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  • Date:19 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Pittodrie Stadium
  • Attendance:6,936
Goal!

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92mins

Header from close in by Marcus Haber misses to the left of the target.

90mins

Francisco Sandaza concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Considine. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.

89mins

Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

88mins

The referee cautions Murray Davidson for unsporting behaviour.

88mins

Kari Arnason produces a cross, Mohamed Chalali takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

87mins

The official flags Scott Vernon offside. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

86mins

Kari Arnason produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

85mins

Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Croft. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Frazer Wright. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.

84mins

Shot from 25 yards from Kari Arnason. Save by Alan Mannus.

83mins

Andrew Considine fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Brown takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Cillian Sheridan leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.

81mins

Daniel Uchechi crosses the ball, Darren Mackie produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

77mins

The referee blows for offside against Darren Mackie. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

76mins

Mohamed Chalali comes on in place of Mitchel Megginson.

74mins

Liam Craig is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jason Brown takes the direct free kick.

72mins

Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Cillian Sheridan.

72mins

The ball is delivered by Ryan Jack, clearance by Frazer Wright.

71mins

Francisco Sandaza produces a cross, Jason Brown makes a save.

68mins

Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson. The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, Headed effort from inside the box by Scott Vernon misses to the right of the target.

67mins

The ball is sent over by Lee Croft, clearance made by Rory McArdle.

65mins

Darren Mackie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gavin Rae.

64mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Rae on Jody Morris. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half.

63mins

Lee Croft joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Millar.

61mins

Jody Morris takes the inswinging corner, Gavin Rae manages to make a clearance.

58mins

Foul by Mark Reynolds on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Callum Davidson takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Effort on goal by Francisco Sandaza from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

57mins

The ball is crossed by Mitchel Megginson.

56mins

Daniel Uchechi decides to take the corner short.

55mins

The ball is delivered by Daniel Uchechi, blocked by David MacKay.

54mins

Foul by Frazer Wright on Daniel Uchechi, free kick awarded. Frazer Wright is shown a yellow card. Fraser Fyvie sends in a cross, Header by Kari Arnason from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

52mins

Shot by Jody Morris went wide of the left-hand upright.

51mins

Foul by Kari Arnason on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Murray Davidson takes the direct free kick.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Scott Vernon, Mitchel Megginson produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46mins

Francisco Sandaza produces a cross, Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Daniel Uchechi. Fraser Fyvie takes the direct free kick. Shot from just outside the area by Kari Arnason goes over the bar.

45mins

Stephen Hughes goes off and Daniel Uchechi comes on.

41mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Scott Vernon goes wide of the right-hand upright.

38mins

Shot from 20 yards from Francisco Sandaza. Save by Jason Brown.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, Francisco Sandaza concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Jason Brown restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Mitchel Megginson fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.

32mins

Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

30mins

Unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Ryan Jack results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Callum Davidson. Ryan Jack booked for unsporting behaviour.

29mins

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.

26mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jack by Callum Davidson. Callum Davidson booked. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from right wing.

25mins

Ryan Jack challenges Francisco Sandaza unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from right channel, save by Jason Brown.

24mins

Mitchel Megginson concedes a free kick for a foul on Frazer Wright. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

23mins

Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hughes. Stephen Hughes crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Alan Mannus.

22mins

Francisco Sandaza has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

21mins

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, clearance by Rory McArdle.

18mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mitchel Megginson from the left by-line, clearance made by David McCracken.

16mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Hughes by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.

14mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Fraser Fyvie misses to the right of the target.

12mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Mitchel Megginson misses to the left of the target.

10mins

Centre by Callum Davidson.

8mins

Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

5mins

The referee blows for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.

4mins

Francisco Sandaza fouled by Stephen Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. David McCracken takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Mawene feeling positive Aberdeen defender Youl Mawene feels there is plenty to look forward to after returning to an improved side in the last week. The 32-year-old came back into the side after a six-week injury lay-off during which the Dons did not lose. Aberdeen are on the verge of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League top six ahead of the visit of St Johnstone on Sunday and Mawene helped them secure a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Motherwell with victory over Queen of the South on Tuesday. Mawene said: "A lot of things have changed over the last few weeks. We have picked up a few more points and only lost one in 13. "We know performances haven't really been there but I think we are in a good position to really push on. "We have the target of top six and maybe more and we have the cup run as well. There is a lot to look forward to." Mawene is taking nothing for granted against a Saints side who lost 5-1 to Dundee United last weekend before bowing out of the cup against Hearts. "It is always tricky with us because we never know which team is going to turn up," he said. "The key is to focus on our own performance. Our performances haven't been that good but the points have been there and we haven't been defeated for a while but I think there is definitely room for improvement. "A lot of new players have come in and there is more competition for places and we are looking to finish the season well. "The team spirit is really excellent and there is a good bunch of lads trying to work hard for the team." Ryan Jack returns to the Aberdeen squad after missing the cup win over Queen of the South for disciplinary reasons. Midfielders Gavin Rae and Peter Pawlett could come straight back in following hamstring injuries. Defender Russell Anderson, midfielders Rob Milsom, Isaac Osbourne, Yoann Folly, and Clark Robertson remain out injured. St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas feels hard done by after a string of luckless performances. The Saints have impressed this season and lie fifth in the league, although they are without a win in four matches in all competitions. Three of those games have ended in defeat, which includes a 2-1 midweek Scottish Cup extra-time exit to Hearts. Lomas believes the defeat epitomises their recent unfortunate streak and remains gutted at the decision to award a last-gasp penalty for a Alan Maybury foul on Suso Santana, which allowed Jamie Hamill to step up to force extra-time. "We are bitterly disappointed with it," the former Northern Ireland international told Press Association Sport. "We feel we haven't had, shall I say, the rub of the green from decisions over the last three or four weeks. "The penalty decision I have seen umpteen times now and it wasn't a penalty. "We feel very aggrieved that a decision has cost us a game, like we were very aggrieved with the Dave Mackay sending off. "Like we were very aggrieved with Rangers' first goal when the free-kick wasn't taken in the right place. "But, I suppose, you can sometimes get a little run where you don't get the rub of the green. "I couldn't ask anymore in terms of the performance from the lads on Tuesday night." While Lomas is frustrated with recent decisions, he is upbeat about his side's chances ahead of Sunday's trip to Aberdeen. "I have been pleased with the level of performance aside from the Dundee United game so I am more than happy with what they are producing," he said. "We just hope we get that little rub of the green. "Steven Anderson has a slight knee problem so might be touch and go for Sunday. "Callum Davidson will probably be back in contention so we're pretty much all ok." Steven Anderson is rated doubtful for St Johnstone. The defender came off with a knee injury in extra-time of their midweek Scottish Cup fifth round replay defeat to Hearts and could now miss the Pittodrie clash. While Steve Lomas may have to do without Anderson the St Johnstone boss is likely to be able to welcome back Callum Davidson (hamstring).

