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Youl Mawene crosses the ball, Keith Lasley manages to make a clearance.
Short corner worked by Tom Hateley.
Stephen Craigan fouled by Darren Mackie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Darren Mackie. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Mohamed Chalali goes off and Darren Mackie comes on.
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
Isaac Osbourne produces a cross, Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.
Fraser Fyvie leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Magennis. Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Milsom, Jamie Murphy makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
Richard Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Stevie Hammell has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Richard Foster.
A cross is delivered by Fraser Fyvie.
Richard Foster takes a shot.
Omar Daley leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.
Isaac Osbourne takes a shot.
Steve Jennings challenges Mohamed Chalali unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Fyvie.
Foul by Fraser Fyvie on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Foul by Mohamed Chalali on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Pawlett replaces Rory McArdle.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Milsom, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Mohamed Chalali takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Fraser Fyvie.
Stephen Craigan delivers the ball, Omar Daley scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Stephen Craigan.
Mohamed Chalali takes a shot.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Chris Clark, Header from deep inside the area by Robert Milsom goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Law, clearance by Youl Mawene.
Andrew Considine produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.
Richard Foster fouled by Tom Hateley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Fraser Fyvie.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom. Richard Foster delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Jamie Murphy.
Tom Hateley challenges Robert Milsom unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Foster produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Fraser Fyvie produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Richard Foster from the left by-line, save by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Scott Vernon on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Centre by Richard Foster, clearance by Stevie Hammell.
Chris Clark takes a shot.
Richard Foster crosses the ball, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Milsom, Darren Randolph makes a save.
Centre by Chris Clark, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youl Mawene by Michael Higdon. David Gonzalez restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
Centre by Chris Clark.
The ball is sent over by Robert Milsom, Scott Vernon finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell.Assist by Robert Milsom.
Shot on goal by Richard Foster from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Rory McArdle challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Keith Lasley, Michael Higdon finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 0-1 Motherwell.Keith Lasley provided the assist for the goal.
McCall eyeing Europe
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits a European place is the ultimate aim for his side this season after their spell in the top two ended, at least temporarily, with defeat by Celtic.
With the hype about their lofty position in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League subsiding following their late 2-1 loss, Motherwell travel to Aberdeen on Saturday looking to strengthen their grip on third place.
They lead St Johnstone and Hearts by seven points and McCall, despite remaining keen to play down their long-term goals, confessed Europe was in his sights with five Scottish clubs qualifying this season.
Motherwell qualified for European football for three consecutive seasons before this one and with a record of eight wins and two draws from 11 games against the teams from outside Glasgow, another overseas campaign beckons if they maintain their early-season form.
McCall said: "We don't get beyond ourselves in our dressing room. We've got a target.
"At the beginning of the season, top six was our initial aim.
"I did expect other clubs to be a bit stronger at this time. Thankfully, there is a bit of a gap.
"So we do look at it again and this season, if you finish fifth, there is a European place. We have got to be looking at cementing top five.
"If we are still right up there with a couple of weeks ago, then great.
"But we are well aware of the size of our squad and what can happen if you lose a bit of form and a couple of players, you can get caught."
Motherwell this week re-signed Stephen Hughes on a short-term contract but McCall will stick with the impressive trio of Keith Lasley, Nicky Law and Steve Jennings in midfield at Pittodrie.
Defender Tim Clancy begins a two-match ban following his red card against Celtic.
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is refusing to push the panic button over their lowly league position.
The Dons head into the match at Pittodrie with only goal difference keeping them ahead of Inverness and off the bottom of the table.
But Brown believes that a couple of positive results will be enough to haul them out of the danger zone and back to a respectable place in the standings.
The veteran boss said: "I look up the way all the time. When we won two games in a row there recently it made a huge difference.
"It was important that we did that and if we do that again it will make a huge difference to our league position.
"We don't like where we are at the moment, I can assure you. I certainly don't; none of the players do.
"We don't want to remain there so it's up to us."
Brown may be a self-confessed Motherwell fan, but insists he will be all out for victory against the third-placed club when his former side arrive in the Granite City.
He said: "Every game gives you a lift if you win the match, particularly against a team that's considered to be one of the best.
"I'm a bit biased because I'm a Motherwell fan but they are undoubtedly the next best team in the SPL outside the Old Firm.
