Aberdeen 0-2 Saints

Saturday 8th December

Two second half goals in 3 minutes from Joe Shaughnessy and Blair Alston saw Saints defeat Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon to make it four away victories in a row and extended Saints unbeaten run to eight games.

After a goalless first half Saints took the lead on 71 minutes as captain Joe Shaughnessy powered home a header from a David Wotherspoon corner. Then 3 minutes later Saints doubled their advantage when Blair Alston sent a fine strike past the helpless Joe Lewis to secure the points for Saints.

Today’s result moves Saints onto 28 points as they remain in fifth place in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership. Next up for Saints is a home game against Motherwell next Saturday.

MATCH REPORT

Pittodrie was the destination for Saints today as they looked to continue their unbeaten run against Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen. Tommy Wright, who yesterday signed a new contract to remain at Saints until May 2022, made one change to the side that started Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Hearts as Ross Callachan came in for Blair Alston, who dropped to the bench. After defeating Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox in midweek Derek McInnes made two change to his starting line-up. In came Scott Wright and Stevie May for Niall McGinn and the suspended Sam Cosgrove.

Aberdeen got the match underway and they created the first chance of the game in first minute as Max Lowe broke down the left before whipping over a good cross. However, Connor McLennan couldn’t make a proper connection with the ball as Zander Clark gathered.

Then on 3 minutes Saints first real attack of the game saw Scott Tanser deliver a good ball into the box which picked out Ross Callachan whose header went wide of the target.

The hosts really should have been ahead after 10 minutes as good build up play by Connor McLennan and Scott Wright saw the latter slip the ball to Stevie May however, the angled shot from the former Saints striker went inches past Clark’s right-hand post.

A great long ball forward by Richard Foster on 25 minutes picked out Matty Kennedy whose first-time dipping volley forced an excellent save from Joe Lewis as he pushed it behind for a corner.

Aberdeen then went on to have much more of the ball for the rest of the half however, Saints were very well organised and limited the chances the Pittodrie side could create.

A long-range effort from Scott McKenna went well over on 34 minutes. Then 4 minutes later Lowe sent another good cross in from the left however, none of the Dons player was able to make a connection with it as the ball eventually picked up Logan out wide on the right. The defender then crossed the ball back into the box which was punched by Clark before he gathered it at the second attempt.

Just before half time a May corner from the left picked out McKenna whose header looked like was heading for the far corner however, Clark got a good hand to it to punch the ball away.

Then as the match entered 1 minute of additional time Saints broke up field through Tony Watt as they hit Aberdeen on the break. The ball eventually fell to Foster who crossed it into the box but Logan headed it behind for a corner which was well held by Lewis as the referee blew his whistle for half time.

2 minutes into the second half Aberdeen were claiming for a penalty after Lewis Ferguson went down under the challenge from Liam Craig however, referee Don Robertson wasn’t interested.

Then on 50 minutes Saints had a penalty claim of their own as Callachan went down in the box after being challenged by Logan but again Robertson was not interested as he indicated that Logan had won the ball fairly.

Lewis Ferguson saw his 25-yard curling effort parried by Clark on 62 minutes although, luckily for Saints there was no Dons players following in to capitalise on the rebound.

Saints made their first change on 69 minutes as Blair Alston came on for Ross Callachan. The midfielder was very quickly involved in the action as a minute later a good through ball by David Wotherspoon picked out the Saints midfielder who broke into the box and he unleashed a shot which was turned behind by Lewis. The resultant corner was taken by Wotherspoon and his delivery picked out Joe Shaughnessy who planted a great header from 8 yards out past Lewis to give Saints the lead.

Then 3 minutes later Saints doubled their advantage as Blair Alston went on a good run down the left before curling a fantastic effort into the top corner of the net, giving Lewis no chance.

The Dons bench reacted quickly by bring on James Wilson for Dom Ball. However, it was another Dons substitute, Niall McGinn, who came closest to pulling a goal back for the home side with 10 minutes remaining but his free kick was pushed behind for a corner by Clark, which came to nothing.

The final 10 minutes was largely incident free as Saints comfortably saw the game out to secure their fourth consecutive away victory and make it eight games undefeated.

Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, McKenna, Lowe, Ball (Wilson 76), Ferguson, Wright (Anderson 63), McLennan (McGinn 63), May

Unused Substitutes: Cerny (GK), Gleeson, Forrester, Campbell

Booked: Shinnie

Saints: Clark, Tanser, Shaughnessy, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Kerr, Foster, Craig, Callachan (Alston 69), Watt (Kane 76), Kennedy

Unused Substitutes: Hurst (GK), McMillan, Nydam, Scougall, Gordon

Booked: Craig, Tanser, Davidson

Scorers: Shaughnessy (71), Alston (74)

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 13,304 (325 Saints fans)

Match Report by Daryl Scott

Picture: Joe Shaughnessy heads Saints into the lead