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Jordon Brown replaces Niall McGinn.
Chris Johnston takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Scott Vernon scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-3 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Johnny Hayes.
Unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Rory McKenzie results in a free kick. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
William Gros on for James Dayton.
Josh Magennis concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McKenzie. Josh Magennis receives a caution. Rory McKenzie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Mark Reynolds challenges Chris Johnston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by James Dayton from right channel, save by Ryan Jack.
Scott Vernon produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Foul by Liam Kelly on Niall McGinn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Chris Johnston concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Hayes. Chris Johnston receives a caution. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.
Josh Magennis replaces Gavin Rae.
The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Rory McKenzie coming on for Gary Harkins.
Ryan Fraser goes off and Johnny Hayes comes on.
Shot by Chris Johnston. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Kelly from the left by-line.
Scott Vernon produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Liam Kelly challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Kelly is given a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andrew Considine.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Stephen Hughes. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Fraser from the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser, Michael Nelson fouled by Isaac Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Johnston is brought on as a substitute for Danny Racchi. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Letheren.
Ryan O'Leary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Isaac Osbourne takes the free kick.
Cillian Sheridan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Gavin Rae concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel Pascali. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line.
Effort on goal by Ryan O'Leary from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Isaac Osbourne challenges Cillian Sheridan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
Scott Vernon is caught offside. Free kick taken by James Fowler.
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali. Direct free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Niall McGinn finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Ryan Fraser.
Manuel Pascali takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
Cillian Sheridan fouled by Ryan Jack, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Jack goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Gary Harkins from the free kick, save by Jamie Langfield.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Kyle Letheren restarts play with the free kick.
James Dayton takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaac Osbourne on James Dayton. Rory McKeown restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Gavin Rae from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen.
Stephen Hughes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Rory McKeown fouled by Stephen Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Stephen Hughes for unsporting behaviour. Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
Gavin Rae has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Manuel Pascali on Stephen Hughes, free kick awarded. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Isaac Osbourne fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line, Russell Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Letheren. Kyle Letheren restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Andrew Considine on Danny Racchi, free kick awarded. Michael Nelson takes the direct free kick.
Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Anderson. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Liam Kelly fouled by Stephen Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
Ryan O'Leary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser. Caution for Ryan O'Leary. Ryan Fraser shoots direct from the free kick, save by Kyle Letheren.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Liam Kelly. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stephen Hughes from right channel.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser, save by Kyle Letheren.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Isaac Osbourne. Danny Racchi takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Hughes challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Racchi takes the direct free kick.
Cillian Sheridan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.
James Dayton fouled by Ryan Jack, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Kyle Letheren.
Corner taken left-footed by James Dayton, Michael Nelson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Rae. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton. Direct free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Stephen Hughes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Harkins.
Unfair challenge on Danny Racchi by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Danny Racchi restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Ryan O'Leary from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Aberdeen.
Corner taken by James Dayton.
Effort on goal by Niall McGinn from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Pascali takes heart from Killie improvements
Manuel Pascali is buoyed by the growing belief that Kilmarnock no longer have to perform at their very best to win matches.
The Ayrshire club are in third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following recent 3-1 wins over both St Mirren and Hearts and, if results go their way on Saturday, could go top if they beat Aberdeen at Rugby Park.
Killie skipper Pascali, 31, believes there is more of a resilience to Kenny Shiels' side this season which will stand them in good stead when they are struggling.
"I am confident that something has changed," said the Italian.
"This season we have looked more solid. In the past we have had to have everyone playing for their lives to win, everybody had to have a great performance.
"But this season I feel that we are capable of playing badly and winning matches.
"In my experience very good teams win matches even when playing badly, maybe 1-0 or 2-1 and we have to learn to do that and recently we have done that.
"Ross County was a good point for us, maybe in the past that wasn't happening, we were losing those matches previously.
"And against Hearts it wasn't the best performance in terms of football and against St Mirren we were struggling at the start, but we have the character to play badly and win."
Pascali smiled at the prospect of going top of the SPL table and said: "We will see at five o'clock on Saturday, but that will be a fantastic starting point.
"If we have a good performance and are lucky to have three points and Motherwell don't have a good result then we could be top of the league for maybe 24 hours and that would be fantastic for everybody.
"But the league unfortunately is not finishing on Saturday or Monday so we haven't achieved anything yet.
"But obviously you like your work better when you are (up) there instead of at the back.
"I have plenty of confidence for this season. I don't want to think that because we beat Hearts 3-1 last week then Aberdeen at home could maybe be an easy one. It is going to be tough."
Mark Reynolds has urged Aberdeen to head into the international break on a high by claiming another victory over Kilmarnock.
The Dons secured a morale-boosting win over Hibernian last week - only their second in the Premier League this season - following a string of draws.
Now that they have managed to deliver the points as well as the performance, Reynolds wants to see more of the same on Saturday.
The defender said: "If we get another win, it puts the opening set of games in a great light for us.
"It looks like a great start, which is very important.
"It would be good to keep the momentum going and get another good result and go into the international break on a high."
Reynolds knows the Dons have been criticised for the lack of wins despite their encouraging displays and having suffered just one defeat to Celtic.
He added: "The mood is good, it's been good all season.
"We've been putting in some good performances and just not getting the results.
"It's justified now that we have gone out and played well and managed to get the result.
"It puts our other results in a better light now and it puts us back in amongst it.
"If we'd lost or drawn again at the weekend, we might have been cast adrift a bit at the bottom of the league. That win gets us right in amongst it.
"The boys have been solid all year. We've never felt we've been outplayed or outclassed or felt out of our depth in any games.
"We were undefeated and it was starting to look bad because it was so many draws so to get the three points at the weekend was massive.
"It's massive in terms of how people are looking at the club and viewing us as a team."
Reynolds expects Kilmarnock to pose an attacking threat but backed the Dons defence to cope with whatever the Ayrshire club throws at them.
He said: "They're doing well, they're scoring goals, they're causing problems and they've got a bit of pace - and that's vital.
"If you look at any team that's been successful in the SPL, they've always had pace.
"But we are as capable of handling them as any other team in the league.
"If you look at the defence we've got, we've got strength in depth in the squad.
"I don't think too many teams have caused us problems at the back."
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