The new striker was given a task which looked very much like a lone attacker although the midfielders were quick to join him when the opportunity arose. O'Brien was quick to show his skills on the left wing and time and time again he pushed up and delivered telling crosses.
Motherwell looked like the only team that would score in the first half. We had three headed efforts which gave our strikers a chance. Sutton had two of them following his introduction in 30 minutes and Jutkiewicz had the other. Gannon had replaced Hammell after half an hour in what looked like a tactical change. Reynolds filled the left back slot. Ruddy had little to do as Aberdeen rarely threatened.
Ruddy kept a clean sheet
The second half provided even less in the way of goalmouth action. Neither team made a clear cut chance and most of the play was in our half. Jennings and McHugh came on with 20 minutes to go but made no significant contribution.
Aberdeen had a series of corners as the game entered the closing stages but we defended competently. Forbes was on his knees for the last ten minutes and we slowed the game down to play out time.
We had as healthy a travelling support up north as we have managed for years and they kept up enthusiastic support for the team throughout. It will come as no surprise to hear that McGhee was the target of the chanters from time to time.
Overall we can be satisfied with the point and our unbeaten start to season 2009/10 continues. Jimbo has now got a couple of weeks to plot the downfall of Rangers when they visit Fir Park in a fortnight.