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Fraser Fyvie has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson by Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Matthew Kennedy is brought on as a substitute for William Gros.
The assistant referee flags for offside against William Gros. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Mitchel Megginson crosses the ball, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by James Fowler, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by James Fowler.
Foul by Mitchel Megginson on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save made by Jason Brown.
Zdenek Kroca gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from right wing, Zdenek Kroca makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Cameron Bell makes a save. Scott Vernon leaves the field to be replaced by Rory Fallon. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Mitchel Megginson coming on for Mohamed Chalali.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Jack, clearance made by Liam Kelly. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Jack, Rory McArdle produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
The official flags William Gros offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Dean Shiels fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. William Gros joins the action as a substitute, replacing Garry Hay. Dean Shiels takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Rory McArdle, save by Cameron Bell.
The ball is delivered by James Fowler, clearance made by Mark Reynolds. Effort on goal by Danny Racchi from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.
Fraser Fyvie crosses the ball, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Dean Shiels challenges Rory McArdle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory McArdle takes the indirect free kick.
Rory McArdle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Zdenek Kroca.
Unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Mohamed Chalali results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the indirect free kick.
Scott Vernon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Fowler on Mark Reynolds. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Fyvie.
The offside flag is raised against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Ben Gordon.
Centre by Rory McArdle.
Clark Robertson sends in a cross.
Garry Hay sends in a cross.
Ryan Jack concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by James Fowler.
The ball is sent over by Chris Clark, blocked by Danny Racchi. Handball by Danny Racchi. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from own half, clearance made by Garry Hay. Inswinging corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Racchi.
Danny Racchi takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.
Clark Robertson takes a shot. Blocked by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Shot from just outside the area by Mark Reynolds misses to the right of the target.
Rory McArdle produces a cross, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line played to the near post, Danny Racchi makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon, clearance made by Andrew Considine. Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Garry Hay on Ryan Jack, free kick awarded. Booking for Garry Hay for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Fraser Fyvie. The ball is swung over by Chris Clark, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Shot by Dean Shiels. Save made by Jason Brown.
Fraser Fyvie takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Hay. Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie, Kari Arnason produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by Rory McArdle, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Foul by Rory McArdle on Danny Racchi, free kick awarded. The referee books Rory McArdle for unsporting behaviour. Garry Hay takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Chris Clark, clearance made by Zdenek Kroca.
Rory McArdle produces a cross, clearance by Zdenek Kroca.
The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
The offside flag is raised against Scott Vernon. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clark Robertson on Zdenek Kroca. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Centre by Rory McArdle. The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
The ball is crossed by James Fowler, Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Heffernan. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.
Shot on goal by Liam Kelly from long range goes harmlessly over the target. Corner taken by Dean Shiels played to the near post, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Centre by Kari Arnason, Garry Hay gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie, clearance made by Zdenek Kroca.
The ball is sent over by Fraser Fyvie, Zdenek Kroca manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Ben Gordon.
Chris Clark delivers the ball, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Clark Robertson produces a cross, clearance made by Zdenek Kroca.
A cross is delivered by Kari Arnason, Zdenek Kroca manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mohamed Chalali from the right by-line.
Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.
Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko. Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels, clearance by Kari Arnason.
Brown sets sights on treble
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has targeted three wins in a row for the first time this season when his side host Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday.
The Dons have twice been scuppered in their attempts to string together a run of results this term.
But, having notched up back-to-back victories over Dundee United in the league and then Forfar in the William Hill Scottish Cup, Brown is desperate for success this time.
He said: "Twice this season we have won two games on the bounce and then we have faltered at the third hurdle.
"We do not want to do that in this game. It would be great to get a third victory."
Brown believes a decent run of results would see fans flocking back to Pittodrie in numbers.
He added: "I cannot commend our fans enough.
"I have said it repeatedly and I am not patronising the supporters but it is an exceptional support we have here and I think we would have had more at Forfar had there been more tickets available.
"We also had a fantastic support at Tannadice. We always get a good backing from the home supporters.
"The attendances have not been as big as we would have hoped but, maybe considering the league position, we cannot complain.
"We have got to get ourselves up that league and then expect to see over 10,000 regularly."
However, Brown is wary of the threat posed by Kilmarnock, having been forced to fight back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw when the Ayrshire club last came calling in September.
The Dons boss said: "The last game at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock, we gave them two goals of a start and then hit the bar late on.
"That was one of eight occasions when the woodwork has thwarted us this season.
"The fact Kilmarnock had a two-goal lead here is a warning to us.
"They are very capable, they beat us at Rugby Park in an even game when they took their chances. Saturday is a difficult fixture."
Midfielders Peter Pawlett and Isaac Osbourne are major doubts for the hosts.
The pair went off in the first half of last weekend's Scottish Cup win at Forfar with hamstring injuries.
