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Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Johnny Hayes decides to take the corner short, clearance by Kevin McBride.
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Milne. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Irvine.
John Baird takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Niall McGinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Irvine. Indirect free kick taken by Kyle Benedictus.
James McAlister is ruled offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Fraser leaves the field to be replaced by Cameron Smith.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Conroy clears the bar.
Josh Magennis replaces Stephen Hughes.
Johnny Hayes has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Kyle Benedictus.
Kevin McBride challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hughes takes the free kick. Booking for Kevin McBride for unsporting behaviour.
Matthew Lockwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes. Free kick scored by Johnny Hayes from 18 yards. Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line, save by Rab Douglas.
John Baird replaces Nicky Riley.
Ryan Fraser has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Ryan Fraser produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Chris Clark goes off and Johnny Hayes comes on.
Stephen Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Milne. Stephen Hughes receives a yellow card. Declan Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Riley by Chris Clark. Steven Milne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Colin Nish. Indirect free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.
Effort from just outside the box by Nicky Riley goes over the bar.
Shot by Niall McGinn from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy from the right by-line, Kyle Benedictus produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on Declan Gallagher. Rab Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Fraser, clearance by Ryan Conroy.
Gary Irvine challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Clark Robertson.
Unfair challenge on Declan Gallagher by Chris Clark results in a free kick. Ryan Conroy restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Fraser, save made by Rab Douglas.
The ball is sent over by Clark Robertson, clearance by Matthew Lockwood.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Iain Davidson results in a free kick. Iain Davidson booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ryan Fraser.
Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Isaac Osbourne, Colin Nish manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Fraser takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Iain Davidson.
The ball is sent over by Isaac Osbourne, save made by Rab Douglas.
Ryan Fraser produces a cross, Matthew Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Gary Irvine. Caution for Gary Irvine. Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Russell Anderson. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Kyle Benedictus takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Kyle Benedictus results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Fraser, Rab Douglas makes a comfortable save.
Ryan Fraser challenges Nicky Riley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Clark Robertson, Kyle Benedictus makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Hughes by James McAlister results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.
Goal scored by Niall McGinn from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee.Assist by Ryan Fraser.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Colin Nish. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.
Corner taken by Ryan Fraser played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin McBride.
Ryan Fraser decides to take the corner short, Chris Clark has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Clark Robertson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hughes on Nicky Riley. Iain Davidson takes the free kick.
Colin Nish concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Anderson. Stephen Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Clark Robertson, Niall McGinn takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.
Matthew Lockwood on for Brian Easton.
Nicky Riley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Hayes ready to fight for place
Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes is determined to force his way back into manager Craig Brown's plans but believes he is battling for a place in one of the strongest sides in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Irishman has been forced to settle for substitute appearances in the last two outings against Kilmarnock and Dundee United after recovering from injury.
The form of Ryan Fraser has made competition even stiffer but Hayes accepts he must bide his time and make an impact when the opportunity arises.
Speaking prior to Saturday's home encounter against Dundee, he said: "I knew after missing a game I wouldn't come straight back in. The team won two games on the bounce.
"It is a little bit frustrating but you can't do anything. You can't argue with the gaffer, he's picking a team and the team are performing.
"The team are doing well and I'm happy from that point of view.
"We have one of the best squads in the SPL, without a doubt. You only have to look at the strength of our bench most weeks.
"All players have to understand you can't just walk into the team.
"You have to bide your time and work harder off the pitch, in training, and in the gym and wait for your opportunity.
"When you get a chance you have to take it."
The Dons head into the clash with Dundee sitting third in the SPL and undefeated since the opening day loss to champions Celtic.
Hayes said: "From the first day I came here, I realised it was the right move.
"We do have a great squad and we deserve to be where we are.
"The confidence is growing within the squad. You can see it at training every day.
"Considering the points we dropped early in the season, points we should have gained, we probably deserve to be top of the league at the minute.
"It's not to be so all we can do is look forward to the games ahead. Three points on Saturday would put us right back up there."
Left-back Gary Naysmith returns to the Dons squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Naysmith played for the Under-20s in midweek in his comeback from the injury he suffered in August.
Ryan Jack (foot), Andrew Considine (ankle) and Rory Fallon (stomach muscle) remain out.
Visitors Dundee may be bottom of the table but Hayes is taking nothing for granted.
He said: "This league has proven anybody can beat anybody on their day.
"They will be fighting but we would expect Dundee to be like most teams who come to Pittodrie, they will sit back and defend.
"We have seen that numerous times this season. We have to adjust our tactics and our game to go about getting the three points."
Dundee pair Cammy Kerr and Davide Grassi will both miss out with knee injuries.
Lewis Toshney (ankle) is a slight doubt but Nicky Riley and Colin Nish are both expected to make the squad.
Dundee boss Barry Smith admits he will always look to benefit from the knowledge of more experienced coaches as he prepares to lock horns with the veteran management team of Aberdeen.
The 38-year-old finds himself in a difficult situation in only his second full season in management with Dundee five points adrift at the foot of the SPL.
Smith has had to contend with a huge injury list, which Davide Grassi and Mark Kerr joined this week with knee problems, on top of the lack of preparation for the SPL season after Dundee's place was only officially ratified in the last week of pre-season.
Smith comes up against two of his former managers on Saturday - Brown had him in his Scotland Under-21 squad, while former Dundee boss Jocky Scott recently joined the Pittodrie coaching staff.
Another former Dens Park manager, Archie Knox, takes the Dons coaching triumvirate to a combined age of more than 200 and Smith will bank their post-match advice.
"Any experienced coach like Craig or Jocky Scott, Alex Smith, Jim Duffy, I speak to them all," the Dundee boss said.
"I want to win and I want to do better. If you can't learn from these guys then you are struggling.
"These are guys I would definitely pick the phone up to.
"I was on the phone to Alex Smith the other day. I went down to watch the Under-20s game (against Falkirk) and we had a wee chat before the game, and I appreciate him taking the time to phone me.
"Sometimes that's what you need, maybe a different insight into something."
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