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David McNamee delivers the ball, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
Ross Forbes has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Steven Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Ross Forbes takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Steven Smith manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Michael Paton, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
The ball is delivered by Michael Paton, blocked by Jamie Murphy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Chris Maguire. Strike comes in from Chris Maguire from the free kick.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Steven Smith, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by Shaun Hutchinson. Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Murphy produces a cross, clearance made by David McNamee.
The ball is crossed by Scott Vernon, blocked by Gavin Gunning.
Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Tom Hateley results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Steven Smith.
David McNamee takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
The ball is swung over by Gavin Gunning, Zander Diamond gets a block in.
Booking for Chris Maguire for unsporting behaviour. Tom Hateley goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Ross Forbes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, David McNamee manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Michael Paton on Ross Forbes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Paton from the left by-line, Scott Vernon produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Chris Maguire, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
Josh Magennis comes on in place of Nick Blackman.
Goal scored by Jamie Murphy from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell.
Sone Aluko leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Paton.
John Sutton sends in a cross.
Chris Humphrey crosses the ball, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey, save made by Jamie Langfield.
A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, John Sutton takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Corner taken by Ross Forbes played to the near post, save by Jamie Langfield.
Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, blocked by Zander Diamond.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by David McNamee.
The ball is delivered by Gavin Gunning, clearance by Nikola Vujadinovic.
Effort on goal by Nick Blackman from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Stevie Hammell is brought on as a substitute for Keith Lasley.
A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Zander Diamond. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Ross Forbes receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Chris Humphrey is brought on as a substitute for Francis Jeffers.
Paul Hartley receives a red card for violent conduct. Keith Lasley goes into the book. Booking for Jamie Langfield for dissent. Stephen Craigan receives a caution for dissent. Paul Hartley fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
Centre by Chris Maguire, Sone Aluko takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jack by Ross Forbes. David McNamee crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Zander Diamond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Ross Forbes takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 35 yards by Gavin Gunning went over.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko played to the near post, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
Ryan Jack produces a cross, blocked by Gavin Gunning.
Keith Lasley has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Gavin Gunning fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Shot from 12 yards from Keith Lasley. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the left by-line, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 25 yards from Scott Vernon. Save by Darren Randolph.
Francis Jeffers takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
Effort on goal by Jamie Murphy from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Paul Hartley has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Sone Aluko. Free kick taken by Sone Aluko.
The ball is delivered by Steve Jennings, save by Jamie Langfield.
Foul by Scott Vernon on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line, Nikola Vujadinovic makes a clearance.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
Effort on goal by Francis Jeffers from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Steve Jennings takes a corner.
Shot by Francis Jeffers from 25 yards. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Steven Smith sends in a cross.
Centre by Steve Jennings, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
Steve Jennings produces a cross, save by Jamie Langfield.
Francis Jeffers is penalised for a handball. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
David McNamee crosses the ball, Scott Vernon has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Ross Forbes takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
Ross Forbes challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Zander Diamond.
Francis Jeffers grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell.Stephen Craigan sends in a cross, assist on the goal came from Stephen Craigan.
Unfair challenge on Darren Randolph by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Sone Aluko, Gavin Gunning gets a block in.
Sone Aluko produces a cross, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Paul Hartley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Sone Aluko. Steven Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Steve Jennings sends in a cross, save by Jamie Langfield.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Corner taken by Sone Aluko from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
Steven Smith crosses the ball, Keith Lasley gets a block in.
Jamie Murphy fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Steve Jennings from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
Foul by Nikola Vujadinovic on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Ross Forbes from the free kick, save by Jamie Langfield.
Scott Vernon fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Sone Aluko scores a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell.
Centre by Chris Maguire, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
Dons duo back after flu
Rory McArdle and Alexander Diamond look set to have recovered from flu for Aberdeen's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.
Sone Aluko (Achilles) and David McNamee (groin) should be fit but Rob Milsom (foot) is out and Andrew Considine is suspended.
Darren Mackie, Fraser Fyvie and Yoann Folly remain on the long-term absentee list.
Aberdeen boss Craig Brown is wary of a Motherwell backlash.
The Fir Park side travel north on the back of a 6-0 thrashing by Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
However, Brown told Red TV that he expects a reaction from his former club now under the stewardship of Stuart McCall.
"It's probably the worst possible result for us because it will give them added determination to restore their pride," he said.
"The opposite is also true, the confidence has taken a bit of a battering.
"When we lost 4-1 to Celtic it was a major disappointment, everyone was deflated and we wanted to get another game very quickly so Motherwell have another game quickly and they are a good team.
"I don't think that represents their normal performance so this will be a difficult fixture."
It is the first time the two clubs have met since Brown and his assistant, Archie Knox, left the Steelmen for the Dons in December under rather acrimonious circumstances.
However, the former Scotland manager played down any notions of a grudge match as he insisted his conscience was clear.
"I don`t think we have anything to prove," he said.
"There is no heat as far as Archie and I are concerned. We are working for Aberdeen and looking forward to the game.
"One or two fans at Motherwell were disenchanted that we left but we answered a call at Motherwell.
"I was told we gave them a very good record, the best in the reign of chairman John Boyle so I don`t think we have anything to be embarrassed about with regards the Motherwell situation."
However, Dons keeper Jamie Langfield expects there still be some residual bad feeling in the Motherwell camp.
