Following their heroic exploits after winning at Ibrox and having won four of their last five league matches, Aberdeen played host to a St Johnstone side who are unbeaten in seven matches. However the Dons had a 100% record against Saints last campaign, winning three from three.
Derek McInnes made two changes from the side that won in Glasgow. Scott Wright came in for Niall McGinn on the right flank, in order to support Stevie May who replaced the suspended Sam Cosgrove.
Tommy Wright madejust the one change following Saints’ draw at home to Hearts. Former Jambo Ross Callachan coming in for Blair Alston, despite him scoring in that 2-2 draw at McDiarmid Park.
As Max Lowe gave it away in the middle of the park, St Johnstone had the opportunity to come forward in numbers. Murray Davidson and David Wotherspoon combined before Liam Craig eventually fed the overlapping Scott Tanser who whipped in a cross to find the unmarked Ross Callachan, back in the side, but he headed wide. Glorious early chance.
Scott Wright would slip through to former Saints striker Stevie May, looking to put his current side ahead against a former one. He dragged his effort across goal but wasn’t too far away from breaking the deadlock. Yet to recapture the form that he showed in Perth, all those years ago.
You have a chance, we have a chance
Richard Foster sent long in search of Matty Kennedy who looked to catch Joe Lewis out from a tight angle with a half-volley first time but it was a smart stop from the keeper. Aberdeen’s number one quick to inform Max Lowe he’s not pleased that he lost his man so easily.
Zander Clark would have to stay on his toes, beating away Scott McKenna’s header from a Stevie May corner. Not a dull game by any means, certainly not a reflection of the 0-0 scoreline heading into the break.
Another controversial decision
Saints should have had a penalty following Shay Logan’s challenge on Ross Callachan. A tricky one to call for the officials, replays show the full back swiped at the midfielder and not the ball. From where the referee was stood, it was a mini optical illusion.
Connor McLennan would strike straight at Zander Clark before Lewis Ferguson was next to test the keeper with a curling dipping effort from distance to his left hand side. Smart stop from the keeper whose clean sheet streak of six on the spin came to an end in their last match.
Blair Alston, one of the goalscorers against Hearts, would come off the bench and win St Johnstone a corner after Lewis came out to meet him and turn behind. David Wotherspoon would take the resulting corner and found former Don Joe Shaughnessy, who got the better of Andy Considine in the air, to give Saints the lead twenty minutes from time.
Just three minutes later, Alston would grab his second goal in just four days. After riding a challenge, he spotted Lewis off his line and sent a curling, dinking effort into the corner. A fantastic finish from the former Falkirk man, the three points heading to Tayside.
A poor result for Aberdeen, a dreadful response from their Ibrox win. They’ll look to put things right against Livingston in midweek before travelling to Paisley to take on St Mirren.
As for Saints, another superb win on the road. Their unbeaten run of eight continues and they’ll fancy extending it against the side where it all began in the reverse fixture, Motherwell, this time taking them on at home.