Aberdeen 2-0 Saints

Last updated : 14 December 2013 By Stuart Gillespie

The realist/pessimist in me wasn't expecting a great deal today, however it's another league game without scoring. That's now three in a row and something we desperately need to fix. The teams around us at the bottom all lost - which is good for fighting relegation but bad if we're planning to make the top six.

Paul McGowan was fit enough to start and Jason Naismith and Sean Kelly returned to the defence with Gary Harkins, Danny Grainger and David van Zanten all benched. It was a return to the team that has played most of the last few weeks which has seen us losing just once in 10 games.

Steven Thompson had an early goal ruled out for offside before we fell behind after 20 minutes when a long punt from Jamie Langfield wasn't dealt with by Sean Kelly or Marc McAusland (depending who you listen to) and Vernon put it past our keeper.

We responded in the second half but the goal came at the other end, Barry Robson - who has hurt us so often in the past - scoring straight from a corner kick thanks to the wind. Typically, on a day when a few games abandoned, the weather didn't decide to turn nasty enough when we were losing 2-0!

The good run had to end sometime and the key now will be how we react. Next week we go to Motherwell, which could be rather tricky.

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