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St Mirren   1 - 0   Aberdeen

Chris Innes fires home the winning goal
Innes scored with a fine volley after 73 minutes in Paisley

By Clive Lindsay

St Mirren made Aberdeen pay for their toothless domination of possession as Chris Innes scored the winner for the second league game in a row.

Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield denied Andy Dorman with a fine save in the opening minutes in Paisley.

A couple of Paul Gallacher saves and a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick that hit the bar were all the Dons could muster despite pinning back the Saints.

And Innes half-volleyed home an Andy Dorman corner after 73 minutes.

It was the defender's third goal of the season, his last being the winner against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League on 2 January.

St Mirren had welcomed back fit-again captain John Potter, while David Barron, Hugh Murray and Michael Higdon came in at the expense of Lee Mair, Steven Robb, Allan Johnston and Craig Dargo.

The re-organised home side started in good heart following Saturday's Scottish Cup win over Alloa Athletic and were denied an opener within two minutes of kick-off when the ball fell kindly for Dorman off the back of Billy Mehmet's head.

But a strong hand from Langfield blocked the midfielder's low drive from only six yards as the goalkeeper did superbly to keep the scores level.

Langfield's opposite number, Gallacher, was left exposed at the other end seconds later after a mix-up in the St Mirren defence.

Chris Innes receives the plaudits
It was Innes's second goal in two SPL games

However, Peter Pawlett's outstretched leg could only turn the ball a few feet wide from 10 yards with the empty goal gaping.

His fellow young Dons midfielder, Fraser Fyvie, was next to threaten with a sweet drive from 25 yards that sliced a few yards wide, while a curling effort from Richard Foster from the edge of the box was deflected just wide.

Foster's return on the right was timely with Maurice Ross having left the club to join Chinese champions Beijing Guoan, while Davide Grassi was also back from suspension a day before his birthday as Lee Miller dropped out because of his ban.

The game descended into a scrappy affair after that lively opening until the Dons forced two fine saves from Gallacher.

Mulgrew's curling free-kick from 18 yards was at a nice height for the goalkeeper to paw the ball clear then the former Scotland squad man did well turn wide a more testing 30-yard drive from Paul Marshall.

The Dons created the first chance of the second half, with Darren Mackie's pace putting him behind the home defence, but his chip past Gallacher did not have enough pace and Innes managed to collect before it crossed the goal-line.

MY SPORT: DEBATE

St Mirren's first real threat since the opening minutes came when a miss-hit cross from Stephen McGinn almost caught out Langfield at the goalkeeper's near post.

That was a rare foray forward and Mulgrew came close to giving the Dons a deserved lead when another of his trademark free-kicks took a wicked deflection before thumping off the roof of the crossbar with Gallacher stranded.

A moment of slackness by Mulgrew led to St Mirren making the breakthrough after 73 minutes.

His attempted clearance was blocked by Stephen McGinn, whose low cross forced a corner off Jerel Ifil.

The defender breathed a sigh of relief as the ball nestled in the side-netting with Langfield off his line, but despair was only delayed a matter of seconds as Innes superbly found the top corner from 16 yards.

Grassi and Mark Kerr sliced efforts past, while a drive from substitute Chris Macquire cannoned off the far post as Aberdeen suffered a blow to manager Mark McGhee's well-publicised hopes of catching third-top Hibernian.


St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson:

"In a game like that, you are relying on a set-piece, a bit of luck or a moment of brilliance to win it.

"But it came from a set-piece and we are just delighted to get the three points.

"Chris has just caught it in his stride on the half-volley and it was unstoppable.

"There's games we have played so much better here and not won them, but that's two in the league that have been scrappy but we have taken maximum points."

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee:

"We huffed and puffed, but it was poor, disappointing, no incision, no end product.

"Our expectations were high on the back of two good results.

"Of course we missed Lee Miller, but that is no excuse for the general performance.

"It was a game that had 0-0 written all over it, so talking about losing makes it all the more painful."

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Innes 74

    St Mirren

    • 01 Gallacher
    • 06 Potter yellow card
    • 19 Barron
    • 21 Innes
    • 02 Ross
    • 04 McGinn
    • 07 Murray
    • 08 Dorman (Johnston 83)
    • 10 Thomson
    • 09 Mehmet
    • 11 Higdon (Dargo 60)

    Substitutes

    • 20 Howard,
    • 12 O'Donnell,
    • 15 Robb,
    • 23 Burns,
    • 38 Ramsey,
    • 41 Johnston,
    • 18 Dargo

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 Mulgrew
    • 03 Foster
    • 18 Grassi
    • 22 Ifil
    • 08 Kerr
    • 14 Young (Paton 77)
    • 20 Marshall (Maguire 68)
    • 34 Fyvie
    • 10 Mackie
    • 19 Pawlett (Wright 87)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Nelson,
    • 25 Crawford,
    • 16 Duff,
    • 26 Jack,
    • 07 Maguire,
    • 15 Wright,
    • 24 Paton
    Ref: CollumAtt: 3,867
    ST MIRREN
    ABERDEEN

