Aberdeen 1: 0 Hibernian: The menacing Gary Mackay-Steven gets Hibs to pay for mistakes in Pittodrie

Aberdeen 1: 0 Hibernian: The menacing Gary Mackay-Steven gets Hibs to pay for mistakes in Pittodrie

As most Premiership clubs would have wished, they could have had a carefree start to the season like Aberdeen.

The Dons have not reached the same highs in this campaign as they did in previous years under Derek McInnes. Nevertheless, the Pittodrie squad still has a Betfred Cup final, which they can look forward to against Celtic next month.

Add a tight but deserved 1-0 home win against Hibs on Friday night and the Granite City team is fifth on the table with 21 points. That's the same amount as Kilmarnock and Rangers and just five points away from championship leader Hearts.

Aberdeen has left Hibs behind and is now just five points ahead of the Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen has left Hibs behind and is now just five points ahead of the Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen has left Hibs behind and is now just five points ahead of the Scottish Premiership

All this raises the question: what can the Dons do when and when they shoot at all cylinders?

The win over Neil Lennon's side in a windy night in the northeast was secured thanks to a wonderful long-range striker by the game's outstanding player, Gary Mackay-Steven.

As the Aberdeen winger loves to play against Hibs.

Gary Mackay-Steven scored his sixth goal of the season to secure the victory

Gary Mackay-Steven scored his sixth goal of the season to secure the victory

Gary Mackay-Steven scored his sixth goal of the season to secure the victory

This was his fifth goal in his last six games against the Easter Road Club.

His impressive winner should have left the Scottish international with confidence before Alex McLeish takes on Albania next Saturday in the Nations League in Shkodër.

McInnes made only one change for the Aberdeen team, who won 2-1 at Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Dom Ball went out and Stevie May partnered with James Wilson as the Dons boss moved up to second.

Hibs boss Lennon hoped to finish a series of three matches without a win. The Northerners had made four changes to the team, which had lost 1-0 against Saint Johnstone on Saturday.

Don's defender Devlin is watching Hibs striker Florian Kamberi on Friday night

Don's defender Devlin is watching Hibs striker Florian Kamberi on Friday night

Don's defender Devlin is watching Hibs striker Florian Kamberi on Friday night

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It went Steven Whittaker, Marvin Bartley, Emerson Hyndman and Daryl Horgan.

Darren McGregor, Ryan Porteous, Vykintas Slivka and Florian Kamberi were there. The Swiss striker had blocked the scoreless Edinburgh derby in the scoreless Edinburgh derby for a single game in the Tynecastle.

There was also a late referee change after Willie Collum had canceled to be replaced by Alan Muir.

Just 24 hours earlier, the Rangers had announced that they would make an official complaint about Collum's announcement in the 2-0 victory of the Ibrox side in St. Mirren last weekend, after dismissing controversial winger Daniel Candeias. Collum's absence might have looked suspicious.

The official line, however, was that he had suffered a groin injury on Tuesday night in the Champions League game between Galatasaray and Schalke.

The fierce winds that hit Pittodrie last night made it difficult for the free-flowing football. And it was Hibs who initially dealt with the terrible conditions.

Lennon's team threatened first as Stevie Mallan scored a free-kick from the right flank hit by Mark Milligan's head, while Don's defender Shay Logan showed up in the line to score an important clearance.

Dead-ball expert Mallan had a chance after a free-kick from 20 yards after Graeme Shinnie had fouled Martin Boyle.

However, the former midfielder of St. Mirren and Barnsley threw himself over the wall and the bar. At the other end, Porteous had been spied on for Macky-Steven.

Adam Bogdan then fluttered on Niall McGinn's wind-assisted free-kick, but did just enough to make sure the ball did not land near lurking May.

Aberdeen got half stronger and Mackay-Steven looked to be their liveliest assailant.

Both sides had difficulty creating opportunities in the swirling wind, and none of the goalkeepers were really threatened.

It was no surprise that the opening goal just before the break was finally a mix of glamor and blunder.

Young Hibs defender Porteous played a sloppy short ball in the direction of Lewis Stevenson, with Mackay-Steven sharp enough to intercept him.

The winger moved purposefully forward before shooting a wonderful, deep shot past the desperate Bogdan with laser-like precision.

It was a high quality moment that was urgently needed to bring this contest to life.

In the second half, Hibs were back in the field, presumably after receiving a Lennon halftime rocket.

If that was the case, the trick came and the visitors almost equalized after Max Lowe cut at a Mallan corner and the ball hit his own goal. Logan reappeared in the right place at the right time to clarify.

Australian international Mark Milligan, who captained Hibs that night, should have been better off taking a mallan corner over the bar.

The game had opened dramatically, and when Aberdeen sought a killer second, McGinn saw a long-term effort over Bogdan's crossbar.

Aberdeen got a kick off when Kamberi broke Milligan's brilliant pass.

Lewis no longer had a goal, but Kamberi won the race, knocking the ball past the stranded Dons keeper. The angle was tight and Mikey Devlin and Scott McKenna were in the way, but the Swiss striker should have been better than scoring the crossbar.

Immediately thereafter, a similar incident occurred at the other end, as a long lowe throw-off made May clear the gate.

The Aberdeen striker threw the ball past the edge of the box, but McGregor was there to clear the danger.

Kamberi then thought he had found the equalizer when he hit a ball into Slivka's penalty area, but his attempt took a slight shot from Devlin and tormented the post. The big moment of Mackay-Steven would prove decisive.

After Hibs had started this season strong out of the blocks, he now completed four games without a win. The Edinburgh team is among the last six for the first time since winning the league's first division promotion.

Aberdeen, on the other hand, finds his feet after a slow start. Crisis? What crisis?

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