"Although I've got a soft spot for Motherwell, my loyalty is to Aberdeen, totally and completely.
"Quite clearly we would love to derail Motherwell a bit but it will take an excellent effort from our own team to get a victory over Motherwell.
"Motherwell are an excellent team and Stuart McCall has done a marvellous job there. Great credit to him.
"We are going to measure ourselves against third at the moment so we will have a job on our hands."
Meanwhile, Brown says he will only start contemplating the prospect of possible compensation for Sone Aluko if and when he signs for Rangers.
Aluko, whose Dons contract expired at the end of last season, is currently on trial with the Scottish champions and their boss Ally McCoist admitted he was unsure as to whether Aberdeen would be due cash for the 22-year-old.
Brown said: "I haven't heard from Rangers about Sone and I haven't heard from him either so the situation is just as before.
"He is apparently on trial at Rangers and we will await the outcome of that trial period.
"It's hypothetical to start talking about fees or compensation or things like that. We will cross that bridge when we come to it."
Aberdeen will be without suspended duo Rory Fallon and Ryan Jack, while Brown is hopeful Rob Milsom (ankle) and Kari Arnason (hamstring) will feature.
Yoann Folly looks set to miss out, though, with a chest problem.
Daley wins it for Well
Omar Daley marked his first Motherwell start with the winner as the Lanarkshire side made it four victories from four against Craig Brown's Aberdeen in a 2-1 victory.
The Jamaica international fired home from 18 yards in the 53rd minute as Motherwell strengthened their grip on third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Scott Vernon had quickly levelled after Michael Higdon headed the visitors into an early lead but Aberdeen rarely looked like equalising again.
Aberdeen have now failed to beat Motherwell in eight games since Mark McGhee departed Fir Park to take over at Pittodrie in 2009, with Brown faring even worse than his predecessor against his former club.
The victory, and the winning goal in particular, was a tactical triumph for Stuart McCall, who changed his formation to accommodate Daley for his first start since joining the club in September.
Daley played up front alongside Higdon with Murphy in the hole behind, and the plan worked to perfection as the former Scotland Under-21 international set up the crucial strike.
Aberdeen, who were without the suspended Rory Fallon and injured Kari Arnason, had won consecutive home games against Dunfermline and Dundee United before narrow defeats against the Old Firm, but they struggled for creativity, although Mohamed Chalali hit the bar just before Daley's goal.
The Dons had not played for three weeks after their match at St Johnstone was postponed before the international break and they were caught cold in the fifth minute.
Rory McArdle gave away a needless free-kick near the corner flag for a foul on Nicky Law, who had already lost the ball. Tom Hateley swung the ball in to the near post and Higdon glanced the ball home.
The lead only lasted five minutes as Aberdeen scored from their first meaningful attack.
The Dons worked the ball to Rob Milsom on the left wing and he swung the ball in quickly before the away defence could shape up. Vernon was unmarked six yards out and he headed the ball down and past the legs of Darren Randolph.
Aberdeen took confidence from the goal and pressed for another, and Chris Clark curled not far over from 25 yards.
Motherwell regained control of possession for a spell but they could make no inroads in the final third, and Vernon had another headed chance five minutes before the break when Fraser Fyvie's inswinging free-kick found him 12 yards out but he could not make a clean connection.
Motherwell dominated possession just after the restart but Aberdeen forced the ball off them to create the first chance of the half.
Once again an early cross caused problems as Rory McArdle delivered from the right and Chalali headed the ball off the top of the bar from 15 yards.
The visitors went straight up the park and regained the lead.
Murphy hooked a bouncing ball over the top of the Dons defence for Daley to run on to. The former Bradford player had Law outside him but he checked back on the edge of the box and shot past two Dons defenders and goalkeeper David Gonzalez into the bottom corner.
Chalali threatened again with a powerful 25-yard strike that Randolph parried wide at full stretch but Aberdeen, with Peter Pawlett on for Clark, could not break Motherwell down despite pushing them back at times.
Chris Humphrey replaced Daley and gave Motherwell a good outlet on the right wing to relieve the pressure.
And the home fans' frustration grew as centre-back Youl Mawene found himself the furthest man forward after winning possession 30 yards from his goal following a Motherwell corner.
The move broke down just inside the Motherwell half and the visitors defended in numbers when they had to while continuing to break forward whenever the chance arose to seal their sixth away win of the season.
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