St Mirren v Aberdeen as it happened

St Mirren are still looking for their first league win of the season as they draw with Aberdeen at St Mirren Park.

30 September 2013 Last updated at 22:09

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As it happened

  1. 1915: 

    "We need to get back to basics," says St Mirren boss Danny Lennon. His side have won just one game since lifting the Scottish League Cup and desperately need Premiership points to put more daylight between them and Hearts, while keeping the Paisley club's critics at arm's length.

  2. 1917: 

    Tonight the Buddies host in-form Aberdeen, with the Dons aiming for victory and the chance to leapfrog Motherwell and move into third place.

    Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of the clash at St Mirren Park.

  3. 1919: 

    Now, the only problem tonight is trying to avoid any mention of Breaking Bad. I've yet to see the nerve-shredding finale and have enforced a live text blackout on any New Mexico chat.

    So, forgive me if "Jesse" plays a one-two with Zola or "Walter" arrives at the back post to rifle home St Mirren's opener...

    My mind will be flipping between Paisely and Albuquerque quicker than a vehicle heading through Skyler's Car Wash.

  4. 1922: 

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    Kenny MacDonald from Uist: "Aberdeen to win tonight 3-1. Too Many false dawns. I believe top 3 finish and the League Cup this season."

  6. 1925: 

    St Mirren: Dilo, McGregor, Goodwin, Mair, van Zanten, McGinn, Newton, McLean, Kelly, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: Cornell, Harkins, Caprice, Reilly, Bahoken, Teale, Naismith.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Hector, Considine, Reynolds, Hayes, Jack, Smith, Pawlett, Zola, Vernon. Subs: Robertson, Anderson, McGinn, Wylde, Low, Weaver, Magennis.

    Referee: Calum Murray


    Gaz Hay: "Aberdeen to win 1-0. Hope you like the bit with Hank's ghost at the end..."

    I've borrowed my colleague's glasses to peer over them at your Twitter name with the steely-eyed gaze of a Mr Gustavo Fring...

  8. 1937: 
    Pressure in Paisley
    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon

    "There's been a lot of well-wishers and messages and I'd like to thank all of them," says St Mirren boss Danny Lennon. "I'm hoping we can turn it round and then keep it going.

    "I don't have a crystal ball in front of me but I'm hoping that we start to get our season under way."

  9. 1939: 

    Lee Mair makes his first appearance of the season as the Buddies seek their first win of the campaign. The defender - who had previously been told he was free to leave the Paisley club - is added to the side, alongside John McGinn, Darren McGregor and Sean Kelly.

    Aberdeen, undefeated in their last five outings, see Andrew Considine and Scott Vernon replace Clark Robertson and Nicky Low in the starting line-up.


    Ian McArthur: "Dons should be applauded loudly for facilitating a pathway for youth players to break through to the first team #bbcsportscot"

    David Nicol: "Bad news, apparently Danny Lennon was caught speeding on his way to tonight's game - he said he'd do anything for 3 points #bbcsportscot"

  11. 1945: 

    The floodlights are burning brightly at St Mirren Park and we're under way...

  12. 1946: 

    Aberdeen come haring out of the traps, Johnny Hayes gallops down the right and his cross is cleared for a corner. The Dons, though, can't profit from the set piece.

  13. 1947: 

    Speaking before the game, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said the top-flight was a "better place" with St Mirren in it.

    However, he did say his side were gunning for three points to leapfrog Motherwell and move up to third spot in the table.

  14. 1950: 

    Aberdeen are lightning quick on the counter attack; Cammy Smith skips beyond the St Mirren defence but his low centre is just out of range for team-mate Calvin Zola.

    The Dons have started well and the Buddies are struggling to get on the ball in the opening five minutes.


    Ian McArthur: "Dons should be applauded loudly for facilitating a pathway for youth players to break through to the first-team. Some great prospects among them! #bbcsportscot


    Anonymous: "First error by Del McInnes this season. Been playing great lately with a 4-3-3 with Zola a battering ram thru the middle. Should've kept Vernon on the bench. Not got as many runners with pace from midfield tonight which have given us the winning formula!"

