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Dons title hopes left in tatters after they are undone by slick Saints

St Johnstone 3-0 Aberdeen

By Ronnie Esplin

Aberdeen's ailing Scottish Premiership title hopes were surely put out of their misery by St Johnstone who demolished the Dons 3-0 at McDiarmid Park.

Goals from midfielder David Wotherspoon and striker Steven MacLean gave Tommy Wright's Saints a well-deserved interval lead with midfielder Liam Craig adding a third in the 55th minute.

The Dons remain eight points behind leaders Celtic and their hapless performance was a perfect leaving present for Hoops boss Ronny Deila, who declared on Wednesday he will leave Parkhead at the end of the season.

Celtic can go 11 points clear when they host Ross County tomorrow, after which both the Hoops and the Granite City men will have four games remaining with a football miracle required to see the title wrested from Glasgow.

Wotherspoon made his presence felt in the 14th minute. After debutant Michael Rose was penalised for a challenge on Graham Cummins 25 yards from goal, the former Hibs midfielder curled his free-kick over the defensive wall and in at keeper Scott Brown's right-hand post.

Seven minutes before half time MacLean grabbed the Perth side's second with the slightest of touches after Tam Scobbie's deep free-kick was headed into the six-yard box by Anderson.

Barry Robson replaced Rose for the start of the second-half but the visitors found themselves three down when, after defender Mark Reynolds was dispossessed by Millar, Cummins laid the ball on for the unmarked Craig to fire past Brown.

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