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Summary

  1. Scottish Premiership action at Fir Park
  2. Considine scrambles home only goal
  3. Dons up to second in Premiership, Well remain in sixth
  4. Visitors avenge midweek League Cup exit at same venue
  5. Well lose five-game unbeaten run

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, Aberdeen avenge their League Cup defeat at Fir Park by claiming maximum points this afternoon, moving to within two points of league leaders Celtic.

    We'll have highlights of all yesterday's Premiership games on our website at 18:00 tonight. Stay on our page at 16:00 to watch Championship action as St Mirren host Queen of the South.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

  2. Petravicius out of Well shadows

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Lithuania winger Deimantas Petravicius is still waiting to make his first appearance in Well colours since signing until the end of the season.

    At least he managed to get his tracksuit on as he was on the bench for the first time as his wait for a work permit is now over.

    Petravicius was left out of the Lithuania squad for their recent World Cup qualifier against Scotland because of his lack of action since leaving Polish club Zaglebie Lubin this summer.

    Motherwell's Deimantas Petravicius warms up at Fir Park

    The midfielder is no stranger to British football having come through the Nottingham Forest academy.

    But he made only one appearance for the English Championship outfit - and made two appearances for Stevenage on loan.

    However, he is a bit of a stranger to first-team outings. Since those brief sightings with Forest and Stevenage, he has gone on to make only one other appearance - for Zaglebie as they finished ninth in the Ekstraklasa last season.

    Despite Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson making three substitutions against Aberdeen, Petravicius is still waiting for his chance at Fir Park.

  3. I trust Scott McKenna - McInnes

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Scott McKenna, the 20-year-old making his first Dons appearance in more than a year, earned praise from manager Derek McInnes for his performance in the heart of defence beside Iceland international Kari Arnason, who also came back into the side.

    "Different ends of spectrum, young and old, Kari with all his experience and Scott at the start of his career," McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "Both were as good as each other. When the ball was coming into the box, we had more size than the other night.

    Aberdeen's Kari Arnason and Scott McKenna celebrate
    Image caption: Kari Arnason and Scott McKenna formed a new defensive partnership

    "You would expect two guys like that to win most headers, but I was also impressed with Scott's distribution.

    "I trust Scott McKenna. He's been getting better over the weeks and I am sure he will have a good career ahead of him.

    "But everybody played their part today."

  4. Dons 'handled our forwards better'

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    While disappointed to lose, Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is not being too harsh on his side for failing to repeat Thursday's League Cup win over today's opponents.

    "I thought it was a tight game," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "They had the better of the first 20 minutes, but I thought we had the better of the rest of the game.

    "It just shows our progress that we are disappointed to lose to a team who were second in the league last season.

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson

    "It was a big change in result but not a big change in performance.

    "They are celebrating in there like they have won the league, kicking doors and things, and that shows how far we have come.

    "The difference was that their centre-halves handled our forwards better than the other night."

  5. We nullified Well's strengths - McInnes

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has described his side's performance as "pragmatic, doing the basics right and not giving Well the encouragement they got the other night.

    "It was not a polished performance, but we did what we needed to do.

    "We knew prior to the double header we had our work cut out and we probably didn't get the selection right the other night.

    "We had a bit more size about us and that was what was required.

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and goalkeeper Joe Lewis
    Image caption: Derek McInnes (left) thinks he got the tactics better this time

    "There are different ways to win a game and we mentioned that to the players.

    "We had to right a few wrongs from the other night, for our ourselves, and to the man I thought we had the better players than Motherwell and it was the reverse from the other night.

    "What we did do was nullify their strengths as a team."

  6. Reacting from Fir Park coming up...

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    We'll hear from both managers soon, meantime you can read Alasdair Lamont's match report here.

    Aberdeen's Derek McInnes (right) and Andy Considine
    Image caption: Put it there, pal. Andrew Considine celebrates with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes at full-time
  7. 'Exciting if you like your meat raw'

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Aberdeen stood up to the physical challenge and I thought that Scott McKenna was immense, with Kari Arnason alongside him as the cool head.

    Aberdeen were better in the second half; Motherwell did well but weren't as energetic or up for it as they were last Thursday [in the League Cup tie] but they still put in a very good shift.

    Aberdeen's Scott McKenna (right) and Kari Arnason celebrate at full-time
    Image caption: Aberdeen purged the memory of their League Cup exit with victory at Fir Park

    It was exciting if you like your meat raw. If you had the choice, you would prefer a silky, smooth game of football. I don't think you're going to see many silky games of football at Fir Park under this manager.

  8. Post update

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Premiership table
  9. Story of the game

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Statistics from Fir Park
  10. FULL-TIME Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Andrew Considine's strike proves crucial as the Dons beat Motherwell to move to within two points of Premiership leaders Celtic.

    Revenge a dish best served cold? The Dons purge the memory of their midweek League Cup mauling with maximum points in a hard-fought win at Fir Park.

  11. Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Motherwell are huffing and puffing as their search for a late, late equaliser becomes more frantic.

    The Fir Park bugle is sounded for the charge...

  12. ADDED TIME

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Gael Bigirimana is felled on the edge of the area. Free kick in a great position but Louis Moult sends his effort into the Aberdeen wall and flies over.

    Four minutes of added time at Fir Park.

  13. Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Home appeals for a penalty as Louis Moult tumbles in the box; referee Nick Walsh is having none of it.

  14. Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    It's Aberdeen who are pressing for a second goal with Motherwell struggling to get possession and venture into Dons territory.

    Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie receives a yellow card for a late, sliding challenge on Gael Bigirimana.

  15. Dons freshen up

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Adam Rooney replaces Ryan Christie as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes looks to see this out and claim maximum points.

  16. GREAT SAVE!

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Greg Stewart whips the ball from the feet of Cedric Kipre only to see his shot brilliantly parried by Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson.

    What a save!

  17. Aberdeen change

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Stevie May, who has ran his socks off with little reward, hobbles off to be replaced by Dominic Ball.

    Ryan Christie relieves Motherwell pressure as he surges away with the ball only to be fouled by a posse of Motherwell players.

    Can the hosts find an equaliser? They have eight minutes plus added time remaining in which to do so.

  18. 'Well profligate

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Louis Moult flicks on the ball into the path of substitute Elliott Frear who scampers down the left but his cross is behind the Motherwell cavalry - much to the chagrin of the home fans - and the chance goes abegging.

    Aberdeen were sliced open there.

  19. Aberdeen seize initiative

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    Derek McInnes' side lead courtesy of Andrew Considine's close range finish following a sublime piece of skill by Ryan Christie.

    Aberdeen's Andy Considine (left) celebrates with team-mate Graeme Shinnie
  20. Late 'Well charge?

    Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen

    The Motherwell supporters are urging their side forward in search of an equaliser. The hosts are awarded a free-kick following Stevie May's full-blooded challenge on Allan Campbell. Didn't look too much in that.

    Aberdeen are looking comfortable with their one-goal cushion.