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St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen: Hosts claim first league win

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Highlights: St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen

St Mirren claimed their first Scottish Premiership win of the season with a dogged performance against blunt Aberdeen.

On a miserable day in Paisley Jim Goodwin's side frustrated their visitors with a solitary goal from Ilkay Durmus.

Derek McInnes' side struggled without striker Sam Cosgrove but had a strong second-half penalty claim denied.

Niall McGinn struck the post with just injury time left to play.

The results pushes St Mirren up to fifth in the league table as Aberdeen also sit on three points.

Aberdeen's slump continues

After a gruelling 2-0 defeat to HNK Rijeka in Croatia just three days earlier, McInnes' side would have been hoping for a more comfortable afternoon in Paisley. However, what they ended up getting was the complete opposite.

St Mirren had already shown signs of improvement the week before in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Hibs and when the whistle sounded to kick things off, it was Goodwin's side that took the initiative.

The breakthrough came just 13 minutes in to a wet and windy match when Kyle Magennis galloped down the right flank before cutting the ball across the Aberdeen box to an unmarked Durmus. The Turkish winger didn't wait around and calmly slotted the ball in to the corner of the net with his first touch.

With a goal in hand, St Mirren sat back and allowed Aberdeen to play in front of them for the remainder of the half. Yet, to the immense frustration of the Dons manager and fans alike, the travelling side's best chance came from a long-distance shot from Ryan Hedges that caused little bother for St Mirren keeper Vaclav Hladky.

Aberdeen were much better in the second half when the weather seemed to subside and possession took on a more threatening tone. Curtis Main fired a shot from distance just five minutes after the break, followed by a Lewis Ferguson header from close range five minute after that which forced an immediate save from Hladky.

The travelling side's best chance of a breakthrough came in the 62nd minute when a cross from Hedges smashed off the hand of Ryan Flynn in the St Mirren box, suggesting a clear penalty was on the way. However, referee Steven McLean saw nothing of it and waved play on despite clear protests from the Aberdeen players.

As the Dons grew increasingly desperate in the latter stages of the game, space began to appear for St Mirren to exploit and a cross from Paul McGinn almost drew a line under proceedings with 13 minutes to go when it connected with Tony Andreu's shoulder and bounced inches wide of the far post.

In the dying moments Aberdeen's frustration was compounded further. A hopeful cross into the box from Andrew Considine found McGinn at the back post with all the time and space to win his side a point, yet the winger swung at it desperately and watched the shot ricochet off the post.

Rash, desperate and ultimately not good enough, much like Aberdeen on the day.

Derek McInnes's record vs St Mirren

Man of the match - Gary Mackenzie

BBC Scotland's Chick Young at The Simple Digital Arena

All the man of the match candidates in this game were in St Mirren's black and white. Ryan Flynn in the middle of the park, big Jon Obika - an immediate cult hero with the support - and goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky were terrific.

But centre half Gary Mackenzie was Saints' giant in so many ways as he was at the tail end of last season. Just one thing though. The rolled up shorts tucked into the under slip players wear is not a good look.

'I'm just glad we were able to hang on and get all three points' - reaction

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "We needed players in and it didn't quite happen as quick as we would have liked but the new faces have come in and added quality. The pleasing thing for me is that they're taking on board what I'm asking them to do in training.

"I'm sure Derek [McInnes] will be disappointed but Aberdeen are a terrific side and are still involved in Europe next week. We wish them well. I'm just glad we were able to hang on and get all three points."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "When you try and freshen the team up sometimes after an away European game, you're hoping you can get that freshness and impetus from the ones who come in.

"One or two maybe a looked a bit sluggish, like they needed the game, which goes against what you're trying to do. But you're trying to keep a squad happy and give everybody the opportunity, and I think one or two never quite took their opportunity. Second-half, we were relentless with our work, but it wasn't to be."

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Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 2McGinn
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 5McLoughlin
  • 3Waters
  • 16Foley
  • 8Flynn
  • 7Magennis
  • 10AndreuSubstituted forBreadnerat 88'minutes
  • 11DurmusSubstituted forMcAllisterat 70'minutes
  • 9ObikaSubstituted forMullenat 75'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 14McAllister
  • 15Baird
  • 18Mullen
  • 23Djorkaeff
  • 24MacPherson
  • 26Lyness
  • 38Breadner

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 33VynerBooked at 61mins
  • 4Considine
  • 5McKenna
  • 3LeighSubstituted forWilsonat 87'minutes
  • 22OjoBooked at 78mins
  • 11Hedges
  • 19Ferguson
  • 15WrightSubstituted forGallagherat 62'minutes
  • 18McLennanSubstituted forMcGinnat 62'minutes
  • 9Main

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 6Devlin
  • 10McGinn
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Gallagher
  • 24Campbell
  • 28Wilson
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
6,199

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Sam Foley (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron Breadner replaces Tony Andreu.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. James Wilson replaces Greg Leigh.

Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren).

Jon Gallagher (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Scott McKenna.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Aberdeen).

Sam Foley (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Aberdeen).

Václav Hladky (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Daniel Mullen replaces Jonathan Obika.

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

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

Foul by Tony Andreu (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Kyle McAllister replaces Ilkay Durmus.

Foul by Greg Leigh (Aberdeen).

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay in match because of an injury Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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2Rangers22008266
3Ross County21103034
4Aberdeen21013303
5St Mirren21011103
6Hamilton210123-13
7Hibernian210126-43
8Livingston20202202
9Hearts201123-11
10Motherwell201125-31
11St Johnstone201129-71
12Kilmarnock200214-30
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