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Match Preview | Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen

October 29, 2019 5:01 pm Author: Cameron Rae
Match Preview | Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen

 

Competition: Ladbrokes Premiership
Match: Hamilton v Aberdeen
Venue: The Fountain of Youth Stadium
Kick Off: 7.45pm
TV Coverage: RedTV

The manager previewed our match with Hamilton with the media this afternoon.

Sunday’s Game

“Clearly Sunday was a disappointing game, nobody felt good about themselves. I felt it was an opportunity to demonstrate a bit more aggression in the game. We know that Celtic are a good side and they certainly showed that on Sunday but the opportunity to do something about it was then.

“We don’t have that chance to dwell on it now, we don’t have the chance to do anything about it. All we can do now is pick ourselves up, focus on the next game, which is Hamilton and just go and win that game.

“It’s important now that we build some momentum and confidence.

“I felt after the Motherwell and Hibs games there was a lot of positives to take from both games and then Celtic come along and they deal with us in the manner in which they did.

“I said all I wanted to say after the game.

“I spoke to my players but now it is about supporting my players and making sure we are ready to go again against Hamilton.

“That is the nature of the game. We need to make sure after a disappointing result and the manner of the result it is just all about trying to show that response in the right manner.

“We have got three games coming up Hamilton, Kilmarnock and Ross County where hopefully we can get some sort of momentum going in our season and the fact that we are starting to get a few boys back now will help in that challenge.

“I totally agree with him (Scott McKenna).

“Players need to talk more to each other. We are in an era now where that isn’t maybe always the case. They come in, they do their bit and we have always tried to encourage those conversations with each other.

“I would like to see more talking on the pitch and that’s something that was made clear as well.

“Anytime that boys are reflecting and talking about what they want to do and what they aim to do better is encouraged by me.

“We have got good players and good players have got to deal with certain situations.”

Craig Bryson

“I felt we got that influence when Bryson came on.

“Bringing the back four up at the right times, showing people where to be.

“That is invaluable for a manager and for a team. Encouragement, barking out instructions on the pitch it is something that we need to get better at as a team.

“We have got to be sensible with Craig. There is a lot to take into consideration.

“I brought him in the summer, and he was seen by everybody as a key signing, an exciting signing. He was the one trying to bring that influence and I think with him and with him up to speed we will be a better team with him in it, there is no doubt about it, not only from his abilities but as a person.”
Midfield

“I don’t want to dwell too much on the injury issues but hopefully now we can get Bryson and Ferguson back into midfield, both are likely to start tomorrow. That will help us.

“Greg and Zak have done particularly well in there. They are devoid of any real criticism when they go in and play against three top international players on Sunday.

“It was difficult for them with that rotation in there. The manner of the goals you lose can take away any confidence. That’s the biggest drain of confidence, losing cheap goals and the types of goals we lost.

“I expect us to be better than the goals we lost at the weekend. Doing more to keep the ball out of your net, more determination, more aggression, more physicality.”

Pressure

“There is always pressure here.

“I have been managing here for six and a half years. I know what managing Aberdeen is all about. The hysteria when you lose a game and it seems to have been a bit more this season and I get that.

“We need to go down and concentrate on our performance, concentrate on trying to win a game. There is no certainty we can do that.

“I totally get the criticism, losing that game and the manner in which we did.

“Celtic will do that to a lot of teams. Unfortunately for us at the minute, and I know it is difficult to hear, we are a good bit away from that.

“When I can get my strongest and my fittest team out there, I think we can show that we are better than that. I still expected better than that on Sunday.

“My focus and my conversation with the players is all about the next one. We cannot do anything about Sunday, it is done. We missed our chance to do something about it.

“I said what I said after the game and I stand by it.

“We have spoken with the players and it is now all about trying to win the game against Hamilton. That’s all that I am looking at and it is the only thing I can affect, and my players can affect is winning a game at Hamilton.”

Hamilton

“We are playing against a team in the SPFL who always have a decent home record and they always do enough to stay in the league. They deserve enormous respect for that. We have got a tough game on our hands, but we have got to go down there and show the response that we are all looking for.

“I just expect more from my players and if we can go and win, we can start to go and feel better about ourselves and get another win on the back of that we can start to build a bit of momentum.

“That’s the nature of the game. It isn’t somewhere where we haven’t been before. We have lost heavily to the Old Firm in the past. We have always shown a resolve and a response, and I am not going to get too downbeat.

