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Hibernian V Aberdeen | Match Preview

February 15, 2018 6:28 pm Author: Chris Anderson
Hibernian V Aberdeen | Match Preview

We preview this Saturday’s league trip to Edinburgh

Aberdeen are on the road this weekend as they visit Easter Road to take on Hibernian. So far in 2018 The Dons have racked up five wins from six games and sit three points clear of Rangers. The game is part of a crucial run of fixtures for The Dons and with a Scottish Cup quarter final to look forward to, the league campaign will be at the forefront for the next two weeks. After Hibernian it’s Celtic then Motherwell before the cup tie against Kilmarnock at the beginning of March.

Since their promotion back to the top flight, Hibernian haven’t looked out of place and currently occupy 4th place, eight points behind The Dons and seven ahead of Edinburgh rivals, Hearts. Neil Lennon’s side have had some impressive results this campaign but haven’t been able to defeat Aberdeen.

The sides met in October when a Gary Mackay-Steven first half goal proved to be the difference combined with a solid defensive display at Easter Road to keep The Dons unbeaten start going. Mackay-Steven would have an even bigger impact in the return fixture at Pittodrie as he hit a first career hat trick in a 4-1 win.

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID

“I think there’s a lot of football for a lot of teams in certain areas of the league. In our area of the league second spot’s still up for grabs and the European spots. Hearts will be pushing as well as Hibs, Rangers and ourselves to get into that and there’s still so many points to play for and 36 points from our point of view.

“Whether we win, lose or draw the game it won’t be any real bearing on the rest of the campaign, but if we can get an eleven-point gap between us and Hibs I’d love that at this stage of the season.

“The intention is always to win and although it doesn’t always turn out that way we always intend to win. It’s a different level of opponent every week and I’d say Hibs are right up there in terms of league games, but we’ve won there already this season. We’ve got a decent record at Easter Road in my time here as well.

“When you play teams in and around you, it’s important you get the points for yourself, but you can also inflict a bit of damage on them. They’ll be saying that exact same thing.”

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WHAT SCOTT MCKENNA SAID

“We’re confident going into it. Going back down to Easter Road will be difficult game, especially beating them twice already this season they’ll be desperate to get one over on us, but we’ll be going to get the three points.

“It’s good to hear praise about you from people, but you’ve just got to put that to the side and concentrate on yourself. You can’t be getting carried away thinking you’re this and that. I’ve only played 20 games in the league, so I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground and keep doing what he’s doing.”

“I’ve been involved in the teams that went to the Scottish Cup final and semi-finals, but I’ve never played or made the bench so that’s hopefully something in the coming years that I can be part of as well as the Europa League. Hopefully we can qualify and go one better than what we have the last couple of seasons and that’s the main reason for me staying here. I’m playing under a good manager and good of boys so it’s all positive.”

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WHAT NIALL MCGINN SAID

“It is good pressure. It is the big games that you look forward to. Obviously we have a lot of very important games coming up as we get closer to the end of the season. If we want to achieve what we want to achieve, we have to obviously be winning more of these games that we are losing.

“Hibs is going to be a tough ask. A tough game, but it is a fixture that the players this season have done well in. We have had two very good wins over Hibs already this season. But they will be confident coming off the win against Rangers.

“It is a place I personally always enjoy playing. I have scored a few goals down there over the years. It is a nice stadium, nice playing surface. it is these games you want to be involved in as professionals.”

THE STATS | EASTER ROAD V ABERDEEN

The Dons have visited the capital to play Hibernian 134 times with the hosts holding the slightly favourable record of 48 wins over Aberdeen’s 45. There have also been 41 draws. Derek McInnes has a solid record at Easter Road as Dons boss and his first match in charge came in a post-split match at the same venue as his new team played out a largely forgettable 0-0 draw. The following season would see two 2-0 wins before Hibernian were relegated that season.

While in the championship, Hibs knocked The Dons out of the League Cup in 2015, which halted the winning start to the season and the next visit wouldn’t be until the match in October. The Dons haven’t conceded a league goal at Easter Road since a 3-1 win on the final day of the 2010/11 season and their last league defeat was in October 2009.

Out of the current Aberdeen team, Gary Mackay-Steven leads the goal scoring charts against Hibernian. For his previous club Dundee United, Gary managed two strikes against the men from Leith and that adds to his four for the current campaign against Neil Lennon’s side.

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Dons defeated in the Capital

February 17, 2018 6:55 pm Author: Malcolm Panton
Dons defeated in the Capital

 

Derek McInnes made just the one change from last weekend. Graeme Shinnie missed his first of two games through suspension so Chidi Nwakali was handed a first start. Kenny McLean took over as captain. There was also a change in formation as well.

The early stages were very open and it was the home side you enjoyed more of the possession. In the second minute Mackay-Steven did well to track the run of Martin Boyle and was well positioned to knock a dangerous cross behind for a corner. McKenna eventually cleared the first set piece of the afternoon. In the sixth minute a cross from the right saw Boyle get above GMS but McKenna cleared.

