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Corner taken right-footed by Chris Clark from the right by-line, John Potter makes a clearance.
Kari Arnason delivers the ball, blocked by John Potter.
David Graham has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle to the near post, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
Centre by David Graham, blocked by Peter Pawlett.
The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, Scott Vernon has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Richard Foster played to the near post, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Ryan Thomson results in a free kick. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Mohamed Chalali goes over the bar.
The official flags Mohamed Chalali offside. Free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
David Graham has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by David Gonzalez.
The ball is crossed by Paul Burns, clearance made by Andrew Considine.
David Graham produces a cross, David Gonzalez makes a save.
Mohamed Chalali is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Shot from just outside the box by Kari Arnason misses to the left of the target.
Ryan Jack leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Clark.
Scott Vernon scores a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline.Assist by Mohamed Chalali.
Mohamed Chalali produces a drilled right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.
Outswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom. Peter Pawlett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Robert Milsom crosses the ball, clearance by Alex Keddie.
Shot by Scott Vernon. Save by Paul Gallacher.
A cross is delivered by Jason Thomson.
Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Joe Cardle, free kick awarded. Peter Pawlett replaces Fraser Fyvie. Alex Keddie takes the free kick.
Shot by Robert Milsom from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Robert Milsom produces a cross.
Shot by Fraser Fyvie. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Foul by Alex Keddie on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Kari Arnason. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Mohamed Chalali coming on for Rory Fallon. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Isaac Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Thomson. Free kick crossed by Joe Cardle, Rory Fallon makes a clearance.
Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Burns. Free kick crossed by Joe Cardle.
Ryan Jack takes a short corner.
Foul by David Graham on Isaac Osbourne, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Ryan Thomson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Easton. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joe Cardle from right channel, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Isaac Osbourne produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Kari Arnason has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Barrowman. David Gonzalez restarts play with the free kick.
Kari Arnason has an effort at goal from outside the box that bounces off the post. Effort on goal by Rory Fallon from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Scott Vernon produces a cross, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on Alex Keddie. Gary Mason goes off and Joe Cardle comes on. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
Unfair challenge on John Potter by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
Paul Burns takes the outswinging corner, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Andrew Barrowman. Save made by David Gonzalez.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on David Graham. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Ryan Jack delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
Centre by Fraser Fyvie, Austin McCann gets a block in.
Richard Foster takes a corner.
A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Jack, Jason Thomson makes a clearance. Richard Foster takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Jason Thomson.
Foul by John Potter on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Robert Milsom from the free kick,
The ball is delivered by Austin McCann, clearance made by Youl Mawene.
Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line, save by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, clearance made by John Potter.
Fraser Fyvie gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 3-0 Dunfermline.Scott Vernon provided the assist for the goal.
Kari Arnason sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Jack, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Foster, Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Robert Milsom delivers the ball, clearance made by John Potter.
The ball is delivered by Paul Burns.
Craig Easton takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Gonzalez.
Austin McCann produces a cross, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
Andy Kirk replaces Andy Dowie.
Robert Milsom takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Gallacher.
Paul Burns produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Jack, Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Kari Arnason, Scott Vernon grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aberdeen 2-0 Dunfermline.Assist on the goal came from Youl Mawene.
Corner taken right-footed by Richard Foster from the left by-line, save by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is sent over by Isaac Osbourne, save by Paul Gallacher.
Richard Foster crosses the ball, Robert Milsom takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Corner taken right-footed by Richard Foster from the left by-line, Youl Mawene has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Richard Foster produces a cross, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Brilliant save by Paul Gallacher.
Austin McCann produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Andrew Barrowman misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Gary Mason takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Austin McCann.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Dowie on Robert Milsom. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Robert Milsom goes wide left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Austin McCann, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.
Paul Burns takes the outswinging corner, Gary Mason has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Burns, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Paul Burns, Kari Arnason gets a block in.
Foul by Rory Fallon on Jason Thomson, free kick awarded. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Rory Fallon challenges John Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a deflected shot. Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Foster, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
Scott Vernon delivers the ball, Kari Arnason takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Jack from the right by-line played to the near post, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Robert Milsom, Rory Fallon takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Rory Fallon has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Austin McCann crosses the ball, clearance by Kari Arnason.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaac Osbourne on Andy Dowie. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Robert Milsom produces a cross, John Potter makes a clearance.
Kari Arnason concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mason. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Richard Foster, Scott Vernon scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aberdeen 1-0 Dunfermline.Assist by Richard Foster.
Fraser Fyvie takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jason Thomson.
The ball is swung over by Robert Milsom, Austin McCann makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David Graham.
Shot from long range by Kari Arnason goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Brown: Results are coming
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown claims his side are only a "fingertip" away from improving results as he urged the Dons fans to support their team against Dunfermline.
The Scottish Premier League's Friday-night football experiment looks set to be a damp squib as the attempt to improve attendances is likely to fall down due to the home team's poor form.
Less than 4,000 turned up for Aberdeen's most recent home game - a cup defeat by Second Division East Fife - and they followed that with a 1-0 loss at Motherwell.
Aberdeen have failed to score in seven of nine SPL games this season but Brown claims only individual errors stand in the way of his side moving up from second bottom in the table.
Richard Foster was culpable last weekend when he lost possession to Bob McHugh before the Motherwell substitute netted a late winner.
And Brown, who left Motherwell for Pittodrie in December last year, is convinced Aberdeen are on the verge of improvement.