“My job is to support my players and try and install the positives that we have got. We have got a good squad here; we just need to demonstrate it and try and bet at our best more often.

“Any game we play we need to not be gifting goals the way we did and certainly show more aggression.

“There have been plenty of moments where we have bounced back and hopefully tomorrow can be one of those.”

Cormack Park

“It has been a long time coming. There have been umpteen managers before me who have been bemoaning the fact about the facilities at this club.

“From day one when I took over here, I was shocked at how poor the conditions were for the players.

“The fact that now we are only days away from the opening, it is a very special week. Hopefully everybody can see it for what it is. There has been a lot of energy put into it. There have been difficulties trying to finance it.

“The board deserve enormous credit for actually getting it built.

“It will be fantastic, not only for the professional part of the club for myself and for the staff but also for the youth academy coaches who have had to deal with loads of difficulties and trying to coach young kids.

“For the whole region it is going to be a beacon of a real elite arena and a place to practice and improve and be professional.

“That is what Aberdeen Football Club should have. I have said often enough it is just surprising it has taken this long. We have been miles behind other clubs doing that.

“Now we are here we should absolutely celebrate it.

“It will be a big moment when Sir Alex opens up Cormack Park because there have been moments in the last few years where it has looked as though it might not actually happen.

“The fact it is now going to happen is a fantastic milestone for the club.

“When it comes down to competing with other clubs who have got better facilities it will certainly help matters. Once we get the stadium built alongside the training facilities it will be even extra special. It will be something that loads of clubs don’t have.

“The new training facilities helped us to get Funso Ojo. Practice and training are important to the player, as it should be for any professional, he would probably have been more inclined to go elsewhere.

“The fact that we had that to show him and the promise of something better than what we are currently training on it certainly helps.

“When it comes to the nitty gritty a fantastic training facility can make all the difference.”

Last Time Out

Aberdeen fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat earlier this year at Pittodrie. George Oakley opened the scoring for The Accies with a spectacular strike before Mickel Miller added a second for the away side in the second half.

The Game That Was…

22/08/2009: Scottish Premiership: Hamilton 0 – 3 Aberdeen: New Douglas Park, Hamilton

Aberdeen registered their first win of the 2009/10 season with victory at Hamilton. Charlie Mulgrew curled a free-kick in from 25-yards to give The Dons the lead before Andy Considine doubled the away sides advantage with a close-range header. Chris Maguire put the game beyond doubt in the second half when he scored on the volley from close range.

Aberdeen Teamsheet: Langfield, Foster, Ifil, Considine, Mulgrew, Kerr, Crawford (Duff), Fyvie, Aluko, Miller, Mackie (Maguire).

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Ferguson’s Strike Gives Aberdeen Victory in Hamilton

October 30, 2019 9:54 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Ferguson’s Strike Gives Aberdeen Victory in Hamilton

 

Manager Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that lost against Celtic on Sunday. Lewis Ferguson returned from suspension whilst Craig Bryson made his fifth start of the season and Ryan Hedges also made the starting XI – he has been carrying a slight knock in recent weeks. Michael Devlin, Connor McLennan and Jon Gallagher all dropped to the bench.

So Aberdeen lined up with a back four of Logan, McKenna, Considine and Leigh. Vyner and Ferguson were the sitting midfielders with McGinn, Bryson and Hedges in front of them and Cosgrove was up top.

Hamilton Accies also made three changes to the side that lost 3-2 at St Johnstone on Saturday.

Then in the fifth minute Accies won a free kick midway inside the Aberdeen half. In a clever move the ball was played deep to Scott McMann who was able to head the ball back into the path of the on rushing Mickel Miller and his first-time effort just went wide of the post. A warning for the Dons.

Two minutes later McGinn released Hedges down the right, the winger showed good pace and his cross was met by Cosgrove, but Ronan Hughes did well to challenge the striker. Logan then put over a deeper cross which again Cosgrove met but he could not get any power or direction in his header.

Aberdeen should have taken the lead in the 10th minute. Hedges played a delightful ball forward for McGinn who had space down the left, his early ball picked out Cosgrove, but the big striker’s control let him down just as he looked as if he would fire home.

Then at the other end Accies had a great chance when Miller’s shot was saved by Lewis but Ross Cunningham following up was only inches away from getting on the end of the rebound.

