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Aberdeen   0 - 1   Hibernian

Aberdeen v Hibernian

Highlights - Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian

By Clive Lindsay
BBC Scotland

Akpo Sodje's first-half strike for Hibernian sent Aberdeen to their third defeat within seven days.

After Peter Pawlett lost possession, the former Charlton striker drilled a drive into the corner from 18 yards after 15 minutes.

The Dons' Chris Maguire sent a shot against a post and the striker had another effort turned on to the upright by goalkeeper Mark Brown.

Dons sub Josh Magennis also had a header strike the underside of the bar.

But the Edinburgh side survived late Dons pressure to end a run of three games without a win, although they had been unbeaten in their last seven before losing to Celtic in midweek.

Derek Riordan was a surprise absentee for Hibs, whose manager, Colin Calderwood, admitted on Friday that re-signing talks would not take place with the Scotland forward until the summer.

Michael Hart, David Wotherspoon and Martin Scott at least made the bench after the midweek defeat, with Richie Towell, Lewis Stevenson, Matt Thornhill and Sodje the fresh starters.

Midweek injuries ruled Rory McArdle and Zander Diamond out of the Dons defence, with Michael Paton and Magennis also dropping out and Nikola Vujadinovic, Ryan Jack, Sone Aluko and Nick Blackman coming in.

Ricardo Vaz Te looked to pounce on early nervousness in that reorganised home rearguard, but he was ruled offside after his powerful effort was saved by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Aberdeen were looking the sharper side, being thwarted by a couple of desperate late challenges inside the box, while Aluko shot straight at Brown then Blackman fired a drive a foot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box.

However, Hibs took the lead after Pawlett was dispossessed by Vaz Te as he attempted to dribble from a few yards outside his own area.

Thornhill quickly found Sodje 18 yards out and the striker swifly dispatched a smart right-foot drive into the corner of the net.

Maguire sent a low 20-yard drive against the outside of a Hibs post after a solo run, but the Dons had largely lost their cohesion after going behind.

The home side did work their way back into the game against the visitors from Edinburgh who were largely anonymous as an attacking force and a Blackman header squirmed across the six-yard box.

Sodje had a good chance to grab his second goal moments after the break, but the striker lashed his left-foot effort over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

Hibs had Brown to thank for denying Maguire an equaliser when the goalkeeper turned the striker's effort from point-blank range on to a post.

The visitors raced up the other end and Lewis Stevenson hesitated when he found space inside the box and fired against the outrushing Langfield.

It was Aberdeen's turn not to make the most of their chances when a fine Maguire cross found Richie Vernon at the back post, but the substitute volleyed over.

Stevie Smith fired just over from 20 yards then sent in a cross that was headed against the underside of the bar from Magennis.

However, Hibs ended a run of three games without a win over an Aberdeen side who had won their two previous meetings this season.

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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian FT
(HT 0-1)
    • A Sodje 15

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 06 Considine
    • 13 Vujadinovic
    • 16 Smith yellow card
    • 11 Aluko
    • 14 Young (Robertson 62)
    • 15 Pawlett (Magennis 68)
    • 22 Jack
    • 27 Milsom
    • 07 Maguire
    • 24 Blackman (Vernon 59)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Howard,
    • 25 Anderson,
    • 37 Shaughnessy,
    • 42 Robertson,
    • 09 Vernon,
    • 19 Paton,
    • 20 Magennis

    Hibernian

    • 31 Brown
    • 20 Hanlon
    • 25 Stephens
    • 28 Booth
    • 34 Towell
    • 16 Stevenson (Murray 74 yellow card)
    • 26 Thornhill
    • 33 Miller
    • 91 Palsson
    • 08 Vaz Te (Wotherspoon 57)
    • 18 A Sodje (Nish 57 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 41 Divis,
    • 02 Hart,
    • 06 Murray,
    • 24 Wotherspoon,
    • 44 Martin Scott,
    • 09 Nish,
    • 19 Duffy
    Ref: MaddenAtt: 7,400
    ABERDEEN
    HIBERNIAN

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 57%
    • Hibernian 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 4
    • Hibernian 2

