Aberdeen secured their second Scottish Premiership win of the week by defeating St Johnstone at Pittodrie.

Ryan Jack gave the Dons the lead when his 25-yard shot deceived St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

Michael O'Halloran fired against the post as Saints tried unsuccessfully to force a leveller.

And the visitors ended the match with 10 men after substitute Steven MacLean picked up a second booking for a foul on Nicky Low.

The result keeps the Dons four points clear of third-place Motherwell while St Johnstone remain sixth in the Scottish Premiership.

Following Tuesday's victory over Celtic, Aberdeen were buoyant and took an early lead when Jack netted his first goal of the season.

However, the hosts struggled to build on their early advantage.

Lee Croft threatened with a shot as Saints began to trouble Jamie Langfield's goal.

And the visitors played with the benefit of a strong wind in the second period and piled pressure on the home goal.

Croft found himself one-on-one with Langfield after the Dons defence failed to deal with a long through ball.

The winger attempted to lift the ball over the keeper but Langfield stuck out his arm to clear.

Moments later, O'Halloran fired in a shot from outside the box that beat Langfield but rattled off the inside of the post before being cleared.

Stevie May, top scorer for the Perth side, was having a quiet afternoon and his volley from 16 yards was on target only to be blocked by the outstretched boot of Alan Tate.

However, Saints' hopes suffered a blow when David Wotherspoon's replacement MacLean was booked for the second time in 25 minutes following his challenge on Low.

Four minutes of stoppage time ensued but Aberdeen held out to claim the three points.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 29 Logan
  • 05 Considine
  • 08 Flood
  • 28 Tate
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 22 Jack (Robson - 63' )
  • 16 Pawlett (Low - 78' )
  • 10 McGinn (Smith - 63' )
  • 17 Rooney
  • 11 Hayes

Substitutes

  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 04 Anderson
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Robson
  • 18 Low
  • 20 Weaver

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 19 Miller Booked
  • 24 Easton
  • 12 Dunne
  • 06 Anderson
  • 02 Mackay Booked
  • 29 O'Halloran
  • 08 McDonald (Iwelumo - 84' )
  • 17 May
  • 22 Croft (Hasselbaink - 85' )
  • 10 Wotherspoon (MacLean - 62' Dismissed after an earlier booking )

Substitutes

  • 04 Cregg
  • 07 Millar
  • 09 MacLean
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 15 Banks
  • 23 Clancy
  • 25 Iwelumo
Ref: William Collum
Att: 11,487

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

4 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +4:02 Full time

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

90:00 +0:50

Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).

90:00 +0:50

David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:30

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:30

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

89:10 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

89:00

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

89:00

Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

86:12

Hand ball by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

84:49

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

84:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Lee Croft.

83:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Chris Iwelumo replaces Gary McDonald.

82:28

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from very close range is too high.

82:06

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Brian Easton.

79:32 Booking

Booking David Mackay (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

79:24

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

79:24

Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Low replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

75:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:33

Delay in match Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

73:21

Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

72:11

Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:05

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

71:05

James Dunne (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:44

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Barry Robson.

67:01

Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

65:50 Booking

Booking Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

65:43

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:43

Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

65:11

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

64:44

Attempt saved. Lee Croft (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:44

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:44

Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

62:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Ryan Jack.

62:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Niall McGinn.

61:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean replaces David Wotherspoon.

61:10

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:10

Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

59:40 Booking

Booking Gary Miller (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

59:35

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:35

Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

58:39

Attempt saved. Lee Croft (St Johnstone) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:59

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:05

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

53:05

Gary Miller (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:38

Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

52:10

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

51:41

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Alan Tate.

50:20

Foul by Alan Tate (Aberdeen).

50:20

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:58

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

46:24

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

46:24

Lee Croft (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.

40:25

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Dunne.

36:44

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:44

Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

35:57

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

32:54

Attempt saved. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:42

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

30:42

Lee Croft (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:07

Attempt saved. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:29

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:29

Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone).

28:23

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

28:23

Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

26:04

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

25:26

Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:04

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

24:04

Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

22:56

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:41

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:41

Foul by Gary McDonald (St Johnstone).

20:18

Attempt saved. Lee Croft (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:02

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

16:44

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

16:44

Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:13

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

15:21

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

9:51

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

9:51

Lee Croft (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hayes.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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