Striker Scott Vernon is likely to feature despite suffering a dead leg at Forfar, while midfielder Rob Milsom and defender Youl Mawene are doubts with undisclosed injuries.
Meanwhile, Kenny Shiels is looking for new signing Michael Nelson to be Manuel Pascali mark two for Kilmarnock.
The 31-year-old defender signed a two-and-a-half year deal after moving from Scunthorpe this week and is set to make his debut against Aberdeen.
Shiels is hoping that Nelson can take over in defence from skipper Pascali to allow the Italian to take his own fiery spirit into midfield.
"Michael is a commanding centre-half who has good guidance and leadership qualities," the Killie boss told Press Association Sport.
"We have been looking for more of that in defence, it is an important part of a team in the SPL.
"And Michael's drive in defence means that Manuel Pascali can be released from the defence.
"That is the aim in the long term, although with so many injuries we may not be able to do that tomorrow.
"Michael led Norwich and Hartlepool to promotion and Bury to the play-off semi-finals.
"That is the quality we are needing to take into the second-half of the season.
"He is getting to know everyone and he has been looking good in training in the last few days so I am confident that he will be a good addition."
Defender Ben Gordon, who has started his second loan spell from Chelsea, has also been added to Shiels' squad, which is missing eight players.
Out are goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola, defenders Alex Pursehouse and Ryan O'Leary (all knee), midfielders Gary Fisher (foot), David Silva (groin), Gary Harkins (ankle) plus James Dayton and Danny Buijs (both hamstring).
Keeper Kyle Letheren and teenagers Matthew Kennedy, Chris Johnston and Ross Davidson have all been included.
Shiels said: "We will look at it from a positive point of view. The young lads will be up for it.
"That's why we have youth systems.
"It is a great day for them to play in the SPL up in Aberdeen.
"Pittodrie is a tough place to go to. It is never an easy game there. We have to stifle the atmosphere but we are confident."
Honours even for duo
Aberdeen and Kilmarnock shared the spoils in a goalless and disappointing Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
The Dons went into the match hoping to record three consecutive wins for the first time this season but rarely troubled Cameron Bell in the Kilmarnock goal.
Goalmouth action was at a premium, although Paul Heffernan should have netted a winner late on when he was thwarted by Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown.
Andrew Considine returned from suspension to take his place in the heart of the home defence and was handed the captain's armband following the departure of Richard Foster to Bristol City.
Chris Clark also started for the Dons, who were without Peter Pawlett and Isaac Osbourne with both players having picked up hamstring injuries in the 4-0 win over Forfar in last weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup clash.
Kilmarnock, missing eight players through injury, handed a debut to new signing Ben Gordon, who has joined the Ayrshire club for his second loan spell from Chelsea.
Czech defender Zdenek Kroca was also drafted into the starting line-up, while there was a place on the bench for Michael Nelson who joined Killie after being released by Scunthorpe last week.
The Dons dropped to the bottom of the table when they lost 2-0 to the Ayrshire club at the start of December, however a run of 10 points in their previous five fixtures helped them move steadily up the table and away from the relegation zone.
Considine, who along with top scorer Scott Vernon signed a new deal to remain at Pittodrie this week, was called into action early on, heading away a Dean Shiels corner as Kilmarnock made a bright start.
The hosts had their first shot on goal after nine minutes but Bell comfortably saved Clark's low drive.
The visitors went much closer after 20 minutes when Garry Hay stung the palms of Brown in the Aberdeen goal with a powerful effort from 25 yards.
The Dons grew in confidence as the half wore on with a Fraser Fyvie shot bravely blocked by Hay with Kari Arnason heading over from the resulting corner.
Aberdeen had a scare at the other end when Brown fumbled a Shiels shot but the Welshman managed to gather the ball at the second attempt with Liam Kelly ready to pounce.
Aberdeen made a promising start to the second half with Mark Reynolds making a surging run past two Kilmarnock defenders before dragging a shot wide of the target.
Dons goalkeeper Brown looked nervous again as he fumbled a Danny Racchi shot when he should have made an easy save.
There were some angry scenes following a clash between Ryan Jack and Heffernan but referee Calum Murray managed to restore order without having to reach for his yellow card.
Racchi was unlucky not to get the opener after 66 minutes when his delicate chip just cleared the Aberdeen crossbar.
Killie made an attacking change after 72 minutes with French striker William Gros introduced at the expense of Hay.
But it was the Dons who were next to threaten when a far-post corner by Ryan Jack picked out Rory McArdle but the defender's header could only find the side-netting.
With time running out Aberdeen made a double change with Vernon and Mohamed Chalali replaced by Rory Fallon and Mitch Megginson.
But it was the visitors who should have won it at the death when Heffernan went through one-on-one with Brown but the Irishman shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Kilmarnock substitute Gros, who did not appear to be suffering from an injury, was withdrawn with four minutes remaining for Matthew Kennedy as the game came to a conclusion.
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