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Relieved Lennon delighted to secure survival

Danny Lennon says he is proud of his St Mirren players after they beat Aberdeen to stay up.

St Mirren won at Pittodrie for the first time since 1987 to preserve their SPL status.
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St Mirren manager Danny Lennon breathed a sigh of relief as his side secured Clydesdale Bank Premier League survival with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

Gareth Wardlaw scored the only goal of a dull game after 65 minutes to ensure the Paisley side will play in the top flight next season.

Hamilton's recent revival had seen them reduce the deficit from 12 points to three points ahead of St Mirren's trip to Pittodrie.

However, the win for the Buddies, coupled with Hamilton's 1-0 defeat at St Johnstone, left Lennon's side four points above the Accies with only one match remaining.

The St Mirren manager said: "I'm very proud of what the players have achieved and delighted to get over that finishing line to be honest.

"I thought everyone from the 11 that were on the pitch to the ones that were on the bench and the two that were in the stand all played their part.

"The preparation coming into the match was very comfortable and relaxed and it gave me great confidence coming up here."

Lennon was particularly happy to see his side end their poor run at Pittodrie.

He added: "It is a very difficult venue to come to. I'm lead to believe that it is 24 years since St Mirren last had a victory up here. This will be one that is very, very memorable. I told the players that they have made history.

"I have got to give the supporters that travelled up a big mention as I thought they were absolutely fantastic right through the 90 minutes.

"You could hear them from start to finish and they have been like that since the start of the season. I'm delighted to get over the finishing line."

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown admitted that he was disappointed with the way his side had finished the season.

"I would like the season to continue until we get some results," he said.

"It has been very indifferent in recent times. There were positives from this as there were three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old in our starting XI and we had 12 players out of 18 that were under-21, which is quite a remarkable statistic.

"It is possibly the youngest ever side in the SPL and but for an error at the back, we would have got a draw comfortably as neither side put the opposition goalkeeper under pressure."

Earlier in the day, Brown had escaped a ban for his part in a touchline spat with Motherwell owner John Boyle.

The Dons boss was found guilty of misconduct by behaving in a disorderly manner and warned about his future conduct.

He said: "When I looked at the committee I have respect for every individual on the committee.

"I have to accept their decision. They gave me a very fair hearing.

"My colleague Archie Knox was my witness and they listened to us and were very patient.

"I felt they were painstaking in their deliberations. The one thing they did concede was there was extreme provocation."

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