Adam Rooney's 80th-minute penalty won Aberdeen all three points in a largely uninspiring Scottish Premiership contest against St Mirren in Paisley.

The striker's composed finish came after Eric Djemba-Djemba felled Peter Pawlett just inside the box.

A dreadful first-half was bettered slightly after the break and Steven Thompson shot just wide for the hosts.

Darren McGregor had a goal disallowed and Jamie Langfield denied Gregg Wylde as Saints chased an equaliser.

But Rooney's third goal in four games proved to be enough to give Aberdeen three wins in a row, which moves them four points clear of Motherwell ahead of the Fir Park side's match with Partick Thistle.

Rooney actually could have doubled his tally on the break as St Mirren pressed for a deserved leveller, but Marian Kello saved the Irishman's effort.

Adam Rooney scores his third goal in four games for Aberdeen

Adam Rooney scores his third goal in four games for Aberdeen

Stalemate was an understatement for the first-half of this sunny lunchtime encounter.

The Buddies had failed to beat Aberdeen in nine previous league meetings and Danny Lennon's men lacked the menace which would suggest they could make it tenth-time-lucky.

On the other hand, Derek McInnes's side struggled to replicate the swashbuckling level of performance that had seen them sweep aside St Johnstone and surprise Celtic in League Cup and Scottish Cup ties respectively.

Kello found several unconventional ways of dealing with a string of Aberdeen corners, but the Slovak's flapping brought the visitors no nearer to a goal.

Willo Flood offered his own version of unorthodox football when his wacky and wayward back-pass presented Saints with a set-piece that they, too, frustratingly squandered.

Thankfully, St Mirren gave the match the injection of action it so badly needed right after the break.

A clever one-two on the right-hand side allowed Kenny McLean to sweep a low cross for Thompson, who was able to beat Russell Anderson to the ball but only turn it agonisingly wide of the post.

Aberdeen responded with their best chance of the match as Andrew Considine, scorer of two goals with his head this season, almost got himself a third from Nicky Low's corner.

Pawlett had already scored at St Mirren Park this season and it was his surge into the box which drew the sliding challenge from Djemba-Djemba that referee Calum Murray deemed a foul.

Rooney stepped up to continue his fine scoring form since signing from Oldham in January, but Saints did come close to pulling level.

McGregor finished neatly but was clearly offside from the through-ball which found him, while Dons goalkeeper Langfield saved well from former Aberdeen midfielder Wylde's low shot.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 24 Newton
  • 18 Kelly
  • 11 McLean
  • 04 McGregor
  • 06 Goodwin Booked
  • 07 McGinn
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba Booked (Teale - 84' )
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan (Campbell - 75' )
  • 39 Wylde

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 12 Campbell
  • 17 Reilly
  • 21 Teale
  • 22 Naismith
  • 30 Dilo
  • 49 Morgan

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 29 Logan
  • 05 Considine
  • 18 Low Booked (Tate - 85' )
  • 04 Anderson
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 08 Flood
  • 17 Rooney
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 10 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 07 Zola
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Smith
  • 20 Weaver
  • 24 McManus
  • 28 Tate
  • 35 Murray
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 4,073

Match Stats

Shots

5 9

On target

0 4

Corners

4 11

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 0, Aberdeen 1.

90:00 +2:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 0, Aberdeen 1.

90:00 +0:38

Attempt missed. Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

89:19

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:39

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

86:16

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:16

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Alan Tate replaces Nicky Low.

84:33 Booking

Booking Nicky Low (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

84:29

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:29

Foul by Nicky Low (Aberdeen).

83:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces Eric Djemba-Djemba.

81:43

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by John McGinn.

81:18

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Steven Thompson.

80:32

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

80:32

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 0, Aberdeen 1. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

79:01

Penalty conceded by Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren) after a foul in the penalty area.

79:01

Penalty Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett draws a foul in the penalty area.

78:47

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Marián Kello.

78:02

Attempt saved. Nicky Low (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Adam Campbell replaces Paul McGowan.

74:04

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

74:04

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:13 Booking

Booking Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

71:07

Foul by Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren).

71:07

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:28

Hand ball by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

69:23

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68:52

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

68:21

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

68:21

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:00

Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:59

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

61:30

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:30

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

59:12

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

59:12

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:42

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:42

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

57:26

Attempt saved. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:01

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Goodwin.

55:22

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:22

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

54:00

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:58

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

53:14

Attempt missed. Nicky Low (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

52:25 Booking

Booking James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

52:14

Hand ball by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

50:47

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

50:17

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

47:49

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 0, Aberdeen 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 0, Aberdeen 0.

40:58

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Goodwin.

37:52

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

37:52

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:36

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:36

Foul by Nicky Low (Aberdeen).

35:09

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

31:05

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

29:57

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Willo Flood.

27:41

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

27:41

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:02

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:21

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

26:21

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:01

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

17:54

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:14

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

17:14

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:31

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

15:31

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:53

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

11:16

Attempt missed. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

10:42

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

10:02

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

8:37

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Marián Kello.

7:59

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conor Newton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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