Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen1St Johnstone0

Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone

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.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 29Logan
  • 5Considine
  • 8Flood
  • 28Tate
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22JackSubstituted forRobsonat 63'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forLowat 78'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 17Rooney
  • 11Hayes

Substitutes

  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 4Anderson
  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19MillerBooked at 60mins
  • 24B Easton
  • 12Dunne
  • 6Anderson
  • 2MackayBooked at 80mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 8McDonaldSubstituted forIwelumoat 84'minutes
  • 17May
  • 22CroftSubstituted forHasselbainkat 85'minutes
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forMacLeanat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Cregg
  • 7Millar
  • 9MacLean
  • 11Hasselbaink
  • 15Banks
  • 23Clancy
  • 25Iwelumo
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
11,487

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0.
Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).
David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).
Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).
Hand ball by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Lee Croft.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Chris Iwelumo replaces Gary McDonald.
Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from very close range is too high.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Booking

David Mackay (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.
Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Low replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).
James Dunne (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Barry Robson.
Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.
Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.
Attempt saved. Lee Croft (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Ryan Jack.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Niall McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean replaces David Wotherspoon.
Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2824315475
2Aberdeen2817381454
3Motherwell271629350
4Dundee Utd2712871744
5Inverness CT261358744
6St Johnstone2710512335
7Hibernian278811-732
8Kilmarnock287615-1427
9St Mirren287615-1727
10Partick Thistle2851112-1626
11Ross County287516-1726
12Hearts285617-276
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