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Summary

  1. FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts (O'Connor, Mackay-Steven)
  2. Victory lifts Dons three points clear of Rangers in second
  3. Rangers need to win at Celtic on Sunday to regain second spot
  4. Craig Levein's side stay sixth in the table

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    So, Aberdeen move three points clear in second place, courtesy of a convincing victory against a lacklustre Hearts.

    Read Brian McLauchlin's report from Pittodrie here.

    Highlights of Aberdeen's win will be available later. We're back tomorrow for another busy day in the Premiership.

    Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. 'We'll fight tooth and nail' - Levein

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Hearts boss Craig Levein, speaking to BT Sport: "Our defensive record is the second-best in the league and it was not like us to lose goals like that, particularly the second one.

    "I am not overly anxious about our effort or work-rate or application, but once we got into the middle third, we gave the ball away with little or no pressure on us.

    "When we get into wide areas, we have to get better balls into the box. The players have the ability because they can do it at home. That is the challenge for us, to do the same things we do at home.

    "I know what will happen next week [at home against Celtic]. We will go out and fight tooth and nail as we always do, and we will play with better confidence. It is a puzzle."

    Hearts manager Craig Levein
    Image caption: Craig Levein: "We will play with better confidence"
  3. 'The intensity was great' - McInnes

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is understandably a happy man after his side's victory.

    "I thought the intensity was great and the intent from the players from the start was terrific," he tells BBC Radio Scotland.

    "We put pressure on them when they had the ball and didn't allow Hearts to enjoy possession when they did have it. We tried to get after them.

    "When we had possession, we played with intelligence, which we didn't at Tynecastle. We got our wider players running and forced their wider player to defend.

    "It was another clean sheet, we were never really found wanting, and when our wide players turn up and our front players turn up, we normally get a result."

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
    Image caption: Derek McInnes: "The intent from the players from the start was terrific."
  4. Top six as it stands...

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Scottish Premiership top six
  5. 'You have to try to score goals'

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Peter Houston

    Former Scotland assistant manager on Sportsound

    Quote Message: It is all fine and well being set up well defensively, but you have got to try to score goals as well. I wasn't sure how Hearts were trying to get there and support Kyle Lafferty. Everything went through the middle, there was no width because their wing-backs were playing as full-backs in the first half. They never gave themselves a chance to score tonight, and never looked like scoring.
  6. Aberdeen claim victory

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Clockwise from top left: Derek McInnes, Craig Levein and Gary Mackay-Steven celebrates his goal
  7. 'Credit to Aberdeen'

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Peter Houston

    Former Scotland assistant manager on Sportsound

    Quote Message: I thought in the first half Aberdeen were exciting to watch. They were getting two-on-one situations down the right-hand side and Stevie May was playing some nice wee triangles. But as the game went on, they were quite content to let Hearts have the ball and make sure they didn't concede a goal. It is a dangerous game if you do concede, but credit to Aberdeen, they did what they had to do, and now they have cup finals left to try to get that second place.
  8. FULL-TIME Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Stats from Pittodrie
  9. Hearts chance

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Joe Lewis is called into action to gather a Harry Cochrane drive from about 20 yards. It just hasn't happened for the Jambos in front of goal.

  10. Rooney threatens

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Adam Rooney sends a header just wide but the striker is flagged offside in any case.

  11. Aberdeen coasting

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Three minutes plus added time remaining at Pittodrie before the Dons claim victory and move three points clear in second place in the Premiership.

  12. Tactical chat

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Derek McInnes was effusive in his praise of Scott McKenna after the centre-back's nomination for PFA Premiership Young Player of the Year this week, and the Aberdeen boss is happy to pass on instructions to the young centre-back as the Dons look to close this game out for a vital three points in their pursuit of a fourth successive second place.

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes passes Scott McKenna a note
    Image caption: Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes passes Scott McKenna a note
  13. Dons coasting to victory

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Aberdeen celebrate
    Image caption: Aberdeen have been too strong for Hearts at Pittodrie
  14. Berra of bad news

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Another booking, this time for Hearts skipper Christophe Berra for a body check on the flying Gary Mackay-Steven as the winger is stopped in his tracks and crumples to the turf.

  15. Hearts chance

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    A rare chance for Hearts as Michael Smith tees up Kyle Lafferty but the Northern Ireland international fails to reduce the deficit.

    Doesn't look like it's going to be Hearts' night...

  16. 'Hearts have been disappointing'

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I don’t think the referee has any option but to bring the yellow card out [for Shay Logan]. I think that Hearts have been disappointing. You can’t see how they’re going to break Aberdeen down. What is their point of attack? What are they trying to achieve? There’s no width, there’s certainly no one running beyond Lafferty. So it’s really difficult to see how they’re going to turn this one around.
  17. Rooney & Christie on for Dons

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Sam Cosgrove can be pleased with his evening's work. The young striker, who was involved in both goals, gets a warm round of applause as he leaves the field, to be replaced by Adam Rooney.

    Ryan Christie is also on for the hosts, with Stevie May making way.

  18. YELLOW CARD

    Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Shay Logan is booked by referee Andrew Dallas for a challenge on Hearts substitute Harry Cochrane.

    Andy Irvine trots on to replace Connor Randall; BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller bemoans Hearts' display and wonders whether the visitors will find their way back into the game with time against them.

  19. Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Twenty minutes remaining at Pittodrie, with Aberdeen in control and coasting to victory.

  20. Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Dominic Ball fancies his chances from the edge of the Hearts area but sends a shot fizzing high over the bar.

    If we're to see another goal it's likely to come from the hosts. Dons keeper Joe Lewis could go for a fish supper!