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Hibernian V Aberdeen | Match Preview
This Saturday sees The Dons travel to the capital to take on Hibernian at Easter Road. The tie is normally one of the ones supporters look out for when the fixtures are released in the summer and both have made positive starts to their campaign. Aberdeen are coming off the back of a very impressive victory against St Mirren in the Betfred Cup whereas Hibs were made to wait until the 91st minute when Daryl Horgan scored to see off a brave Ross County in a dramatic 3-2 win.
Hibs have started the domestic season in similar fashion to Aberdeen, but have played two games more having reached the Third Qualifying Round in the Europa League, going down to Norwegian side Molde. Despite losing talisman John McGinn to Aston Villa, Neil Lennon’s side have been able to bring in Emerson Hyndman and Horgan in recent weeks.
Both sides will fancy their chances of competing at the top end of the table once again and will face each other in the Quarter Final of the Betfred Cup at Easter Road next month.
Ahead of this weekend’s match, Derek McInnes and Stevie May spoke to the media on Thursday lunchtime.
WHAT DEREK MCINNES SAID
“Going to Easter Road is one of the good days in the Scottish Premiership for us with over 2,000 supporters bought and sold out their tickets. From our end we’ll go there in good hope and expectation but recognising the strength of the Hibs team. Similar to ourselves we had to deal with a lot of changes and players moving on. From my point, Neil’s team looks every bit as potent. You lose key players within that and you can’t always replace like for like as I’ve found in my experience. Having watched Hibs two or three times in the Europa League and against St Johnstone they look a very good side and that’s testament to the manager and the number of good players there already.
“Niall’s probably going to miss out. We haven’t ruled him out yet, but it will be very unlikely he’s going to travel. He’ll be fit for next week based on what we’re getting, and he’s still touch and go for the travel tomorrow. Tommie Hoban’s back, James Wilson’s back and Shay Logan’s back so the squad’s bolstered from that side.”
WHAT STEVIE MAY SAID
“It was nice to get a goal early on in the season and a couple of starts in. I’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet as much as possible and hopefully we can have a good performance and get a couple of goals this weekend.
“Everyone’s raring to go and it’s one of those ones we’re looking forward to. Going to Hibs away is great because it’s a great stadium, a great pitch and it’s a real chance for us to go and show how good we are this season.
“You may sometimes think you can take the fans support for granted it for granted because most places we go we sell it out and that helps because it feels like home games. It’ll be good and it’s a good one for the fans to go to with a really competitive game and hopefully we can put on a performance for them.”
For The Record | Easter Road V Aberdeen
Saturday will mark the 146th time an Aberdeen side has played at Easter Road and overall record is very close. Hibs hold a slender margin of 49 wins compared to Aberdeen’s 45 and there have been 41 draws. Arguably the most famous victory for the men in red at Easter Road came in May 1980 as Alex Ferguson’s team demolished the hosts 5-0 to claim a first Premier Division title in 25 years.
Derek McInnes’s first match in charge of the club was a midweek trip to Easter Road as the teams played out a 0-0. There haven’t been many goals between the sides in Edinburgh in recent years and the winner of the four meetings at Easter Road have left with a clean sheet. Last season Gary Mackay-Steven saved his best for Neil Lennon’s team and he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win back in October to keep The Dons top of the table. He would later score a hatrick in a 4-1 win at Pittodrie. For the return visit to The Capital Hibs produced an excellent second 45 to win 2-0 at keep their own ambitions of catching The Dons for second spot.
Aberdeen V Hibernian | Overall League Record
Aberdeen Wins: 117
Hibernian Wins: 84
Aberdeen Goals: 427
Hibernian Goals: 329
Please check the internet for ongoing roadworks in Edinburgh. Some may affect your travel plans dependant on your intended route. The Edinburgh Fringe will also be in full swing, so expect big delays in the city centre. Therefore we would strongly recommend you try to avoid the city centre unless you are actually staying there or taking the train. Please also note the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place on 25th and 26th August 2018 at Knockhill. This could cause extra congestion as you pass through this area.
Local Bus Service – The Lothian Region Transport buses depart Princes Street every few minutes and stops in London Road at Easter Road, which is only a few minutes walk to the Stadium. Route maps are located at most bus stops.
Train Service – Edinburgh Waverley is served by trains from all over the country and adjoins Princes Street. The Stadium is about a 20-25 minute walk from Princes Street. There is a taxi rank situated within the Station.
AT THE STADIUM
Aberdeen supporters will enter the South stand via turnstiles 5, 6, 7 and 8. Turnstiles open at 2pm.
Tickets are for allocated seating. The other half of the South Stand is occupied by home fans. There will be segregation in place internally and externally. At the end of the game Aberdeen Supporters will be guided right, towards Crawford Bridge.
Please do not take any prohibited items, such as pyrotechnic devices, alcohol or anything that can be used as a missile. Expect to be searched prior to entry. Any flags should be of an appropriate nature and will be scrutinised by the Safety Team. No surfing flags are permitted and limited room will be available for larger flags as our allocated area is full.
At all fixtures, unacceptable conduct will not be tolerated. Any individuals attending the match who are found to have engaged in unacceptable conduct may have disciplinary action taken against them. This may include removal of ticketing privileges for games, removal of season tickets and bans from stadiums for a specified period/or other appropriate sanctions. Unacceptable Conduct may also lead to criminal charges. Reference should be made to the SPFL Rules regarding Unacceptable Conduct.
