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Aberdeen 4-1 St Mirren: Jim Goodwin says hosts could have hit seven

By Andrew PetrieBBC Sport Scotland
Bojan Miovski slots home to give Aberdeen the lead

Jim Goodwin believes Aberdeen could have scored "six or seven" after their 4-1 victory over 10-man St Mirren at Pittodrie gave the the Dons their first Scottish Premiership win of the season.

Bojan Miovski's double, a stunning strike from debutant Leighton Clarkson and a dinked Luis Lopes finish were enough for all three points, with Jonah Ayunga scoring a consolation penalty for the visitors.

"Some fantastic goals and we probably should have had another two or three in the second half," said Goodwin.

"I've played against 10 men myself in the past and it's not always quite as straightforward as my players made it look.

"It can be difficult to break down a solid back line and a compact midfield. Yes it's 4-1, but it should have been six or seven, realistically."

St Mirren are still looking for their first league point of the season.

Both sides looked very different from the teams that produced a goalless draw in the final game of last season. Only three Aberdeen players from that match started, with Goodwin having added 11 new signings to the squad.

He only signed Liverpool loanee Clarkson on the morning of the game, but the midfielder was thrown on for his debut after just 12 minutes after Declan Gallagher scythed down Hayden Coulson, forcing the left-back off injured.

Gallagher's afternoon was soon cut short when Liam Scales blasted a rebound into the St Mirren defender's arm in the box. Gallagher saw red, and Aberdeen's new number nine Miovski rifled home the penalty.

If the first goal was harsh to concede, the second was sloppy in the extreme. Jonny Hayes' low cross was deflected and Trevor Carson waited for the ball to come to him on his line. Miovski showed predatory instincts to nip in front of the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the net.

Clarkson had made a good impact and would extend Aberdeen's lead when he laced the ball into the top corner with a first-time strike from 20 yards.

St Mirren had a mountain to climb in the second half, but the journey looked easier when Alan Muir pointed to the spot after Hayes was harshly judged to have nudged Greg Kiltie. Kelle Roos could have done better, getting a strong arm to Ayunga's penalty, but the ball looped into the net.

Lopes added the icing to the cake with his last-minute strike. St Mirren's line were pressed high and Christian Ramirez was able to play Lopez clean through to dink over Carson and give Goodwin his biggest league win as Aberdeen manager.

Man of the match - Leighton Clarkson

A debut to remember for the Liverpool loanee

Clarkson lights up Dons' performance

Aberdeen started poorly, sloppy in possession and allowing St Mirren into dangerous areas. However, they bounced back quickly and took advantage of the opportunities St Mirren afforded them.

The loss of Coulson was a setback but the introduction of Clarkson ended up as a masterstroke.

It allowed Scales to slot into left-back and Clarkson the opportunity to control a midfield that was giving him time and space.

It was an impressive debut from the Liverpool loanee - who Aberdeen fans will be hoping can emulate James Maddison rather than Matty Longstaff.

When he was not dictating the tempo he was determined to strike from distance.

It was a worrying display from St Mirren. Stephen Robinson has publicly stated he wants to play a counter-attacking brand of football. At Pittodrie, they did not get out the starting blocks.

What they said

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin: "There were some terrific performances. No doubt, people will talk about Clarkson's goal, 30 yards into the top bin. But that fourth goal for me, is how I want our team to play."

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson: "To come here and play with 10 men for 70-odd minutes, it's hard enough with 11. It's a double punishment.

"After that, we showed character in the second half and got into it a little. I can't ask any more from them in terms of attitude and application in the last two games."

What's next?

Aberdeen host managerless Motherwell next Saturday, with St Mirren welcoming Ross County to Paisley (both 15:00 BST).

