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Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jure Travner. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Mitchel Megginson is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Jack. Derek Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thomson. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Foul by Aaron Mooy on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Paul McGowan offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Aaron Mooy produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Jim Goodwin delivers the ball.
The ball is delivered by Aaron Mooy.
Josh Magennis leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Pawlett. Nikola Vujadinovic shown a yellow card. Steven Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Rory McArdle takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by Nikola Vujadinovic. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Chris Maguire crosses the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
Aaron Mooy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Dargo. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by John Potter. Shot comes in from Chris Maguire from the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jim Goodwin, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jure Travner, Jamie Langfield manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David van Zanten, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
Paul McQuade takes a shot.
Ryan Jack crosses the ball, Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David van Zanten.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Maguire, Jure Travner makes a clearance.
Robert Milsom takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
A cross is delivered by Scott Vernon, clearance made by John Potter.
Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
Booking for Jim Goodwin.
Scott Vernon scores a headed goal from close range. Aberdeen 2-0 St Mirren.Assist by Scott Vernon.
Paul McQuade is brought on as a substitute for Sean Lynch.
Effort on goal by Ryan Jack from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrew Considine from left wing, Jure Travner makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, Headed effort from inside the area by Craig Dargo misses to the right of the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Dargo. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, save made by Paul Gallacher.
Effort on goal by Andrew Considine from 35 yards. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Effort on goal by Ryan Jack from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
The ball is swung over by Robert Milsom, clearance by Lee Mair.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Shot by Sean Lynch from outside the box goes high over the target.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Dargo. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Dargo on Zander Diamond. Rory McArdle takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Craig Dargo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Craig Dargo produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Scott Vernon scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 St Mirren.Assist by Chris Maguire.
Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sean Lynch.
A cross is delivered by Derek Young, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
Robert Milsom has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Josh Magennis. Andrew Considine delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Derek Young goes into the referee's book. Jure Travner fouled by Derek Young, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Nikola Vujadinovic comes on in place of David McNamee. Corner from right by-line taken by Sean Lynch.
Chris Maguire challenges Sean Lynch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Shot by Robert Milsom from 25 yards. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
David McNamee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. John Potter takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jim Goodwin.
Paul McGowan delivers the ball, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter.
Ryan Jack has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
David McNamee crosses the ball, Sean Lynch gets a block in.
The official flags Craig Dargo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Josh Magennis goes wide right of the target.
Chris Maguire takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in.
Ryan Jack sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Mair.
Foul by Jure Travner on Ryan Jack, free kick awarded. Robert Milsom takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Derek Young by Sean Lynch results in a free kick. Chris Maguire sends in a cross, Shot from 18 yards from Robert Milsom. Blocked by Lee Mair.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Dargo. Rory McArdle takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Jack by Steven Thomson results in a free kick. Robert Milsom sends in a cross, Effort from 20 yards by Chris Maguire. Clearance by John Potter. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the right by-line, Header on goal by Rory McArdle from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Craig Dargo produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Andrew Considine, clearance by Lee Mair.
Craig Dargo is ruled offside. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Chris Maguire. Indirect free kick taken by John Potter.
Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. David van Zanten delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Jamie Langfield.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The half-time whistle blows.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Brown's midfield search continues
Craig Brown is continuing his efforts to bolster Aberdeen's midfield after expressing satisfaction with the rest of his squad.
Left-back Nikola Vujadinovic late last night agreed an extension to his loan from Udinese, keeping him at Pittodrie until the end of the season, while Brown yesterday sealed the double loan signing of forward Nick Blackman and midfielder Rob Milsom from Blackburn and Fulham respectively.
With Yoann Folly ruled out until the end of the season with a broken ankle, Brown is eager to augment his midfield options.
"We're still looking to supplement the midfield provision," said Brown.
"I think we're okay up front now with the loan signing of Blackman.
"We're settled up front, we think. But with Paul Hartley suspended this week and Yoann Folly injured, we still need we think a bit more reinforcement in midfield.
"We're working on that, but hopefully next week."
Brown and his assistant Archie Knox assessed Vujadinovic and were pleased he was able to stay on.
"Archie and I have looked at him and think there's strong potential there to become a very important player in the squad," said Brown.
"With his confirmation that relieves us of a necessity to get another defender."
Vujadinovic, though, requires international clearance to play in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren.
The suspension of Hartley means Milsom is likely to make his debut, but Blackman has been suffering with a virus and appears unlikely to play.
"The earliest he might arrive is morning," added Brown, who managed Blackman at Motherwell.
"The doctor's advice at Blackburn was 48 hours in bed, but doctors are always on the safe side.
"I tried to convince him he'll get at least as good medical treatment here and if he comes up today it would help.
"But I'm not pressurising him, we'll wait and see."
Aaron Mooy surprised Bolton when he rejected a contract extension with the Barclays Premier League club last summer but he feels his decision has been vindicated following his move to St Mirren.
