Gers close gap on Bhoys
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alex McLeish's men netted all three goals in the final 13 minutes against a visiting outfit who ended with ten men.
Aberdeen's Alex Diamond received his marching orders after 55 minutes for a professional foul, but still The Dons held on to frustrate an increasingly desperate home side.
However, Scotland Under-21 defender Stephen Hughes finally broke the deadlock on 77 minutes, and Danish hit-man Peter Lovenkrands put a gloss on the scoreline with two goals in the final two minutes.
Dunfermline leapfrogged Motherwell into fourth spot courtesy of a 2-0 home win over Dundee.
The Pars increased financially-stricken Dundee's woes, with a second-half Steve Crawford brace enough to see off The Dark Blues.
The Scottish international struck after 52 and then 64 minutes to take the hosts to within two points of third-placed Hearts.
Motherwell fought out a 1-1 draw with Livingston at Fir Park, but the point maintains Terry Butcher's side's two-point advantage over their opponents.
David Clarkson put the hosts ahead just before the half hour, but former Leeds United hit-man Derek Lilley fired in an equaliser six minutes before the break.
Kilmarnock eased their fears at the wrong end of the table with a comprehensive 4-2 away win at basement boys Partick Thistle.
The Jags actually moved ahead on 19 minutes through Jamie Mitchell, but Colin Nish quickly restored parity for the visitors.
Killie then opened up a two-goal advantage midway through the second half when Gary McDonald struck twice in the space of five minutes.
Although James Grady briefly threatened to drag Thistle back into it with a strike nine minutes from time, Nish popped up in the final minute to extinguish any hopes of a comeback.