In the 15th minute Aberdeen took the lead after Lewis Ferguson won Aberdeen a free kick 25 yards out. The visitors themselves worked a clever free kick when Hedges rolled it short into the path of Ferguson. The midfielder showed tremendous strength to roll away from his marker and then with his left foot fired an unstoppable shot high into the roof of the net. A great free kick routine.

On 20 minutes Aberdeen won the first corner of the game. The ball broke off Cosgrove and very nearly fell into the path of Leigh. The left back then turned defence into attack with some excellent play, but the promising break broke down when Bryson’s dummy failed to find a gold jersey.

On 25 minutes a cross landed at the feet of a well-positioned Logan but his shot was off target. Shay has not scored in 53 games and his effort did lack confidence. The ball then came out to Hedges at the edge of the area and his shot was deflected just over. The home side were struggling to contain the number of crosses coming into the box.

Two minutes later Accies won their first corner but it almost led to an Aberdeen goal after another break and cross ended with a Cosgrove shot being deflected wide.

With half an hour gone Aberdeen were on top but the home side were still making them work very hard.

On 31 minutes Lewis Smith was able to fire in a shot from 20 yards which Joe Lewis did well to tip over the bar. A minute later Lewis Ferguson went to down with a head knock but thankfully he was able to continue.

In the 36th minute a wonderful pass from Greg Leigh set McGinn free down the left. Niall got to the by-line but frustratingly his cut back went between Cosgrove and Hedges who were waiting inside the area.

With five minutes of the half to go McGinn whipped in a cross which Cosgrove flicked towards goal and Fon Williams just managed to keep it out at the second attempt.
Niall was giving right back Scott Martin a really tough time of it and crosses were coming in at will from that side. It was obviously an area the Dons had targeted as they were loading up that side.

Aberdeen though had another scare when Accies bulldozed their way into a central area and Ross Cunningham pulled his shot inches wide.

On the stroke of half time McGinn cut in off the left side and his curling effort crashed off the cross bar. He was so unlucky. The Dons then had a loud penalty shout for hand ball before Willie Collum blew for half-time.

Half time: Hamilton Accies 0 Aberdeen 1

At half time Craig Bryson was replaced by Dean Campbell. This allowed Ferguson to push further forward.

Two minutes after the restart a Hedges cross found its way to Ferguson and although his shot did not have much power on it, the ball bounced up in front of the keeper who could only palm it out. McGinn pounced but his shot somehow beat the keeper and went past the far post.

In the 50th minute Cosgrove won a free kick 20 yards out. Although McGinn eyed it up Ferguson took it and his low shot deflected off the wall and wide. From the resulting corner Hamilton cleared and were able to break. Dean Campbell was penalised with a yellow card for breaking up the move illegally.

On 52 minutes Scott McMann got on the end of a corner but thankfully his header went over the cross bar.

Aberdeen should have been awarded a penalty for hand ball but somehow the referee and the linesman failed to spot it. Ferguson’s cross clearly struck a hand before the same player chipped a cross off the bar and Cosgrove was just the wrong side of the defender and could not get the ball as it bounced down.

The Dons were well on top now but needed a second goal.

On the hour mark Fon Williams could only push away a cross and Lewis Ferguson so nearly scored with a spectacular overhead kick, Scott McMann only just managed to head the ball to safety. Then from a corner McKenna had a spectacular effort which was just blocked.

Aberdeen have been here before at Hamilton shooting into that goal – doing everything but scoring.

On 61 minutes Ross Cunningham was booked for pulling back Logan. At the same time Lewis Smith was replaced by David Moyo. Hamilton’s change of shape brought them back into the game.

In the 70th minute Sam Stubbs, the last defender and Cosgrove had a real battle for the ball and Aberdeen appealed for a penalty when Sam went down inside the area before McGinn fired a shot wide. On 73 minutes Hedges was replaced by Connor McLennan.

With fifteen minutes to go Ross Cunningham was replaced by striker Steve Davies as the home side went for it and they started to go long. With ten minutes to go another Aberdeen free kick bounced around the six-yard box but Leigh could not get a touch. It was amazing that they had so many entries into the penalty area, but the ball would not break kindly.

A minute later Cosgrove got up brilliantly and his header flicked off the bottom of the post with the keeper stranded.

The game became very scrappy in the final stages as the Dons struggled to enjoy any decent possession. It became nervy. Hamilton won a series of free kicks in good areas, it was a hard watch but credit to the Aberdeen players they battled hard, stood up to the physical challenge and claimed a very well deserved three points.

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