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Sone Aluko crosses the ball, Josh Magennis has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Steven Smith, Josh Magennis takes a shot.
Robert Milsom has an effort at goal. Blocked by David Stephens.
Unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by Callum Booth results in a free kick. Steven Smith crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Considine. Ian Murray is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Steven Smith, David Stephens makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, clearance by David Stephens.
Shot from just outside the area by Steven Smith goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Chris Maguire. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Vernon fouled by David Stephens, the ref awards a free kick. Sone Aluko takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Steven Smith on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded. Steven Smith receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Miller, clearance made by Nikola Vujadinovic.
Centre by Steven Smith, clearance made by David Stephens.
Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
Chris Maguire sends in a cross, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
Unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Sone Aluko results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Towell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by Liam Miller. Chris Maguire delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Mark Brown.
Ian Murray joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lewis Stevenson.
The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Colin Nish challenges Nikola Vujadinovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Colin Nish booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Nikola Vujadinovic.
Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line played to the near post. Sone Aluko produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post. David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Vujadinovic. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Josh Magennis sends in a cross, save by Mark Brown.
The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire. Shot from close range by Scott Vernon clears the bar. Peter Pawlett leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Magennis.
Chris Maguire takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
Lewis Stevenson sends in a cross, comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lewis Stevenson, clearance by Scott Vernon.
Liam Miller takes the outswinging corner, Scott Vernon manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Liam Miller.
Derek Young goes off and Clark Robertson comes on.
Shot by Robert Milsom. Blocked by Lewis Stevenson.
Ryan Jack challenges Liam Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lewis Stevenson, Scott Vernon makes a clearance.
Chris Maguire has an effort at goal from close in that strikes the post. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Peter Pawlett. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Scott Vernon coming on for Nick Blackman. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Akpo Sodje. Akpo Sodje goes off and Colin Nish comes on. Ricardo Vaz Te leaves the field to be replaced by David Wotherspoon. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Callum Booth goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire.
A cross is delivered by Peter Pawlett, blocked by Richie Towell. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line, Akpo Sodje manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Akpo Sodje on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Pawlett.
Steven Smith crosses the ball, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
Matt Thornhill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Victor Palsson.
Effort on goal by Akpo Sodje from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Steven Smith, clearance by David Stephens. Corner taken by Chris Maguire, comfortable save by Mark Brown.
Steven Smith sends in a cross.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Brown.
The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, clearance by Richie Towell.
The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, save by Mark Brown.
Long range effort by Chris Maguire goes wide right of the net.
The official flags Peter Pawlett offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje. Callum Booth restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Chris Maguire crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Liam Miller. Free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
Chris Maguire has an effort at goal from a long way out hitting the post.
A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, David Stephens makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line.
Foul by Richie Towell on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded. Steven Smith takes the free kick.
Peter Pawlett delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by Richie Towell.
Steven Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Sone Aluko, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
Akpo Sodje finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian.
The ball is crossed by Richie Towell.
The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Steven Smith.
Unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Nick Blackman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Effort on goal by Nick Blackman from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Sone Aluko crosses the ball. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Milsom, save made by Mark Brown.
The offside flag is raised against Ricardo Vaz Te. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Shot by Sone Aluko from 35+ yards. Comfortable save by Mark Brown.
The ball is delivered by Sone Aluko. Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Victor Palsson.
Sone Aluko delivers the ball.
Steven Smith produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis Stevenson from the left by-line, clearance made by Peter Pawlett.
Brown won't field weakened side
Manager Craig Brown has dismissed any notion he might select a weakened Aberdeen side for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hibernian with next week's Scottish Cup semi-final coming into view.
The Dons boss' hand may be forced, however, with injuries sustained in Wednesday night's 3-2 loss at St Mirren further depleting his options.
Rory McArdle could be out for the season with a dislocated shoulder, while late decisions will be made on whether Zander Diamond (stomach) - like McArdle, injured at St Mirren - and David McNamee (hamstring) can take part in Saturday's match.
While Brown acknowledges the April 17 Cup date with Celtic is important, he is focused on the clash with Hibs and the midweek SPL meeting with Rangers.
He said: "We'll not deliberately weaken the team in any way. My priority is the next match. We want to get points on the board.
"I know the semi-final looms large on everyone's mind but we want to get consistency of performance.
"We'll put out the team which we think is the appropriate one for the game."
McArdle and Diamond suffered injuries at New St Mirren Park as the Dons' troubles continued - they have won only one of their last seven games.
With Paul Hartley (knee) still out alongside long-term injury victims Yoann Folly, Darren Mackie and Fraser Fyvie, the treatment room at Pittodrie is busy.
"It's the walking wounded through there," Brown added.
With the matches against Rangers and Celtic to follow, Brown is not prepared to risk further injuries against Hibs and Diamond and McNamee will only play if they prove their fitness.
"If it was the last game of the season Zander Diamond would play," he said.
"But if it's going to make him a risk for Wednesday or next Sunday, we'll not take a chance with him."
Aberdeen's last league win was on February 22 - they beat St Mirren in a cup quarter-final replay on March 16 - and Brown is seeking improvements ahead of the Celtic match, beginning against Hibs.
"It's a while since we had a league win," he said.
"I haven't been too despondent, particularly the Hearts and St Mirren game up here, when I thought we were excellent.
"I was pleased with the performance against St Mirren (on Wednesday).
