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  • Date:13 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:1,607
  • Haber (90)
  • Vernon (12) Jack (78)
Goal!

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92:21 +2.21

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Blocked by Rory McArdle.

91:10 +1.10

Chris Millar produces a cross, Marcus Haber grabs a headed goal from close in. St Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Chris Millar.

90:42 +0.42

The offside flag is raised against Mohamed Chalali. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Anderson.

87:15

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by William Gibson.

87:09

The ball is sent over by David MacKay, Richard Foster gets a block in.

86:34

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, clearance made by Mohamed Chalali.

86:11

Callum Davidson delivers the ball, clearance made by Rory McArdle.

85:22

David McCracken leaves the field to be replaced by Carl Finnigan.

83:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig, clearance made by Rory McArdle.

82:09

The referee sends off Andrew Considine for second bookable offence.

80:18

Peter Pawlett replaces Chris Clark.

78:37

A goal is scored by Ryan Jack from 35+ yards to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen.

78:16

William Gibson produces a cross, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.

77:10

The ball is delivered by David MacKay, free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Rory McArdle. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.

76:13

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by William Gibson, Richard Foster manages to make a clearance.

75:49

William Gibson delivers the ball, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

74:19

Mohamed Chalali is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

72:54

Mohamed Chalali on for Rory Fallon.

71:25

Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Callum Davidson takes the free kick. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with William Gibson coming on for Alan Maybury.

69:20

Foul by Rory Fallon on David MacKay, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

68:35

Liam Craig takes a shot. Rory McArdle gets a block in.

67:41

Kari Arnason has a drilled shot hitting the post.

66:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McArdle by Marcus Haber. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.

64:41

The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

64:12

Liam Craig is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Jason Brown.

63:08

Sam Parkin produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

61:21

Callum Davidson takes a short corner.

60:13

Sam Parkin fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from David MacKay from the free kick, Rory McArdle gets a block in.

58:40

The ball is sent over by Callum Davidson, Sam Parkin takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jason Brown.

58:27

The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.

58:06

Rory Fallon takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.

57:21

The referee blows for offside. Jason Brown takes the free kick.

57:06

Rory Fallon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David McCracken takes the free kick.

55:39

Rory McArdle is brought on as a substitute for Youl Mawene.

53:20

Murray Davidson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

52:31

Foul by Kari Arnason on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Millar, Centre by Liam Craig, clearance made by Andrew Considine.

51:05

Robert Milsom crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Isaac Osbourne goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

50:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.

50:08

The ball is swung over by Marcus Haber, save by Jason Brown.

48:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, clearance made by Scott Vernon.

48:06

Callum Davidson delivers the ball, David MacKay takes a shot. Save made by Jason Brown.

47:02 +2.02

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Callum Davidson, Richard Foster makes a clearance.

46:49

Kari Arnason challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Callum Davidson, Richard Foster manages to make a clearance.

46:30 +1.30

The ball is sent over by Liam Craig, Chris Millar takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Considine.

45:37 +0.37

A cross is delivered by Liam Craig.

45:31

A cross is delivered by Chris Clark, David McCracken makes a clearance.

44:53

Andrew Considine is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

43:49

The ball is crossed by Ryan Jack, save by Peter Enckelman.

42:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marcus Haber. Direct free kick taken by Youl Mawene.

40:43

Liam Craig takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

39:17

Rory Fallon challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Callum Davidson, Richard Foster manages to make a clearance.

36:37

The referee blows for offside against Callum Davidson. Jason Brown takes the free kick.

32:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Ryan Jack. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Richard Foster from left wing, clearance made by Callum Davidson.

31:49

Isaac Osbourne sends in a cross.

28:47

Richard Foster challenges Marcus Haber unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Richard Foster a yellow card. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Liam Craig, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.

27:10

Effort on goal by Richard Foster from 35 yards went harmlessly over the net.

26:43

A cross is delivered by Alan Maybury, clearance by Andrew Considine.

22:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Fallon on Chris Millar. Free kick crossed by Liam Craig, clearance made by Jason Brown.

20:40

Chris Clark takes a shot. Callum Davidson gets a block in.

17:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Kari Arnason. Liam Craig delivers the ball, Steven Anderson takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.

12:59

Scott Vernon grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Jack.

12:35

Corner taken by Chris Clark from the left by-line played to the near post, Marcus Haber manages to make a clearance.