If you can’t make the match on Saturday, RedTV will have live audio commentary at 2.45pm from Easter Road. For International subscribers there will be live video coverage courtesy of HibsTV. Full reaction post-match, Match replay from 10pm, goals and highlights from midnight.
Enjoy the game and come on you reds!
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Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen | Late Equaliser Denies Dons In The Capital
Manager Derek McInnes made one change with a fit again Tommie Hoban coming in for the injured Scott Wright. Options on the bench were increased significantly with Shay Logan returning from suspension and Niall McGinn and James Wilson from injury.
Aberdeen, operating with a back three of Hoban, Devlin and Considine, looked comfortable in the first five minutes as they matched up to the Hibs formation.
The first chance fell to the hosts on six minutes. Space opened up for Paul Hanlon on the left and his low cross was not taken clearly by Joe Lewis. Martin Boyle appeared to have reacted quickest to the rebound but Andrew Considine used his strength to get the better of Boyle. Hibs appealed for a penalty but referee Andrew Dallas correctly waved play on.
On nine minutes good link up play saw May drift into space about 25 yards. The striker dinked a ball into the box looking for the run Shinnie and the captain very neatly got on the end of it. Daryl Horgan then put a shot from wide into the side netting before the home side won the games first corner on 11 minutes which Dons dealt with. Then Lewis Stevenson, who was finding a lot of space on the left, put over a couple of dangerous crosses which again the Dons defended well.
It was quite an open first 15 minutes.
Hibs were still getting too much space on the left and on 16 minutes they very nearly took the lead. Horgan in the central position received a pass from left back Lewis Stevenson and it took a quite brilliant save from Joe Lewis to keep out the shot from the Irish winger. Aberdeen then cleared the resulting corner. 20 minutes in Boyle used his pace to get away from Ferguson and was able to fire in a shot which thankfully never troubled Lewis.
Hibs were on top at this stage but a GMS forward pass very nearly put May in the clear. As it was from the throw-in May was able to get in a cross which found Shinnie and his right footed shot was on target but Ambrose managed to make a block in the six yard box.
On 28 minutes Frank Ross won Aberdeen their first corner and a few minutes later he then won a second. The ball was worked short before GMS found May at the back post and his looping header had Bogdan scrambling back across his line. Then Ferguson had a snap shot on the edge of the area which Bogdan did well to turn the post. The keeper would not have seen the ball till late.
It was better from the visitors who were now asking some questions of the home defence.
Some slack passing on 36 minutes allowed Boyle a run in on goal but Considine forced him wide and Lewis made a routine save at the expense of another corner. More pressure from Neil Lennon’s side as they forced another corner within quick succession, but the Dons defence held firm.
On 42 minutes Aberdeen looked to have been denied a stonewall penalty. On the brake Ferguson and May did brilliantly, Stevie playing the ball back into the path of Ferguson who went over in the box, but the referee waved play on despite the screams from the Aberdeen players and management. Hanlon, who had already been booked, committed the foul and might have faced a red card.
However, on the stroke of half time Aberdeen took a dramatic lead.
From a corner the ball went to the back post and May headed it back across goal. Tommie Hoban managed to get a hooked shot away which Bogdan half stopped on the line. The keeper then tried desperately to grab the ball but it appeared to wriggle from under him and Hoban following up was able to prod the ball over the line. It was great perseverance from the on-loan Watford man.
Half Time: Hibernian 0 Aberdeen 1
At half time Aberdeen changed it with Ball going to right back and Shinnie moved forward into the midfield. A minute into the restart goal scorer Hoban was booked as Hibs threatened down the right.
With Hibs pushing forward the Dons had a couple decent breaks involving GMS. On one occasion he was almost clear and when Lewis Steven was forced to bring him down, it earned the full back a yellow card. Lewis Ferguson curled the resulting free kick over the wall, but Bogdan made a comfortable save.
Aberdeen then produced a well worked corner which allowed Considine a free header back across goal but he frustratingly he failed to find a red shirt. On 58 minutes Michael Devlin made a superb block as Oli Shaw got on the end of a Boyle cross.
An hour in, the first change for Aberdeen. Shay Logan, returning from his suspension replaced Stephen Gleeson.
The home side then enjoyed another good spell of pressure and the Dons players were having to work tirelessly to track runners. Although Hibs had a lot of the ball, they were forced into shots from distance. On 68 minutes Shinnie was booked for protesting too much about a soft foul on the edge of the area. It gave Hibs a great attacking platform, but Devlin was well positioned to head clear.
In the 71st minute James Wilson made his Aberdeen debut, coming on for Frank Ross. Three minutes later Lewis Stevenson was replaced by Jamie MacLaren.
Andrew Dallas then stopped the game with a Hibs player on the deck when Aberdeen had a really promising attack going. As it was not a head knock play should probably have continued. On 77 minutes more pressure from Hibs but again the Dons defence did just enough. It was becoming a very nervous watch. 79 minutes in, Ambrose headed a free kick just over.
And then with just five minutes to go Hibs got an equaliser. After a good move Hanlon managed to drive a ball over from the left and an unmarked MacLean was able to force the ball home. It was frustrating for the Dons who had defended so well but a lack of concentration for a split second cost them dear.
In the final few minutes Aberdeen had the opportunity to snatch it when GMS was taken out by Porteous on the by-line. Both players then squared up to each other and were yellow carded. The free kick was played into the danger zone but when the ball was cleared the final whistle sounded.
Despite having less of the chances, The Dons will be frustrated to leave with a point after conceding with the finishing line in sight. Kilmarnock visit Pittodrie next week before the first international break of the season.
Full Time: Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen