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RD 23 | Hibernian V Aberdeen | Match Preview

February 1, 2019 5:29 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

We take a look at Aberdeen’s trip to Edinburgh to face Hibernian at Easter Road.

The Dons are heading back to the capital this weekend when they face Hibs at Easter Road. It’s the fourth meeting between the sides this season with The Dons remaining unbeaten in those fixtures. The visitors were able to come through Tuesday’s Scottish Cup Replay against Stenhousemuir unscathed as they put in a professional performance to see off the League One side 4-1. A win would keep The Dons in contention at the top of a tightly bunched league, with only two points separating them with Kilmarnock and Rangers.

It’s been a difficult time for Hibernian of late and with the departure of manager Neil Lennon this week Caretaker Manager, Eddie May remains in charge having taken the team in last Sunday’s 3-1 win at St Mirren. The Edinburgh side sit in 7th place and seven points off the top six.

Quotes From The Press Room

The manager and Max Lowe spoke with the media on Friday morning ahead of the match.

Derek McInnes

“The aim at Aberdeen is always to try retain good players and key players. That is the challenge and we’ve managed to do it for a period of time. In recent years we’ve lost a lot of key players, but it’s probably more important keeping those ones than trying to recruit from out with because they get involved in your culture. 

“All I do know is Hibs are a good club and I know Neil enjoyed working there. Neil’s a very good manager and somebody else will get the benefit of that. It’s football and it’s disappointing. Modern football is more challenging to be a manager for loads of different aspects. 

“We’ll be strongly backed by 2,000 supporters and hopefully we can make it a good day for Aberdeen.

“The aim’s always to win three points whenever we play. There’s been some good performances of late. We’ve gone to Easter Road when they’ve been really strong and I think we were the first team to beat them and we had to do it on penalties. We lost a late equaliser down there in a game where we’d done so well and so many things right and we were so close to winning all three points.”

Read the manager’s press conference in full here

Max Lowe

“Aberdeen feels like home. I’ve only been here six months but there’s a real family feeling about the club, the gaffers been fantastic with me and the lads have been second to none. They made me feel at home within the first two weeks, the lads were taking me out for food after my first day of being here. I’ve met some friends for life so I can’t fault anyone at the club, I feel that has helped me progress as a footballer on the pitch as I’m comfortable with the people around me off the pitch it only works that way on the pitch as well.

“There’s a bit of uncertainty at Hibs, but they’ve come off the back of a win at St Mirren, so they are going to be eager and ready to go. Because of the position we’re in we’re doing really well, and we want to keep pushing up the table, and they’re going to know that. Hopefully it works in the best way for us and we get the three points, but we’re not going to expect it to be an easy task.”

Read Max’s press conference in full here

The Opposition

Hibs go into this one on the back of an important win in Paisley last Sunday and since Neil Lennon’s departure have recruited well in the final days of the window. They were able to bring in three players on Deadline Day with former academy player Marc McNulty joining from Reading, Darnell Johnson on loan from Leicester and Gael Bigirimana from Motherwell.

After The Dons visit, Hibs will travel to Celtic Park in midweek before hosting Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup next weekend.

This Season VS Hibernian

There have been three meetings prior to Saturday’s and the record is favourable for The Dons.

The first clash came back in August and ended in a stalemate. The Dons were assured in defence and took their chance at the end of the first half when Tommie Hoban bundled home from a goalmouth scramble. Unfortunately, it would be the last we’d see of Tommie for a while as he sustained a shoulder injury which kept him out until January. It looked as though Aberdeen would hold onto the three points, but Jamie MacLaren level late on to snatch a point.

A month later a pulsating Betfred Cup Quarter-Final couldn’t find a winner and had to be decided by penalties. On the night Joe Lewis was the hero as he stopped two and his teammates did the rest as The Dons won 6-5 to set up a meeting with Rangers at Hampden.

The Dons got the better of Neil Lennon’s side once again in the Pittodrie clash. Under the lights for Friday night football Gary Mackay-Steven latched onto a loose pass to fire home from all of 25 yards and it proved to be the difference as The Dons won 1-0.

Team News

In his press conference, Derek McInnes confirmed that Connor McLennan returned to training ahead of the match following an injury. Tommie Hoban came on in the draw with Kilmarnock last week and breezed through the 90 minutes against Stenhousemuir in midweek so is likely to partner Andy Considine at the back. Michael Devlin and Scott McKenna are expected to action soon, which would be a welcomed boost given the importance of upcoming fixtures.

On Deadline Day The Dons loaned out three first team players to fellow Scottish clubs. Mark Reynolds joined Dundee United in a bid to regain game time following his lengthy spell out, Scott Wright joined United’s rivals Dundee and Bruce Anderson will see out the season at Championship side Dunfermline.

Supporter Information

The Red Army have sold out their allocation once again with 2,000 tickets snapped up following the 1,800 that travelled to Stenhousemuir on Tuesday evening.

A reminder to supporters travelling to the game to leave in plenty of time. Scotland face Italy at Murrayfield in the Six Nations at 2.30pm and traffic in Edinburgh will be busier than usual.

Read our important travel and stadium information before heading off to the game here.

