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Aberdeen   0 - 1   Falkirk

Falkirk celebrate Colin Healy's goal
Healy (third from left) scored the winning goal for Falkirk at Pittodrie

A superb strike from Colin Healy gave strugglers Falkirk a welcome win over lacklustre Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The Irishman smashed the ball into the top corner on 31 minutes to give the Bairns a deserved win over the Dons, who offered little in attack.

Eddie May's side should have put the game beyond doubt but squandered a number of chances in the second half.

But they held on for all three points to lift themselves off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League table.

Falkirk's first win at Pittodrie since 1958 leaves Hamilton Accies propping up the rest, below the Bairns on goal difference.

Aberdeen's new loan signings from Plymouth, Steven MacLean and Jim Paterson, made their debuts following the deadline-day departure of Lee Miller to Middlesbrough.

Aberdeen's Steven MacLean is thwarted by Darren Barr
Steven MacLean (left) made his debut for Aberdeen

Fit-again Zander Diamond was handed his first start since the opening day of the season, with Derek Young and Davide Grassi dropping to the bench.

Kieran Duffy was preferred to former Don Jackie McNamara in the Bairns defence and Carl Finnigan starting ahead of Jack Compton.

And, although Aberdeen made the brighter start, it was the visitors who could have taken an early lead when Enoch Showunmi outmuscled Jerel Ifil, but goalkeeper Jamie Langfield gathered at the feet of the former Leeds striker.

Paterson, playing at left-back, fired over after 11 minutes before skipper Mark Kerr followed suit as the home side's pressure began to mount.

Charlie Mulgrew almost gave the Dons the lead after 23 minutes with a curling free-kick that goalkeeper Robert Olejnik just managed to keep out.

Falkirk took the lead against the run of play when Finnigan laid the ball into the path of Irishman Healy, who fired past Langfield from 20 yards.

The Dons should have equalised four minutes later when Paterson's corner found the head of Darren Mackie, but the striker somehow managed to head over from six yards.

The visitors could have doubled their advantage within four minutes of the break when Marc Twaddle headed Healy's cross into the path of McLean, whose effort was blocked by Langfield.

MY SPORT: DEBATE

Debutant Paterson was denied an equaliser after 58 minutes when his low, right-footed drive was well saved by Olejnik.

Falkirk should have put the game beyond doubt after 63 minutes, but substitute Mark Stewart failed to connect with Showunmi's enticing ball across the face of goal before Ryan Flynn was brilliantly denied by a one-handed Langfield save.

Langfield could then only parry a Vitor Lima strike from distance before Stewart fired over from inside the area as the Bairns pressed for a second.

The visitors continued to threaten on the counter-attack with Showunmi causing plenty of problems for the Dons rearguard.

Aberdeen did muster a late rally with Derek Young's cross-cum-shot being pushed away by Olejnik for a fruitless corner.

And, with three minutes to go, the Austrian goalkeeper pulled off a tremendous save to deny substitute Michael Paton to ensure his side departed with maximum points.


Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee:
"We didn't play well enough. Defensively, we were poor in the sense that we were uncertain at times.

"We allowed the big lad to disrupt us and that then riddled the team with uncertainty and our general performance deteriorated.

"It was a combination of the defensive performance undermining the rest of us, poor finishing towards the end and bad decision making which caused us to lose the game.

"I feel it's one step forward and three back.

"To be so abject in these two games, it's not about effort - they've put in the effort, but they're just not channelling it to play as a team."

Falkirk manager Eddie May:
"We deserved to win, despite a lot of pressure at the end from Aberdeen.

"Overall, in terms of good quality chances we could have, with a bit of luck, added to it.

"I'm delighted for the boys - they work extremely hard - even though I've criticised them.

"I've always said it's opportunities that we have to go and take.

"We could have been cut adrift, but the boys have come to Pittodrie and the magnitude of winning up here is fantastic for us and we're delighted that after 51 years we can come here and get a result under difficult circumstances.

"I'm happy to put that aside and hopefully we can kick on from there."


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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Healy 31

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 Mulgrew
    • 03 Foster
    • 05 Diamond
    • 22 Ifil
    • 04 McDonald
    • 07 Paterson (Young 74)
    • 08 Kerr
    • 34 Fyvie yellow card (Paton 54)
    • 09 MacLean
    • 10 Mackie

    Substitutes

    • 21 Nelson,
    • 18 Grassi,
    • 14 Young,
    • 16 Duff,
    • 20 Marshall,
    • 26 Jack,
    • 24 Paton

    Falkirk

    • 01 Olejnik yellow card
    • 02 Barr yellow card
    • 06 McLean yellow card
    • 30 Duffy
    • 04 Twaddle yellow card
    • 10 Arfield
    • 11 Flynn (O'Brien 87)
    • 23 Lima
    • 24 Healy
    • 09 Finnigan (Stewart 60)
    • 15 Showunmi

    Substitutes

    • 31 Michael Andrews,
    • 05 McNamara,
    • 07 Pele,
    • 25 Bullen,
    • 08 O'Brien,
    • 35 Murdoch,
    • 12 Stewart
    Ref: FinnieAtt: 7,741
    ABERDEEN
    FALKIRK