    Remember to include your name so we can give you credit for your tactical sharp-shooting...

  17. 1954: 

    We've yet to see St Mirren as an attacking threat in the opening 10 minutes. Danny Lennon's men are trying to muzzle Aberdeen attacks and it's the visitors who are looking dangerous.

  18. 1957: 

    Better from St Mirren; roared on by the home fans they begin to find some rhythm with their passing as McGinn and McGowan look to impose themselves on the Dons.

    The attack fizzles out but encouraging signs for Danny Lennon's men.

  19. 1958: 
    BBC Sporstound commentator Rob Maclean

    "A win for St Mirren tonight would take them above Kilmarnock but it would mean so much more than that. They need a win, badly."

  20. 2000: 

    Joe Shaughnessy sends a long throw into the box and Scott Vernon gets a header on goal but it's comfortably saved by Chris Dilo. The game's starting to bubble away nicely.

  21. 2002: 

    St Mirren want a free kick as Van Zanten tumbles under Jack's challenge but referee Calum Murray is having none of it, much to the frustration of the home fans who howl into the night sky.

  22. 2004: 

    Steven Thompson looks as though he needs a bit more support as he seeks to breach this fierce Aberdeen defence. The veteran striker is superb in the air but perhaps needs closer support to feed off h is knock-downs.

  23. 2006: 

    St Mirren keeper Chris Dilo comes galloping off his line to head the ball away from Aberdeen speedster Peter Pawlett who could use his wee legs like pistons in an episode of Heroes.

  24. 2007: 

    St Mirren's last league win over Aberdeen in Paisley came back in July 2011 when Nigel Hasselbaink scored the only goal of the game.

  25. 2008: 

    The sides drew their last league game at St Mirren Park, with the Dons cantering to a 4-1 victory in November last year.

    Goalscoring opportunities have been at a premium in the opening 25 minutes but it's compelling stuff nonetheless.

  26. 2010: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Aberdeen are going to have to mix it up as they try to break down St Mirren's defence..."


    David Smith: "Think Saturday at Tynecastle will decide Danny Lennon's future as manager at St Mirren #cmonDanny"

  28. 2011: 

    St Mirren force Jamie Langfield into action as John McGinn slaloms through a couple of Aberdeen challenges before firing a 20-yard shot that the keeper saves and holds.

    Much better fare from the bustling Buddies.

  29. 2012: 

    Crouching down, eyes gun-barrel straight ahead, chewing gum and working out his next move like a catcher in a baseball game, St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is deep in thought as to how to topple the Dons. All that's missing is the catcher's mitt...

  30. 2015: 

    St Mirren break down another Aberdeen attack but their passing is laboured and a sea of red jerseys manage to funnel back and a chance to pressure Jamie Langfield is lost.

  31. 2019: 
    St Mirren"s Steven Thompson and Aberdeen"s Andrew Considine tussle for possession

    Aberdeen started the brighter of the two sides in a first half of few chances in Paisley. St Mirren striker Steven Thompson was struggling for support during the hosts's forays forward.

  32. 2022: 

    We're into the final 10 minutes of a fiercely contested first half and St Mirren are beginning to get a bit of joy in the midfield but Steven Thompson remains an isolated figure up front.

  33. 2023: 

    Aberdeen striker Calvin Zola earns a yellow card for some over-zealous tussling for a high ball. Despite his appeal for mercy, referee Calum Murray brandishes the card with a shrug of his shoulders.

  34. 2026: 

    "Come on you Reds," implore the visiting fans as they seek a goal before the break. Not long for either side to do just that. Hearts boss Gary Locke looks on from the stand...

  35. 2027: 

    Back to our Breaking Bad theme, can we "Call Saul" for a goal?

  36. 2029: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart

    "St Mirren boss Danny Lennon will be happy with his side in this first half; they don't want to concede now."

  37. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen started brightly but John McGinn's 20-yard effort for St Mirren is the closest we've come to a goal in a fiercely contested opening 45 minutes in Paisley. Food for thought ahead of the second half.


    Anonymous: "John McGinn re-instated to the Buddies midfield and is already making a difference. Lennon only has himself to blame. C'mon Saints."­

    Please remember to add your name to text messages, we do like to credit you!


    Sean Beats: "Can't see Danny Lennon being in the job much longer even if St Mirren get a result tonight. #bbcsportscot"

    Michael Clark: "Zola reminds me of Van der Ark: tall & useless in the air & unfairly treated by refs. Yellow card a joke."

    Edinburgh Tom: "I can c this being your classic game of 2 halves. Which is unfortunate, cos i just don't fancy another 45 mins of this."

    Don't move a muscle Tom, goals a plenty in the second half...

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Danny Lennon would be delighted with 0-0 after 90 minutes; he just wants something to build on."

  41. 2048: 

    Here we go in the second half, let it rain goals in Paisley please...

  42. 2049: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart

    "I'm a little surprised Aberdeen didn't withdraw Calvin Zola and put Scott Vernon through the middle..."

  43. 2050: 

    Paul McGowan scampers after a long ball downfield but he's swallowed up by the Aberdeen defence. Encouraging signs for the Buddies, though.


    Peter Hutchison: "I think I speak for all Hearts fans when I say: 'Come on Aberdeen!"

  45. 2054: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart

    "Where are St Mirren going to get a goal from?"

    Tell us aboot it Michael! We live in hope of a goal to light up proceedings in Paisley...


    John fae Mauchline: "Best strike partnership ever? Walker McCall & Danny Masterton at Ayr United in the mid 70's when we used to beat the big boys. Oh whatever happened to the Honest Men."

    GOAL- St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen (Thompson 53mins)

    We need to get Michael Stewart to ask that question more often! The Buddies take the lead and it's veteran marksman Steven Thompson who controls a Paul McGowan cross into the box and shows nimble footwork to step away from the parsimonious Dons defence and flash a shot beyond Jamie Langfield. The St Mirren fans are going bananas...

  48. 2102: 

    Falling behind has stung the Dons into action and they have a free-kick about 25 yards from goal...

  49. 2103: 

    Jonny Hayes whips the free kick over the St Mirren wall and it looks destined for the corner of the net before Chris Dilo throws himself to his left and palms it away. What a save!

    St Mirren still lead courtesy of that Steven Thompson goal but Aberdeen are swarming forward in search of an equaliser.

  50. 2104: 

    Steven Thompson flicks on a long ball and Conor Newton looks to have a clear run in on goal but Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds does superbly to sprint back and repel the danger.

  51. 2105: 

    Josh Magennis is on for Calvin Zola as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes shuffles his pack in search of an equaliser.

  52. 2107: 

    Aberdeen are swarming over St Mirren; Peter Pawlett dances away down the left but his cross is punched clear by Chris Dilo and there are no red jerseys on hand to rifle home.

    "Pawlett's pace was frightening but there were no Aberdeen players on hand after Dilo got a touch clear. A slick move, though," says BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.

  53. 2109: 
    Steven Thompson gives St Mirren the lead

    St Mirren striker Steven Thompson fired home the opener after collecting Paul McGowan's cross and stepping away from the Aberdeen defence.

  54. 2113: 

    St Mirren are still pressing for a second goal that may make the points safe. Stephane Bahoken is on for John McGinn and he will aim to give Steven Thompson some help up front.

  55. 2114: 

    Kenny McLean sends a 25-yard shot whistling inches wide of Jamie Langfield's left-hand post. St Mirren come agonisingly close to doubling their lead. How crucial will that prove?

  56. 2115: 

    Niall McGinn, Aberdeen's top goalscorer last season, is on for Cammy Smith with the Dons looking to get back into this game with 15 minutes remaining. Can St Mirren hold on?

