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Aberdeen   1 - 2   Motherwell

Highlights - Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell

Highlights - Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell

Francis Jeffers marked his first Motherwell start with a goal as the visitors got the better of 10-man Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Sone Aluko shot the Dons into an early lead but a deft header from Jeffers levelled matters on 14 minutes.

Aberdeen skipper Paul Hartley was dismissed early in the second half for aiming a kick at Keith Lasley.

And Jamie Murphy grabbed the winner after 71 minutes, finding the net with a low strike.

The game had originally been scheduled as Craig Brown's first in charge of Aberdeen since moving from Motherwell in December but it was delayed by snow.

The postponement spared Brown a verbal backlash, with only around 100 hardy Motherwell fans making the trip to the north east in cold, wet conditions.

And they were probably wishing they had stayed at home after two minutes when Aluko fired the Dons ahead.

The winger collected Steven Smith's cross just inside the penalty box and flicked the ball over Stephen Craigan's head before thumping the ball across keeper Darren Randolph and in off the post.

Motherwell, who were crushed 6-0 at Rangers on Saturday, twice forced Jamie Langfield into saves before the 10-minute mark with the Aberdeen goalkeeper tipping over Ross Forbes' curling free-kick then beating away Murphy's powerful long-range strike.

But Langfield was helpless when Jeffers glanced a header into the top corner from 12 yards following Craigan's driven cross.

The former £8m Arsenal signing soon had a chance to put Motherwell ahead when Murphy's low cross eventually found him but his shot was blocked and Aberdeen broke quickly, with Scott Vernon nodding David McNamee's cross narrowly wide.

The impressive Jeffers again threatened midway through the half when Langfield tipped his curling 20-yard strike wide.

Aberdeen captain Hartley sent a shot whistling wide from 25 yards but Motherwell looked the more cohesive unit and Murphy fired inches over from similar range.

Jeffers forced another save from Langfield after twisting past two men outside the penalty area, but Motherwell had a let-off when Randolph fumbled Vernon's long-range strike and was mightily relieved to see the ball trundle past the post.

The second half started in scruffy fashion, with Jeffers coming in for some rough treatment from the home defenders.

Paul Hartley was sent off early in the second half
Hartley was sent off for retaliating in a violent manner

And tempers boiled over on 56 minutes when Hartley was sent off for his angry reaction to an ugly aerial challenge from Lasley.

The Dons skipper saw his second red card of the season for foolishly kicking out at his opponent.

A fabulous long pass from Forbes sent Chris Humphrey, on for the tiring Jeffers, scampering down the right and it needed a great blocking tackle from Zander Diamond to prevent John Sutton from converting the substitute's low cross.

Sutton did get on the end of another Humphrey delivery but Langfield made a good parried stop.

However, Motherwell were not to be denied and took the lead with 20 minutes remaining when Murphy shrugged of a tug from the sluggish Nikola Vujadinovic and scuffed an angled shot beyond Langfield, who looked slow to react.

Aberdeen responded with a rasping Vernon shot, while Josh Magennis could only manage a weak effort inside the six yard box as Randolph flapped under pressure.

A quicksilver late breakaway from Murphy should have put the result beyond doubt but the forward stumbled as he rounded Langfield and Smith was able to clear from the goal-line.

Team-mate Humphrey was furious not have received a pass in the move but the pair were soon celebrating as the final whistle sounded, with the Steelmen moving up three places to fifth spot in the Scottish Premier League.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Aluko 3
  • Jeffers 14
  • Murphy 71

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield yellow card
  • 03 McNamee
  • 05 Diamond
  • 13 Vujadinovic
  • 16 Smith
  • 08 Hartley red card
  • 11 Aluko (Paton 71)
  • 22 Jack
  • 07 Maguire yellow card
  • 09 Vernon
  • 24 Blackman (Magennis 72)

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 02 McArdle,
  • 25 Anderson,
  • 37 Shaughnessy,
  • 41 Brown,
  • 19 Paton,
  • 20 Magennis

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 05 Craigan yellow card
  • 19 Hutchinson
  • 22 Gunning
  • 06 Hateley yellow card
  • 08 Jennings
  • 14 Lasley yellow card (Hammell 62)
  • 09 Murphy
  • 11 Sutton
  • 18 Forbes yellow card
  • 24 Jeffers (Humphrey 58)

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis,
  • 03 Hammell,
  • 20 Page,
  • 07 Humphrey,
  • 32 Pollock,
  • 23 Casagolda,
  • 33 Smith
Ref: Steven McleanAtt: 6,882
ABERDEEN
MOTHERWELL