    Possession

    • St Mirren 47%
    • Aberdeen 53%

    Attempts on target

    • St Mirren 2
    • Aberdeen 5

    Attempts off target

    • St Mirren 1
    • Aberdeen 7

    Corners

    • St Mirren 2
    • Aberdeen 10

    Fouls

    • St Mirren 17
    • Aberdeen 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:15 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+2:58 Michael Paton takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 90:00+0:58 A cross is delivered by Christopher Maguire, clearance by John Potter.
    • 90:00+0:49 Darren Mackie produces a cross.
    • 90:00+0:09 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 89:24 Tommy Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Innes. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Dargo on Charlie Mulgrew. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:01 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.
    • 86:12 Substitution Peter Pawlett goes off and Tommy Wright comes on.
    • 86:12 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:53 Shot by Christopher Maguire from 25 yards.
    • 85:26 Richard Foster sends in a cross, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • Correction - 83:17 Foul by Steven Thomson on Christopher Maguire, free kick awarded. Richard Foster crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jack Ross makes a clearance.
    • 83:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire by Steven Thomson. Richard Foster takes the free kick.
    • 82:35 Substitution Allan Johnston joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Dorman.
    • 81:57 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 81:31 Darren Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn. Direct free kick taken by Jack Ross.
    • 80:46 Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, save made by Paul Gallacher.
    • 79:55 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster, Steven Thomson manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:18 Unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 78:37 Mark Kerr has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 78:01 Fraser Fyvie fouled by Billy Mehmet, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:09 Substitution Derek Young goes off and Michael Paton comes on.
    • 75:47 Davide Grassi produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 75:24 Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 73:03 The assist for the goal came from Andy Dorman.
    • 73:03 GOAL - Chris InnesSt Mirren 1 - 0 Aberdeen Chris Innes grabs a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.
    • 72:37 Centre by Stephen McGinn, save by Jamie Langfield. Billy Mehmet takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,
    • 71:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Jerel Ifil. Jack Ross takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:09 The referee blows for offside against Billy Mehmet. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 69:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Barron by Christopher Maguire. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 68:56 Unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire by David Barron results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Derek Young.
    • 68:42 Jerel Ifil challenges Steven Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Ross.
    • 67:06 Substitution Christopher Maguire on for Paul Marshall.
    • 67:06 Foul by Fraser Fyvie on Stephen McGinn, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
    • 67:00 Mark Kerr crosses the ball, clearance made by Jack Ross.
    • 65:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Marshall on Jack Ross. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:14 The official flags Craig Dargo offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 62:34 Unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, blocked by Chris Innes. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.
    • 61:59 The ball is sent over by Derek Young, Jack Ross makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 58:58 Substitution Craig Dargo is brought on as a substitute for Michael Higdon.
    • 58:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thomson on Paul Marshall. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 58:07 A cross is delivered by Stephen McGinn, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:49 Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Mackie misses to the left of the goal.
    • 54:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Potter on Darren Mackie. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:08 Peter Pawlett is penalised for a handball. Jack Ross takes the free kick.
    • 52:04 Centre by Richard Foster, John Potter manages to make a clearance. Centre by Stephen McGinn, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 51:38 The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, Chris Innes manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:10 Fraser Fyvie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Jack Ross.
    • 49:01 Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 47:14 Darren Mackie produces a lobbed left-footed shot from 18 yards. Chris Innes makes a clearance.
    • 45:39 Unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Steven Thomson results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:07 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 42:44 Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 42:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jack Ross.
    • 41:38 Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Foster. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:53 Effort on goal by Darren Mackie from 30 yards. Save made by Paul Gallacher. Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:15 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, Jack Ross manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:37 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.
    • 35:15 Charlie Mulgrew has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Paul Gallacher.
    • 35:15 Booking Booking for John Potter.
    • 35:10 Foul by John Potter on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded.
    • 32:32 David Barron has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 32:18 Jack Ross sends in a cross, Derek Young makes a clearance.
    • 29:11 Derek Young fouled by Steven Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 27:49 Jerel Ifil concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Ross. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 27:34 The ball is swung over by Paul Marshall, Jack Ross makes a clearance.
    • 27:00 Corner taken by Paul Marshall from the right by-line, Chris Innes makes a clearance.
    • 26:02 Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett. Jerel Ifil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:03 Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:10 A cross is delivered by David Barron, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 18:27 Peter Pawlett produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 17:10 Shot from 20 yards by Richard Foster. Hugh Murray gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • Correction - 16:14 Andy Dorman concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Kerr. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 16:14 Andy Dorman fouled by Mark Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 14:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Potter on Peter Pawlett. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Fyvie.
    • 11:17 Centre by Richard Foster.
    • 8:12 Billy Mehmet delivers the ball, clearance by Mark Kerr.
    • 7:49 Derek Young crosses the ball.
    • 7:37 The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, clearance by Jack Ross.
    • 5:46 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 5:05 Shot from just outside the area by Fraser Fyvie misses to the right of the target.
    • 4:10 Peter Pawlett produces a mishit left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 3:03 Shot by Andy Dorman from 6 yards. Save by Jamie Langfield. Andy Dorman takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Derek Young.
    • Correction - 0:29 Jerel Ifil concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Mehmet. Free kick taken by Andy Dorman.
    • 0:29 Jerel Ifil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Mehmet. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dorman.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    As it stood on 12 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 19 34 44
    2 Celtic 18 18 37
    3 Hibernian 18 11 33
    4 Dundee Utd 18 -1 28
    5 Hearts 19 -2 24
    6 Aberdeen 18 -6 21
    7 St Mirren 18 -5 20
    8 Motherwell 18 -8 20
    9 St Johnstone 17 -6 19
    10 Hamilton 16 -11 16
    11 Kilmarnock 18 -11 14
    12 Falkirk 17 -13 12


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