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Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
Shot on goal by Conor Sammon from just inside the area goes over the target.
David Silva comes on in place of Mehdi Taouil.
Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
Andrius Velicka joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yoann Folly.
Centre by Chris Maguire, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Jamie Hamill produces a cross, comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Hallur Hansson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Corner taken by Craig Bryson, clearance by Yoann Folly.
Shot by Mehdi Taouil from 18 yards. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
Jerel Ifil takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Corner from left by-line taken by Paul Hartley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Jamie Hamill. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
Alexei Eremenko has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Liam Kelly takes a shot from 20 yards. Cameron Bell makes a comfortable save.
Mehdi Taouil takes a short corner.
Liam Kelly is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jerel Ifil.
Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Sone Aluko restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Hamill is given a yellow card. Paul Hartley fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Alexei Eremenko fouled by Jerel Ifil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, Headed effort on goal by Hallur Hansson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Andrew Considine. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Penalty scored by Jamie Hamill. Kilmarnock 2-0 Aberdeen.Penalty awarded for a foul by Jamie Langfield on Alexei Eremenko.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, clearance made by Frazer Wright.
The referee blows for offside against Manuel Pascali. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alexei Eremenko, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Hallur Hansson coming on for Clark Robertson.
Paul Hartley takes a inswinging corner.
Foul by Craig Bryson on Chris Maguire, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Sone Aluko, save by Cameron Bell.
Andrew Considine is given a yellow card. Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Andrew Considine from outside the box goes over the net.
Mehdi Taouil fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Clark Robertson. Blocked by Jamie Hamill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Liam Kelly. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Craig Bryson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Effort from deep inside the area by Alexei Eremenko clears the bar.
Handball decision goes against Chris Maguire. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Zander Diamond is caught offside. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
Sone Aluko takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Frazer Wright.
Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line.
Chris Maguire produces a cross, save by Cameron Bell.
Mehdi Taouil is ruled offside. Zander Diamond restarts play with the free kick.
Conor Sammon fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Aberdeen.Jerel Ifil challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Alexei Eremenko, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Foul by Scott Vernon on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Alexei Eremenko fouled by Yoann Folly, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sone Aluko.
Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Craig Bryson results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the indirect free kick.
Frazer Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor Sammon. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Ryan Jack challenges Ben Gordon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Foul by Jerel Ifil on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie Hamill.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Craig Bryson. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half has started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Sissoko sits out Dons clash
Kilmarnock defender Mohamadou Sissoko is suspended for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Aberdeen.
Sissoko was sent off in last weekend's 3-2 defeat by Rangers.
Goalkeeper Alan Combe and midfielder James Dayton remain on the sidelines.
All of the build up to this weekend's games has been dominated by the strike action taken by Scottish referees but Killie manager Mixu Paatelainen is confident that the introduction of foreign officials will have little or no impact on the fixtures.
Killie have been handed Israeli referee Eli Hacmon for the visit of Aberdeen after Scottish category one referees withdrew their labour.
However, Paatelainen will not give his players any special instructions about toning down aggression to adapt to any cultural differences in the interpretation of the laws of the game.
Speaking before the allocation of referees was confirmed, Paatelainen said: "Whoever referees our match will be up to the standard.
"People who call them in will make sure that`s the case, I trust them.
"I don`t believe anything special needs to be said to the players at all.
"We concentrate on how we want to pass the ball, how we want to move, how we want to defend. That`s the most important thing for us.
"Yes, of course, the referees' decisions are important as well but whoever comes in will be qualified to referee matches at this level."
The Finn added: "Country by country there are differences, how they treat people. For example how they view simulation.
"I don`t think that's a problem. I don`t care where the referees come from if he`s up to standard."
Paatelainen has been keen to ease the pressure on referees in recent weeks and believes there is little wrong with his relationship with officials.
Some managers, notably former Motherwell boss Jim Gannon, have complained there was no formal avenue for privately questioning decisions or presenting an analysis of referees' performances.
But Paatelainen believes the current informal situation is sufficient.
"It`s good to talk," the former Hibernian manager said. "There is an opportunity to talk to refs about certain decisions, that is in place already.
"We can contact the head of the referees department and talk to them about that decision and engage with them.
"They might say `Yes, the referee made a mistake there' or they might say `No, that was the case'. We can talk afterwards about it.
"I think it`s very important to be able to talk and get things off your chest.
"But I don`t think every time you make a mistake, you should do that.
"The bottom line is the referees make decisions and they sometimes call it wrong."
Rory McArdle is suspended for Aberdeen after he was sent off as the Dons were beaten 1-0 by St Johnstone last weekend, suffering their fifth straight loss.
