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SPFL | Aberdeen v Partick Thistle | Preview

August 18, 2016 7:09 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
SPFL | Aberdeen v Partick Thistle | Preview

Derek McInnes | Partick Thistle post match media conference |


“We are grateful for having a normal working week. We are now working Saturday to Saturday which is better for us. We have managed to get some work done on the training field going into the game.
“It has been a tough schedule but we are through that now and hopefully we can have a strong performance on Saturday because we have trained well and hopefully we get the three points.
“Four games in nine games means you are not training. You are just recovering and working with a couple of players who need the work.”

more positives than negatives

“There were more positives than negatives to come out of the first two league games. We know we need to ask more questions of the opposition and do more with our possession play. For me we have been the better team in both games but we have not managed to convert that possession into goalscoring opportunities.

“We scored goals in Europe, we scored goals in the cup game down at Ayr, but against St Johnstone and Hearts we found it harder to create real opportunities. In both games though both opposition managers praised their sides for the way they defended against us. It can be hard trying to break a team down but as the home side we have to go and find the answers.

“We have to keep doing what we have been doing, keeping getting bodies forward at the right time but we need that little bit of quality in the final third.

“The way we started against St Johnstone and Hearts was good but it is the later part of the matches where we have been a bit unconvincing but as I said there have been reasons for that.

“Hopefully we can have good 90 minutes of relentless work.

“It is not easy for the new players settling into a new club. It is a new job and they are having to move families. We have tried to integrate them quickly and that has gone well but we are still getting to know them and then they are still getting to know about us and about the club and the demands of playing for Aberdeen. They were all brought here for a reason and we expect them all to play a part.

“Any new signing wants to go and make an early impression. Anthony O’Connor has been involved the past three games and he can be very pleased with his work. He brings real aggression but also brings good flexibility as he can play a few roles. Although if you asked him am I sure he would say his preferred position is central defence he is equally at home in a back three, at full back or in midfield. It is important to have as many options as
possible. He is a player I wanted to bring in last season because he offers something different. He will have plenty of opportunities during the season to show how good a player he is.”

the defence

“I am pleased with the solid defensive performance so far this season. That is a real positive that we have had two clean sheets. We wanted to go and win the two games and we know that we need to go and do that bit more offensively but defensively, against teams like St Johnstone and Hearts, and with the capabilities they have, that is no mean feat.

“At the back end of last season, we were struggling to find clean sheets and that had an impact on results. Whilst we are still looking to fine tune our attacking play I do feel our defensive work and organisation and aggression as a team has earned us a couple of points. We defend as a team as we defend from the front. We also attack as a team.

Partick Thistle

“I have said often enough that the job that Alan (Archibald) does there is outstanding. I think he is one of the best managers in the division. Year on year he loses a lot of his better players although he has managed to keep them this season and has added to the squad. I think they may see the benefit of doing that. When you go and watch Partick you see quite clearly he is a manager who works hard with his team. They do not give away many goals and they always carry a threat at the other end of the park. We have a tough game on our hands.

“Although they lost against Dundee United in the cup, the home win against Inverness was a big result for them. It got them up and running.
team news and transfer latest

“Team news; Callum Morris will miss the game. He has been training but we would like for him to get a game for the development team next week before being involved. Jonny Hayes is still missing but everyone else is good to go.

“There is still a couple of weeks left before the transfer window so we will see where we are before then. We did not let Scott Wright go out on loan to Inverness for a number of reasons. We have a high opinion of Scott. He has come a long way in the last little while. He is doing terrific. For his development he may still go out on loan in the future but it will be to a club where he is playing every week.

“We may look at putting some of the younger ones out on loan. We have a number of 16 or 17 year olds who can step up and play for the development team. Whilst we would be weakening that a little bit, it is the way to do it. To try and get as many of the younger ones out to get first team experience. We have plenty out at the minute but we would not be against getting a few more out.”  


