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Aberdeen   1 - 0   Inverness CT

Peter Pawlett celebrates his first Aberdeen goal
Pawlett gave Aberdeen a deserved victory over Inverness

Aberdeen ended a run of eight games without a win in the Scottish Premier League thanks to Peter Pawlett's strike against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Zander Diamond headed over from close range and Michael Paton fired wide as the Dons squandered first-half chances.

Ross Tokely cleared a Ryan Jack effort off the line and Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield's fine save denied Shane Sutherland a breakthrough.

But Pawlett struck with a left-foot drive after 75 minutes.

And it secured Aberdeen's first league victory since they overcame bottom side Hamilton in February.

Nick Blackman and Nikola Vujadinovic had been handed starts for Aberdeen, in place of injured duo Andrew Considine and Scott Vernon, after a draw in their latest meeting with the same side.

On-loan striker Alex MacDonald was given a start as Caley Thistle welcomed back Tokely and Stuart Duff from suspension.

It was captain Richie Foran's turn to be banned, while Chris Hogg missed out along with fellow defender Chris Innes, who this week announced he was leaving the club at the end of the season for family reasons.

Aberdeen were first to threaten after a fine exchange of play between Chris Maguire and Sone Aluko, who stung the hands of former Dons goalkeeper Ryan Esson with a drive.

The Dons went close again twice within a couple of minutes, helped by some slackness at the heart of the Inverness defence.

Unmarked Dons defender Diamond should have done better than head wide from five yards then Blackman rose to send a powerful effort just over the crossbar.

Aberdeen squandered another chance after Maguire dispossessed Kenny Gillet before sending Paton clear, but the midfielder's mis-hit shot trundled wide after he tried to round goalkeeper Esson.

Caley Thistle's first real threat came shortly after the break, with Adam Rooney flashing a drive across the face of goal from a difficult angle after Diamond was caught out by a long ball.

The Dons responded and, following a good through ball from Derek Young, Tokely cleared off the line after Jack's shot was initially parried into the air by Esson.

Sutherland almost gave Caley Thistle the lead against the run of play with a powerful left-foot drive, but Langfield stretched to turn the midfielder's effort wide with his fingertips.

Eric Odhiambo weaved his way to the edge of the Dons box but theatrically stumbled and sent his shot well wide just as space opened up for the Inverness forward.

Gillet almost caught out Langfield with an ambitious effort from all of 40 yards, but his effort dropped on to the top of the Dons net.

Just as Caley Thistle were coming more into the game, Pawlett struck his first goal for Aberdeen with a fine finish before coming close to a second soon after.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Pawlett 75

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 05 Diamond
    • 13 Vujadinovic
    • 16 Smith
    • 11 Aluko yellow card (Robertson 88)
    • 14 Young
    • 22 Jack
    • 27 Milsom
    • 07 Maguire
    • 19 Paton (Pawlett 66)
    • 24 Blackman (Magennis 66)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Howard,
    • 25 Anderson,
    • 31 Low,
    • 42 Robertson,
    • 15 Pawlett,
    • 41 Brown,
    • 20 Magennis

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Munro
    • 24 Gillet yellow card
    • 04 Duff yellow card
    • 06 Cox
    • 19 Ross
    • 25 MacDonald (Odhiambo 63)
    • 10 Rooney
    • 20 Sutherland (Duncan 76)
    • 26 Doran

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 15 Innes,
    • 08 Duncan,
    • 17 Morrison,
    • 07 Odhiambo
    Ref: George SalmondAtt: 6,280
    ABERDEEN
    INVERNESS CT

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 65%
    • Inverness CT 35%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Inverness CT 5

