St Johnstone v Aberdeen

Graeme Shinnie Double Secures Dons Win In Perth

The last time we had seven straight away wins was in the 70/71 season, and that was achieved today by a double from Graeme Shinnie against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Aberdeen made two changes to the side that met St Mirren the weekend previous.

Dominic Ball came in for the injured Tommie Hoban, Niall McGinn dropped to the bench with Connor McLennan getting a place in the starting line-up.

And it was Aberdeen that went ahead after Ball took the ball off Kennedy before putting a pass to Graeme Shinnie.

Shinnie then got past Sean Goos before hitting a right footed shot beyond Cammy Bell from the edge of the box.

Shinnie also saved the day after Max Lowe lost possession in the St Johnstone half when he was going forward, which created a space at the back with Sean Goss took advantage of to release Chris Kane on goal, luckily Graeme came in with a tackle to dispossess him.

Lewis Ferguson who renewed his Dons contract this week, had a chance early in the second-half, firing a 20-yard drive across the face of goal.

Connor McLennan had a close chance shortly after, after collecting a pass from Greg Stewart, but blasted the shot over from 12 yards.

Graeme Shinnie was in the thick of the action again and scored out second after powering up the park and unleashing a left footed 25-yarder beyond Cammy Bell, putting the Dons 2-0 ahead and securing all three points to remain third in the Scottish Premiership on 50 points.

Post-match Derek McInnes said: “We had to be competitive. Some of our play was good and we scored at the right time.

“By and large, once we got in front, we had relative control of the game, but you’re never too comfortable at St Johnstone. To come away from home to a difficult venue and get the three points was important.”

Derek McInnes revealed before the came that Shay Logan who went off in our Scottish Cup match against Queen of the South requires ankle surgery and could be out for the remainder of the season.

He is considering bringing in a free agent to cover for the player as well as Tommie Hobam.

“It will be touch and go if we can get him (Logan) back before the end of the season,” said McInnes. “We were hoping we might be able to him manage him through to the end of the season but on Thursday afternoon it became clear he needed some work done. We will look to maybe try and bring in another defender on the out of contract list.”

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
23rd February 2019 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2018-19 90' 5,092

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossession
St Johnstone00040%
Aberdeen11260%

St Johnstone

3Scott Tanser Defender
4Blair Alston Midfielder
5Joe Shaughnessy Defender
8Murray Davidson Midfielder
9Chris Kane 22 Forward 32'
10David Wotherspoon 11 Midfielder
11Danny Swanson 10 Midfielder
12Cammy Bell Goalkeeper
15Jason Kerr Defender
19Richard Foster Defender 80'
22Callum Hendry 9 Forward
26Liam Craig 32 Midfielder
27Sean Goss Midfielder
28Ross Callachan Midfielder
30Mark Hurst Goalkeeper
31Niall Keown Defender
32Tony Watt 26 Forward
33Matty Kennedy Midfielder

Staff

Aberdeen

1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
3Graeme Shinnie Defender 16', 75'
67'
4Andrew Considine Defender
7Greg Stewart 17 Forward
8Stephen Gleeson 11 Midfielder
9James Wilson Forward
10Niall McGinn 27 Forward
11Gary Mackay-Steven 8 Midfielder
16Sam Cosgrove Forward
17Stevie May 7 Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Dominic Ball Defender
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
27Connor McLennan 10 Forward
29Max Lowe Midfielder
34Miko Aarne Virtanen Midfielder

Staff

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