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The referee brings the game to a close.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sone Aluko, Zander Diamond takes a shot. Clearance made by Murray Davidson.
Sone Aluko produces a cross, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Kevin Rutkiewicz coming on for Collin Samuel. Andrew Jackson fouled by Jerel Ifil, the ref awards a free kick. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
Chris Maguire delivers the ball, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Andrius Velicka takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Jack, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Andrew Jackson comes on in place of Peter MacDonald.
Andrius Velicka comes on in place of Clark Robertson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Hartley, Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Peter Enckelman makes a save. Free kick crossed by Sone Aluko. Chris Maguire crosses the ball, Scott Vernon produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Headed own goal by Zander Diamond. Aberdeen 0-1 St Johnstone.
Daniel Grainger decides to take the corner short, The ball is delivered by Peter MacDonald.
Centre by Collin Samuel.
Cleveland Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Sone Aluko takes the direct free kick. Ryan Jack produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Caution for Ryan Jack. Foul by Ryan Jack on Jody Morris, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hartley. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Sone Aluko produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line.
Peter MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Zander Diamond takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Cleveland Taylor from left wing, save by Jamie Langfield.
Peter MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Hartley from left channel, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
Michael Duberry booked for unsporting behaviour. Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
Shot by Peter MacDonald. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
Zander Diamond challenges Peter MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick, save by Jamie Langfield.
Effort from deep inside the area by Sone Aluko misses to the right of the target.
Clark Robertson fouled by Alan Maybury, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Daniel Grainger takes the inswinging corner, Steven Anderson has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Sone Aluko has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Sam Parkin on for Jamie Adams. Sone Aluko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Adams. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Grainger is shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jerel Ifil.
Unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Sone Aluko restarts play with the free kick.
Rory McArdle is sent off by the referee. Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Zander Diamond.
Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Hartley.
Paul Hartley challenges Peter MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Morris takes the free kick.
Sone Aluko takes the inswinging corner, save made by Peter Enckelman. Ryan Jack sends in a cross. The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
The referee books Jamie Adams for unsporting behaviour.
Clark Robertson sends in a cross, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on Jamie Adams. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Scott Vernon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Shot from close in by Scott Vernon strikes the post.
Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Sone Aluko produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Daniel Grainger on Chris Maguire, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Murray Davidson, clearance by Rory McArdle.
Paul Hartley takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Clark Robertson crosses the ball, Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.
Collin Samuel sends in a cross, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Cleveland Taylor, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Cleveland Taylor produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and bounces off the post.
Cleveland Taylor takes a shot from close in that bounces off the post.
Collin Samuel challenges Zander Diamond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Zander Diamond.
Foul by Sone Aluko on Alan Maybury, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Steven Anderson, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Peter MacDonald fouled by Jerel Ifil, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from left channel.
Corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line.
Short corner worked by Cleveland Taylor.
The ball is sent over by Murray Davidson.
The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, comfortable save by Peter Enckelman.
Alan Maybury fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jerel Ifil produces a cross, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Clark Robertson clears the crossbar.
Shot from 6 yards from Scott Vernon. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Jamie Adams has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Rory McArdle challenges Cleveland Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger from left channel.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sone Aluko. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The match has kicked off.
The match has reached half-time.
The game restarts for the second half.
Dons duo available
Aberdeen strikers Chris Maguire and Scott Vernon will be fit for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of St Johnstone after shaking off midweek injury concerns.
Fellow forward Andrius Velicka returns after his loan agreement prevented him from facing Rangers, while Andrew Considine is pushing for a recall following a knee injury.
Fraser Fyvie and Darren Mackie remain out with long-term knee injuries while Nikola Vujadinovic (hamstring) and Peter Pawlett (toe) are also expected to miss out again.
Manager Mark McGhee hopes the end of the uncertainty surrounding his future, temporarily at least, will allow his team to play without fear.
Aberdeen went into their previous home fixture on the back of reports McGhee would lose his job if they lost against Inverness, following their 9-0 humiliation against Celtic.
However, despite a 2-1 defeat to the Highlanders, McGhee retained his position following two days of talks with the board and prepared for the 2-0 defeat by Rangers last weekend amid a continued flurry of media attention.
But Scotland's friendly win over the Faroe Islands at Pittodrie took the focus away from the Dons this week and McGhee feels the easing of pressure could help his side as they look to improve on a run of one win in 11 Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches.
"There doesn't seem to have been any spotlight on us this week," McGhee said.
"There was the international and we have been allowed to get on with what we're doing.
"At football clubs, quite often when a manager leaves suddenly they get a great result and everyone says, `How did that happen?'.
