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Rd 22 | Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen | Match Preview

January 22, 2019 5:43 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

 

We preview Aberdeen’s midweek trip to South Lanarkshire.

The Dons are on the road this Wednesday when they face Hamilton Accies at the Hope CBD Stadium, formally New Douglas Park, in their first league match of 2019. It was a disappointing start to the year from Derek McInnes’s side on Saturday when League One Stenhousemuir grabbed a 1-1 draw in the Scottish Cup. The replay will take place at Ochilview next Tuesday and before then Aberdeen have the important task of following up on December’s good work with two league matches at Hamilton Accies and then they are at home to Kilmarnock.

Accies were knocked out the Scottish Cup at the weekend and will be looking for some points to keep them above the play off and relegation zones. Marin Canning’s side sit in 10th place two points above St Mirren and four ahead of Dundee.

Quotes From The Press Room

Ahead of the game Derek McInnes and Gary Mackay-Steven spoke with the media on Tuesday morning.

Derek McInnes

“We know every cup tie isn’t straightforward and you’ve seen that already this weekend. I’m disappointed with some aspects of it. I thought we were rusty at times with our decision making, but there’s no criticism of the players approach to the game. It was spot on and the preparation beforehand was spot on.

“We’re Aberdeen and we don’t get complacent playing teams. We never have done and never will do and we’ve suffered a couple of sore ones at Hamilton and we’ve also won their often enough. I never get reminded of the games we won, but Hamilton are a competitive team.”

Read more from the manager’s press conference here

Gary Mackay-Steven

“I’m delighted just to be back in amongst the competitive games. It’s been a strange time in a lot of ways and not something I’ve faced before, but I was in great hands with the medical staff here. It was a waiting game for a length of time, but I’m happy to be back and it’s just a case of getting my rhythm back and my fitness back.

“You go to Hamilton and they’ve got a way of playing, especially at their home ground they’re tough to break down. They create chances as well and can score a lot of goals. They are resolute in defence so every time you go there it’s a tough ask. We’ve done our homework on them and we’ll want a better performance at the weekend.”

Read more from Gary’s press conference here

Team News

Derek McInnes confirmed Mark Reynolds will not travel with the squad as he continues he return from long term injury. Michael Devlin is still a few weeks away and Connor McLennan picked up a knock last week therefore is out for Hamilton. Gary Mackay-Steven returned last week after over a month off and he’s a welcomed addition to the squad that added firepower in Greg Stewart as well as the returning Max Lowe at left back. 

The Dons in Hamilton

It may come as a surprise to many, but The Dons have a largely unfavourable record away at Hamilton with 14 wins for and 27 against. There have been 64 Aberdeen goals, 28 less than Accies.

In recent times The Dons haven’t found New Douglas Park the happiest of hunting grounds and under Derek McInnes they have won twice, drawn twice and lost three times.

The most emphatic of the victories came in February 2015 when The Dons were aiming to keep the pace on Celtic. Played at the unusual time of 3.30 on a Sunday Aberdeen made the journey for the travelling Red Army a happy one as they went two goals up after eight minutes. It should have been three before half time when Adam Rooney crashed one in off the underside of the bar, but the linesman deemed it hadn’t crossed the line despite replays showing it to be a near foot over.

The controversy didn’t stop there as Rooney was wrestled to the ground in the box, but no penalty. David Goodwillie then had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside, but Niall McGinn sealed the points late on to make it three and keep the challenge going.

You can watch the highlights of that match here

Looking Ahead

After hectic schedule in December the winter break and warm weather training camp to Dubai was much welcomed for The Dons, but they’ve returned to another busy fixture card. The draw with Stenhousemuir means we will visit Ochilview next Tuesday, which brings six games in three weeks. After Accies it’s a home match against Kilmarnock with league ties against Hibernian and Rangers to come and hopefully a Scottish Cup Fifth Round match the following Saturday.

As it stands The Dons lie in 4th place two points off Kilmarnock and three off Celtic and Rangers at the top of the table. With a full fixture card to come on Wednesday it’s another crucial three points up for grabs.

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Enjoy the game and come on you reds!

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Dons claim vital win in Lanarkshire

January 23, 2019 10:36 pm Author: Chris Anderson

 

Aberdeen had Joe Lewis to thank for a quite brilliant save in the opening stages, but after a slow start they began to impose themselves on proceedings and were rewarded on 25 minutes when Sam Cosgrove scored from close range after a really well worked move. That was the big striker’s tenth goal of the season. Just before the interval they wasted a good chance on the break to add a second which would probably have been deserved for their domination of the first half.

They continued to dominate in the second period and made the game safe with two goals around the hour mark. The first was a brilliant solo effort from Cosgrove, picking the ball up near the half way line and then running towards goal before thumping a shot past Fulton. Then from a May corner Cosgrove looked to have grabbed his hat-trick but Lewis Ferguson on the line got the final touch. Hamilton simply could not deal with big Sam.

