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Scottish Cup Preview | Aberdeen v Edinburgh City
Competition: Scottish Cup 4th Round
Match: Aberdeen v Edinburgh City
Kick Off: 15:00
TV Coverage: RedTV International & Audio Commentary is available to RedTV UK subscribers. Highlights & a full match replay will be available on RedTV from 11:45pm on Saturday evening. Please note- Virtual Season Tickets are not valid for this match and PPV is not available for this tie.
The manager sat down with the media on Friday lunchtime to preview our Scottish Cup 4th round match with Edinburgh City. To watch in full, please click here.
“There was one big incident in the game that I think everybody would agree upon. We are not complaining about it. We were not happy about it at the time but we are not going to achieve anything by complaining.
“We have got a game against Edinburgh City that we are concentrating on tomorrow. We took care of the game the other night, we were disappointed not to win it but we move on and prepare for this one.
“We switched off for 20/30 seconds and were punished by a good team, we have to learn our lesson from that. We are not happy with the referring decision (not to award a penalty in the first half), it is not the first time this year but we are not going to sit and complain.
“We have to go into the game with the same mindset as we did the other night, that is the reality. We talked about it right after the game, they played in a huge atmosphere, the atmosphere might not be quite the same on Saturday but they have to create that in their minds, they have to play like that and approach the game in exactly the same way. It is massively important for the club to ensure that we are in the next round.
“Edinburgh City will come up here and they won’t make it easy for us, they will try and win. I have known Gary Naysmith for a long time and I know what he is like as a person and I know he will have his team well driven.
“To me this is a big game against a big team on Saturday. Edinburgh City stand in the way of us getting into the next round of the cup and we need to take care of the business. You win five games and you win the Scottish Cup. If you don’t beat Edinburgh City then you don’t get those opportunities further down the road.
“We can build on Tuesday night’s performance. We can get a consistency of performance going like we did in December. It was good to get going again and we can start to show that consistency level again and we have an opportunity to do that tomorrow. It is based on what we built on in the Rangers game and it is really important that we push that forward and we don’t have any backwards steps like we had in the first half of the season.
Progressing in the Scottish Cup
“It is hugely important to progress. It has been a long time since the Scottish Cup has been back in the city. There has been a lot of players and managers who have tried to bring it back. As a group we have an opportunity to put that right this year. We know the first step in that is Edinburgh City and it is important that we take care of it and that is all that we are focussing on.
“If we progress it gives us the chance to play in the next round. It is a chance to keep pushing on and to keep winning games. We know what it means to everybody at the club to be in the next round of the cup and that is why I am not interested in other things that went on during the week. We are fully focused on this game tomorrow.
Upcoming Run of Games
“We have got a big month coming up with a lot of games against teams that we feel we can beat. We feel that we can beat anyone. Hopefully by the end of next month we are sitting having won a couple of cup games and we will see where we are at in the league. It is a big time in the season, the boys have looked after themselves brilliantly over the break, you saw that the other night and we get the chance to tackle this half of the season. The group have shown that they are ready for it but it important that they keep showing it on the pitch week on week.
“There is a quick turnaround between Saturday’s game and the St Mirren game on Tuesday night. It is a challenging week coming up, we know what is at stake and we know how we can be looking if we take care of all of those games. It is a big week.
“He is going to be a top player. He is already a very, very good player. He is becoming a better professional, he is showing his qualities week on week. He had his break from injury but he has shown he can bounce back against one of the best wingers in the country the other night in Ryan Kent. He handled that pretty well. He continuous to grow. We don’t know how long he will be here for but he will be good as he can be if and when he leaves here or he will stay here for the longer term.
“I played with Gary Naysmith for Scotland in the U21’s and the B teams. I played against him in the youth teams against Hearts as well. I knew him well at the time but I don’t know him so well now. He is a winner, he had a brilliant career, you don’t play for the teams that he played for without having a drive and I know he puts that into his team having watched them.
“Marley’s return is not imminent, he is still a little bit away.
“We have got the same group as we did the other night.”
There will be a familiar face in the opposing dugout on Saturday as former Dons defender Gary Naysmith takes his Edinburgh City side to Pittodrie. Gary signed for Aberdeen in the summer of 2012 and left the following year after making 11 appearances for the club.
Did You Know?
Saturday will be the first ever meeting between the two sides. To mark the occasion the Red Matchday team have put together a special limited-edition programme with a retro cover designed by Dolly Digital. The artwork is inspired from the AFC programmes of 1946-47, the same year the club first got its hands on the Scottish Cup.
9.6 Seconds – 40 Years On
This Sunday will be the 40th anniversary of John Hewitt’s Scottish Cup goal against Motherwell, which is the fastest ever goal in the competition at 9.6 seconds. The Dons would go onto win the competition that year which gave us entry into the 1982/83 European Cup Winners Cup competition. We all know how that ended! To read an exclusive interview with John talking about that goal, please click here.
⏱️ 9⃣.6⃣ seconds.
⏪ This Sunday will be the 40th anniversary of the quickest ever goal scored in the #ScottishCup.
📖 Goal scorer John Hewitt looks back on that record breaking goal ⤵️
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) January 21, 2022
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As it happened: Aberdeen v Edinburgh City
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report | Job done for Dons against City
ABERDEEN 3 EDINBURGH CITY 0
Scottish Cup Round 4
Saturday 22nd January 2022
Referee: Alan Muir
A thoroughly professional display from Aberdeen, that saw them encamped in the Edinburgh City half for pretty much all the 90 minutes, ended with the Dons advancing safely into the next round of the Scottish Cup.
Stephen Glass named an unchanged Aberdeen XI after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers, with the same nine men also named on the bench.
After their 2-2 draw at Kelty Hearts last weekend, there were three changes to the Edinburgh City starting line up, Lee Hamilton, James Farrell and John Robertson replacing Jack Brydon, Michael Travis and Ben Stirling, all three missing from the squad altogether.
On a lovely day for winter football, crisp, clear and without the swirling wind we’ve felt so much of in recent games, the Dons were smartly out of the blocks, Jonny Hayes scything a 20 yarder across the box and just inches wide of the post in the second minute.
There was a touch of the Messis from Ross McCrorie a couple of minutes later, weaving his way 60 or 70 yards forward, powering past a couple of challenges before smashing a shot at goal from the edge of the box, Schwake handling sharply under the bar.
With Aberdeen swarming forward, Ryan Hedges was next to try his luck with an effort from the edge of the box on eight minutes, Schwake down to his left to clutch the ball.
A Calvin Ramsay corner on ten minutes recalled the Breidablik game early in the season, Christian Ramirez peeling away to receive the ball on the edge of the box, his shot blocked by the massed defence.
Route one was the next line of attack, a long kick from Joe Lewis headed on by Funso Ojo, Ramirez latching onto it first time some 25 yards out, his effort flashing across goal and just wide of the post.
Hamilton was into the book on 17 minutes for a late tackle on Teddy Jenks, who needed lengthy treatment in the aftermath before he was able to resume.
The goal finally came on 22 minutes. Ojo surged forward down the left and let fly from 20 yards. Schwake did well to get down and save at his near post but Hayes was following up to pick up the pieces and square it into the six yard box, Hedges stretching to stab the ball into the net.
Lewis Ferguson wasn’t far away from doubling the lead four minutes later, a 30 yard free-kick just bending away from goal. Ramsay was next to try his luck on the half hour, cutting inside and cracking a low shot into the near post, Schwake collecting well.
Hedges wasn’t able to trouble the goalkeeper on 33 minutes, collecting a raking crossfield ball from Ojo before coming inside and flashing a shot over the bar. Ojo decided to take it on himself on 36, receiving a flick on from Jenks and hitting it first time from 18 yards, the ball smacking against the post.
It was 2-0 on 44 minutes, Hedges playing into Ojo and darting down the right to get the first time return pass. The Welsh international hooked the ball back into the middle and from close in, Ramirez did the rest, tucking the ball beyond Schwake.
HALF-TIME: ABERDEEN 2 EDINBURGH CITY 0
McCrorie made way at the break after feeling his hamstring late in the first half, Connor Barron coming on for his first team debut in midfield, Scott Brown dropping into centre-half. The visitors also made a change at the break, Crane replacing Robertson.
Jenks kept up the tempo with a swipe at goal on 47 minutes, Ramirez taking a whack in the face from Brian, off the ball, as the shot flew into Schwake’s hands.
The Dons were massed in the Edinburgh half again, but in the early stages of the half, they were restricted to shots from some distance as City got everyone behind the ball. Declan Gallagher was the second switch for the Dons, Hedges taking a rest on the hour mark. Edinburgh responded, Hamilton making way for Reekie on 63 minutes.
Ferguson very nearly got his long range goal on 66 minutes, a free-kick from all of 35 yards flying over the wall before smashing into the woodwork, with Schwake just a bystander. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joined proceedings on 73 minutes, Ramirez making way for him.
The Dons kept probing for that third goal and Gallagher was on the end of a Ramsay corner with 15 minutes to go, but his powerful header went straight down Schwake’s throat.
Lovely play from Ojo and Emmanuel-Thomas in particular down the right almost found a goal for Barron on 78 minutes, but the massed ranks of City defenders scrambled the ball away. A minute later, a first time clip from Jenks on the half turn flew just over. Edinburgh then replaced Handling with Berry.
It should have been three on 82 minutes, a lovely pass from Emmanuel-Thomas sending Ojo away to the byline. His cut back found Emmanuel-Thomas eight yards out but with the goal gaping, he smashed his shot against the bar.
City finally had a sniff of the Aberdeen goal on 85 minutes, a ball over the top setting McDonald away, but from a tight angle, Lewis stood up and made a very good save at the near post.
Ramsay was the next in line for a shot at the visitors’ goal on 87, thrashing a low effort across the face of goal and only just wide of the far post after being set up by Emmanuel-Thomas.
Finally, goal number three came two minutes into added time. Ramsay curled in a free-kick, David Bates getting just in front of the goalkeeper to head the ball back across goal, Ferguson getting up to loop a header back across goal and into the top corner.
Credit to Edinburgh who worked hard throughout, but it is the Dons who go into the draw later on Saturday night.
ABERDEEN: Lewis, Ramsay, McCrorie (Barron 46), Bates, Hayes, Ojo, Brown, Ferguson, Jenks, Hedges (Gallagher 60), Ramirez (Emanuel-Thomas 73).
Subs not used: Woods, McGeouch, Campbell, McLennan, McGinn, Kennedy.
GOALS: Hedges (22), Ramirez (44), Ferguson (90+2)
EDINBURGH CITY: Schwake, Logan, Hamilton (Reekie 63), Robertson (Crane 46), Brian, Murray, Farrell, Tapping, Handling (Berry 79), McDonald, See.
Subs not used: Leighfield, Jarron, Boyle, Fraser.