Aberdeen by now had had a couple of half breaks but the final pass went astray.

In the eight minute another flat cross from the right was missed by a couple of Aberdeen defenders but Considine did very well to usher Florian Kamberi out of play when the striker had his back to goal.

On 11 minutes the first Aberdeen attack of note. Nwakali did well to find McLean and he played in Christie. From the edge of the area Ryan hit a shot which he just lifted over the bar although Marciano appeared to have it covered. A minute later John McGinn was able to find room and fired in a shot but Woodman has his angles spot on.

Aberdeen then almost gave away the lead on 15 minutes. After stringing a few passes together, McKenna was caught in possession as Hibs pressed high up the pitch. Hibs had a two on two but in the end Considine made a very good blocking tackle on Jamie MacLaren.

On 17 minutes Christie won Aberdeen their first corner. McGinn’s ball in was completely missed by Marciano. Hibs then gave away possession and McLean’s ball back in found McGinn in space as he ghosted into the area but his curling effort to the far post was blocked. Aberdeen again though won back possession and McLean’s effort from 30 yards was heading into the top corner but Marciano made a decent diving stop.

20 minutes in, the visitors were enjoying a good spell with Nwakali impressing in the middle of the park. Three minutes later though MacLaren laid the ball off for McGeouch. His low shot was again well saved by Woodman.

On the half hour mark there was a slight lull in play after the high tempo start.

On 33 minutes Rooney had a pass intercepted. The danger appeared to have been dealt with but Nwakali was adjudged to have pushed McGinn over beside the corner flag. McGinn’s free kick was headed clear by Rooney, making up for his earlier mistake. Hibs continued to press and won a corner on 36 minutes, Considine headed clear. Scott Allan then made his way to the by-line but thankfully Hanlon wasted a great opportunity by heading over the bar.

On 39 minutes Nwakali tried his luck from distance. It was a decent enough hit but just off target. On 42 minutes Nwakali produced a superb tackle which set Christie free. He got the wrong side of Scott Allan who pulled him down and received the first yellow card of the afternoon.

A fairly even first forty-five minutes.

HT. Hibernian 0 Aberdeen 0

At half time Adam Rooney was replaced by Stevie May.

Aberdeen made the worst possible start to the second half. Out of nothing MacLaren was played through. He was one on one with Woodman who made a good save with his legs. The keeper then made an even better save from the same player but the ball broke kindly for Martin Boyle who forced it home.

A sloppy start from the Dons.

Hibs were lifted by the goal and McLean was booked for a foul on Allan as he got into a dangerous area. The free kick went past Woodman’s post. Then McKenna was booked for a foul on Allan. Again the free kick just went past the post. On 53 minutes a third free kick and this time Nwakali was yellow carded. John McGinn’s free kick was blocked by Niall McGinn

On 55 minutes Hibs were screaming for a red card after a foul by McLean but referee Dallas rightly ignored the appeals. A minute later Aberdeen had a good opening when May broke down the right but frustratingly he could not pick out a red shirt in the area despite having time to look up.

Just before the hour mark Hibs scored a second. Originally from a corner, Aberdeen never cleared their lines. A shot from Hanlon was half blocked inside the six yard box. Florian Kamberi was able to turn and his shot found the corner of the net, possibly with another deflection along the way.

Hibs were well on top at this stage and the Dons were struggling to get anything going with the midfield over run.
On 64 minutes Nwakali was replaced by Arnason. With his first touch the Icelandic defender prevented a goal after a free kick was whipped in and no one had picked up McGregor at the far post. Four minutes later Considine was the latest Aberdeen player to be booked. It looked a poor decision as he got to the ball first.

On 69 minutes Kenny McLean fired in a low shot which Marciano failed to hold but there was no one following up. Aberdeen then appealed for a penalty when Stevie May was pushed inside the area but nothing was given.

Hibs should have made it three when Allan picked up the ball in acres of space and played in Boyle but his shot was well saved by Woodman who stood really well.

On 76 minutes Ryan Christie was the latest Aberdeen player to be booked.
It was still all Hibs with Allan running the show. Their work rate was greater and were winning all the 50-50 battles all over the pitch.

After 79 minutes Niall McGinn had a free kick out wide but his ball in was easily taken by the keeper despite having plenty to aim at inside the area. It summed up the second half performance.

On 80 minutes Kamberi was received a yellow card for a pull on McLean. The Aberdeen skipper was trying desperately to something going but nothing was happening ahead of him.

With ten minutes to go Maynard replaced Mackay-Steven. On 82 minutes Woodman made a good save from Boyle even although Dallas gave a goalkick. MacLaren then had a shot as Hibs continued to dominate. With five minutes to go Allan forced Woodman into another save.

The Aberdeen keeper can be pleased with his afternoon’s work but he was probably the only player to get plus mark on what was a very disappointing and untypical Aberdeen performance.

That was the end of the action as the home side ran out deserved winners.

FT. Hibernian 2 Aberdeen 0

 

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