"My understanding of how that happens is that, in a situation where the manager is under pressure, and the team is under pressure, everyone gets tense and stressed and people find it difficult to perform.
"They might think that manager is the best in the world. But when he leaves, regardless of what they thought of him, that pressure is released and they play better and get a result that the manager needed.
"In some ways I'm hoping for a bit of that tomorrow. All that has passed for the moment, this week we have been allowed to breathe and can be a bit more expressive and have a go at winning a football match."
St Johnstone have a number of injury concerns ahead.
Steven Anderson (heel), Chris Millar (groin), Dave Mackay (thigh) and Liam Craig (calf) are all doubtful.
Graeme Smith, Kevin Moon, Graham Gartland and Martin Hardie remain on the sidelines.
Saints will look to end a run of five defeats, but manager Derek McInnes feels they are approaching the game in an improved state of mind.
The Perth side have not scored in four SPL matches, during which they have conceded 12 goals, but their recent performance against Hearts offered hope for McInnes.
Saints had the better of the early chances and only fell behind to a dubious penalty before Ryan Stevenson clinched a 2-0 victory for the visitors with a late breakaway.
McInnes said: "We wanted to make sure we got back to being a real difficult opponent.
"So we can take confidence from that and the performance, but the best thing for confidence, other than individual performances as players, is results.
"We are hoping we can continue what we built on last week by working hard."
Saints prevail against dismal Dons
St Johnstone ended a run of four league defeats on the bounce to beat Aberdeen and pile pressure back on Dons manager Mark McGhee courtesy of a late Zander Diamond own goal.
The Dons were reduced to 10 men just after the restart when Rory McArdle was shown a straight red for a reckless lunge on winger Cleveland Taylor.
And the visitors left Pittodrie with all three points when the unfortunate Diamond headed Peter MacDonald's cross into his own net with less than 10 minutes remaining.
The result means the Dons have now taken only four points from the last possible 36.
Aberdeen's only change from the side that lost 2-0 to Rangers saw defender Andrew Considine, back available after a knee injury, replace Togolese midfielder Yoann Folly.
There was a place on the bench for Lithuanian striker Andrius Velicka who had missed the Ibrox match under the terms of his loan agreement.
St Johnstone came to Pittodrie on the back of four league defeats, having failed to score in each of the matches and conceding 12 in the process.
The Perth side also made only one change from the side that lost 2-0 to Hearts with Liam Craig, missing due to a calf injury, replaced by MacDonald.
The visitors had the first attempt at goal after five minutes when Jamie Adams, recently recalled from a loan spell at Dundee, dispossessed Dons skipper Paul Hartley and flashed a speculative shot from 25 yards harmlessly past the post.
A mix-up in the St Johnstone defence between Adams and Murray Davidson gifted Scott Vernon a chance at the other end but the striker's shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Peter Enckelman.
The visitors should have taken the lead after 22 minutes when MacDonald found Taylor unmarked at the back post but, with the goal at his mercy, the former Brentford winger's first-time effort bounced back off the post and away to safety.
The Dons created a chance at the other end when Hartley linked up with Clark Robertson but his curling effort sailed over the bar.
Sone Aluko, who had been enjoying a quiet start to the game, came to life after 31 minutes with a powerful shot from distance that bounced wickedly in front of Enckelman but the Finnish stopper managed to gather the ball at the second attempt.
The Nigerian international then spurned a fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock when he was sent through one-on-one by Vernon in a quick Dons counter-attack but the winger couldn't keep his composure and fired wide.
Vernon was next to be foiled for the Dons just before the break with his close-range shot from an acute angle hitting the post after Enckelman had kept out Chris Maguire's low drive.
Aberdeen were dealt a major blow within three minutes of the re-start when Northern Ireland international McArdle was shown a red card for a two-footed lunge on Taylor.
Danny Grainger picked up a booking minutes later for a late tackle on Maguire as tempers began to rise amongst both sets of players.
Steven Anderson headed over from a Grainger corner before Aluko skipped past Alan Maybury and unleashed a low shot just wide as both sides continued to search for the opener.
Aberdeen's goalkeeper Jamie Langfield was called upon to make two excellent saves, first in denying MacDonald's acrobatic effort and then to turn Taylor's drive round the post.
The home support were furious when Saints substitute Sam Parkin escaped punishment for an apparent elbow on defender Diamond.
And the Dons defender was cursing his luck after 83 minutes when, under pressure from Parkin, he headed the ball into his own net from MacDonald's cross.
The Dons tried to restore parity in the closing stages with Vernon inches away from connecting with Maguire's enticing cross and substitute Velicka having a powerful strike well held by Enckelman but the visitors held on for a welcome victory.
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