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St Mirren Preview

February 19, 2015 4:30 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

Derek McInnes & Mark Reynolds previewed Saturday’s clash with St Mirren with the media on Thursday

Derek McInnes

“I am delighted the way the players have been in the past couple of games. We go into Saturday’s game with a lot of confidence. I think the level of performance has been good the last two games. 

“St Mirren on Saturday come here with their own need for points so we expect a challenging match as normal. We need to remind ourselves that the last time they came here we dominated the game with a very strong performance but we showed a lack of concentration to get all three points. 

“We managed the game far better when we played them down there recently after again going 2-0 up. Although they started the game very well and we were lucky not to go behind. Another reminder that it will be a tough game. They were beaten last time out by Inverness but, apart from that, their form of late has been good and better than their league position suggests. 

“We expect a tough match. 

“For many we are firm favourites to win the game but we do still feel we have to bring a level of performance. It is a game though we can go into with confidence and one we are looking forward to after Sunday. 

“Kenny McLean coming up against his old team is something players just have to get used to. It is maybe a bit more unusual the fact it has happened so quickly after having been a St Mirren player a couple of weeks ago. Kenny is mature enough and sensible enough to deal with it. Once the game starts then his competitive edge will take over. He will want to go out and give a performance. I am just delighted he is lining up in my team and not playing against my team. 

“The latest on Jonny Hayes is that he is unfortunately going to miss a couple of games. After the Celtic game we have a slightly longer break so he should be back for the Motherwell match. It is disappointing as he has done well of late and he is an important player for us but it is an opportunity for someone else. 

“Everyone else is fit from last weekend apart from Jonny. Ash Taylor and Nicky Low will both be back in full training on Monday. Both boys have worked very hard with the physio this week. Russell is also progressing and getting closer. 

“Although we are unbeaten in 12 games we have won 10 of those. Winning at this stage of the season is important. It is a 13 game season now and we have to try and win as many of those games as possible. Regardless of what has happened previously is not important. It is what happens from now on. The players have done very well up to this point but we have to keep demanding more from them. They have to keep going. I feel we can still improve and get stronger. 

“There is a lot to play for and the performances of late suggest that. The performances in training in also suggest that.”  

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Mark Reynolds

“St Mirren have been struggling this season but they have managed to pull out some good results. Teams who are fighting for their lives are more dangerous. We know it is going to be a tough game. We know that they are going to come up here and give us a tough afternoon. 

“If we turn up and play the way we have played the last few games then we have a chance of getting the three points but we have to put in a performance. If we don’t turn up, if we don’t give 100% then anyone can beat us. We have to give St Mirren the proper respect and prepare properly for the game. Every game between now and the end of the season is going to be big for us, it is also going to be the same for St Mirren. 

“We have a very strong bench and we have got boys who can come into the team and do a job. Jonny will be a miss as he gives us a lot of energy but as I say there are others who can come in so hopefully he won’t be missed too much. We are fortune that we have such a strong squad. 

“I have had several central defensive partners this season (Russell Anderson, Ashton Taylor, Andrew Considine, Donervorn Daniels, Joe Shaughnessy) but I am lucky as they are all quality players.  Joe played very well when he came on against Ross County. Don has also slotted in very well. We have played two or three games now and I think we have built up a good partnership. Big Ash was also excellent as well. 

“We are on a good run of results. We just want to keep that going. With only 13 games to go every game takes on that bit more significance and every three points is crucial. Hopefully we can keep our unbeaten run going but football is a strange game at times and it is difficult to predict what is going to happen on Saturday never mind what is going to happen between now and the end of the season. There are also other factors that will come into it. For us it is one game at a time. We are not looking beyond that.”

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February 21, 2015 9:09 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

Aberdeen made it 13 games unbeaten with a 3-0 win over St Mirren this afternoon at Pittodrie. Adam Rooney scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season and this was the Dons 21st clean sheet of the overall campaign, their 11th in the last 13 league games.

It was a comfortable afternoon but that was only because the Dons put in a very good performance. Willo Flood came back into the side and had a very good game.

All three goals came from balls played into the back post area. On 21 minutes a Pawlett cross was knocked down by Considine and Rooney prodded the ball home. Similar to the last home game, the second goal arrived just after half time when a McGinn cross was headed back by McLean and Rooney drilled the ball home from the edge of the six yard box. Adam should have had a hat-trick before Mark Reynolds completed the scoring on 66 minutes when he headed home direct from a McGinn corner.

Next up Celtic.  

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With Jonny Hayes missing the next couple of games Derek McInnes was forced into one change from last week. The manager decided to bring Willo Flood back into starting XI so they lined up with Brown in goal, Logan at right back, Considine at left back with Daniels and Reynolds in central defence. Flood and Jack were the central midfielders, Willo did more of the sitting which allowed Ryan to get further forward, although they were both taking up some advanced positions. Pawlett, McGinn and McLean were ahead of them, the movement of all three all afternoon was very good and Rooney was up front.