"When we came here last season, we got more points than six of the other teams in the SPL until the end of the season and I'm convinced we'll do the same this season," the 71-year-old said.
"We have started poorly but we are more resolute and we should be far better if we don't make individual errors.
"We had eight corners against Motherwell and they had three. We had more efforts on target than Motherwell, although they hit the woodwork twice.
"The analysis is quite straightforward - we are making individual errors and they are costing us, and quite often we are in an attacking position.
"We are just a fingertip away from some decent results, but I'm an eternal optimist."
Brown will assess the fitness of Richard Foster and Isaac Osbourne ahead of their clash with the Pars.
Both returned to training on Thursday after suffering ankle injuries at Fir Park last weekend but they are expected to be fit.
Jason Brown should recover from a groin injury and Fraser Fyvie is back in the squad after his Scotland Under-19 commitments.
Dunfermline full-back Austin McCann admits it will be a blow to lose much of their travelling support amid the Friday-night football experiment but he is confident their away form will give them a chance.
McCann believes the supporters have helped inspire them to wins on the road against St Johnstone and Dundee United, but they are likely to have to go it alone against the Dons given the challenge of travelling more than 100 miles at the busiest time of the week.
McCann said: "We've had Monday night games this year and a couple of lunchtime kick-offs already, so the players are used to the changes.
"Players can adapt, it's our jobs, but when you're talking about fans, the club is their life and some of them will not make it because they've got to work and can't make it to Aberdeen on Friday night.
"It was a bit strange they used this game as a pilot.
"It will be a blow to us because the away fans have been great this season, especially helping us get results at McDiarmid Park and Tannadice.
"So it's disappointing there will not be as many as there should be."
However, those wins away have given Dunfermline confidence.
"They are tough venues to go to and get results and we managed to do it," the defender added.
"We took Aberdeen to the last minute last season in the cup and went out with an OG, so that will give us confidence.
"But every game is different because Aberdeen will be right up for it."
Craig Easton and Steven McDougall are back in contention.
Easton has recovered from a shin knock and McDougall has returned to training after a groin problem.
However, Martin Hardie (ankle), Kevin Rutkiewicz (thigh), Steven Bell (Achilles) and Nicky Phinn (hamstring) remain sidelined.
Vernon fires Dons to much-needed victory
A Scott Vernon hat-trick helped Aberdeen ease the pressure on manager Craig Brown with a convincing 4-0 win over Dunfermline.
The Clydesdale Bank Premier League's Friday night football experiment drew an impressive crowd of 8,333 to Pittodrie and the majority who turned up left content after a resounding Dons victory.
Vernon opened the scoring when he headed home a Richard Foster cross after six minutes, and the former Colchester striker added a second after 35 minutes when he flicked the ball home from two yards out after Youl Mawene had nodded on a Kari Arnason cross.
Fraser Fyvie netted a third for the Dons on the stroke of half-time when he rifled the ball home from the edge of the area, and Vernon completed the scoring with ten minutes to go when he turned the ball home after Mohamed Chalali's long-range strike hit the post.
In their first home fixture since being dumped out of the Scottish Communities League Cup to Second Division part-timers East Fife, Aberdeen made only one change from the side that was defeated 1-0 by Motherwell with Fyvie returning to the side after his Scotland under-19 commitments.
Dunfermline, looking to bounce back from last weekend's 4-0 defeat to Rangers, made two changes with ex-Dundee United midfielder Craig Easton, who was back fit after a shin injury, and defender John Potter replacing Joe Cardle and Ryan Thomson.
Aberdeen made a promising start to the match with Arnason dragging a shot wide from distance before Vernon just failed to connect with Rob Milsom's tantalising cross. However the Englishman broke the deadlock two minutes later when he headed home a Foster cross from close range to the delight of the home support.
The Dons continued to enjoy the better of possession as Dunfermline struggled to settle with New Zealand international Rory Fallon nodding over from a Ryan Jack corner after 15 minutes. Fallon went even closer after 17 minutes when his downward header from Milsom's hanging cross was excellently kept out by Pars stopper Paul Gallacher.
Dunfermline created their first real chance on the half-hour mark when captain Austin McCann's perfect delivery was headed wide by former Inverness striker Andrew Barrowman.
The Pars had Gallacher to thank two minutes later when he pulled off a fantastic save to claw away another Vernon header from a Foster cross, before producing an equally fine stop to thwart Milsom.
But the former Norwich keeper was helpless to prevent the Dons getting a second after 35 minutes when Arnason's cross was nodded on by Mawene onto Vernon at the back post who easily guided the ball into the net from two yards out.
And the Dons added a third on the stroke of half-time when Vernon laid the ball up nicely for Fyvie to slam the ball low past Gallacher. Aberdeen continued where they left off after the restart with Milsom unfortunate not to add a fourth when his powerful free-kick crashed off the crossbar.
Barrowman came close to pulling a goal back for the Fifers when his left-footed shot curled past the post after 58 minutes. The Dons should have put the game out of sight after 62 minutes when Arnason's drive came back off the post to Fallon but the striker lashed the ball over when it looked easier to score.
The one-way traffic ensued with Fyvie almost grabbing his second with another powerful drive but again Gallacher managed to divert the ball to safety. Milsom was guilty of passing up a wonderful chance with time running out when he was played in one-on-one with the keeper by substitute Chalali but the midfielder could only find the side-netting.
Vernon then completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining when he was quickest to react after Chalali's curling effort bounced back off the post.
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