Honours even at Pittodrie

The Dons went into the match hoping to record three consecutive

wins for the first time this season but rarely troubled Cameron

Bell in the Kilmarnock goal.

Goalmouth action was at a premium although Paul Heffernan should

have netted a winner late on when he was thwarted by Aberdeen

goalkeeper Jason Brown.

Andrew Considine returned from suspension to take his place in

the heart of the home defence and was handed the captain’s armband

following the departure of Richard Foster to Bristol City.

Chris Clark also started for the Dons, who were without Peter

Pawlett and Isaac Osbourne with both players having picked up

hamstring injuries in the 4-0 win over Forfar in last weekend’s

William Hill Scottish Cup clash.

Kilmarnock, missing eight players through injury, handed a debut

to new signing Ben Gordon, who has joined the Ayrshire club for his

second loan spell from Chelsea.

Czech defender Zdenek Kroca was also drafted into the starting

line-up, while there was a place on the bench for Michael Nelson

who joined Killie after being released by Scunthorpe last week.

The Dons dropped to the bottom of the table when they lost 2-0

to the Ayrshire club at the start of December, however a run of 10

points in their previous five fixtures helped them move steadily up

the table and away from the relegation zone.

Considine, who along with top scorer Scott Vernon signed a new

deal to remain at Pittodrie this week, was called into action early

on, heading away a Dean Shiels corner as Kilmarnock made a bright

start.

The hosts had their first shot on goal after nine minutes but

Bell comfortably saved Clark’s low drive.

The visitors went much closer after 20 minutes when Garry Hay

stung the palms of Brown in the Aberdeen goal with a powerful

effort from 25 yards.

The Dons grew in confidence as the half wore on with a Fraser

Fyvie shot bravely blocked by Hay with Kari Arnason heading over

from the resulting corner.

Aberdeen had a scare at the other end when Brown fumbled a

Shiels shot but the Welshman managed to gather the ball at the

second attempt with Liam Kelly ready to pounce.

Aberdeen made a promising start to the second half with Mark

Reynolds making a surging run past two Kilmarnock defenders before

dragging a shot wide of the target.

Dons goalkeeper Brown looked nervous again as he fumbled a Danny

Racchi shot when he should have made an easy save.

There were some angry scenes following a clash between Ryan Jack

and Heffernan but referee Calum Murray managed to restore order

without having to reach for his yellow card.

Racchi was unlucky not to get the opener after 66 minutes when

his delicate chip just cleared the Aberdeen crossbar.

Killie made an attacking change after 72 minutes with French

striker William Gros introduced at the expense of Hay.

But it was the Dons who were next to threaten when a far-post

corner by Ryan Jack picked out Rory McArdle but the defender’s

header could only find the side-netting.

With time running out Aberdeen made a double change with Vernon

and Mohamed Chalali replaced by Rory Fallon and Mitch

Megginson.

But it was the visitors who should have won it at the death when

Heffernan went through one-on-one with Brown but the Irishman shot

straight at the goalkeeper.

Kilmarnock substitute Gros, who did not appear to be suffering

from an injury, was withdrawn with four minutes remaining for

Matthew Kennedy as the game came to a conclusion.