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Aberdeen v Motherwell preview

November 16, 2017 6:00 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

We preview this Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash against Motherwell

The Dons welcome Motherwell to Pittodrie on Saturday as the sides face each other for the third time this season. Steven Robinson’s team got the better of the Reds in the Betfred Cup quarter final, but three days later an Andy Considine goal was enough to give Aberdeen the win on league duty. Motherwell have made a fantastic start to their campaign and will look to capture their first silverware in 26 years when they take on Celtic next Sunday at Hampden.

Another big crowd is expected at Pittodrie and hopefully the Dons can keep pace at the top of the table. Despite a stop-start season so far due to International breaks, Saturday will see the first of nine fixtures before the winter break in January.

What the Manager said:

“We have watched lots of Motherwell games this season and having faced them twice, so we know how difficult a task is to overcome them. The fact they are in a cup final highlights they are in good form.

“But we are at home. We like playing at home. We normally win at home.

“We have had one defeat in the league season. We were disappointed in some aspects of our play at Hamilton but if you actually look at when we have not been at our best this season we have still managed to win or draw games and have only lost the one. We will take the point, but we know that we are so much better than what we showed over those 90 minutes.

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What Adam said:

“I got a few messages off people yesterday asking if there were any truth in the reports I was moving away from the club, but it was nothing I knew of. Apparently, I played quite well so maybe’s there’s another Adam Rooney!

“We had the two games earlier on against Motherwell. The cup was disappointing for us and then we turned them over in the league. Usually we have a good record against them up here, but we know it’s going to be a difficult game and hopefully we can get the win.

“There’s a lot of football to be played. We just keep focused on ourselves and make sure we do what we’ve been doing and take each game as it comes. We don’t look too far ahead, and we’ve had a good start to the season.”

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What Shay said:

“We have a strong backline. Scott McKenna has come in and done tremendously well and his size has been a real asset. Kari has also come into the side. His experience has helped us. He is so good at reading the game. We have now got a good understanding and we still have a great goalkeeper behind us.

“During my time here, we have played well during this spell. I think a reason for that is how well the manager has managed the situation. He manages the training well, he manages the rest well. He freshens the team up when he has to. He deserves a lot of credit along with all his coaching staff.”

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The Stats

At Pittodrie, the Dons hold a significantly better record over the men from Lanarkshire with 64 wins compared to 21 for ‘Well. The overall picture reads 110 wins for Aberdeen. The biggest win for Aberdeen was an 8-0 hammering in March 1979, although Derek Mcinnes’s side did inflict a 7-2 defeat on the Steelmen last season. Adam Rooney bagged a hat-trick that night and boasts an impressive record of 10 goals in this fixture. Incidentally, Adam scored on his debut for the Club against Motherwell in January 2014.

In the current Aberdeen squad, Andy Considine holds the record for most appearances against Motherwell, with 31 and 15 of those have been victories and Andy has scored three goals in the fixture.

Aberdeen have won the last five league meetings between the sides and are unbeaten since the controversial final day drama in 2014, which saw Motherwell snatch second place from the Dons.

Since making his first start in an Aberdeen shirt in the league fixture at Fir Park, Scott McKenna has gone on to start every game for the Dons and has helped keep three clean sheets. Captain Graeme Shinnie is suspended on Saturday. Graeme was suspended for the 7-2 match in February and watched from the stands as his teammates ran riot.

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Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell | An afternoon to forget for The Dons

November 18, 2017 5:43 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

Derek McInnes made four changes to the side to face Motherwell at Pittodrie with Shinnie dropping out of the squad due to suspension. He was replaced by Considine who took the captain’s armband for the match with Rooney and Tansey also coming into the starting line-up for May and Stewart. Gary Mackay-Steven also started in place of Scott Wright.

Christie made a bright start to the match carving out a half chance for Rooney who did his best to knock the ball on target but his effort hit the side netting. Moments later the midfielder burst forward himself before hitting a shot from the edge of the area which was comfortably saved.

Up the other end Motherwell forced Lewis into action with a Grimshaw half volley forcing a diving save to the left. It was a very open start to the match with four decent efforts at goal inside the first five minutes.

The visitors started to get the upper hand with a couple of corners and Lewis was once again forced into a save low to his left from McHugh in the 10th minute with The Dons struggling to get a foothold in the match.

After the 10 minute mark The Dons did begin to win the battle in the middle of the park with a number of successful challenges setting the men in red up for the attack. Unfortunately the final ball was lacking when Aberdeen did get into dangerous areas.

In the 26th minute Mackay-Steven lit up the left side taking on two Motherwell players in his own half before eventually winning a corner off Kipre. It was an opportunity to get the ball in the area but Motherwell defended well and the danger passed.

As the 30 minute mark approached it was clear that the blustery conditions were having an impact on the quality of play with lots of passes swinging away from their intended targets. The game had become very scrappy and was all about the physical battle, with most of the play in the air.

The Dons had another opportunity to deliver from a corner when a clearance was sliced behind but the delivery was poor and cleared at the front post. After the opening ten minutes chances had been scarce with neither goalkeeper being called into action as the half approached it’s end.

The first card of the match came from an aerial challenge when Bowman was deemed to have led with his elbow. Moments later Considine followed him into the book after handling the ball on the halfway line to prevent a Motherwell counter-attack. From the free-kick Motherwell opened the scoring in the 43rd minute when Moult found enough space in the area to angle a looping header over Lewis and into the back of the net.

At half-time the manager shuffled the pack with May coming on for Tansey. From the outset May joined Rooney up front in a pair in what was clearly a very attacking move. The Dons also switched to three at the back with McKenna and Arnason either side of Considine.

The changes did not quite have the desired impact as the visitors doubled their lead when Cadden charged down the right before finding Moult at the near post. The striker had plenty of work to do but produced an expert first time finish to knock the ball past Lewis and double his tally for the afternoon, his 14th goal of the season. The Dons had it all to do to get anything out of the match with 40 minutes remaining.

After the goal much of the play was in the Motherwell half but The Dons were unable to create any clear openings. A half chance did come in the 66th minute when May latched onto a through ball. He angled the ball back into the area but there was no one there to meet it, the ball eventually made its way to Mackay-Steven but his effort was blocked.

With 20 minutes remaining The Dons made their second change of the match with Scott Wright replacing Gary Mackay-Steven. The youngster almost had an immediate impact when his cross was collected by May, the angle was tight for the front man but he did force a save from Carson at the near post.

Wright once again managed to get into a crossing position after a one-two with Christie but Kipre was there to block the cross for a corner. From the set-piece The Dons were able to beat the first man but a foul was given for a challenge on the goalkeeper to take away the momentum from the attack.

The final throw of the dice was made with ten minutes remaining when Rooney was replaced by Stewart. There was a sense of urgency to Aberdeen’s play but all just a bit too direct with Kipre mopping up most of the long balls that were fired into the Motherwell half.

Aside from May’s half chance where he forced a save from Carson at the near post it had been a very disappointing half with few instances where The Dons put the Motherwell backline under pressure. It was an afternoon to forget for those in attendance at Pittodrie apart from the travelling away support who had watched their team earn a well-deserved three points.

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