By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aberdeen opened up a three-point gap between themselves and Hearts.
Aberdeen opened up a three-point gap between themselves and Hearts with a 1-0 win at Pittodrie.
Steve Lovell got the only goal of the game after just seven minutes and Hearts were unable to respond.
The Jambos' task became even tougher when Laryea Kingston was dismissed on 63 minutes.
With the narrow victory, Aberdeen now have some breathing space in third spot.
Kilmarnock edged a five-goal thriller against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the hosts coming out on top 3-2.
After Markus Paatelainen had given Inverness the lead on 10 minutes, Paul Di Giacomo hit the back of the net twice before the half-hour mark.
Steven Naismith added a third just before half-time and although Darren Dods pulled one back after the break, Killie took the points.
Hibernian beat the ten men of Falkirk 2-0, with Abdessalam Benjelloun getting both goals after Dean Holden had been sent off.
Holden saw red just before the break and second-half strikes from Benjelloun (pictured) mean Hibs remain fifth.
The SPL's bottom two sides Dunfermline and St Mirren drew 0-0, while the points were also shared between Dundee United and Motherwell.
Steven Robb's 29th minute opener for United was cancelled out by Danny Murphy eight minutes later.
Motherwell's Paul Quinn was sent off for his second bookable offence on 81 minutes.