Formation:442Manager: Craig Brown

Aberdeen

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

  • Jason Brown
  • Ryan Jack
  • Rory McArdle
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Andrew Considine
  • Fraser Fyvie
  • Kari Arnason
  • Gavin Rae
  • Stephen Hughes
  • Scott Vernon
  • Mitchel Megginson
  • SUBS
  • Jamie Langfield
  • Youl Mawene
  • Darren Mackie
  • Rory Fallon
  • Mohamed Chalali
  • Josh Magennis
  • Daniel Uchechi

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Match Report

Stalemate at Pittodrie Aberdeen extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a goalless Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw against St Johnstone. Home midfielder Fraser Fyvie headed wide from a Ryan Jack cross in the best chance of the first half, while visiting striker Francisco Sandaza fired over from the edge of the area after 58 minutes when he really should have netted his 15th goal of the season. Apart from that, chances were few and far between during a fairly low-key encounter at Pittodrie with a share of the spoils probably a fair result. Midfielder Gavin Rae was handed his Aberdeen debut, while Jack started after being left out of the midweek William Hill Scottish Cup victory over Queen of the South due to disciplinary reasons. St Johnstone defender Callum Davidson returned after missing the Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts in place of the injured Steven Anderson and full-back David Mackay was preferred to Alan Maybury as the Saints tried to end a run of four games without a win. St Johnstone started on the front foot with Chris Millar's low drive blocked by Rory McArdle before top scorer Sandaza was denied by Dons goalkeeper Jason Brown, although the Spaniard had been flagged offside in any case. At the other end, Scott Vernon jinked past two defenders but failed to connect properly with his shot from the edge of the area, which was comfortably gathered by Alan Mannus in the Saints goal. The Dons continued to create openings with Mitch Megginson dragging a shot wide of the target after 12 minutes before Fyvie headed wide from a Jack cross two minutes later. Callum Davidson picked up the first booking of the match after 26 minutes for impeding the advancing Jack. Aberdeen almost gifted the Saints the lead after 29 minutes when Mark Reynolds' careless pass was intercepted by Sandaza but Brown managed to keep out the striker's effort. The Spaniard tested the Dons stopper again seven minutes before the break but the Welshman managed to hold onto the ball. But it was the Dons who should have gone ahead when Stephen Hughes found Vernon with a cute pass but the Englishman blasted the ball wide. That was Hughes' last meaningful involvement as he limped off with a hamstring injury just before the break and was replaced by Nigerian Daniel Uchechi. The Dons made an encouraging start to the second half with Vernon sending in an inviting cross which was headed over by Megginson. Millar should have done better soon after when he cut inside past McArdle but his control let him down at the vital moment before Jody Morris fired a speculative effort wide from distance. The visitors could have broken the deadlock after 58 minutes when Millar's pass deflected off McArdle into the path of the advancing Sandaza but the striker scooped the ball over the crossbar. The Saints made their first change after 63 minutes, introducing Lee Croft at the expense of the ineffective Millar, while Darren Mackie replaced the tiring Rae for the Dons two minutes later. The hosts threw on Mohamed Chalali for Megginson as they searched for the goal that would likely give them all three points and he almost made an immediate impact when laid the ball off for Mackie but the striker's effort sailed past the upright. St Johnstone goalkeeper Mannus was called upon to keep out a Kari Arnason long-range shot before Chalali hooked a shot round the post as time ran out on a disappointing match.

Form Guide

    DWDDWD
  • Aberdeen
  • VS
  • St Johnstone
  • WWLWLL

Last Meetings

  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 2
  • Aberdeen
  • 13/12/2011
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 23/07/2011
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 07/05/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 02/03/2011
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 20/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 21/08/2010

Top Scorers

Aberdeen

  • S Vernon 8
  • A Considine 3
  • K Arnason 3
  • Y Mawene 2
  • R Fallon 2
  • R Jack 2
  • R Milsom 1
  • J Magennis 1
  • M Chalali 1
  • F Fyvie 1

St Johnstone

  • F Sandaza 9
  • L Craig 6
  • C Sheridan 4
  • D MacKay 3
  • M Haber 2
  • J Morris 1
  • L Croft 1
  • S Anderson 1

Goals

Aberdeen

    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 27
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 63
    • Goals per game 33
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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