Match report

For the trip to Hamilton, manager Derek McInnes brought Stevie May into the starting XI in place of Niall McGinn who dropped to the bench. There was also a place amongst the subs for Tommie Hoban, his first inclusion since the game at Easter Road in the middle of August.

Accies had new arrivals Tony Andreu and Steve Davies in their line up, offering more of an attacking threat.

The last time Aberdeen won at this venue was back in 2015 – so that is four league games where they have failed to register a win. Hopefully the new artificial pitch would bring more luck than they had on the last plastic surface.

The game kicked off in dry but very cold conditions. Within the first 15 seconds Sam Cosgrove had a header on target but it was easily held by Ryan Fulton. The opening stages were littered with lots of fouls.

In the 8th minute Accies had a two on two but Miller was caught offside and then Mackay-Steven was forced to give away the first corner of the game after a neat move involving Andreu. The ball saw Matt Kilgallon have a free header and he looked certain to score until Lewis produced a quite outstanding save, tipping the ball onto the bar.
Aberdeen slowly came into the game and on 15 minutes Max Lowe won a free kick after a run from deep. The ball in the area was punched clear by keeper Fulton. They won another free kick in a more central position when Ziggy Gordon took out Stewart. It should have been a yellow card. The ball was squared to Logan and his shot fell into the path of Stevie May, the striker though was unable to do much with it. Mackay-Steven then put a shot over the bar as the visitors started to impose themselves a bit more.

Then on 25 minutes Aberdeen took the lead. Cosgrove got up well on the half way line to chest the ball down to GMS. He played it to Stewart, who showed quick feet to nutmeg his marker and then Shinnie sprayed the ball wide to Lowe who in turn passed it along the line to May. Stevie, playing in a wide position tonight, put over a great cross which picked out Cosgrove. His first header saw him almost knock the ball down for himself as he was able to then swing his left foot at the ball and Sam found the corner of the net with a slightly mishit shot. Not his greatest ever goal but a vital one! The keeper certainly had no chance.

The Dons then had a really good spell but were unable to make the final pass count. Om 33 minutes another cross from the left, this time by GMS who had swapped wings with May, found Cosgrove again in space between the two defenders. The big striker tried to chest the ball down when he might have been better putting a header towards goal.

Aberdeen were by now zipping the ball about nicely and looking in control. GMS won the Dons first corner in the 37th minute but the referee spotted an infringement as the ball came over. On 41 minutes Mickel Miller was replaced by Steven Boyd after picking up a knock.

Then a great chance for the second when on the break Stewart had acres of space to run into. He weighed up his options – he had Cosgrove inside him – but decided to miss him out and play in GMS. Gary should have been able to work a shooting chance but after a strong first touch a defender was able to recover the situation.

Aberdeen could not add to their lead but will have gone in at the interval happy with their work in the first forty-five minutes.

Half time: Hamilton Accies 0 Aberdeen 1

At the start of the second half Boyd managed to get a shot away but it was always heading wide. Lewis then did well to cut out a dangerous long cross.

Shay Logan was booked for a late tackle on 51 minutes.

On 52 minutes, after Hamilton had enjoyed a wee spell of pressure Cosgrove grabbed a second, and what a brilliant goal it was. Mackay-Steven won the ball inside his own area and played a long ball forward for Cosgrove. Sam got inside his marker and then powered towards goal before hammering a low shot across Fulton into the net. The keeper knew where it was going but could get nowhere near the shot.

Four minutes later it was game over. Max Lowe won a corner on the left. May’s ball in was met brilliantly by Cosgrove and his header looked to be going in. There was a defender on the line so Lewis Ferguson made sure by getting the final touch. The Hamilton defence had absolutely no answers for Cosgrove.

Shortly after that Steve Davies was replaced by James Keatings. On 73 minutes Cosgrove was replaced by Scott Wright.

The 1071 Aberdeen fans amongst the 2104 crowd were able to enjoy the final 15 minutes as the Dons knocked the ball about. Scott Wright almost added a fourth after a neat run but his curling shot almost found the far corner. On 77 minutes Lewis Ferguson picked up a yellow card for a foul on Andreu.

On 81 minutes Stevie May was replaced by Stephen Gleeson. At the same time Tom Taiwo came off for Scott Martin. Within seconds the Accies sub was booked for pulling down Ferguson as Aberdeen threatened to break. On 88 minutes Lewis was replaced by Dom Ball. Some credit should go to Hamilton as they worked hard to ensure the scoreline did not get any bigger.

The game petered out in the closing stages, and despite a slow start, this was a very comfortable win for the Dons and sets up a really big game on Saturday against Kilmarnock.

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