Kenny McLean lined up against his former team only a few weeks after having left St Mirren and he had a good early chance when in the second minute Ryan Jack picked him out in the box but he did not connect properly with his header. On 6 minutes a terrific cross field pass by Jack found Shay Logan. His cross was met by Rooney at the near post and his cute back heeler appeared to beat Ridgers but the ball just went past the far post.

On 9 minutes fine play down the right by Flood and McGinn set up Logan who put over another good cross. This time he looped it to the back post and Considine knocked it back across goal towards McLean who was not far away from getting a touch.

On 13 minutes a nice little move gave McGinn space out on the right. He floated a ball over but Ridgers came and claimed it. Niall had space so he might have been better driving into the box and then viewing his options.
With 20 minutes gone Aberdeen were knocking the ball about well and there always appeared to be a man spare. But St Mirren were making life difficult, as was the surface.

Flood then crossed for Rooney who put in a good header which appeared to strike Marc McAusland on the arm and went behind for the Dons first corner. It would have been harsh if a penalty had been given. From the corner Rooney’s header was knocked off the line and then Reynolds shot was bravely blocked. The Dons did not give it up and McLean played it to Pawlett who went on the overlap. Peter chipped it in and the ball was knocked back by Considine at the back post and Adam Rooney was on hand to prod from point range. Goal number 22 of the season in the 21st minute. 

A minute later Adam was only a few inches away from getting his second. A long ball found Pawett who showed great pace to leave the defence for dead. He put a superb ball right across the face of goal but Adam could not quite get there in time.

On 26 minutes Dayton did really well when he beat a couple of Aberdeen players. He looked for Arquin in the box and was slightly unfortunate not to find him as the ball took a kind deflection for the Dons and Logan was able to clear.

On the half hour mark a clearance from skipper Reynolds turned into a great ball when McLean found Pawlett and his shot just went past the post. It was impressive how quickly the Dons turned defence into attack. A few minutes later a run from Pawlett set up McLean and his shot from 20 yards was well hit and Ridgers made a decent save to hold on.

St Mirren then had a good little spell. A quick free kick by Mallan was played into a very decent area but thankfully Arquin was slightly back on his heels and his header rolled through to Brown. The free kick had caught out the Dons defence but thankfully it caught out Arquin as well. A few minutes after that Jason Naismith put over a great cross from the right. He found John McGinn at the back post and his header was sneaking in at Brown’s near post but the keeper made a good save flinging himself to his right.

Back came the Dons, Flood got to the byline on 40 minutes but failed to pick out a red jersey. Then two minutes later Flood found a lot of space just outside the area. He decided to look for Considine at the back post but the ball was just too high for him.

A bit like the Ross County first half a couple of weeks ago, after getting the early goal the Dons become a bit sloppy and the game became a midfield battle. 

HT

Also like the Ross County game Aberdeen started the second half very much on the front foot and within 80 seconds of the restart they were two up. Considine knocked it down the line to Niall McGinn. From the left he went onto his right foot and floated over a cross which Kenny McLean headed back towards goal and he found Adam Rooney who had an incredible amount of time to take a touch on his knee before drilling it home. I don’t even think Adam could believe how much space he had in the area.

On 49 minutes McGinn tried to lob Ridgers but the effort landed on the roof of the net. Adam should have completed his third hat-trick of the season on the hour mark but somehow missed from close range after a left footed cross from McLean. On 63 minutes McGinn, who was excellent again today, fired the ball across the face of goal but no one could get a touch in a red shirt.

The second goal had completely knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and in truth it was a very comfortable afternoon from then on in. St Mirren had come back from two goals down earlier in the season but the Dons never looked like letting them back into this game and on 66 minutes it was game over.

Niall McGinn swung in a corner from the left which Mark Reynolds headed home at the back post. It was a good ball by Niall which the keeper was unable to get to and Mark was able to head the ball into an unguarded net. All three goals had come from balls delivered to the back post area. 

On 67 minutes McGinn cut inside and forced Ridgers into a very good save after superb build up play by the Dons. On 68 minutes the Dons first change of the match, Goodwillie on for Pawlett. Then on 71 minutes Ryan Jack headed just over at the near post after another move had ripped the Saints apart. On 76 minutes John McGinn, Kieran Gibbons cousin, tried an effort for the visitors which went well over but to be fair to John he was still working very hard for his team. The second change for the Dons also happened on the 75th minute,
Lawrence Shankland replaced Adam Rooney.

In the 82nd minute Jim Goodwin received one of the biggest cheers of the day when he had a shot which cleared the goal and the Merkland Stand. We think the ball landed up in the Pittodrie Bar. It about summed up the Saints day. On 84 minutes the final change for The Dons. Barry Robson came on for Willo Flood who had a very impressive match.

The Dons could not add any more goals before the end but the Red Army still left extremely happy with what they had seen this afternoon.
 

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