12:14

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Clark, Peter Enckelman makes a clearance.

11:34

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Clark from the left by-line, clearance by Callum Davidson.

10:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Ryan Jack. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youl Mawene. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.

9:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Marcus Haber. Liam Craig takes the indirect free kick.

7:43

Chris Clark produces a cross.

7:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Andrew Considine. Free kick taken by Youl Mawene.

3:51

The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, clearance by Richard Foster.

2:20

Short corner worked by Liam Craig, Centre by Chris Millar, Jason Brown manages to make a clearance.

2:14

The ball is delivered by Callum Davidson, Isaac Osbourne gets a block in.

Match Preview

Lomas eyes Saints riposte Manager Steve Lomas is eager for a response from his St Johnstone side in Tuesday night's clash with Aberdeen after describing Saturday's loss to Motherwell as "a reality check". Saints are fourth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and missed the opportunity to move within a point of Well by losing 3-0 to the Steelmen at McDiarmid Park. Lomas believes his first defeat will temper excitement generated in Perth by Saints' strong start to the season, but is happy his side have the opportunity to swiftly make amends. The Northern Irishman said: "It was a disappointment, but to get a game so soon is good to get it out of your system. I know the lads were disappointed with how it went against Motherwell, but sometimes you just have to take it on the chin. "Maybe it was the little reality check that everybody needed in terms of getting slightly carried away with third place and stuff like that. "It's a great opportunity to bounce back and that's really what it's all about. It won't be easy against an Aberdeen team fighting for their lives, with two good men in charge in Craig Brown and Archie Knox. It will be a tough game." Striker Francisco Sandaza could return for the clash. The Spaniard missed the matches with Hearts and Motherwell with a thigh injury, but could be fit to face the Dons at McDiarmid Park. Midfielder Kevin Moon missed Saturday's Motherwell loss due to illness and is again a doubt, while striker Cillian Sheridan, midfielder Jody Morris (both hamstring) and defender Frazer Wright (thigh) are out. Aberdeen boss Brown is coy on the possibility of re-signing defender Russell Anderson. The 33-year-old former Dons captain was released by npower Championship side Derby on Monday and has been linked with a return to Pittodrie, but Brown says finances and fitness will dictate if a move is possible. The Dons boss said: "I know him from way back and I have the highest regard for him as a person and a footballer. It would be a wonderful acquisition, if he's fit. "We'd love to have him back on the staff here, but it would require someone buying one of our players or one of our players being attracted elsewhere. That might happen. "Our player budget has reached its limit - he knows that. "That reduces the immediate chance of him signing. For someone to come in, someone has to go out." Former Scotland defender Anderson began his career with Aberdeen before departing for Sunderland for a #1million fee in 2007. However, injury has blighted his career since and he made two appearances for the Black Cats, while also going on loan to Plymouth and Burnley, before joining the Rams in January 2010. He made 33 appearances in almost two years at Pride Park and departed with six months remaining on his contract. Anderson suffered a hamstring injury in his final game for Derby, against Cardiff last month. He has been using the Dons' facilities to aid his recovery and Brown is yet to ask if finances can be stretched to re-sign the defender. "He's coming back for rehabilitation after his injury," added Brown, who had earlier approached Anderson about a return to Pittodrie. "I spoke to him a couple of days ago and he requested the use of our physiotherapy facility. "I had already spoken to him in the summer about the prospect of him coming here as a player. "He was on a good contract at Derby and wanted to fight for his place. He got his place in the team and was playing. "But now he has a long-term injury. It's a two-month job at least." Should an avenue be found to recruit Anderson, his experience could be vital in their battle to climb the SPL. The Dons travel to Perth knowing victory could take them up to ninth in the standings. They enter the match in 10th place after moving off the foot of the table despite conceding a two-goal lead in Saturday's 2-2 draw with St Mirren, while Saints are fourth and seeking to respond from their 3-0 loss to Motherwell. Brown said: "I expect a good, competitive game. I don't think their defeat will have any affect on their performance. "Although we lost a two-goal lead, we've recovered from a couple of two-goal deficits. "Every game is critical. I would expect to take a good number of points between now and the end of the season." Fraser Fyvie is suspended, Rory Fallon (groin) is a doubt and midfielder Yoann Folly remains out.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Craig Brown