Andrius Velicka and Andrew Considine returned against Saints and are poised to feature again, but Fraser Fyvie, Darren Mackie (both knee), Nikola Vujadinovic (hamstring) and Peter Pawlett (toe) remain out.
And midfielder Yoann Folly is more concerned about the team resolving their own troubles rather than worrying about the refereeing crisis.
"We're having a difficult time at the moment so I'm concentrating on the team and not what's been happening," said Folly.
"We haven't been talking about it. We've got a few more things on our mind as far as football is concerned."
Folly is confident the Dons can turn around the miserable run which has seen manager Mark McGhee's job come under scrutiny, believing, like his manager, a catalogue of injuries have hindered progress at Pittodrie.
"With the quality of the squad we have I think it's just a matter of time until we turn things around," added Folly.
"It is difficult at this moment in time, but we need to get on with the game and get back up the table.
"Now the players are coming back (from injury) - it doesn't change over night, it takes a few games to get going - but I'm pretty sure we're getting there."
Morale is not an issue within the squad.
Folly added: "I think we're okay confidence-wise. All the boys are together and the spirit is high in the dressing room.
"You can have it two ways - either the team cracks and their heads go down, but it's not happening here.
"Everyone is really concentrating on the task and everyone wants to get together and do well.
"We just want to win that first game and then get into every game thinking we can win it.
"In a couple of months we'll see where that takes us."
Dons suffer more woe
Kilmarnock piled more misery on Aberdeen as a disputed penalty helped the Ayrshire side claim a comfortable 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League triumph at Rugby Park.
Jamie Hamill put the game beyond the Dons early in the second period after Israeli referee Eli Hacmon ruled that Jamie Langfield had brought down Alexei Eremenko.
Aberdeen complained but there was little doubt about who the better team was following Conor Sammon's opening goal. Hacmon produced an assured performance after replacing striking Scottish officials and there appeared to be contact at the penalty incident despite complaints from the visitors.
Aberdeen have now taken just four points from a possible 39 and their second-half performance offered little encouragement they can turn their fortunes around in the near future.
Snow was cleared off the pitch before kick-off to allow Hacmon to take charge of his first Scottish game, assisted by compatriots Eyal Hatuca and Amihay-Yesoshhua Mozes with Malta's Marco Borg acting as fourth official.
Both teams made one enforced change after having players sent off last weekend. James Fowler replaced Mohamadou Sissoko for the hosts with Aberdeen's Yoann Folly coming in for Rory McArdle.
There was still a light dusting of snow in some areas and several players lost their footing in the opening moments. Both sides struggled to piece together any meaningful spells of possession, with even the normally impressive Eremenko wayward with a number of long-range passes.
Hacmon strolled through the initial stages without controversy and there was little dispute about the free-kick decision that led to Kilmarnock's 18th-minute opener.
Jerel Ifil slid in recklessly on Sammon to allow Eremenko an opportunity to shoot from 20 yards. The Finn's curling effort did not appear immediately threatening but Langfield spilled the ball and Sammon won the race to slide home the rebound and net his eighth goal in six games.
Killie experienced an initial lift before Aberdeen began to produce some sustained passing, but the only time Cammy Bell was troubled was when he had to punch away Sone Aluko's corner from underneath his crossbar.
Hacmon issued his first yellow card in the 37th minute for Andy Considine's poor challenge on Mehdi Taouil and even received some polite ripples of applause as he made his way off at half-time.
The referee's quiet afternoon was shattered four minutes after the break when he was faced with a difficult decision when Eremenko went down under Langfield's challenge in the box.
Aberdeen had been exposed at the back by Craig Bryson's pass into their half for Sammon to race on to. The Irishman played a composed square pass to Eremenko, who took the ball too wide as Langfield confronted him before going down.
Eremenko's fall was undoubtedly exaggerated but Langfield looked, from a distance, to have made contact and the Israeli pointed to the spot.
The Aberdeen goalkeeper remonstrated with Eremenko while some of his team-mates complained to the referee, before Jamie Hamill stepped up to send Langfield the wrong way.
Killie almost went further ahead after another slick break. Eremenko threaded the ball through for Sammon, who turned inside his man and drew an excellent save from Langfield, although the unmarked Taouil had wanted a pass from both men.
Eremenko then set up another chance with a brilliant pass inside the full-back with Langfield getting down to save from Liam Kelly following the cutback.
Hamill was booked for bad foul on Aluko as Aberdeen attacked, but the Dons looked a beaten team after the penalty.
Scott Vernon got several headers on target but Bell was never really troubled and Sammon almost capitalised again as Langfield initially mishandled Hamill's drive.
Killie kept the ball from a demoralised Aberdeen for long spells in the final stages, with Langfield producing another save from Eremenko.
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