The 20-year-old spent several months looking for a new club before impressing on trial at St Mirren, who paid Wanderers compensation for the Australian in October.
Mooy was highly rated by Bolton and earned a call-up to the full Australia squad for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in August 2009, although he did not play.
But he wanted first-team football and six appearances so far at St Mirren have made months of uncertainty worth the worry.
"It was a big decision (to leave Bolton)," said Mooy, who is in contention for a start against Aberdeen.
"I wanted to come out and try to get some first-team action. I`m doing that, so I`m happy.
"Some people were a little surprised but it didn`t bother me.
"I just thought I wasn`t really going to get much of a chance at Bolton.
"I had a few trials around England and Holland. I always believed in myself and I knew I would get a team.
"At St Mirren I thought I was going to get some decent game time, so that`s why I came here."
Mooy has not started a match since November, although games were few and far between during the coldest December on record, and he is enjoying life in Paisley.
"It`s been good, I`m getting some game time," the forward said.
"I`m going to give everything I can to the team and hopefully we can push up the table.
"My contract finishes at the end of the season but they have an option to sign me for another year."
He added: "Scottish football is different than everywhere else, a bit rougher and a bit more direct, but I`m enjoying it.
"Scotland is not much different to where I was living in England, just the accent, and I`ve been living in the UK for a while now so I`m happy here."
Mooy could start at Pittodrie with Michael Higdon struggling with a knee injury and Gareth Wardlaw out with ankle ligament damage.
And manager Danny Lennon has urged the Saints fans to give the quiet Australian encouragement as he adapts to the Scottish game.
"There is an opportunity for Aaron Mooy or Paul McQuade to start the game," Lennon said.
"The boy Aaron Mooy is only a kid at 20 years of age.
"He has got a lot of ability about him. He has got to show that where it does count and that is at the highest level.
"But he is only a kid and my message is, if he`s given the opportunity, just to be a little bit more patient with him.
"He is still getting to terms with the pace of the Scottish game but he is coming on and he is learning very, very quickly."
Dons extend winning habit
Aberdeen won for the fourth time in five matches under new boss Craig Brown with a 2-0 victory over St Mirren at Pittodrie.
A second-half double from Scott Vernon, both coming from Chris Maguire crosses, was enough to down the Buddies, who are now four points behind the Dons.
After a forgettable first 45 minutes, the Dons broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half when Vernon chested home and the former Colchester United striker headed in a second after 67 minutes to put the game beyond doubt.
New signing Rob Milsom was handed his Aberdeen debut in place of suspended skipper Paul Hartley but fellow new recruit Nick Blackman, who has joined the Dons on loan from Blackburn, missed out on making his Pittodrie bow due to a virus.
Aberdeen's only other change from their 6-0 Scottish Cup triumph over East Fife saw Josh Magennis replace the absent Sone Aluko.
The Buddies were forced to make three changes with Michael Higdon and Marc McAusland injured and Paddy Cregg missing out through suspension. Irishman David van Zanten, former Don Lee Mair and former Falkirk midfielder Sean Lynch came in as replacements.
Aberdeen's top scorer Vernon, who had recovered from flu to start the match, almost released his strike partner Maguire in the opening minutes but Saints captain John Potter was alert to the danger and made a perfectly-timed tackle on the young striker.
The visitors carved out the first real opening of the game when on-loan Celtic man Paul McGowan picked out Craig Dargo and the former Inverness striker drifted past Rory McArdle before unleashing a low shot that went just wide of the target.
At the other end, Mair was in the right place to block Maguire's powerful volley before defender Andrew Considine headed over from the resulting corner as the home side pressed for the opener.
Aberdeen youngster Ryan Jack had made a lively start to the match and should have done better after 28 minutes when he volleyed the ball woefully off target from a promising position.
Milsom almost made a dream start to his Aberdeen career when he showed a terrific turn of pace to glide past Jim Goodwin before drilling a low shot at goal that drew a fine save from Paul Gallacher.
The home side were forced to make a change five minutes before the break when David McNamee limped off and was replaced by Nikola Vujadinovic.
On the stroke of half-time Milsom, the former Fulham player, went close again when he dragged a left-foot shot inches wide of the target.
Aberdeen opened the scoring five minutes into the second half when Maguire darted past van Zanten on the left wing before curling an inviting cross into the penalty area that Vernon chested home from two yards out for his 11th goal of the season.
The impressive Jack almost doubled the advantage when he slalomed his way past two Saints defenders before firing a shot over the bar.
Aberdeen's forward pair linked up again to give the home side their second after 67 minutes with Maguire producing another tantalising delivery which was nodded home by Vernon at the back post.
The home side almost gifted the Saints a way back into the game when Vujadinovic's back pass was intercepted by Buddies substitute Paul McQuade but the midfielder's chip drifted just over the bar.
In the closing stages Maguire curled a free kick wide from 25 yards before St Mirren substitute Aaron Mooy blasted over from the edge of the area to cap off a day to forget for the Paisley side.
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