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Aberdeen v Dundee Utd | preview

November 5, 2015 2:22 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

Derek McInnes

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“We have to do all we can to give ourselves the best chance to win the three points. So that includes picking the right team, to the players playing with confidence, doing well and getting the job done with everyone behind them.

“We do see the importance of winning all three points. But no one is just going to give us them. We have to go out and earn them. The best way to do that is by playing well.

“I think sometimes you can want something too much. Your eagerness and desperation can lead to you making poor decisions and making mistakes. Yes there has to be an intensity, yes there has to be a real determination and a passion that you would expect from the team. But there also has to be a calmness and good decision making and confidence within our play and we back ourselves to be good enough to go and win the game. We can’t just go out hoping to win and hoping everything goes ok. We have to be more professional than that.

“We have shown in the past couple of years that we are a team that can go on good runs over a long period of time. But for us at the moment we just need to look at the next game and get a start. Every run has to start somewhere. That is what we are looking to do at the moment and that is all we are looking at.

“We always look at the opposition but it is important that we don’t look too closely. It is our performance that concerns me. We can’t determine how they are feeling going into the game and how they are going to play at times. We just have to make sure it is a strong Aberdeen performance from our point of view.

“Mixu got an impact last week with a very good result against Ross County and last night’s performance and result he would have been disappointed with. He is in there to try and sort that out and he will be finding out about his players. I am fortunate that I know my players. I know what my players are capable of.

“I feel over the last couple of games there was more there to suggest that is what we are as a team. We have also been disappointed with some of our play in the games and that is when we have lost a goal.

“People are looking at why we are not winning games.

“I look at it more simply. When you are winning games everything seems easier. Players don’t feel as tired. Players feel more confident. When you don’t win games sometimes you have to dig deeper, both physically and mentally. Physically we are fine. We are trying to get players to find their form and I think we are getting one or two back to where they should be. Mentally we have to make sure we are keeping ourselves bright. We have to be alert to situations on the field. The enthusiasm has always got to be there and we have got to make sure every game has that importance. I think there is a bit of merit in people saying that (the team are suffering from two years of continuous football) but for me now it is just about getting maximum performances, whatever way we can do it.  And I think we are capable of that.

“Over the international break we will look at who needs to do a bit more work and who maybe needs some more time off. These decisions will stay in house though.

“Team news is that Cammy Smith is back training today. Josh Parker picked up a little knock on Tuesday and will not train today but will maybe train tomorrow. Andy Considine is fine and everyone else is good to go.”


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Aberdeen 2 Dundee Utd 0

November 7, 2015 9:00 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

Aberdeen got back to winning ways with a comfortable and thoroughly deserved victory this afternoon against Dundee United. The Dons completely dominated the first 30 minutes or so but could find no way past Michael Szromnik who made a couple of decent saves. At the start of the second half Aberdeen picked up the tempo again and were rewarded on 51 minutes. Man of the match Jonny Hayes put over a good ball from the left, something he did all afternoon, and as Pawlett challenged for the ball it looped up and Rooney was in the right place to head home his third goal in three games. United did have a few chances but with just over twenty minutes to go Aberdeen got the vital second goal. Willo Flood started the move with a clever first time pass which released Pawlett. Both players, who had been brought back into the side today, had fine games. Peter then played in Hayes and Jonny did the rest, firing a low shot into the far corner of the net. After that the Dons could relax and they could have added to their goal tally which would not have been an unfair reflection on the game. Everyone at Pittodrie will be delighted to head into the international break with the win and now a chance to recharge the batteries.

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The Dons lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jack and Flood sat with Hayes, Pawlett and Hayes behind Rooney. Aberdeen made a very positive start. After a few dangerous crosses from both sides and a chance on 9 minutes. Logan’s cross was met by Hayes at the back post but his effort was off target. On15 minutes a good ball by Shinnie and then a ball in by Hayes had to be dealt with Szromnik in the United goal as Aberdeen continued to press

Just before the 16 minute mark both sets of supporters got to their feet to give a standing ovation in memory of 16 year old Bailey Gwynne.

After 17 minutes a good ball by Shinnie looked to have created a goal but Durnan did very well to put the ball over his own bar from a couple of yards out. Pawlett was right behind him and would have scored if the defender had not intervened.  Aberdeen were causing real problems in the wide areas and were getting plenty of crosses over. Hayes and Shinnie in particular were putting over some great deliveries from the left. Both players also combined very well. Aberdeen then forced a couple of corners. It really was all one way traffic at this stage but one of the corners was too shallow and the other one was too deep.

United had their first real attack on 25 minutes. A Blair Spittal shot took a defection and the ball just went over the bar. From the resulting corner Reynolds did well to head clear.  After 26 minutes Szromnik struggled to cope with a cross as Pawlett put pressure on him. McLean then picked out Shinnie and his low shot looked to be heading into the corner but Szromnik made an excellent save, diving to his left and tipping the ball past the post. On 34 minutes Rankin was fortunate not to be booked for a tackle on McLean. The Dons midfield were in control but frustratingly they had not turned their domination into goals. On 38 minutes the goal almost came. Hayes again with a cross from the left, and Flood made a great run into the box and met the ball perfectly but lifted it over the bar.

On 39 minutes Adam Taggart had a half chance and won his team a corner. The Dons cleared and had a great chance to break but Jack’s ball was intercepted and United had a two on one. Scott Fraser should have played in Mckay but went himself and put his shot past the post. A major let off for the Dons as United should have executed the two on one better and probably should have scored.


At the start of the second half Aberdeen picked up the tempo again and this time they were rewarded. Hayes was giving Dillon a very hard time down the line and continued putting over some dangerous balls. United actually had a half chance when Dillon crossed for Fraser who got above Logan but his header was too high. Then on 51 minutes Aberdeen took the lead. Again it all came from a Hayes run down the left. The ball was half blocked at the near post as Pawlett attempted to challenge. The ball bounced up and Adam Rooney was on hand to head home from close range.

Just before the hour mark United broke well and created an overload on the right hand side. Sean Dillon had time to set himself for a shot without being closed down and his low effort only just went past the post, although Ward did appear to have it covered. On the hour mark the Dons again did well down the left – Reynolds to Hayes to Shinnie and he got himself into a good position in the area but his cross was over hit. He would have been better with a driven cross.  

On 65 minutes United put Simon Murray on for Taggart. A minute later Murray did well down the right to beat Reynolds and put over a dangerous cross which Ward had push to safety. Then from a throw in Taylor’s headed clearance only dropped as far Fraser and his low shot went inches past Ward’s left hand post. That was the closest United came to scoring. United continued to cause a few problems and Pittodrie was becoming quite nervous.

All that was to change on 72 minutes. Flood played a brilliant first time ball into Pawlett who had space to turn. He played in Hayes and Jonny did the rest. His low shot found the far corner and the Dons were 2-0 up. A great goal all round.

On 75 minutes Rankin hit a powerful low shot which Ward did well to hold on to. The keeper once again never put a foot wrong all afternoon. With just under 15 minutes to go a double change for the Dons. Robson, who is 37 today, came on for McLean and McGinn came on for Pawlett.

Aberdeen had chances to add to their lead in the final ten minutes. On 81 minutes McGinn made a great tackle, the Dons had a five on four but Hayes curled a shot over. On 84 minutes Jack put a shot from 25 yards just wide. With three minutes to go Billy Mckay had a half chance but Reynolds blocked well. Aberdeen kept the Northern Ireland striker quiet all afternoon. With a minute to go McLaughlin replaced Hayes, who was given a standing ovation and rightly chosen as the man of the match.



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