St Mirren and Aberdeen failed to kill each other off in Paisley as the pair played out a goalless draw.

Someone may have wanted to check if the ball was feeling nauseous after the first 15 minutes. It was getting battered from one box to the other as long balls became the preferred route into the danger area for both teams.

Aberdeen went direct. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Ash Taylor had the best chance in this period, glancing a free header wide of Vaclav Hladky’s goal. Niall McGinn almost capitalised on a botched clearance by the Saints keeper shortly after but Alex Famewo prevented disaster.

Not much really happened outwith that as the first 45 rumbled on. Jonathan Obika was then put clean through with Joe Lewis via a Dylan McGeouch error but could only hit the post as the first half came to a close.


Tony Andreu had an early chance in the second half but his effort was easily saved by Lewis before Ilkay Durmus’ effort from the left sailed over the bar.

Durmus had a good chance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It ended 0-0 each though as the Buddies remained tenth and the Dons stayed in fourth. Here are three things we learned.

Kennedy appears from the off

Much has been made of Matty Kennedy’s move to Aberdeen. Initially signed on a pre-contract, Aberdeen shelled out £70,000 to bring him from St Johnstone to Pittodrie now.

McInnes handed him his first start less than 48 hours after signing. His aim was to provide a spark and invention up against St Mirren left-back Calum Waters.

Kennedy was in from the start. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Kennedy had a few touches but the way the game was played meant he wasn’t able to fully show his ability on his Dons debut.

Up in the air

This was not a game of tiki-taka football. The game was filled with aerial battles as both sides went long and direct on several occasions.

There were spells where both teams would try and drive it forward on the deck, but for the most part, it was an aerial contest. This seemed to suit both defences whilst technical players like Andreu and McGeouch were left out of action for spells.

A point gained or two dropped?

On the basis of action in Paisley, a draw was the correct result. Neither team took their chances when they cropped up and both didn’t really find their stride in attack.

Obika missed the game’s big chance. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Whilst not a win, a point isn’t the worst for St Mirren. Getting a result against a top six side when they’re fighting for survival is decent, although with a clinical touch, they could have had all three.

Aberdeen meanwhile missed a chance to properly close the gap on Motherwell in third. Their 0-0 draw with Hibs meant that if the Dons won in Paisley, the would go just a point behind the Steelmen. It wasn’t to be and the gap returned to four points.

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