Player of the match

MiovskiBojan Miovski

with an average of 8.66

Aberdeen

  1. Squad number9Player nameMiovski
    Average rating

    8.66

  2. Squad number17Player nameHayes
    Average rating

    8.27

  3. Squad number10Player nameBesuijen
    Average rating

    8.25

  4. Squad number25Player nameRichardson
    Average rating

    8.10

  5. Squad number11Player nameDuk
    Average rating

    8.07

  6. Squad number33Player nameKennedy
    Average rating

    8.04

  7. Squad number16Player nameRamadani
    Average rating

    8.02

  8. Squad number4Player nameScales
    Average rating

    8.01

  9. Squad number20Player nameClarkson
    Average rating

    7.96

  10. Squad number2Player nameMcCrorie
    Average rating

    7.93

  11. Squad number5Player nameStewart
    Average rating

    7.84

  12. Squad number99Player nameRamírez
    Average rating

    7.82

  13. Squad number24Player nameRoos
    Average rating

    7.67

  14. Squad number22Player nameCoulson
    Average rating

    7.45

  15. Squad number37Player nameRoberts
    Average rating

    7.38

St Mirren

  1. Squad number7Player nameAyunga
    Average rating

    4.62

  2. Squad number2Player nameTait
    Average rating

    3.81

  3. Squad number1Player nameCarson
    Average rating

    3.78

  4. Squad number21Player nameGreive
    Average rating

    3.70

  5. Squad number30Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    3.56

  6. Squad number18Player nameDunne
    Average rating

    3.50

  7. Squad number8Player nameFlynn
    Average rating

    3.49

  8. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy
    Average rating

    3.48

  9. Squad number17Player nameBaccus
    Average rating

    3.46

  10. Squad number11Player nameKiltie
    Average rating

    3.46

  11. Squad number16Player nameErhahon
    Average rating

    3.44

  12. Squad number23Player nameStrain
    Average rating

    3.43

  13. Squad number10Player nameMain
    Average rating

    3.40

  14. Squad number9Player nameBrophy
    Average rating

    3.30

  15. Squad number31Player nameGallagher
    Average rating

    3.18

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Roos
  • 25Richardson
  • 5Stewart
  • 4Scales
  • 22CoulsonSubstituted forClarksonat 12'minutes
  • 16Ramadani
  • 2McCrorieBooked at 61mins
  • 33KennedySubstituted forRobertsat 63'minutesSubstituted forat 81'minutes
  • 10Besuijen
  • 17HayesSubstituted forde Barros Lopesat 72'minutes
  • 9MiovskiSubstituted forRamírezat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lewis
  • 11de Barros Lopes
  • 15Watkins
  • 20Clarkson
  • 21Polvara
  • 23Duncan
  • 28Milne
  • 37Roberts
  • 99Ramírez

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Carson
  • 31GallagherBooked at 22mins
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 18Dunne
  • 23StrainSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes
  • 17BaccusSubstituted forGreiveat 78'minutes
  • 16Erhahon
  • 11KiltieBooked at 85mins
  • 2Tait
  • 7AyungaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBrophyat 78'minutes
  • 10MainSubstituted forFlynnat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Flynn
  • 9Brophy
  • 12Henderson
  • 15Reid
  • 20Olusanya
  • 21Greive
  • 25Offord
  • 27Urminsky
  • 30Taylor
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
14,420

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 4, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, St. Mirren 1.

  3. Post update

    Anthony Stewart (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Alex Greive (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ylber Ramadani (Aberdeen).

  6. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Duk (Aberdeen).

  8. Post update

    Charles Dunne (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Fraser Taylor replaces Ryan Strain.

  10. Post update

    Offside, St. Mirren. Richard Tait tries a through ball, but Eamonn Brophy is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Scales (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vicente Besuijen with a cross.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 4, St. Mirren 1. Duk (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Ramírez with a through ball.

  13. Booking

    Greg Kiltie (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Jayden Richardson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (St. Mirren).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Shaughnessy.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Strain with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ylber Ramadani.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ylber Ramadani (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

    Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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