ABERDEEN called time on 2017 with a frustrating 0-0 draw against 10 man Hearts at Pittodrie in a game where both keepers produced superb saves.
Boss Derek McInnes had called for the Reds to see off the Jambos to reach a club record 45 points going into the winter break.
Ultimately they couldn’t deliver as they were held by a well organised Hearts side who extended their unbeaten run to nine games and set a new club record of six successive sheets.
In front of a crowd of 18,371 the Reds couldn’t make the breakthrough needed to end the year on a high.
The Jambos were reduced to 10 men with two minutes remaining when substitute Kyle Lafferty received a straight red for a shocking challenge on Graeme Shinnie on the left flank.
The Dons failed to take advantage of league leaders Celtic dropping points by drawing 0-0 with Rangers in the early kick-off.
Aberdeen now trail defending champions Celtic by eight points going into the winter break.