"I'm optimistic about the next two or three games."
Former Scotland boss Brown will find a familiar face in the opposing dugout on Saturday.
Hibs boss Colin Calderwood played under Brown at Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup.
Calderwood has no major new injury concerns for the encounter.
On-loan defender Richie Towell is available again after missing Wednesday's loss to parent club Celtic, with Calderwood monitoring the fitness of some of the players who suffered knocks in the 3-1 loss at Parkhead.
Francis Dickoh could return, but Danny Galbraith (ankle), Steven Thicot (ankle), Kevin McCann (knee) and Graham Stack (shoulder) are out.
Hibs` top scorer Derek Riordan must wait until the end of the season to discover his future, Calderwood said on Friday.
Riordan, with 10 goals this term, is one of 11 players out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
While the majority of the players whose deals end this summer have been told if they are surplus to requirements next term, Riordan's fate remains to be determined.
Calderwood said: "We're going to get to the end of the season and sit down and thrash it out.
"We both understand that, we're both happy to clear the games out of the road.
"Nothing will happen between now and then."
Calderwood expects an announcement to be made shortly about those players who are out of contract at the end of the campaign, but anticipates the squad will be contracted for next term.
He added: "We've got too many players on the books at the minute, so we will reduce the numbers in terms of our first-team squad, definitely.
"Ideally we'd be looking at a group round about 20."
The former Northampton and Nottingham Forest boss also expects players to have to face up to the reality of 12-month contracts.
He added: "With the number of changes in management, I think it's prudent of clubs to have shorter-term contracts.
"More or less players favour them as well because it gives them a certain amount of freedom."
Hibs have seven games left this term, and with defeat at Celtic on Wednesday night ending hopes of a top-six finish, Calderwood is now hoping to win the fight for seventh place.
"We've got a lot to play for," he added.
"We've got to fight to come top of the bottom half of the table and this gives us an opportunity to get further above Aberdeen."
Dons downed by Hibs
Akpo Sodje netted the only goal of the match to give Hibernian victory over Aberdeen in what was essentially a dead rubber in the depths of the Scottish Premier League's bottom six.
Sodje rifled home a Matt Thornhill pass after Dons midfielder Peter Pawlett had been caught in possession, despite the home side having seemed the more threatening.
But the game quickly degenerated into end-of-season fare, and in the end the single goal proved to be the winner.
Dons defenders Zander Diamond and Rory McArdle joined a lengthy injury list in the 3-2 loss at St Mirren last time out, and they were among four changes made by the home side as manager Craig Brown looks to end a slump that has seen his side win just one of their past seven.
Nikola Vujadinovic and Ryan Jack came into the starting line-up, while Michael Paton and Josh Magennis dropped to the bench to be replaced by Sone Aluko and Nick Blackman.
Hibs also made four changes. On-loan Celtic man Richie Towell returned in place of Michael Hart after being ineligible for the midweek defeat at his parent club.
Derek Riordan was absent from the squad, while Martin Scott and David Wotherspoon joined Hart on the bench. Thornhill, Lewis Stevenson and Akpo Sodje came into the starting XI.
The Aberdeen players were looking to make their mark ahead of next week's Scottish Cup semi-final and they started the brighter of the two sides, particularly attacking down the right.
Peter Pawlett saw an early opening sliced wide after an Aluko pass had come back off Hibs captain Paul Hanlon, and he was later denied by the same player, this time from Chris Maguire's cross.
Aluko had seen Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown hold a speculative 25-yard drive in between times, with the Dons looking lively.
Typically, though, it was Colin Calderwood's side who took the lead after 15 minutes.
Pawlett was caught in possession on the edge of his own box, and Thornhill's through ball was despatched confidently by Sodje.
Midway through the half, Maguire was unlucky not to level as he made space on the edge of the box, his low shot crashing back off the upright.
The game entered a bit of a lull, but with eight minutes remaining before the interval, a Derek Young cross found Blackman. The on-loan Blackburn Rovers striker, though, failed to get any purchase on his header.
Hibs should have given themselves some breathing space just two minutes after the restart as Ricardo Vaz Te slipped in Sodje, only for the first-half goalscorer to blaze high and wide.
The visitors failed to take advantage of a numerical advantage gifted to them by Vujadinovic's absence for treatment to a head knock suffered in a challenge with Sodje.
However both sides made changes before the hour and there was an immediate rise in tempo.
Hibs brought Wotherspoon and Colin Nish on for Sodje and Vaz Te, while the Dons replaced Blackman with Scott Vernon.
Seconds later, Maguire struck the upright for a second time, and from the rebound Aluko saw his strike turned wide by Brown.
Hibs countered, and after Wotherspoon had played him in, Stevenson forced Langfield into his first save of the afternoon, the keeper quick off his line to block from the midfielder.
Vernon volleyed wide of the far post from a Maguire cross midway through the first half, and two minutes later another delivery from the same man saw Aluko poke wide from a similar position.
Nish became the first to receive a yellow card after 72 minutes after catching Dons substitute Clark Robertson with a high boot, and he was followed into the book by Smith with five minutes remaining.
Smith had been switched to right-back when Robertson replaced Young, but the on-loan Norwich man's biggest impact was in attack as he cut onto his left foot, but sent his drive fizzing over.
The home side kept pushing into injury time, and Magennis was unlucky to see a header come back off the bar, before heading wide moments later.
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