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Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian

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Highlights: Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian

Neil Lennon is confident his Hibs side can still win the race to finish second in the Premiership despite missing the chance to leapfrog Aberdeen.

Striker Jamie Maclaren had an early penalty saved in the 0-0 draw at Pittodrie on Saturday.

The result means Hibs remain fourth, one point behind Rangers and two behind second-placed Dons with two to play.

"We've still got a chance of finishing second - we are well in it," head coach Lennon told BBC Scotland.

"I'm pleased with the performance and the mentality - and I'm disappointed not to come away with the three points.

Niall McGinn free kick
Niall McGinn went closest for Aberdeen with a free-kick that hit the bar

"Their keeper got man of the match so that's an indication how the game went - and of course we should have scored the penalty."

Lennon's men face Hearts during the week and Rangers on Sunday in their last game of the campaign.

And they would go into that crucial double header in a better place had Maclaren managed to beat Lewis from 12 yards after six minutes - the Australian striker having been downed by Mark Reynolds for the infringement.

Maclaren had another great chance shortly after - a header at the back post that he turned over the bar when he should have at least found the target.

The Dons started to edge their way back in but it was all getting scrappy as referee John Beaton started flashing the yellow card for a succession of nippy challenges from both sides.

John McGinn challenge
John McGinn's challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven sparked a moment of drama and earned the midfielder a yellow card

Niall McGinn provided the home side with the best chance of the first half when his 25 yard free kick battered off the Hibs bar, but all square at the interval was just about right.

Aberdeen looked the livelier of the two after the interval and Sam Cosgrove had a close range corner blocked on the line. A packed Pittodrie could sense a switch in the fight for dominance.

Hibs, however, continued to provide a threat each time they found a way forward - John McGinn was his usual tenacious self and his effort was parried away desperately by Lewis.

Just as it looked like the game might open up, another free kick stopped the flow and in the end both sides cancelled each other out.

A game that promised so much, in the end, came up well short in the north east sunshine.

Derek McInnes and Neil Lennon
Derek McInnes and Neil Lennon remain in with a chance of guiding their sides to second spot this season

Dons boss Derek McInnes, who revealed his delight at securing the services of Hamilton Accies' Lewis Ferguson on a pre-contract, felt his side paid the price for a lack of composure.

"It was 10 out of 10 in terms of application from my players, it just wasn't 10 out of 10 on their composure and calmness to play," he told BBC Scotland.

"I thought we had the better chances and Niall [McGinn] hit the bar, but with big Joe Lewis saving the penalty, it would be unfair to say we deserved to win."

The Dons entertain third-placed Rangers on Tuesday and McInnes is keen to end a run of three successive defeats against the Ibrox men.

"Finishing second is the ultimate for us, and we have an opportunity to right a few wrongs," he added. "I've been disappointed with the performances against Rangers."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 37mins
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 1mins
  • 19McKenna
  • 6Reynolds
  • 18Ball
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Mackay-StevenBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRooneyat 81'minutes
  • 83MaySubstituted forStewartat 45'minutes
  • 17McGinnSubstituted forChristieat 68'minutes
  • 27Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 8Stewart
  • 9Rooney
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 22Christie
  • 30Woodman

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4HanlonBooked at 28mins
  • 17Boyle
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7McGinnBooked at 34mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 23AllanSubstituted forMcGeouchat 77'minutes
  • 22Kamberi
  • 19MaclarenSubstituted forBarkerat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 10McGeouch
  • 20Barker
  • 31Bell
  • 36Porteous
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
17,822

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Hibernian 0.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Attempt missed. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dylan McGeouch replaces Scott Allan.

Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brandon Barker (Hibernian).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Christie replaces Niall McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Jamie Maclaren.

Attempt missed. Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

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

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35239370234778
2Aberdeen36216954361869
3Rangers362151070442668
4Hibernian361812656391766
5Kilmarnock361510114847155
6Hearts351113113634246
7Motherwell36119163949-1042
8St Johnstone36119163951-1242
9Dundee36106203556-2136
10Hamilton3696214663-1733
11Partick Thistle3679203060-3030
12Ross County36610203960-2128
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