skip to content
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.
Centre by Jamie Masson, save made by Alan Mannus.
Craig Murray on for Rory Fallon.
Jordon Brown produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Liam Craig decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Masson on Murray Davidson. Murray Davidson restarts play with the free kick.
Jordon Brown replaces Josh Magennis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Joe Shaughnessy. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Niall McGinn.
Foul by Patrick Cregg on Gavin Rae, free kick awarded. Niall McGinn crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, save by Jason Brown.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson by Gregory Tade. Direct free kick taken by Clark Robertson.
Niall McGinn finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Jamie Masson.
Nigel Hasselbaink on for Gary Miller.
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save made by Alan Mannus. Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Alan Mannus. Outswinging corner taken by Niall McGinn from the right by-line, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Josh Magennis fouled by Callum Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Niall McGinn restarts play with the free kick. Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn, Liam Craig makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Frazer Wright. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Clark Robertson. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance made by Russell Anderson.
Patrick Cregg fouled by Josh Magennis, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.
Effort from just outside the box by Liam Craig goes over the bar.
Josh Magennis sends in a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
Foul by Gregory Tade on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Alan Mannus. Outswinging corner taken by Niall McGinn.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Niall McGinn, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Josh Magennis goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Centre by Scott Vernon, save by Alan Mannus.
Niall McGinn decides to take a short corner.
Gregory Tade on for Rowan Vine.
Outswinging corner taken by Niall McGinn, clearance made by Liam Craig.
Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis. Free kick scored by Niall McGinn from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone.
Jamie Masson is brought on as a substitute for Mitchel Megginson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Rowan Vine. Mark Reynolds takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven MacLean. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Steven MacLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson by Gary Miller results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clark Robertson.
Close range effort by Niall McGinn misses to the right of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig, Scott Vernon makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson by David MacKay results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Niall McGinn, clearance by David MacKay.
The offside flag is raised against Rowan Vine. Mark Reynolds takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Scott Vernon, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Josh Magennis has a shot and went wide left of the target.
Gavin Rae takes a shot.
Steven MacLean fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Rowan Vine.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Alan Mannus makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Joe Shaughnessy, save made by Alan Mannus.
Joe Shaughnessy takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Frazer Wright takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
Rowan Vine decides to take the corner short.
Patrick Cregg joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Millar.
Shot from just outside the box by Rory Fallon goes over the target.
Corner taken short by Mitchel Megginson.
Steven MacLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Russell Anderson.
Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mitchel Megginson. Jason Brown takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mitchel Megginson on Rowan Vine. Callum Davidson restarts play with the free kick.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Alan Mannus.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.
Shot by Rory Fallon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Rowan Vine. Jason Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Callum Davidson by Mitchel Megginson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig, clearance by Mark Reynolds.
Mitchel Megginson takes a shot. Clearance made by Frazer Wright. Mitchel Megginson takes the outswinging corner, Josh Magennis challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
The official flags Josh Magennis offside. Frazer Wright takes the indirect free kick.
Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Niall McGinn, clearance made by Callum Davidson.
Foul by Chris Millar on Rory Fallon, free kick awarded. Scott Vernon restarts play with the free kick.
Reynolds bemoans tight league
Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds believes the Clydesdale Bank Premier League has become so tight this season that fixtures can now almost be described as "six-pointers".
The Dons host St Johnstone looking to get back on track following three successive SPL defeats, which has left them seventh in the table, albeit only a point behind fifth-placed Saints.
Reynolds, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, stressed the importance a victory or two can make to league positions as clubs battle for top-six and European placings.
"St Johnstone are certainly one of the form teams, they are up there on merit," the 25-year-old told RED TV.
"They are getting good results and playing good football.
"There's a lot of teams going well in the league and the top six or seven teams are very tight so these games are becoming almost six-pointers.
"Three results catapult you up the league and as you've seen with us, we were one game away from going top of the league and now we are sitting mid-table.
"Losing a couple of games on the spin is costing you big time so I think we need to change that, get the three points and a win gets us right back into the mix."
Reynolds points to Aberdeen's on-going injury problems as a reason for the Dons' recent slump in which they have to look back to October 27 for their last home league win.
Stephen Hughes, Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack, Rob Milsom, Chris Clark, Gary Naysmith and Isaac Osbourne remain out while goalkeeper Jamie Langfield is suspended after failing with his appeal against the red card picked up against Kilmarnock last week.
"Home form is what you build a successful season on, " said Reynolds.
"We need people to fear coming here.
"At the start of the season they were, no one was getting away with three points, we were getting draws and sneaking victories ourselves and that is what we built the strong season on.
"It is disappointing that teams are coming and taking cheap goals from us and taking the points."
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas admits he will be looking for a trouble-free 2013 after escaping his latest disciplinary charge.
A Scottish Football Association judicial panel did not add to the Northern Irishman's eight-game touchline ban on Thursday after deciding a warning would suffice following his dismissal against Hibernian last month.
Lomas was found guilty of misconduct by kicking a water bottle carrier in frustration when Nigel Hasselbaink missed a late penalty in his side's 1-0 home defeat on November 28.
The former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder was hit with a six-match touchline ban earlier this month after being sent to the stand during his side's 1-1 draw at Celtic Park, which also sparked a further two-match punishment which had been suspended after he labelled Ross County midfielder Richard Brittain a cheat.
Lomas, who has already served three matches and is due to return to the technical area when Celtic visit McDiarmid Park on January 26, said: "I got a fair hearing and the panel recognised the water bottle was about pure frustration and not malice and I think common sense prevailed.
"There was really only one (charge) I believe amounted to anything and that was foul and abusive language at the Celtic game, and I apologised for that.
"I stand by what I said after the Ross County game and kicking a water battle when your team has missed a penalty - it's not the biggest crime is it?
"I do believe you don't want to take the passion out of the game. I'm a passionate guy but I am also an honest guy.
"I realise my card has been marked and I am treading a fine line.
"So I will be taking a look at myself and hopefully the rest of the season is incident free."
St Johnstone travel to Aberdeen where Lomas anticipates a difficult game against a club he believes boasts the second-strongest squad in the league.
Despite that Stephen Hughes, Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack, Rob Milsom, Chris Clark, Gary Naysmith and Isaac Osbourne remain out, while goalkeeper Jamie Langfield is suspended after failing with his appeal against the red card picked up against Kilmarnock last week.
"It is going to be very difficult," said the Perth boss.
"They have a very good squad. Indeed, if Craig Brown has everyone fit then Aberdeen probably have the best squad in the SPL outside of Celtic.
"By all accounts they were unlucky against Kilmarnock last week and they knocked Motherwell out of the cup before that.
"But no-one has the right to be second in this league, as you have seen, everyone can beat everyone else on their day."
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk