Aberdeen 0-0 Motherwell
A frustrated Aberdeen were held to a goalless league draw despite a dominant display against Motherwell at Pittodrie in the Scottish Premier League.
The visitors had Darren Randolph to thank after the Irishman produced a string of saves to shut out the Dons.
Craig Brown's men laid siege to the visitors but a combination of bad luck and a lack of cutting edge leaves them struggling to make the top six.
The home side also lost Clark Robertson to injury to compound their misery.
The pressure continues to mount on Brown after his side failed to score for the ninth time in 16 home SPL matches this season.
This latest sterile draw leaves them in ninth place in the table with a visit to Celtic Park next up for the struggling Dons.
The Pittodrie pitch was in a dreadful condition, but that could only provide limited mitigation for Motherwell's poor first-half performance.
James McFadden showed a few flashes of skill but the visitor's link-up play was poor and they rarely threatened Jamie Langfield's goal.
The one exception before the break came from Tom Hateley's 25-yard free kick that the Dons keeper moved smartly to save in 32 minutes.
At the other end Aberdeen showed plenty of urgency going forward only for their old failing in front of goal denying them any reward.
Ireland under-21 international Joe Shaughnessy headed an early effort over the bar then later in the opening period the full back hit a 20-yard drive just wide.
Hateley had to head over his own crossbar as Niall McGinn whipped in a tempting ball from the right and Scott Vernon nodded past from six yards from the resulting corner.
The big striker's luck was out in 26 minutes when he reached a Jonny Hayes cross first but saw his header spin clear off Darren Randolph.
Brown was forced into a change two minutes from half time when Robertson suffered a bad twist to his right leg in an accidental collision with McFadden and Gary Naysmith took over.
Aberdeen poured forward in search of a rare winner but Randolph made a couple of crucial second half saves to keep out McGinn and substitute Josh Magennis.
Motherwell nearly nicked it when Nicky Law was set up on the counterattack but Langfield saved at his feet then the Dons survived a strong penalty claim when substitute Zaine Francis-Angol was flattened by Shaughnessy.
- 01 Langfield
- 02 Jack (Fallon - 89' )
- 03 Robertson (Naysmith - 42' )
- 04 Anderson
- 22 Reynolds
- 23 Shaughnessy
- 05 Rae
- 10 McGinn
- 11 Hayes (Magennis - 70' )
- 18 Hughes
- 09 Vernon
- 30 Rogers
- 17 Naysmith
- 08 Milsom
- 15 Pawlett
- 14 Fallon
- 21 Magennis
- 38 Smith
- 01 Randolph
- 03 Hammell
- 15 Ramsden
- 30 Cummins
- 04 Law (Saunders - 90' )
- 06 Hateley Booked
- 14 Lasley
- 18 Carswell
- 08 Ojamaa (Francis-Angol - 81' )
- 09 Higdon
- 20 McFadden (Higginbotham - 74' )
- 12 Hollis
- 02 Saunders
- 26 Francis-Angol
- 17 Daley
- 11 Higginbotham
- 16 McHugh
- 29 Erwin
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +1:51
Effort on goal by Niall McGinn from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.90:00 +1:05 Substitution
Substitution Nicky Law goes off and Steven Saunders comes on.90:00 +0:49
Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.89:55
Josh Magennis is caught offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.88:50 Substitution
Substitution Rory Fallon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Jack.87:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Adam Cummins. Niall McGinn shoots direct from the free kick.84:47
Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Law from the left by-line.84:32
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley.83:37
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon takes a shot.82:51
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Cummins by Josh Magennis. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.81:43
The official flags Josh Magennis offside. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.80:08 Substitution
Substitution Zaine Francis-Angol is brought on as a substitute for Henrik Ojamaa.79:12
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, Stephen Hughes manages to make a clearance.78:49
Nicky Law takes a shot. Darren Randolph gets a block in.78:11
Ryan Jack takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Stevie Hammell.77:38
Ryan Jack takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.77:12
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Jack, save by Darren Randolph.75:45
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack, Darren Randolph makes a save.74:25
Stephen Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley.
Russell Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell, Gary Naysmith manages to make a clearance.73:15 Substitution
Substitution Kallum Higginbotham joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McFadden.70:49
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.70:14
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.69:38 Substitution
Substitution Josh Magennis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johnny Hayes.68:03
Handball by Simon Ramsden. Gary Naysmith takes the free kick.65:28
Ryan Jack crosses the ball in from the free kick.65:28 Booking
Booking Tom Hateley is booked.65:19
Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Hayes.63:36
Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.61:54
Johnny Hayes sends in a cross, save by Darren Randolph.61:17
Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.60:53
Scott Vernon produces a cross.60:08
The ball is swung over by Joe Shaughnessy.58:43
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, save by Jamie Langfield.57:17
Henrik Ojamaa is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.55:21
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Naysmith manages to make a clearance.54:32
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.52:55
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Shot comes in from James McFadden from the free kick.50:29
Scott Vernon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.47:54
Johnny Hayes produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.47:31
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Darren Randolph gets a block in.45:19
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Gavin Rae. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +2:16 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +1:45
The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.45:00 +0:30
James McFadden is ruled offside. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.44:02
The official flags Scott Vernon offside. Keith Lasley takes the free kick.43:37
James McFadden is caught offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.41:40 Substitution
Substitution Gary Naysmith is brought on as a substitute for Clark Robertson.39:28
Nicky Law gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.37:10
The referee blows for offside against Niall McGinn. Adam Cummins restarts play with the free kick.35:47
Joe Shaughnessy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.35:27
Joe Shaughnessy sends in a cross.34:56
Clark Robertson delivers the ball, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.33:07
Corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Jack.32:50
A cross is delivered by Clark Robertson,32:05
The ball is crossed by Clark Robertson, Stewart Carswell makes a clearance.30:44
Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Tom Hateley, save by Jamie Langfield.29:03
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Stephen Hughes. Strike on goal comes in from Johnny Hayes from the free kick.28:44
Centre by Niall McGinn, clearance by James McFadden.27:13
Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Gavin Rae results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from own half, Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.26:20
Ryan Jack has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.25:53
A cross is delivered by Stephen Hughes, James McFadden makes a clearance.24:24
The offside flag is raised against Niall McGinn. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.22:30
Gavin Rae concedes a free kick for a foul on James McFadden. Stevie Hammell delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.20:48
Corner taken by Nicky Law from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mark Reynolds.19:00
Ryan Jack has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.18:05
The ball is sent over by Clark Robertson.16:31
Joe Shaughnessy delivers the ball.16:11
Simon Ramsden concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.15:29
Niall McGinn produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.12:36
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Shaughnessy. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.10:37
Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes, Scott Vernon conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.9:47
The ball is sent over by Niall McGinn, save by Darren Randolph.9:06
Henrik Ojamaa delivers the ball, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.7:00
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Law, Shot from inside the area by James McFadden clears the bar.4:13
Close range header by Joe Shaughnessy misses to the right of the goal.3:48
Johnny Hayes decides to take a short corner.3:14
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Rae on Nicky Law. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.0:52
Ryan Jack is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.0:29
The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Russell Anderson.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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