Aberdeen look to continue their title bid when they visit an in-form Motherwell side that have won their last three games to get themselves up into the top half of the table.
The Dons have also won their last three as they keep up the heat on Celtic at the top, but their last seven victories in the League have been by just a single goal.
Not that that will bother boss Derek McInnes, with wins more important than going out and battering teams by three or four. But it shows how tight the margins in the Scottish game are between success and failure.
The Steelmen have beaten Partick Thistle, Hamilton Accies and bottom side Dundee United as they hit a good run of form and hoisted themselves up to sixth in the table.
Marvin Johnson and Louis Moult fired in as they showed great character to come from behind to beat United last time out boss Mark McGhee told the club’s official website: “We might be back out the top six tomorrow, but more importantly it puts three more points between us the team sitting second bottom.”
“In the first half, we were very fortunate to go in level. I thought we were really poor - we didn’t work anywhere as hard as we have been and certainly we didn’t work as hard as we did in the second half.”
“But the fact is we did get the equaliser fortunately and it gave us the platform to sort out a few things at half time and work harder in the second half. We certainly did that. They put in a tremendous amount of work in the second half and, in the end, thoroughly deserved to win the game.”
But the win came at a price as Stephen Pearson, Keith Lasley and Josh Law were all injured. Pearson has damaged his ribs and will be out for some time, but Lasley and Law may return for Saturday’s game after taking dull knocks.
While Dons boss Derek McInnes was pleased with his side’s deserved 2-1 success over struggling Killie, he felt that they’d had to grind out the result somewhat.
“We had to dig it out, but you’ve got to credit Kilmarnock. They showed enough attacking threat to suggest the game was never comfortable,” he said afterwards.
“There’s more focus and spotlight on the team at the minute, but if you look back over the last three years the players have been doing that; late winners, coming from behind, seeing games out. They’ve done that consistently. I would just like us to enjoy the game more, get the second goal, and not give the opposition too much encouragement.”
He’ll certainly be looking for his side to start putting daylight between themselves and their opponents, starting on Saturday at Fir Park, if only to save himself and the Don’s supporters’ rising stress levels.
It looks all set for an interesting run in to decide where the silverware ends up.
Motherwell Recent Form LWLWWW
Aberdeen Recent Form WLDWWW
24/10/2015 Aberdeen 1 – 1 Motherwell
15/08/2015 Motherwell 1 – 2 Aberdeen
13/03/2015 Aberdeen 2 – 1 Motherwell
04/01/2015 Motherwell 0 – 2 Aberdeen
24/10/2014 Aberdeen 1 – 0 Motherwell
Motherwell (4-4-2) – Ripley, Law, Hall, McManus, Hammell, Cadden, Lasley, Gomis, Johnson, McDonald, Moult.
Aberdeen (4-4-1-1) – Brown, Logan, Taylor, Considine, Shinnie, Hayes, Jack, Robson, McLean, McGinn, Church.
Motherwell: Pearson (inj), Laing (inj).
Aberdeen: Rooney (inj), Pawlett (inj).