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A cross is delivered by Niall McGinn, Header on goal by Cameron Smith from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Michael Ngoo takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
Kevin McHattie has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Peter Pawlett. Cameron Smith comes on in place of Ryan Jack.
Andy Webster challenges Niall McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Andy Webster for unsporting behaviour. Centre by Mark Reynolds, Gavin Rae takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Indirect free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Michael Ngoo receives a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Ngoo on Russell Anderson. Nicky Low replaces Josh Magennis. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Jamie Hamill challenges Niall McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie MacDonald. Peter Pawlett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johnny Hayes. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Dale Carrick on for John Sutton.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Johnny Hayes delivers the ball, save made by Jamie MacDonald.
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.
Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Walker from the left by-line, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
Mark Reynolds fouled by Arvydas Novikovas, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Mehdi Taouil misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Walker, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Clearance by Josh Magennis.
Niall McGinn receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Michael Ngoo produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Jamie Hamill on for Dylan McGowan. Arvydas Novikovas replaces Callum Tapping.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Dylan McGowan gets a block in.
A goal is scored by Niall McGinn from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts.
Michael Ngoo is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
The official flags Josh Magennis offside. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Jamie Walker takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kevin McHattie.
Johnny Hayes takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Michael Ngoo.
Shot from inside the area by Michael Ngoo clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by Danny Wilson. Free kick taken by Joe Shaughnessy.
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Ryan Stevenson results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Gavin Rae concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Kevin McHattie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Russell Anderson makes a clearance.
Foul by Jamie Walker on Joe Shaughnessy, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Anderson on John Sutton. Strike on goal comes in from Kevin McHattie from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Walker played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, Josh Magennis has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Johnny Hayes. Jamie MacDonald takes the indirect free kick.
John Sutton produces a left-footed shot from inside the penalty area and hits the post.
Andy Webster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis. Ryan Jack restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Niall McGinn.
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Danny Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Joe Shaughnessy challenges Jamie Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Rae. Johnny Hayes takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Dylan McGowan for handball. Dylan McGowan is cautioned. Free kick taken by Ryan Jack.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
Centre by Johnny Hayes, Dylan McGowan manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Stevenson challenges Gavin Rae unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Jack takes the free kick.
Kevin McHattie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.
John Sutton takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
Unfair challenge on Kevin McHattie by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Wilson.
Long range effort by Clark Robertson goes over the target.
Short corner taken by Johnny Hayes.
Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Callum Tapping.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Andy Webster gets a block in.
Niall McGinn finds the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Johnny Hayes.
Mehdi Taouil fouled by Joe Shaughnessy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McHattie.
The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes, save by Jamie MacDonald.
Foul by Michael Ngoo on Russell Anderson, free kick awarded. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.
Michael Ngoo challenges Russell Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Michael Ngoo takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Clark Robertson challenges Jamie Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dylan McGowan, The ball is delivered by Jamie Walker, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Kevin McHattie.
Effort on goal by Gavin Rae from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Vernon wants a win for all involved
Scott Vernon aims to impress new manager Derek McInnes while sending outgoing boss Craig Brown off on a high as Aberdeen bid to keep their top-six hopes alive against Hearts.
The Aberdeen players have yet to be introduced to McInnes, who was appointed on Monday to take over from Brown a fortnight later.
Brown and assistant Archie Knox are determined to lead Aberdeen into the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League before stepping down and they need a victory to have any chance of getting there before their final match against Dundee United.
McInnes will be watching from the Pittodrie stand when Hearts visit and Vernon believes that can only help supplement the preparation of their current management team.
The striker said: "We just get on with it, we've had the same gaffer in training and the same gaffer in next few games.
"We know the new man will be in the stand watching the games. It's quite a unique situation. But it's a good opportunity to impress him as well.
"Every club I've been at I've had new managers and it has always got the same reaction - lads are eager to impress. It's just a natural reaction. The extra pair of eyes will definitely do no harm.
"We'll get to meet him after the Dundee United game and get to know him more, which will be important for the squad.
"But right now the squad are being professional and getting on with the job.
"It has felt pretty normal. The day it was announced was a little bit of a shake-up. We weren't sure if we were meeting him (McInnes) or if he was taking over.
"The situation got clarified and it was back down to business. When we meet him, we meet him."
Brown had announced he was stepping down at the end of the season after a goalless draw with Motherwell left them struggling to make the top six.
A 4-3 defeat at Celtic Park followed but other results went their way to leave them with a chance - and Vernon believes it is only right that Brown is the man with the opportunity.
"It's a sign of respect for the gaffer we have got at the moment," he said.
"He's a good man and everyone at the club knows that. He wants to carry out the job he set out to do. Hopefully we can send him off on a high.
"I think everyone can agree, Craig and Archie have been brilliant for the club. They are two good guys that we want to do well for.
"We have been trying to do really well for them but unfortunately the results have not proven that. But there never has been a lack of effort from any of the players.
"We want to get the win and take it to the last game. If we can do that it will be an exciting end to the pre-split fixtures."
Aberdeen hope to have Ryan Jack and Clark Robertson fit. Jack has resumed training after picking up an injury with Scotland Under-21s while Robertson is pushing for a return after an ankle injury.
Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald believes the Aberdeen players will be energised by manager-in-waiting McInnes's presence in the stand.
MacDonald, 26, expects the Dons players to be fired up further, knowing that McInnes is watching.
"After Craig Brown announced that he was going to step down, why not get a new manager in and let him get his ideas across and build for next year," he said.
"I'm sure the new manager will bring in his new ways so it is probably good for the club overall, instead of waiting for the summer, it will give them a head start for next season.
"The players will be thinking of the new manager coming in and will be wanting to impress him.
"It is pretty much a clean slate for everybody so it will obviously be a bit of a lift for the players."
Jamie Hamill returns to the Hearts squad for the first time in almost a year. The Jambos right-back has been out since rupturing his cruciate knee ligament during a indoor training session last April.
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