Aberdeen 2-1 St Mirren: Late Tony Andreu penalty miss costly for visitors
St Mirren fell following missing a penalty in a stunning defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Tony Andreu’s spot-kick and rebound were saved by Joe Lewis since the goalkeeper made amends Jonathan Obika which gave St Mirren the chance.
Aims from Sam Cosgrove – his 18th this expression – and Niall McGinn both sides of an Obika strike secured a win in five for Aberdeen and maintained them three points clear of Motherwell in third.
St Mirren collapse an area with target difference and are just one of three components on 11 points, to the relegation play-off spot.
St Mirren belied their record that was awful away with a performance full of menace and verve.
They were helped, however, by disarray in the home defence, together with Derek McInnes’ players fighting to get to grips with all the 3-4-2-1 formation that was unfamiliar.
The hosts were particularly vulnerable in Sean McLoughlin being allowed to maraud forward for a series of free headers and set-pieces together using the towering centre-backs Gary MacKenzie of St Mirren.
Most have been sprayed off goal and that profligacy – and – Andreu’s pricey collapse from the spot – clarifies St Mirren will be the lowest scorers in the airport and mired in a relegation battle.
Aberdeen survived an early scare – Lewis was parried from by the volley of Andreu – prior to breaking the deadlock via the most reliable of sources.
A Ryan Hedges cross was only partially cleared and Cosgrove was lurking to put an end into the top corner to his 18th goal this term.
When Lewis Ferguson screwed a diving header wide following the outstanding delivery of Zak Vyner picked him out unmarked the guide ought to have been .
However, it had been merited and owed when St Miren’s equaliser arrived. He left a trail of red shirts in his wake the right because he jinked to the box and then centred in the byeline for Obika to prod house.
Cosgrove subsequently had a header hacked off the line by Calum Waters before teeing up Hedges to drag a shot wide both sides of the restart.
McInnes had reorganised his group and they went full throttle. The winner arrived when Hedges’ perseverance the left led to his cutback.
The relaxation of a third goal eluded the hosts but St Mirren’s threat deserted them. Andreu was presented with a clear opening by a Sam Foley cross to screw his shot a yard.
An even greater opportunity was to come for the Frenchman if Obika got to the ball until Lewis chased a move to the Aberdeen box and was cut by the goalkeeper’s arm.
Referee Steven McLean opted just for yellow although the visitors screamed for Lewis to be shipped . Along with also the 32-year-old made the most of his reprieve, with the botched spot-kick summing up St Mirren’s away-day woes of Andreu.
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The McGinn of Aberdeen gets the nod, although it was tempting to go for a St Mirren participant as they put into this game. He might not have to, however he has the power to be a match-winner.
And that’s exactly what he did . The winger climbed into the match in the second half, so his composure, guile and eye for purpose helping get his side out of a circumstance.
St Mirren director Jim Goodwin:”I’m not going to stay here and ask for people to be shipped , but my understanding of the legislation is goalkeepers can effect a genuine effort to play the ball.
“There is no effort to play the ball – Obika knocks the ball , Lewis sticks out his left arm and brings him to the floor. He should not be about the playground make the save and to handle the punishment.
“I believe we merited a point. For spells that were large we played well. It has occurred far too often this season – we have to do something about it we’ll never escape from this position.”
Aberdeen director Derek McInnes:”Joe has actually attempted to shoot away his arm. Greg Leigh is coming round on the cover so I feel there is a card the right decision.
“Luckily we’ve got a keeper who is worth 12-15 points to me and he revealed why now. His double rescue was excellent and we have a deserved three points on balance of play and chances”