  57. 2117: 

    Every time St Mirren's teenage goalkeeper Chris Dilo is involved in the action, it reminds me of the Dexy's Midnight Runners song Geno...

    "Oooooh Dilo!"

  58. 2119: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart

    "St Mirren will be happy with all these disruptions and stoppages in play. They'll want these remaining 14 minutes to go by as quickly as possible."

  59. 2123: 

    Into the final 10 minutes and Aberdeen's attacks in the second half have been largely lethargic and laboured. St Mirren will be quietly confident of seeing this out and claiming three crucial points.

  60. 2125: 

    Aberdeen substitute Niall McGinn splits the St Mirren defence but his shot comes back off the post!

  61. 2127: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen (Pawlett 84mins)

    The Dons are level and it's a cracking strike by Peter Pawlett who reacts quickest to a ball breaking on the edge of the area and he fires a low shot beyond Chris Dilo.

    Aberdeen fans are jubilant behind Dilo's goal; St Mirren players look dejectedly at the turf.

  62. 2129: 

    Now, then. Aberdeen have their tails up and are pressing for a winner. They have a corner...

  63. 2130: 

    ...but the St Mirren defence look determined to hold on for at least a point and clear the danger. Two minutes plus added time remaining and you cut the atmosphere with a knife...

  64. 2132: 

    What a chance for Aberdeen! Josh Magennis plays in Niall McGinn and the substitute shows Lee Mair a clean pair of heels. However, he fizzes a shot over the bar rather than play in Jonny Hayes who was arriving, unmarked, into the area.

  65. 2133: 

    St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin bursts forward and must surely be able to read the morning paper headlines in his mind's eye, but he drags his 20-yard shot wide of the target.

  66. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen

    The Buddies remain second bottom of the Premiership table, just behind Kilmarnock and still seeking their first win of the season. Aberdeen spurn the chance to move up to third but rescue a point thanks to Peter Pawlett's late strike.

  67. 2137: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "St Mirren deserved something from the game just because of their sheer determination."

  68. 2138: 
    St Mirren celebrate Steven Thompson's opener

    St Mirren thought Steven Thompson's goal had given them their first league win of the season and only their second victory since lifting the League Cup. However, Peter Pawlett's late strike rescued a point for the Dons to maintain their unbeaten run.

    BBC Sportsound pundit Chick Young

    "The St Mirren fans will go away very content following what they witnessed tonight. There's a long way to go but it's positive."

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "We came to try to win the game but we didn't show a level of performance to claim three points. It's disappointing because we're better than what we've shown tonight.

    "Niall McGinn gave us a lift when he came on and we mad a magnificent travelling support. We got our just rewards with the equaliser and I'm kicking myself a bit because we weren't quite right and I take responsibility for that.."

  71. 2155: 

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has told BBC Sportsound that he's proud of the work-rate and commitment of his side tonight.

    "I thought we defended very well," he said. "If we don't have that hunger on a weekly basis, then throw the players in jail!"

  72. 2200: 

    So, St Mirren gain their second point of the season after being pegged back by Peter Pawlett's late strike. Danny Lennon expresses pride in his troops, while Dons boss Derek McInnes says he's frustrated with his side's display.

    St Mirren's next league game? Away to Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.

    We're back tomorrow night for Celtic v Barcelona, hope you can join us then. Cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 01 Oct 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Inverness CT 8 11 19
No movement 2 Celtic 7 10 19
No movement 3 Motherwell 8 2 16
No movement 4 Aberdeen 8 4 14
No movement 5 Hibernian 8 -1 11
No movement 6 Dundee Utd 8 4 10
No movement 7 Partick Thistle 8 -1 10
No movement 8 St Johnstone 8 -1 9
No movement 9 Ross County 8 -7 7
No movement 10 Kilmarnock 8 -7 3
No movement 11 St Mirren 7 -10 2
No movement 12 Hearts 8 -4 -7