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McDiarmid Park (ATT 4,741) 7th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

St J'stone St Johnstone vs Aberdeen Aberdeen

St J'stone 0

R Fallon (S/O 71)

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Aberdeen 2

P Pawlett (17)
N McGinn (85)

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen halted St Johnstone's four-match unbeaten home run with a deserved 2-0 win

Last Updated: 07/12/13 11:00pm

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Peter Pawlett: Puts Aberdeen on course for victory in Perth

Peter Pawlett: Puts Aberdeen on course for victory in Perth

Aberdeen halted St Johnstone's four-match winning run at home with a deserved 2-0 win at McDiarmid Park thanks to Peter Pawlett's first-half effort and a Niall McGinn's wonder strike.

Former Aberdeen manager Sir Alex Ferguson was present as a guest of the home club to mark the 50th anniversary of his hat-trick for St Johnstone in a 3-2 victory over Rangers.

But it was Aberdeen - the club he steered to domestic and European glory - who took the honours after a bright, enterprising display.

Pawlett had aleady gone close once before claiming his second goal of the season (18), a crisp left-foot finish after a nice back-heel by Scott Vernon.

Saints were struggling to make an impact in the final third but it needed a fine stop from Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to thwart Stevie May.

Alan Mannus had to be alert to deny Pawlett a second goal before Rory Fallon - one minute after coming on as substitute - collected the sixth red card of his career for an errant elbow on Michael Hector.

The Dons saved their best to last, as McGinn (85) embarked on a lung-bursting run from his own half before looking up and curling his shot past Mannus from the angle of the box.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dundee United 8 19
2 Hamilton Academical 8 17
3 Inverness CT 8 16
4 Celtic 7 14
5 Kilmarnock 8 14
6 Aberdeen 8 13
7 Dundee 8 10
8 St Johnstone 8 9
9 Partick Thistle 7 7
10 Motherwell 8 7
11 St Mirren 8 4
12 Ross County 8 3