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Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Young. The referee books Steve Jennings for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Nikola Vujadinovic.
The ball is delivered by Alan Gow, Steve Jennings has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
The official flags Alan Gow offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Effort from inside the area by Jamie Murphy misses to the right of the goal.
Steven Saunders has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Steve Jennings challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield. Ross Forbes comes on in place of John Sutton.
Robert McHugh is brought on as a substitute for Chris Humphrey.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Mitchel Megginson coming on for Chris Maguire.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Nick Blackman results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick. (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Alan Gow coming on for Nick Blackman.
The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Scott Vernon misses to the right of the goal.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Keith Lasley fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Nick Blackman has an effort direct from the free kick. Corner taken short by Chris Humphrey.
Foul by Chris Humphrey on Jamie Langfield, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Zander Diamond takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Young on Keith Lasley. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Young on Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Scott Vernon finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Chris Maguire.
Paul Hartley takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Reynolds.
Nick Blackman has a drilled shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Steve Jennings challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
Long range effort from Chris Maguire misses to the left of the goal.
Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Nick Blackman. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hartley. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Steven Saunders takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Shot by Jamie Murphy from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Scott Vernon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Rory McArdle. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Keith Lasley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Nikola Vujadinovic. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Jamie Murphy grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Nick Blackman.
Jerel Ifil fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Derek Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Foul by Andrew Considine on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.
Steve Jennings fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line.
Foul by Keith Lasley on Zander Diamond, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mark Reynolds on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Scott Vernon restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Jerel Ifil results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Zander Diamond fouled by Steven Saunders, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Maguire. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Steve Jennings. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley from left channel, save by Darren Randolph.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The game kicks-off.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half has started.
The match has reached full-time.
Saunders back for Well
Steven Saunders returns to the Motherwell squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Aberdeen after missing the 2-0 win against St Johnstone through suspension.
But Spanish striker Esteban Casagolda will miss out after picking up a knee injury.
Alan Gow is pushing for more involvement after his injury-time debut at McDiarmid Park while Marc Fitzpatrick is set to come back from injury.
Midfielder Keith Lasley expects to face an improved and attack-minded Aberdeen now his former manager Mark McGhee has had a chance to make his mark on the club.
Lasley, now in his ninth season as a first-team player at Fir Park, admits the first year under McGhee was his most enjoyable as a footballer.
McGhee led the Steelmen to third place as he continued a trend of making a positive initial impact at clubs he has managed throughout his career.
That sequence came to an abrupt halt last season when the former Reading, Leicester, Wolves, Millwall and Brighton boss endured a disappointing campaign at Pittodrie.
The Dons finished ninth in the SPL and crashed out of both cup competitions to lower-league opposition.
But, despite losing their last two league games, Aberdeen travel to Fir Park in third place, ahead of Motherwell on goal difference.
McGhee has added strikers Scott Vernon, Josh Magennis and Andrius Velicka as part of a major redevelopment of his squad over the summer, and Lasley does not expect the Dons to struggle again.
"I know Mark McGhee is a very good manager and I've experienced that myself," the 31-year-old said.
"It maybe didn't work out at Aberdeen last season for whatever reason, I don't know what's going on there on a day-to-day basis.
"What I do know is that he's a good manager and I'm sure he will prove that in the future.
"What I experienced here is that he is a very attacking manager. He likes to attack and I'm sure it will be no different.
"He has got a lot of strikers now and I'm sure he will use them to the best of their abilities.
"I'm sure any Aberdeen team that goes out on the pitch now will be an attacking one."
Aberdeen will be without winger Sone Aluko, who faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines with an Achilles problem.
Dons battle back
Aberdeen came from behind to grab a 1-1 draw in a drab Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Fir Park.
Jamie Murphy gave the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he raced on to a Nick Blackman pass before firing past Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield from 10 yards out.
However, Pittodrie striker Scott Vernon made up for his missed chance just before the break when he levelled 10 minutes in to the second half from close range after Chris Maguire had set him up.
The point kept Aberdeen in third place over their hosts but it will be a game quickly forgotten by those 5,251 supporters who made the effort to get to Fir Park.
The first effort on goal came in the second minute when a 25-yard free-kick from Dons skipper Paul Hartley was well held by Darren Randolph in the Motherwell goal.
Moments later Langfield, back for Mark Howard, had a clearance charged down by Blackman but the visitors escaped punishment when Fir Park wide-man Chris Humphrey failed to take advantage of the loose ball.
Aberdeen, inspired by Hartley from the midfield, looked slightly the more assured in possession but posed little threat in the last third while Motherwell surrendered the ball too quickly and too often to allow them to build up any sort of momentum.
If anything, the first half deteriorated as it progressed.
There was a scare for the Pittodrie men just before the half-hour mark when a careless and overly-strong backpass from Andrew Considine almost had Langfield in trouble, the Dons keeper letting his team-mate know of his dissatisfaction in no uncertain terms.
The game refused to improve but in the 35th minute, and out of the blue, Murphy fired the home side in to the lead.
A fine pass from Blackman sent the Scotland Under-21 player racing down the left-hand side and in to the box and he cut back inside Jerel Ifil before slamming the ball through the legs of Langfield from around 10 yards out.
Three minutes before the end of the first half a long clearance from Langfield ended up at the feet of Vernon but the Dons striker missed the target from inside the box with only Randolph to beat, before a Murphy effort from distance at the other end dipped over the bar.
Vernon was presented with a half chance four minutes into the second half when Ifil's long pass found him in space but his failure to control the ball let the Well defence off the hook.
In the 51st minute Nikola Vujadinovic broke with some purpose from defence to set up Maguire 30 yards from goal but his shot went well wide of the target.
But in the 55th minute Vernon made amends for his earlier mishaps when he turned Maguire's cross past Randolph from around two yards out, the ball going in off the far post.
The away fans might have seen their side take the lead just after the hour mark when Considine was played in by Maguire on the left-hand side but his low drive from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by Randolph.
Motherwell responded by applying some concerted pressure to the Aberdeen penalty area but at the other end Vernon headed in to the side-netting after Maguire had escaped the attentions of Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings.
Alan Gow replaced Blackman and Bob McHugh came on for Humphrey, while Mitchel Megginson came on for the Pittodrie side, replacing Maguire.
In the 85th minute Murphy burrowed in to the Aberdeen area but his angled shot from 10 yards flew high and wide.
In the last minute Gow crossed from the right to Jennings but the midfielder, stretching to make a good connection with the ball, missed the target from six yards.
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