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Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock

Sone Aluko
Sone Aluko helped Aberdeen to their first home win of the season.

A nervous Aberdeen notched up their first home win of the season in a scrappy game with Kilmarnock.

Sone Aluko found the net in the 50th minute after drifting wide and sending in a powerful shot past Alan Combe.

Lee Miller had good chance in the first-half when he out-jumped Manuel Pascali to head inches over the crossbar after 34 minutes.

Donovan Simmonds blasted a shot off the bar in the final minutes as Killie pushed for an equaliser.

The end of their woes at home will come as a huge relief to Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood, who saw his team close to within two points of Killie in a congested league table.

Charlie Mulgrew made the first attempt on the Kilmarnock goal from a free-kick after 30 minutes but his 35 yard effort flew over the bar.

The Killie defence struggled to deal with a long throw into the box from Scott Severin, but midfielder Aluko was unable to find the target.

Lee Miller passed up an opportunity to net his fourth goal of the season from a Jared Hodgkiss corner after 34 minutes when he out-jumped Manuel Pascali but his header went inches over.

Kilmarnock's Jamie Hamill was allowed time and space to cut inside and shoot from the edge of the box just past the post.


Kilmarnock had the first chance of the half when Fernandez found Craig Bryson, who unsuccessfully tried to square for Sammon.

Aberdeen opened the scoring five minutes after the break when Aluko went on a run down the left fired in a screamer past Combe from a tight angle.

Aluko could have got his second on 58 minutes when he met a Miller cross on the volley but Hamill blocked the shot bravely.

He continued to harass the Killie defence and outfoxed David Lilley, but his final ball failed to trouble Combe.

Aberdeen were given a warning with less than 10 minutes left when substitute Willie Gibson put a dangerous ball into the penalty area that was too high for Hamill.

The pressure continued on an anxious Aberdeen when Hamill sent in a cross but Langfield gathered under pressure from Gavin Skelton.

Simmonds then blasted an effort off the bar in as the minutes ticked away.

David Cox and Zander Diamond were booked in angry scenes after the full-time whistle.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood:
"I'm relieved. It was very important that we got the result and got that monkey off our back, and hopefully our supporters can enjoy a Saturday night after a home victory.

"I thought, to be honest, Kilmarnock started very well. They dominated the first 20 minutes, as we couldn't get a grip of it.

"You can see why they're up near the top of the league."

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies:
"We had a tough match midweek, but the players came out and performed well today. I thought they were excellent.

"Sometimes, in football, you don't always get what you deserve, and that happened today because we pushed them all the way.

"We made some changes, but it just wouldn't fall for us, like the one that came back off the bar at the end. I thought we were deserving of a point, as we were the better side."

Aberdeen: Langfield, Hodgkiss, Diamond, Considine, Mulgrew (Kerr 46), Foster, Young (Duff 87), Severin, Aluko (Maguire 87), Mackie, Miller. Subs Not Used: Bateman, Wright, De Visscher, Mair.

Booked: Diamond.

Goals: Aluko 51.

Kilmarnock: Combe, Fowler, Murray, Lilley, Skelton, Bryson, Taouil (Cox 87), Pascali, Hamill, Sammon (Simmonds 69), Fernandez (Gibson 78). Subs Not Used: Harpur, Corrigan, Clancy, Flannigan.

Booked: Fowler, Murray, Lilley, Gibson.

Att: 10,599

Ref: D Somers

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Aberdeen's Sone Aluko 8.33 (on 90 minutes).

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