He said: "It will add needle.
"Motherwell always give us a hard game but obviously us taking their management team will add a little spice to it.
"They have a bad result at the weekend, we have not played so we should be that bit fresher and hopefully we get the right result."
Motherwell full-backs Stevie Hammell and Steven Saunders are pushing for a recall.
Saunders has served a one-match suspension and both players are hoping to recover from hamstring problems.
However, manager McCall has revealed that one or two unnamed players could drop out injured following the 6-0 defeat by Rangers, while Bob McHugh (wrist) remains on the sidelines.
Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley insists the presence of Brown and Knox in the Aberdeen dug-out will provide no added motivation for their Pittodrie visit.
"They are popular characters with the boys, got on well with everybody that was here," the 31-year-old said.
"In the time they were here, they did well for the club.
"There are not too many people with bad things to say about them, they chose to move on and we're going up as Motherwell players to do the best for Motherwell.
"Once the whistle goes, it doesn't really matter who the Aberdeen manager is, we're up there to try to get three points."
The Motherwell supporters are likely to have a different opinion of their former management team and striker.
"We're not daft, we know the fans will give them a nice reception, I'm sure," Lasley said.
"That's part of the game but all we can take away from this game is three points and that's what we will try to do.
"The fact Craig and Archie are there is irrelevant in that sense. We've just got to try and focus on the game and forget what's going on round about."
Just as they turned around the fortunes of Motherwell when they took over just after Christmas 2009, the former Scotland management team have had a positive impact at Pittodrie.
Aberdeen were 10 points adrift of Motherwell and facing a relegation fight when the pair arrived at Pittodrie but will move two points behind with a game in hand if they boost their top-six hopes with victory.
Jeffers joy for Well
Francis Jeffers netted on his first start for Motherwell as the Lanarkshire side put a huge dent in former manager Craig Brown's hopes of leading Aberdeen into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-1 win at Pittodrie.
Sone Aluko gave Aberdeen an early lead but Motherwell fought back quickly and the impressive Jeffers headed a 14th-minute equaliser.
And the visitors triumphed in a bad-tempered second half, which saw home skipper Paul Hartley sent off for lashing out at Keith Lasley, when Jamie Murphy punished some slack defending.
The victory moved Motherwell up three places to fifth, eight points ahead of their opponents, and the performance of Jeffers will give them added hope of sealing a top-six place.
The former England striker looked sharp and intelligent on and off the ball after being quickly promoted following his 15-minute debut in Saturday's 6-0 defeat by Rangers, with the injured Steve Jones dropping out.
The game had originally been scheduled as Brown's first in charge but was delayed by snow, allowing Nick Blackman to line up against his former Motherwell team-mates after the Blackburn striker followed the veteran manager to Pittodrie.
The postponement also spared Brown a likely backlash with only about 100 Motherwell fans making the midweek trip up in wet conditions.
They were probably wishing they had stayed at home after two minutes when Aluko collected Steven Smith's cross and flicked the ball over Stephen Craigan's head before dispatching the ball in off the far post.
But Motherwell twice forced Jamie Langfield into saves before the 10-minute mark with the Aberdeen goalkeeper tipping over Ross Forbes' curling free-kick and beating away Murphy's powerful long-range strike.
And Langfield was helpless when Jeffers glanced a header into the top corner from 14 yards following Craigan's driven cross.
The former Arsenal forward soon saw a shot blocked following Murphy's cross and Aberdeen quickly came close when Scott Vernon glanced David McNamee's cross just wide.
Jeffers again threatened when Langfield tipped his curling 20-yard strike wide.
Motherwell were moving the ball around impressively and both John Sutton and Jeffers got on the end of Tom Hateley crosses but were put under just enough pressure to negate their efforts.
Hartley drove just wide from 25 yards but Motherwell continued to edge possession and Murphy fired inches over from similar range.
Jeffers forced another save from Langfield after beating two men, but Motherwell had a let-off when Darren Randolph fumbled Vernon's long-range strike inches wide.
The visitors were last to threaten before the break when Jeffers and Murphy broke well to set up Shaun Hutchinson, who stabbed the ball straight at Langfield.
Aluko had a clear sight of goal but fired against a defender and a previously mild-tempered game boiled over 10 minutes into the second half.
Lasley sparked a mass rumpus when he led with his elbow in an aerial challenge with Hartley, who responded by booting the Motherwell midfielder in the chest.
Steven McLean showed a red card to Hartley and yellows to Lasley, Langfield and Craigan, and Forbes was soon booked for an innocuous challenge. Lasley had already been nursing bruised ribs and made way for Stevie Hammell, while Humphrey replaced Jeffers.
Motherwell's man advantage was not immediately apparent but they regained control midway through the half and Langfield parried well after Sutton met Humphrey's cross.
The winner came in the 71st minute when Murphy burst on to Zander Diamond's misplaced header and held off Nikola Vujadinovic before finding the far corner from just inside the box.
Vernon fired wide following a corner and tempers were soon frayed again when Hateley tripped Maguire off the ball after being incensed by the forward's theatrics.
Both players were booked and the Motherwell full-back soon avoided further punishment when he brought down the Scotland international.
Aberdeen pushed for an equaliser but Murphy came closer to scoring after a brilliant last-minute run before his shot was cleared off the line.
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