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 6
    • Inverness CT 5

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Inverness CT 6

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 21
    • Inverness CT 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:55 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+1:28 Robert Milsom takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 90:00+0:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Vujadinovic by Ross Tokely. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:26 Peter Pawlett takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
    • 89:26 The offside flag is raised against Josh Magennis. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:47 Grant Munro fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:52 Substitution Clark Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sone Aluko.
    • 87:15 Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:54 Centre by Aaron Doran, Lee Cox takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 86:17 Unfair challenge on Aaron Doran by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:39 Aaron Doran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Young. Derek Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:13 The official flags Josh Magennis offside. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:40 Foul by Eric Odhiambo on Steven Smith, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 82:55 Derek Young challenges Aaron Doran unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Aaron Doran.
    • 82:19 The ball is sent over by Sone Aluko, Stuart Duff makes a clearance.
    • 82:01 Steven Smith produces a cross, clearance by Ross Tokely.
    • 80:46 Chris Maguire delivers the ball, save by Ryan Esson.
    • 78:33 Adam Rooney produces a cross.
    • 78:11 Sone Aluko crosses the ball, save by Ryan Esson.
    • 77:18 Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
    • 77:04 The ball is sent over by Eric Odhiambo, blocked by Zander Diamond.
    • 76:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Milsom on Lee Cox. Ross Tokely takes the free kick.
    • 75:15 Substitution Shane Sutherland goes off and Russell Duncan comes on.
    • 74:16 GOAL - Peter PawlettAberdeen 1 - 0 Inverness CT Peter Pawlett gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT.
    • 73:26 Kenny Gillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Milsom, Ryan Esson makes a comfortable save.
    • 72:13 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire.
    • 72:06 Steven Smith produces a cross.
    • 71:03 Kenny Gillet takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand post.
    • 70:49 The ball is delivered by Stuart Duff, clearance made by Derek Young.
    • 70:12 Peter Pawlett challenges Lee Cox unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Tokely restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:57 Shot from just outside the box by Eric Odhiambo misses to the right of the target.
    • 68:24 Josh Magennis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:57 Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Munro. Free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
    • 67:13 Stuart Duff crosses the ball, Aaron Doran challenges Derek Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:20 The ball is crossed by Adam Rooney, clearance by Nikola Vujadinovic.
    • 65:20 Substitution Peter Pawlett comes on in place of Michael Paton.
    • 65:05 Substitution Josh Magennis comes on in place of Nick Blackman.
    • 63:39 Shane Sutherland crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Steven Smith.
    • 63:39 Booking Sone Aluko receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 63:30 Unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland by Sone Aluko results in a free kick.
    • 62:08 Substitution Eric Odhiambo is brought on as a substitute for Alex MacDonald.
    • 60:34 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran.
    • 60:25 Aaron Doran produces a cross, blocked by Derek Young.
    • 59:51 Unfair challenge on Aaron Doran by Michael Paton results in a free kick. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:51 Alex MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Vujadinovic. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 57:59 The ball is sent over by Grant Munro, clearance by Nikola Vujadinovic.
    • 57:30 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Aaron Doran, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:15 Shane Sutherland takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a fantastic save.
    • 56:15 Ross Tokely crosses the ball.
    • 55:33 Shane Sutherland fouled by Steven Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
    • 54:59 Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Smith.
    • 54:37 Centre by Chris Maguire, clearance by Grant Munro.
    • 52:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Smith on Shane Sutherland. A cross is delivered by Aaron Doran, Grant Munro takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 51:51 Zander Diamond fouled by Lee Cox, the ref awards a free kick. Zander Diamond takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:41 Corner taken by Robert Milsom from the left by-line, clearance made by Grant Munro.
    • 50:15 Unfair challenge on Michael Paton by Alex MacDonald results in a free kick. Robert Milsom takes the free kick.
    • 49:48 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the left by-line, clearance by Ross Tokely.
    • 49:28 Ryan Jack takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.
    • 49:00 Nick Blackman is caught offside. Ross Tokely takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nick Blackman. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:24 Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 48:03 Centre by Derek Young, blocked by Kenny Gillet.
    • 46:17 Adam Rooney has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:07 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:31 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the right by-line.
    • 44:06 Chris Maguire decides to take the corner short, The ball is swung over by Ryan Jack, blocked by Aaron Doran.
    • 44:00 Derek Young sends in a cross, blocked by Kenny Gillet.
    • 43:37 The referee gives a free kick against Alex MacDonald for handball. Direct free kick taken by Sone Aluko.
    • 43:23 Derek Young is caught offside. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 41:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Zander Diamond. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 41:24 Shot from just outside the box by Chris Maguire misses to the right of the target.
    • 39:06 Ryan Jack produces a cross, save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 38:54 Robert Milsom produces a cross, clearance by Kenny Gillet.
    • 38:23 Foul by Chris Maguire on Grant Munro, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:48 Derek Young produces a cross.
    • 36:20 Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Munro. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 34:25 Chris Maguire is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 31:57 The ball is sent over by Steven Smith, Shane Sutherland gets a block in.
    • 31:27 Lee Cox takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 30:52 Steven Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. Free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
    • 30:26 Adam Rooney sends in a cross, Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.
    • 29:37 Foul by Robert Milsom on Alex MacDonald, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
    • 28:53 The ball is crossed by Kenny Gillet, Nikola Vujadinovic makes a clearance.
    • 28:00 Booking Kenny Gillet is cautioned.
    • 27:35 Shot by Michael Paton from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 27:02 Aaron Doran takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
    • 26:39 Shane Sutherland takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Robert Milsom manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:18 Shane Sutherland takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Derek Young.
    • 26:11 Centre by Shane Sutherland, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
    • 24:51 Michael Paton produces a cross, Header on goal by Nick Blackman from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 22:55 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Maguire, Close range header by Zander Diamond goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 22:08 Zander Diamond fouled by Alex MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 22:00 Centre by Chris Maguire, clearance by Grant Munro.
    • 21:46 Aaron Doran is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Milsom restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:54 Centre by Lee Cox.
    • 19:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Blackman on Grant Munro. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 15:57 Booking Stuart Duff goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 15:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Duff on Sone Aluko. Free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
    • 14:20 Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. Aaron Doran crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 13:08 Alex MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
    • 12:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Rooney by Derek Young. Aaron Doran crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Nikola Vujadinovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 12:05 Steven Smith produces a cross, Kenny Gillet manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:49 Stuart Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Milsom. Robert Milsom takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:16 Aaron Doran delivers the ball, blocked by Derek Young.
    • 10:55 Aaron Doran fouled by Robert Milsom, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Tokely takes the free kick.
    • 10:40 Shane Sutherland takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 10:21 Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:30 Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 7:25 Nikola Vujadinovic fouled by Alex MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:13 Michael Paton crosses the ball, Grant Munro manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:14 Derek Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Gillet. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Sutherland, Derek Young manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:01 A cross is delivered by Stuart Duff, clearance by Derek Young.
    • 4:48 The ball is crossed by Kenny Gillet, clearance by Steven Smith.
    • 2:16 Chris Maguire fouled by Lee Cox, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Chris Maguire from the free kick, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
    • 1:24 Centre by Sone Aluko.
    • 0:36 Lee Cox challenges Robert Milsom unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 35 49 84
    2 Celtic 33 52 80
    3 Hearts 35 16 63
    4 Dundee Utd 34 5 55
    5 Kilmarnock 35 4 48
    6 Motherwell 35 -12 45
    7 Inverness CT 34 3 41
    8 Hibernian 35 -17 37
    9 St Johnstone 35 -23 37
    10 Aberdeen 35 -19 35
    11 St Mirren 34 -23 29
    12 Hamilton 34 -35 20

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