:27

Niall McGinn takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.

70:14

Russell Anderson takes the free kick.

70:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Frazer Wright.

69:57

Clearance by Mark Reynolds.

69:53

The ball is delivered by Murray Davidson.

69:37

Clark Robertson makes a clearance.

69:32

A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon.

69:19

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

68:45

Free kick taken by Steve Banks.

68:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Cameron Smith.

67:08

Shot by Stevie May missed to the left of the target.

67:02

Frazer Wright takes the free kick.

66:45

Niall McGinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright.

65:37 Substitution

Substitution Stevie May joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven MacLean.

64:42

Free kick taken by Steve Banks.

64:37

Niall McGinn is caught offside.

64:14

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

64:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary McDonald.

62:10

Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.

62:04

Joe Shaughnessy is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

60:43

Josh Magennis takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

60:05

Cameron Smith has an effort at goal. Parried by Steve Banks back into danger.

59:57

Gregg Wylde crosses the ball.

58:39

Peter Pawlett takes the free kick.

58:25 Booking

Booking

58:25

Frazer Wright is shown a yellow card.

58:12

Foul by Frazer Wright on Cameron Smith, free kick awarded.

57:39

Clearance made by Russell Anderson.

57:29

Free kick taken by Steve Banks.

57:21

Niall McGinn is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

56:46

Murray Davidson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

56:39

Nigel Hasselbaink delivers the ball.

56:13

Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.

56:06

Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.

55:44

Steven MacLean fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick.

54:27

The ball is sent over by Tom Scobbie.

53:37

Clearance made by Russell Anderson.

53:30

David Mackay restarts play with the free kick.

53:24

Mark Reynolds challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:54

David Mackay takes the free kick.

52:49

Unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Ryan Jack results in a free kick.

52:17

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

52:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Reynolds on Frazer Wright.

51:56

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

51:37

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

51:32

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde.

51:13

Clearance made by Steven Anderson.

51:05

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

50:29

Header at goal by Josh Magennis misses to the right.

50:12

The ball is swung over by Niall McGinn.

49:52

Corner taken by Ryan Jack.

49:21

Peter Pawlett takes a shot. Fine finger tip save by Steve Banks.

48:02

Corner taken by Gregg Wylde.

47:39

Ryan Jack restarts play with the free kick.

47:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink.

45:55

Corner taken by Niall McGinn from the left by-line.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael Hector goes off and Cameron Smith comes on.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:08

The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.

45:00 +0:42

Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.

44:02

Header by Niall McGinn misses right.

43:56

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde.

43:37

Joe Shaughnessy manages to make a clearance.

43:32

David Mackay crosses the ball.

41:48

Peter Pawlett takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Steve Banks catches the ball.

41:32

Gary McDonald makes a clearance.

41:24

A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

40:52

Chris Millar delivers the ball.

40:09

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

39:46

David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Fine finger tip save by Jamie Langfield.

39:38

The ball is delivered by Chris Millar.

39:04

Chris Millar takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

38:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

37:51

Nigel Hasselbaink produces a cross.

37:19

Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.

37:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven MacLean.

35:04

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

34:52

Steven Anderson makes a clearance.

34:47

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

33:07

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

32:59

Joe Shaughnessy fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick.

32:49

Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

32:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Josh Magennis.

32:14

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

31:38

Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.

31:33

The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.

30:39

Steven MacLean gets a header at goal. Jamie Langfield catches the ball.

28:05

Peter Pawlett sends in a cross.

27:26

Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Steve Banks parries the effort to safety.

27:18

Mark Reynolds crosses the ball.

27:06

Free kick taken by Peter Pawlett.

26:59

Unfair challenge on Joe Shaughnessy by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick.

26:53

Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.

26:47

Joe Shaughnessy produces a cross.

25:58

Niall McGinn has an effort direct from the free kick that flies over the crossbar.

25:25

Foul by David Mackay on Niall McGinn, free kick awarded.

23:55

David Mackay takes the free kick.

23:42

Niall McGinn is ruled offside.

23:36

Clearance by Russell Anderson.

23:24

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.

23:04

Shot comes in from David Mackay from the free kick. Jamie Langfield turns it away with a finger tip save.

22:32

Free kick taken by David Mackay.

22:20

Foul by Mark Reynolds on Nigel Hasselbaink, free kick awarded.

21:19

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

21:15

Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

19:24

Tom Scobbie restarts play with the free kick.

19:14

Murray Davidson fouled by Michael Hector, the ref awards a free kick.

18:37

Clearance made by David Mackay.

18:31

Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn.

18:10

Joe Shaughnessy takes a shot.

18:02

Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.

17:15

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

17:07

Russell Anderson fouled by Steven MacLean, the ref awards a free kick.

16:43

David Mackay restarts play with the free kick.

16:32

Michael Hector challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

14:28

Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright.

14:01

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

13:55

Centre by Niall McGinn.

13:05

Michael Hector takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

10:59

Russell Anderson makes a clearance.

10:39

David Mackay restarts play with the free kick.

10:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Josh Magennis.

9:43

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

9:35

Nigel Hasselbaink receives a caution.

9:35 Booking

Booking

7:49

Header by Michael Hector goes to the left of the goal.

7:37

Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line.

7:17

The ball is swung over by Peter Pawlett.

4:14

Russell Anderson takes the free kick.

3:58

Steven MacLean is ruled offside.

3:10

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

3:04

Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

2:15

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

1:33

Steven MacLean makes a clearance.

1:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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