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 52%
    • Falkirk 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 4
    • Falkirk 6

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Falkirk 4

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 8
    • Falkirk 5

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 11
    • Falkirk 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:56 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:03 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Paton, Brian McLean manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:38 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gary McDonald misses to the right of the target.
    • 88:21 Booking Robert Olejnik booked.
    • 87:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Derek Young takes a shot. Clearance by Burton O'Brien.
    • 86:10 Substitution Burton O'Brien is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Flynn.
    • 85:09 Charlie Mulgrew takes a corner.
    • 85:01 Centre by Derek Young, save made by Robert Olejnik.
    • 82:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Ryan Flynn. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 81:59 Enoch Showunmi produces a cross.
    • 81:08 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 79:05 Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Flynn.
    • 78:41 Darren Mackie is penalised for a handball. Brian McLean restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Scott Arfield. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 76:38 Corner taken by Colin Healy played to the near post, clearance made by Mark Kerr.
    • 73:50 Substitution Derek Young comes on in place of James Paterson.
    • 73:04 Foul by Enoch Showunmi on Zander Diamond, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 69:34 Michael Paton decides to take a short corner. The ball is crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, Effort on goal by Michael Paton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 68:45 Michael Paton sends in a cross. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Paterson, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 68:33 A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew, Brian McLean makes a clearance.
    • 68:12 A cross is delivered by Michael Paton, Brian McLean manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:12 Vitor Lima takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save. Ryan Flynn produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 63:22 Foul by James Paterson on Vitor Lima, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
    • 62:07 Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Clearance made by James Paterson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Colin Healy from the left by-line, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:38 Substitution (Falkirk) makes a substitution, with Mark Stewart coming on for Carl Finnigan.
    • 57:44 Mark Kerr takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 56:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Carl Finnigan. Free kick taken by Zander Diamond.
    • 55:43 Darren Mackie challenges Brian McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.
    • 53:03 Substitution Michael Paton is brought on as a substitute for Fraser Fyvie.
    • 51:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Brian McLean. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 50:08 Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 47:37 Colin Healy takes a short corner.
    • 47:09 Jerel Ifil concedes a free kick for a foul on Enoch Showunmi. Kieran Duffy takes the free kick.
    • 46:02 The referee blows for offside against Enoch Showunmi. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:59 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:41 Foul by Jerel Ifil on Carl Finnigan, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Colin Healy, Close range headed effort by Darren Barr goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 44:12 Richard Foster crosses the ball, clearance by Kieran Duffy.
    • 42:27 Enoch Showunmi takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 41:44 Brian McLean takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:44 Booking Fraser Fyvie is cautioned.
    • 41:39 Fraser Fyvie challenges Vitor Lima unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 38:14 Colin Healy fouled by Mark Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Marc Twaddle, Enoch Showunmi has a headed effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 36:35 Unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by James Paterson results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Colin Healy, Brian McLean takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 33:39 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Paterson played to the near post, Header from close range by Darren Mackie clears the bar.
    • 30:48 Assist by Enoch Showunmi.
    • 30:48 GOAL - Colin HealyAberdeen 0 - 1 Falkirk Colin Healy scores a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk.
    • 27:35 Darren Mackie concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Duffy. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
    • 26:39 Jerel Ifil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:39 Booking Darren Barr shown a yellow card.
    • 26:24 Colin Healy challenges Darren Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 25:50 Gary McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Arfield. Colin Healy crosses the ball in from the free kick, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:06 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Paterson, Jerel Ifil has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Brian McLean gets a block in.
    • 22:02 Unfair challenge on Richard Foster by Colin Healy results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 19:34 Centre by Richard Foster, clearance by Darren Barr.
    • 18:00 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Colin Healy from the left by-line, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
    • 16:51 Enoch Showunmi fouled by Zander Diamond, the ref awards a free kick. Enoch Showunmi produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Zander Diamond gets a block in.
    • 16:11 Booking Marc Twaddle goes into the book.
    • 15:29 Booking Caution for Brian McLean.
    • 14:52 The referee blows for offside against Steven MacLean. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:32 Unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 12:26 Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 11:33 Effort on goal by Mark Kerr from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 10:28 Effort from just outside the area by Richard Foster goes over the target.
    • 10:10 Short corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line.
    • 9:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Foster by Scott Arfield. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Robert Olejnik.
    • 7:54 Marc Twaddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 5:08 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary McDonald. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
    • 3:34 Carl Finnigan challenges Zander Diamond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 3:13 Steven MacLean concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Duffy. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:27 The official flags Darren Mackie offside. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    As it stood on 2 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 23 40 54
    2 Celtic 23 20 44
    3 Hibernian 22 16 42
    4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39
    5 Motherwell 22 0 30
    6 Hearts 23 -5 28
    7 Aberdeen 22 -6 27
    8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
    9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
    10 Kilmarnock 23 -14 19
    11 Falkirk 22 -18 17
    12 Hamilton 21 -18 17

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