Aberdeen

  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Callum Davidson
  • Steven Anderson
  • David McCracken
  • Chris Millar
  • Murray Davidson
  • Alan Maybury
  • Liam Craig
  • Sam Parkin
  • Marcus Haber
  • SUBS
  • Alan Mannus
  • Carl Finnigan
  • William Gibson
  • David Robertson
  • Mark Durnan
  • Ricky McIntosh
  • Scott Gray

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Match Report

Jack stunner snatches Dons win Ryan Jack scored from the halfway line as Aberdeen moved three points off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-1 win at St Johnstone. The game was played in front of the lowest league attendance in McDiarmid Park's history, with only 1,607 fans braving strong winds, torrential rain and freezing temperatures. And only the 355 Aberdeen supporters went home happy after their first away win of the season. The Scotland Under-21 international capitalised on a poor clearance from Peter Enckelman to fire home from the centre spot and seal the points in the 79th minute. Jack, who formed a solid central midfield partnership with Kari Arnason, played a major part in Scott Vernon's 14th-minute opener when Enckelman could only parry his strike. Aberdeen had a late scare when Marcus Haber headed home in injury-time after Andrew Considine was sent off for a foul on Sam Parkin, but they held on to move fourth bottom. But, goals apart, this was not an evening to savour for the fervent fans who braved the worst of the elements. The match was initially postponed because of fog early last month but it went ahead despite other meteorological challenges. The A9 was closed because of snow not far north at Blair Atholl and strong winds forced the closure of the Tay Bridge and the Tay Road Bridge. But the pitch looked in decent condition amid an unceasing deluge of rain and the game went ahead despite concerns over the wind following discussions between referee Steven McLean and both managers. Two clearances swirled out of park in the opening minutes, but home midfielder Chris Millar quickly rose above the conditions with a powerful curling effort which Jason Brown punched clear. Aberdeen were kicking into the worst of the wind, but they scored after St Johnstone struggled to get the ball away following a spell of pressure. David McCracken's poor clearance fell for Jack 20 yards and he kept his shot down well with Enckelman only able to parry it into the path of the unmarked Vernon, who slotted home as the hosts looked in vain for an offside flag. Enckelman then almost lost a hopeful long ball in a sudden gust of wind, recovering to hold as Rory Fallon tried to pounce. Aberdeen had an escape when Richard Foster barged over Haber as he ran into the box with McLean deciding the offence had taken place inches outside the area. Liam Craig's driven free-kick was diverted wide and the midfielder wasted a decent chance in injury-time when Sam Parkin's ball set him free on the left, his final product being a low ball that did not trouble Brown or find a team-mate. Saints attacked immediately after the restart and Brown parried Dave Mackay's effort past his near post, before having a great chance in the 54th minute. Enckelman's clearance held up in the wind and caught out the advancing Dons defence and Craig's header sent Murray Davidson clear. But, on a night when hitting the ball low along the wet surface was the only option, Davidson inexplicably tried to chip Brown and the ball drifted over the bar. Aberdeen soon made an enforced change with Rory McArdle replacing Youl Mawene and the new-look defence continued to be busy with Parkin, making his first start since breaking his ankle in February, seeing a looping header saved before curling over from 20 yards. Arnason almost lit the game up midway through the half when he let fly from 35 yards, but the ball bounced off the outside of the post with Enckelman beaten. The Finnish goalkeeper was soon passed from much further out. Enckelman came 30 yards out of his goal in a bid to return a clearance as Aberdeen sat in their own half. But he could not get enough on his left-footed ball forward and it fell for Jack, who took a touch and drilled the ball inside the post. Considine was shown a red card for a foul on Parkin two minutes later amid some confusion with McLean initially appearing to produce a yellow, but Aberdeen held on despite Haber heading home Millar's injury-time cross.

Form Guide

    DLDWWL
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Aberdeen
  • LLLDLD

Last Meetings

  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 23/07/2011
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 07/05/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 02/03/2011
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 20/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 21/08/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 24/04/2010

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • F Sandaza 5
  • L Craig 4
  • C Sheridan 4
  • D MacKay 3
  • M Haber 1

Aberdeen

  • S Vernon 6
  • A Considine 3
  • Y Mawene 2
  • R Fallon 1
  • R Foster 1
  • K Arnason 1
  • R Milsom 1
  • R Jack 1
  • J Magennis 1
  • F Fyvie 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 36
    • Goals per game 20
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aberdeen

    • Total goals 35
    • Goals per game 19
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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