Aberdeen 2-1 Livingston: Lewis Ferguson & Scott Wright secure hosts win23 August 2020
Aberdeen secured a second win in three days as Livingston finished the weekend bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
Lewis Ferguson fired a penalty firmly into the top corner after he had been fouled in the box by Craig Sibbald.
And Scott Wright exchanged passes with Ryan Hedges before confidently slotting home the hosts' second.
Scott Pittman pulled a goal back for the visitors from close range but Livi could not find a second and still await a first win this term.
Having sold Lyndon Dykes to Queens Park Rangers, Livingston moved quickly to bolster their attack with Lars Lokotsch and Anthony Stokes but neither had received international clearance in time for the match at Pittodrie, though defensive capture Julien Serrano debuted as a second-half substitute.
Jonny Hayes' strike deflected wide and Ferguson did not get hold of his effort as Aberdeen looked to build on Thursday's win at St Johnstone.
But it was the visitors who should have taken the lead when Nicky Devlin robbed Matty Kennedy deep in his own half and found Scott Robinson, whose route to goal was blocked by goalkeeper Joe Lewis before Sibbald's shot was deflected out.
The impasse ended early in the second period when Ferguson was felled by Sibbald and the midfielder struck high to Robby McCrorie's left from 12 yards.
The hosts gave themselves more comfort when Hedges and Wright's give and goes unlocked Livingston's defence and Wright finished with composure.
And it could have been three with new signing Marley Watkins denied twice in quick succession by Robby McCrorie.
Livingston threw caution to the wind and centre-back Jack Fitzwater's enterprising run on the right was rewarded when Pittman touched home with his knee.
And the visitors claimed unsuccessfully for a handball against Shay Logan in the closing stages moments before Serrano avoided punishment for a heavy challenge on Logan.
Man of the match - Lewis Ferguson
What did we learn?
Until the penalty incident, Aberdeen looked rather blunt in attack but played with much more freedom after Ferguson's opener.
Watkins, signed on loan from Bristol City on Saturday, and fellow new capture Ross McCrorie got valuable game time but Scott McKenna failed to re-appear for the second half because of illness.
Livi cannot get their new attackers into their side soon enough. Midfielder Robinson did his best in the striker role but will be much more effective playing behind the likes of Stokes.
The West Lothian side had a positive spell in the first half and finished strongly but their set piece delivery too often let them down.
What did they say?
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "The important thing was to get another three points. We got over the line, which was the most important thing.
"We scored two very good goals, should've had another one. Marley Watkins had a very good debut throughout. Ross McCrorie was excellent for us."
Livingston head coach Gary Holt: "I'm angry. We played so well in large spells of the game but if you give a team an opportunity to go two goals up, you're fighting an uphill struggle.
"I think there's a handball where we should've had a penalty."
Aberdeen begin their Europa League qualifying campaign at home to Faroese side NSI Runavik on Thursday before visiting Hibernian next Sunday.
Livingston's last chance to register a win before the international break comes on Saturday against visitors Ross County.