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Aberdeen V Hamilton | Match Preview

October 30, 2018 8:54 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

We preview Wednesday night’s match with Hamilton Accies.

The Dons return to league action on Wednesday night when they face Hamilton Accies at Pittodrie. Fresh off the dramatic victory at Hampden against Rangers in the Betfred Cup on Sunday, Derek McInnes’ side will be keen to ensure they go on a run in the league after a tricky start to the campaign. Going into the match The Dons lie in 8th place, but a few wins in a row would propel the team back into the top six as they aim to catch up with their usual rivals.

Hamilton are coming into this one on the back of collecting a point at second placed Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Martin Canning’s team are a place behind The Dons and have played a game more. A win for Accies would potentially put them seven points clear of Dundee, who are in last place.

On Tuesday Derek McInnes and Max Lowe spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday’s match.

WHAT DEREK MCINNES SAID

“I’m just how I was on Sunday. It was a great moment when young Lewis scores the goal and I thought we were very confident when we got in front and assured with our work. It was huge relief at the final whistle because we know how important it is for the club to keep getting to finals. I was delighted for players work ethic, their togetherness, the amount they put into the game and they got their reward by getting themselves into another final. It’s fantastic. We all know the bounce you can have at a club.

“We’re looking for more from the players and we’ve spoke about that today and the importance of knuckling down and getting as many points as possible in the forthcoming fixtures. The first one being against Hamilton tomorrow night. It’s good to be back at Pittodrie and we enjoy playing here. The players take the confidence from Sunday and set about the task of beating Hamilton.

“Hamilton have been doing well of late and there’s no real surprise there because there’s loads to admire about Hamilton and the way they go about their business. It’s a game at home and it’s a game we’re looking to go and win and make sure we bring a performance that can help us do it.”

Read the manager’s press conference in full here 

WHAT MAX LOWE SAID

“Training’s been fun this morning and hopefully we can carry on from Sunday into tomorrow and get the three points, so we can start kicking on in the league.

“That’s the way we’ve got to look at it (a launch pad). We played well on the night and hopefully we can do that Wednesday. We’ll take it game by game, but know we need to start pushing up the table.

“It’s the same as any game. We always cover it and do all our preparation the right way, but it does come along quickly so we’ve got to be ready for tomorrow night.

“We’ve got everything to prove and because of Sunday we’ve shown everybody what we can do. We’ve got to prove that tomorrow night and hopefully that will be just the start of things. We’ve got a run of games now to get some points before Christmas and hopefully it can put us back up at the top end of the table.”

Read Max’s press conference in full here 

Aberdeen V Hamilton | For The Record

Wednesday’s fixture will be the 104th league meeting between the two teams, with The Dons having a significantly better record. There have been 52 victories, with 34 in favour of Accies and 17 draws. The biggest winning margin for either side stands at five, with The Dons achieving this feet three times and Accies once, with a 6-1 victory at the old Douglas Park in 1934.

Under the current regime at Pittodrie, The Dons have found Accies a difficult team to overcome at times. In the 14 matches (one in the League Cup) Derek McInnes has overseen nine Aberdeen victories and three defeats. There have been two draws including a 2-2 draw at Accies last season. The last Hamilton win came in February 2017 when a certain Mikey Devlin scored early on to give Accies their second 1-0 win of the season over The Dons.

Last season The Dons were comfortable winners in both home matches with Anthony O’Connor and Myles Storey scored as the hosts got off to the perfect start on the opening day of the season. The last meeting saw another excellent display with Andy Considine grabbing a double either side of Niall McGinn’s second half strike. The draw at Superseal Stadium was frustrating for Aberdeen as they were ahead for all of 60 seconds as Accies hit back to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Looking Ahead For The Dons 

With the Betfred Cup taking a backseat for now, Aberdeen will be looking to climb the table with three matches before the international break. After Accies The Dons make the long trip to Ayrshire on Sunday to face in form Kilmarnock before taking on Hibernian under the lights for Friday night football at Pittodrie. With teams above taking points off each other The Dons will be keen to ensure a rise in the table as they aim to go into the cup final against Celtic in form.