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 9
    • Hibernian 2

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 8
    • Hibernian 2

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 9
    • Hibernian 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+3:32 Colin Nish challenges Clark Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 90:00+2:29 The ball is crossed by Sone Aluko, Josh Magennis has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 90:00+1:55 Centre by Steven Smith, Josh Magennis takes a shot.
    • 90:00+0:59 Shot by Robert Milsom from 12 yards. Blocked by David Stephens.
    • 90:00+0:33 Foul by Callum Booth on Robert Milsom, free kick awarded. Steven Smith crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 89:20 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Steven Smith from right channel, clearance by David Stephens.
    • 89:20 Booking The referee books Ian Murray for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:01 Foul by Ian Murray on Andrew Considine, free kick awarded.
    • 88:52 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, clearance made by David Stephens.
    • 86:32 Effort from just outside the box by Steven Smith goes over the bar.
    • 85:11 Foul by Chris Maguire on Callum Booth, free kick awarded. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:42 David Stephens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Sone Aluko.
    • 83:58 Liam Miller crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Nikola Vujadinovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:58 Booking Steven Smith is shown a yellow card.
    • 83:53 Steven Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon.
    • 82:15 Centre by Steven Smith, clearance by David Stephens.
    • 81:02 Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
    • 80:34 The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
    • 78:32 Sone Aluko concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Miller. Direct free kick taken by Richie Towell.
    • 75:18 Liam Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Magennis. Free kick crossed by Chris Maguire, save by Mark Brown.
    • 73:55 Substitution Ian Murray joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lewis Stevenson.
    • 73:11 Colin Nish is ruled offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 72:29 Nikola Vujadinovic takes the free kick.
    • 72:29 Booking Colin Nish is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 72:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Nikola Vujadinovic.
    • 69:52 Corner taken by Chris Maguire played to the near post. Sone Aluko produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright. David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Vujadinovic. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:18 Josh Magennis delivers the ball, save by Mark Brown.
    • Correction - 67:25 Substitution Josh Magennis is brought on as a substitute for Peter Pawlett.
    • Correction - 67:25 The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire. Close range effort by Scott Vernon clears the crossbar.
    • 67:25 Substitution Josh Magennis is brought on as a substitute for Peter Pawlett.
    • 67:25 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Scott Vernon conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 66:51 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
    • 65:29 A cross is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, save made by Jamie Langfield.
    • 64:36 Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Lewis Stevenson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Scott Vernon makes a clearance.
    • 63:48 Corner taken by Liam Miller, clearance by Scott Vernon.
    • 62:23 The ball is sent over by Liam Miller.
    • 61:18 Substitution Clark Robertson comes on in place of Derek Young.
    • 60:51 Robert Milsom takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Lewis Stevenson.
    • 59:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Ryan Jack. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lewis Stevenson, Scott Vernon makes a clearance.
    • 58:47 Chris Maguire takes a shot from close in that bounces off the post. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:57 Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 57:57 Substitution Scott Vernon replaces Nick Blackman.
    • 57:57 Foul by Colin Nish on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded.
    • 56:24 Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:24 Substitution Ricardo Vaz Te goes off and David Wotherspoon comes on.
    • 56:24 Substitution Colin Nish is brought on as a substitute for Akpo Sodje.
    • 56:24 The offside flag is raised against Akpo Sodje.
    • 54:04 Callum Booth has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 53:23 The ball is delivered by Chris Maguire.
    • 52:44 Peter Pawlett produces a cross, Richie Towell gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire, clearance made by Akpo Sodje.
    • 50:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Akpo Sodje. Peter Pawlett takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:37 The ball is sent over by Steven Smith, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
    • 49:42 The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt Thornhill. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 47:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Andrew Considine. Direct free kick taken by Victor Palsson.
    • 46:40 Shot from deep inside the area by Akpo Sodje clears the crossbar.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:42 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 42:17 The ball is sent over by Steven Smith, clearance by David Stephens. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire, save made by Mark Brown.
    • 39:45 Centre by Steven Smith.
    • 38:16 Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
    • 37:16 The ball is sent over by Chris Maguire, clearance by Richie Towell.
    • 35:50 Chris Maguire produces a cross, comfortable save by Mark Brown.
    • 34:04 Effort from a long way out by Chris Maguire goes wide right of the goal.
    • 30:29 Peter Pawlett is ruled offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
    • 29:38 Foul by Andrew Considine on Akpo Sodje, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Callum Booth.
    • 28:36 Chris Maguire is ruled offside. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:21 Chris Maguire crosses the ball.
    • 24:52 Liam Miller challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
    • 23:40 Shot by Chris Maguire from long distance bounces off the post.
    • 23:02 The ball is swung over by Steven Smith, clearance by David Stephens. Short corner taken by Chris Maguire.
    • 22:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Richie Towell. Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:04 The ball is sent over by Peter Pawlett.
    • 18:58 The ball is sent over by Richie Towell.
    • 18:07 Steven Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
    • 17:59 Sone Aluko delivers the ball, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:28 GOAL - Akpo SodjeAberdeen 0 - 1 Hibernian Goal scored by Akpo Sodje from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian.
    • 12:54 A cross is delivered by Richie Towell.
    • 12:18 The ball is sent over by Ryan Jack, save by Mark Brown.
    • 12:06 Chris Maguire delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
    • 11:17 A cross is delivered by Steven Smith.
    • 9:58 Callum Booth fouled by Nick Blackman, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
    • 9:17 Effort on goal by Nick Blackman from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 6:36 The ball is crossed by Sone Aluko. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, save by Mark Brown.
    • 5:54 Ricardo Vaz Te is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 4:28 Sone Aluko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Mark Brown.
    • 3:30 Centre by Sone Aluko. Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Victor Palsson.
    • 3:21 Sone Aluko produces a cross.
    • 3:13 A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis Stevenson from the left by-line, clearance made by Peter Pawlett.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 9 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 30 47 73
    2 Rangers 29 37 68
    3 Hearts 32 16 60
    4 Dundee Utd 32 7 52
    5 Kilmarnock 32 10 47
    6 Motherwell 33 -7 44
    7 Inverness CT 31 1 37
    8 Hibernian 32 -15 36
    9 St Johnstone 32 -20 34
    10 Aberdeen 32 -19 31
    11 St Mirren 32 -22 28
    12 Hamilton 31 -35 16

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    Hibs manager unhappy despite win
    09 Apr 11 |  Hibernian
    Dons boss happy with young side
    09 Apr 11 |  Aberdeen