Possession

  • Aberdeen 43%
  • Motherwell 57%

Attempts on target

  • Aberdeen 3
  • Motherwell 7

Attempts off target

  • Aberdeen 6
  • Motherwell 8

Corners

  • Aberdeen 6
  • Motherwell 5

Fouls

  • Aberdeen 9
  • Motherwell 12
  • Final Result
  • 94:01 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:10 The ball is sent over by David McNamee, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:24 Ross Forbes has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+0:47 Chris Humphrey fouled by Steven Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Forbes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:32 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Clearance by Steven Smith.
  • 89:00 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Paton, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
  • 88:46 Michael Paton sends in a cross, Jamie Murphy gets a block in.
  • 83:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Chris Maguire. Strike comes in from Chris Maguire from the free kick.
  • 83:03 Unfair challenge on Steven Smith by Steve Jennings results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by Shaun Hutchinson. Free kick taken by Steven Smith.
  • 81:44 Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, David McNamee manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:34 Scott Vernon crosses the ball, Gavin Gunning gets a block in.
  • Correction - 79:43 Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Tom Hateley results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Steven Smith from right wing.
  • 79:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Tom Hateley. Steven Smith takes the free kick.
  • 78:45 Effort on goal by David McNamee from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 77:25 Centre by Gavin Gunning, blocked by Zander Diamond.
  • 75:22 Booking Tom Hateley booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:01 Booking Booking for Chris Maguire for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:46 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes played to the near post, clearance by David McNamee.
  • 73:29 Ross Forbes fouled by Michael Paton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 72:34 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Paton, Shot by Scott Vernon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 72:28 The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
  • 71:51 Substitution Josh Magennis replaces Nick Blackman.
  • 70:51 GOAL - Jamie MurphyAberdeen 1 - 2 Motherwell Jamie Murphy scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell.
  • 70:16 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Michael Paton coming on for Sone Aluko.
  • 69:56 The ball is swung over by John Sutton.
  • 69:50 A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 68:53 The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 67:40 The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, John Sutton takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 67:09 Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 66:59 Centre by Chris Humphrey, blocked by Zander Diamond.
  • 65:28 Chris Maguire is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:07 Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by David McNamee.
  • 63:43 The ball is crossed by Gavin Gunning, Nikola Vujadinovic makes a clearance.
  • 62:36 Effort on goal by Nick Blackman from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 61:15 Substitution Keith Lasley leaves the field to be replaced by Stevie Hammell.
  • 60:41 Steven Smith delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
  • 59:22 Foul by Ross Forbes on Zander Diamond, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 59:10 Booking Ross Forbes is shown a yellow card.
  • 57:57 Substitution Chris Humphrey replaces Francis Jeffers.
  • 57:11 Ross Forbes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hartley. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:11 Booking Booking for Stephen Craigan.
  • 56:52 Booking Booking for Jamie Langfield.
  • 55:39 Booking Keith Lasley goes into the referee's book.
  • 55:26 Sent off Paul Hartley is sent off by the referee.
  • 52:46 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 52:23 The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, Sone Aluko takes a shot. Stephen Craigan gets a block in.
  • 51:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jack by Ross Forbes. Free kick crossed right-footed by David McNamee from right channel, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:48 Zander Diamond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Free kick taken by Ross Forbes.
  • 49:02 Shot from 35 yards by Gavin Gunning went over the bar.
  • 47:59 Corner taken by Sone Aluko played to the near post, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
  • 47:52 Ryan Jack delivers the ball, Gavin Gunning gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 44:33 Keith Lasley takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.
  • Half Time
  • 41:44 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 41:32 Chris Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:38 Keith Lasley takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.
  • 40:05 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
  • 39:47 Shot by Scott Vernon from 25 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.
  • 38:18 Francis Jeffers takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 35:46 Shot from just outside the area by Jamie Murphy goes over the bar.
  • 32:32 Paul Hartley produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 31:53 Foul by Steve Jennings on Sone Aluko, free kick awarded. Sone Aluko takes the free kick.
  • 31:09 The ball is swung over by Steve Jennings, comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 30:51 Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
  • 28:57 Ross Forbes takes the inswinging corner, Nikola Vujadinovic makes a clearance.
  • 28:40 Effort from 25 yards by Jamie Murphy. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
  • 26:21 Shot on goal by Francis Jeffers from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 24:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Jennings.
  • 23:42 Shot by Francis Jeffers. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 22:30 Steven Smith crosses the ball.
  • 21:52 Steve Jennings crosses the ball, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 20:54 Steve Jennings crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 18:58 The referee penalises Francis Jeffers for handball. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 18:24 Centre by David McNamee, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Scott Vernon misses to the left of the goal.
  • 17:27 Ross Forbes takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
  • 14:59 Ross Forbes challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Zander Diamond takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:26 Centre by Stephen Craigan, Stephen Craigan provided the assist for the goal.
  • 13:26 GOAL - Francis JeffersAberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell Francis Jeffers finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell.
  • 12:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Randolph by Scott Vernon. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:19 The ball is delivered by Sone Aluko, blocked by Gavin Gunning.
  • 12:09 Sone Aluko produces a cross, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:26 Paul Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
  • 10:36 Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Steven Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:56 Steve Jennings sends in a cross, Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.
  • 8:23 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 7:33 Sone Aluko takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.
  • 7:24 Steven Smith delivers the ball, blocked by Keith Lasley.
  • 6:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Chris Maguire. Jamie Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:18 Inswinging corner taken by Steve Jennings from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 5:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Nikola Vujadinovic. Ross Forbes has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 3:47 Scott Vernon fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:11 GOAL - Sone AlukoAberdeen 1 - 0 Motherwell Sone Aluko scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell.
  • 1:09 The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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15 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 25 41 61
2 Rangers 23 33 56
3 Hearts 25 18 51
4 Kilmarnock 25 10 36
5 Motherwell 25 -6 31
6 Inverness CT 25 1 30
7 Dundee Utd 21 -2 29
8 St Johnstone 23 -10 29
9 Aberdeen 24 -20 23
10 Hibernian 25 -18 22
11 St Mirren 24 -20 19
12 Hamilton 23 -27 14

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