RedTV Coverage

If you can’t make the game in Edinburgh make sure to tune into our coverage from Easter Road. RedTV listeners in the UK will have audio from Dave and Andrew whilst International subscribers will receive video from our colleagues at HibsTV. Post-match we will have reaction, goal action, highlights and a full match replay.

Enjoy the match and come on you reds!

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Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen | First Half Comeback Secures Points In The Capital

February 2, 2019 5:43 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

 

The Dons returned to league duty after overcoming Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday. There were two changes for the visitors with Mackay-Steven coming in for McGinn and Scott Wright, who joined Dundee on Deadline Day, making way for Stevie May.

Eddie May was in charge once again for Hibs following the departure of Neil Lennon as they looked to follow on from Sunday’s 3-1 win at St Mirren.

The Dons started off strongly and won a corner early, but it was cleared. Then on eight minutes Hibs took the lead. Firstly, Mallan drove an effort on target that was beaten away by Lewis. The goalkeeper wasn’t able to stop a second effort in the next phase as Shaw got away from Shinnie and found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Not the start we were looking for.

Immediately the visitors looked for a response. They won a free kick on the edge of the Hibs box with Greg Stewart stepping up. The free kick was deflected off the wall and the Hibs defence failed to clear their lines. It fell to Cosgrove who did everything right and smashed the effort from 12 yards on target but it was somehow blocked on the line. The ball came back in from GMS and Considine headed home from close range to level it up.

Unfortunately, The Dons lost their top scorer moments later when Cosgrove took a knock. The big striker tried to shake it off but was unable to continue and James Wilson replaced.

Aberdeen were the team on the ascendancy and Max Lowe was causing all sorts of problems down the left as was Greg Stewart. The new signing was looking hungry and fired a volley from distance that was held well by Marciano.

Two minutes later it was 2-1 to Aberdeen!

Greg Stewart again tried an audacious effort from 25 yards and this time Marciano didn’t deal with it properly as he palmed it into the path of the onrushing Stevie May. The Dons striker was denied by the keeper, who scrambled to his feet, but Mackay Steven was there to follow up and give The Dons the lead and deservedly so. The goal was Gary’s sixth in this fixture after he netted the winner earlier in the December meeting.

For the next fifteen minutes it became a bit of a battle in the midfield, although The Dons were creating good spaces in the final third.

Andy Considine was booked for pulling back Kamberi and Hibs were awarded the free kick. Only one man was going to take it as Mallan stepped up. His effort was dangerous, but went inches wide as Lewis was left scrambling. Joe was left in a spot of bother after colliding with the post and drew blood above the eye. The wound left the Dons number one unable to continue and he was replaced by Thomas Cerny, who came on for a debut.

The Red Army behind the goal showed their support for both keepers and Aberdeen had been forced into two unforced changes before the break.

Despite the difficulties of dealing with two injuries The Dons ended the half strongly. Once again Marciano was looking suspect in goals and played a slack back pass out to the feet of James Wilson. The striker was able to find his feet and fired just wide from a central area.

After a long period of extra time added, the referee brought proceedings to a close. After a shaky start, The Dons recovered brilliantly to comeback and were well worthy for their lead.

Half time Hibs 1-2 Aberdeen

The tempo from the first half followed through into the second half and the visitors went hunting for the crucial third from kick off. They had the best chance to do that when Ferguson was brought down by Gray inside the box. Don Robertson pointed to the spot giving Mackay-Steven the chance to make it three. Unfortunately, Gary couldn’t take advantage and his spot kick was saved by Marciano, who dived low to the left hand side.

The tide of the game changed and Hibs sparked into life. They went straight up the park and Shaw had the ball in the net, but there was a flag up on the far side thankfully.

The Dons made their final change on the hour mark with Stevie May departing for Gleeson as the visitors changed up the tactics.

Debutant Cerny was called into action a number of times in quick succession and on 65 minutes made an excellent diving save to deny from a Hibs corner.

Hibs continued the pressure, but The Dons remained strong at the back. With the game entering it’s final quarter, James Wilson had a huge chance to make wrap it up. The on loan Manchester United man picked up the ball inside the Hibs half and drove at the defence, beating one and setting himself up for a shot. James took the ball onto his weaker right side, but the shot was saved by Marciano. The move deserved to find the back of the net, but it remained 2-1.

As the clocked ticked down the Aberdeen defence were tested, but Hoban and Considine were winning everything at the heart of the defence and the forward players did the dirty work by winning free kicks and slowing the game up. In truth Hibs never caused any major problems and if anything, the visitors looked the more likely.

Three minutes were added on at the 90 and The Dons passed up a golden chance to finish the job. Wilson linked up really well with Stewart as Hibs were left exposed at the back. A neat through ball sent the striker through and he did everything right, but fired wide.

His performance deserved a goal, but it proved to be the last chance as The Dons held on for a fantastic three points. In truth the scoreline should have been more, but the 2,000 – strong travelling support behind the goal won’t mind as they leave win the points.

To a man it was an excellent display from Aberdeen and they can now look forward to a mouth-watering clash with Rangers on Wednesday night.

Full time: Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen

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