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If you can’t make the game on Wednesday, make sure to tune into RedTV with live audio for UK users and video for International subscribers. Joining the RedTV team will be Mark Reynolds as he continues to fill in as co-commentator whilst recovering from a long-term injury.

Post-match we will have reaction, goals, interviews and a full match replay!

Enjoy the game and come on you reds!

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Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton Accies | Deadly Dons Defeat Hamilton

October 31, 2018 9:39 pm Author: Aberdeen FC

An early opener from Graeme Shinnie followed by long range strikes from James Wilson and Michael Devlin delivered a comprehensive victory for The Dons at Pittodrie. 

The Dons made one change to the side that beat Rangers on Sunday with Max Lowe replacing the injured Andrew Considine at left back. Both sets of players and fans observed a minute silence prior to kick-off for the victims of the Leicester City helicopter tragedy. 

The Dons got off to a dream start with a move straight off the training ground. From a corner Scott Wright cleverly picked out Shinnie who was unmarked, lurking at the edge of the area. The skipper steadied himself before curling his left footed shot across the keeper into the bottom corner.  

Aberdeen looked in control from the off, but the visitors nearly equalised straight after through Scott McMann, whose shot from an angle had Joe Lewis beaten but fortunately for the home side the ball cannoned back out off the post. 

After a slight scare, the home side tightened up and regained control of possession in the middle of the park. Manchester United’s James Wilson doubled the advantage midway through the first half. The striker came short and picked up the ball from Wright. In acres of space Wilson turned and set himself before unleashing a vicious strike from 25 yards which sailed straight past Hamilton keeper Gary Woods and dipped into the top left-hand corner. The Aberdeen number 9 showed his class, making a very difficult skill look effortlessly easy. 

The Aberdeen midfield looked in the mood with Lowe and GMS linking up well down the left-hand side, along with McGinn, Wright and Ferguson who all looked dangerous linking well with Wilson. 

McGinn went close with a volley and Wilson could’ve had a second as The Dons looked to add a third to kill the game by half-time.

Scott Wright could’ve killed the game five minutes before the break. Shinnie turned defence into attack with a smart turn and pass to pick out McGinn. Driving forward the Northern Irishman played a nice reverse pass into Wright who’s touch, unfortunately, let him down, making the chance a lot harder than it was and off balance, he clipped his shot over the bar. Both Aaron McGowan and Matt Kilgallon went into the book for late challenges on red shirts which summed up the first half; Aberdeen dominant and a step ahead of the visitors. 

The Dons started the second half in a similar fashion as they did the first. James Wilson drew a smart save from Woods after finding a yard in the penalty area. The Hamilton keeper got down well to deny Aberdeen their third goal which would’ve put the game beyond all doubt.

Wright went close on a couple of occasions cutting in from the left-hand side, but neither of his efforts from distance had the finesse to trouble Woods.

Shooting from range seemed to be the tactic for The Reds. Shinnie went close from range attempting to mimic his first-effort before Mikey Devlin struck a pile-driver from 30 yards which had too much venom for Woods who could only parry it into the top corner. It was the former Accies player’s first goal for The Dons, putting the game beyond the visitors.

Shay Logan was next to chance his arm from range. The right back’s effort was once again on target and heading for the top corner but for an outstretched left hand from Woods who managed to redeem himself and claw it away for a corner.

Wood was called into action minutes later and did well to saves from Stevie May who was on in place for GMS. The keeper did well to close the angle down and make the block and keep the scoreline from getting embarrassing.

Having spent the majority of the game as a spectator Joe Lewis was finally called into action making a routine save from distance from Mickel Miller.

McInnes introduced Connor McLennan and Bruce Anderson to the fray in the final fifteen minutes as the tempo began to drop – The Dons more than happy to knock it about the back and protect their clean sheet.

McGinn nearly added the icing on the cake combining well with Shinnie from a corner but he couldn’t direct his effort goal-bound.

Dougie Imrie was given his marching order in stoppage time by referee Greg Aitken. The Accies captain saw the red mist and lunged out on opposite number Graeme Shinnie and was rightfully given a straight red for his troubles.

That was the last action of the game and Aberdeen ran out comfortable 3-0 victors.

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