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McGinn inspires Dons to first win

August 20, 2016 7:28 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
McGinn inspires Dons to first win


Manager Derek McInnes made four changes to the side which drew with Hearts last week. Captain Ryan Jack was ruled out ahead of kick off with an injury. Kenny McLean took his place in the team with Graeme Shinnie taking over captain’s duties. Also Andrew Considine and Miles Storey came back into the side along with Adam Rooney whilst Taylor, Stockley and Burns dropped to the bench.

Peter Pawlett and Anthony O’Connor kept their places in the starting 11 after impressing last week against Hearts.

The Dons were back to their regular schedule after playing a gruelling four games in nine days. They still wouldn’t be as fresh as opponents Partick Thistle who had enjoyed a fortnight of rest having not played a match last week.

To their credit Thistle came to play football and were really unlucky not to go ahead after seven minutes when David Amoo outmuscled Mark Reynolds twice, but neither of his deliveries could find a man inside the area.

At the other end, Peter Pawlett came so close to putting the Dons in front after Graeme Shinnie won a free kick in a dangerous area. Peter did really well getting the shot on target which forced Cerny into a smart stop and then Pete showed great hunger minutes later with a snap shot on goal from inside the area.

After Thistle had been the better side in the opening ten minutes Aberdeen slowly got a bit of control. They had plenty of energy and pace going forward but there was a lack of clear cut chances.

And then finally a goal came and what a goal it was.  

A nice bursting run from Graeme Shinnie forced Osman into conceding a free kick at the edge of the box. We know just how much quality Niall McGinn possesses and on 28 minutes he used every drop of it when his beautifully struck free kick sailed over the wall into the top left hand corner.

The Dons’ season was up and running.

You felt that once the first went in, the rest would follow quickly afterwards. It could easily have been 2-0 after 35 minutes when Adam Rooney got on the right side of a brilliant Reynolds long ball. Mark had a number of them today. Rooney tried to slide the ball under the out rushing Tomas Cerny. The goalkeeper couldn’t gather the ball and when Adam jumped up and put a shot across goal and it very nearly found Storey who was coming in at the back post.  

If the Red Army thought that having gone a goal behind Thistle would crumble they were wrong. Amoo beat Mark Reynolds to the ball in the middle of the pitch launching a counter attack. The winger showed tremendous pace to set himself up for a shot, but he couldn’t get past Shay Logan who had got back in time to make a perfectly timed block. Brilliant defending that stopped an almost certain goal. Logan has been one of the Dons’ star performers so far this season and once again showed his quality.

That was all there was time for, with referee John Beaton bringing a very enjoyable 45 minutes of football to a close. A solid performance from both teams.


Aberdeen looked like they had taken plenty of confidence from that first half goal. The opening stages started well with Miles Storey’s movement causing some trouble in the Thistle defence. He laid the ball off for Niall McGinn on the right but his cross only found the gloves of Tomas Cerny.

After 57 minutes it was 2-0 and once again it was the work of Graeme Shinnie which opened the door. Thistle were slow to get the ball out from the back and the captain’s hard work paid off when Liam Lindsay was caught in possession. Miles Storey pounced on his uncertainty rolling the ball into the left hand corner of the goal in off the post. After putting in a huge graft, the young striker deserved his goal and will be delighted to have opened his account at Pittodrie.

With a two goal advantage it looked like it was going to be a good day’s work for the Dons. Just after the hour mark, the manager shuffled his pack with a double substitution. Wes Burns replaced Peter Pawlett who, for the second week in a row, had impressed. Ash Taylor came on for Miles Storey, allowing O’Connor to sit in the midfield.

During his time in England, Anthony earned himself a reputation as an enforcer in the middle of the pitch, so the change in tactics kept a good balance in the team.

The game went through a stop-start phase with a strange succession of play which saw Niall McGinn booked. Aberdeen had one or two half chances but seemed happy to protect what they had.

As we moved into the final stages of the game Partick Thistle were reduced to 10 men when Sean Welsh took Wes Burns out on the break. The midfielder appeared to confront the linesman and was given his marching orders and a second yellow card by referee John Beaton.

Jayden Stockley came on with five minutes to go, as Derek McInnes decided it was time to take off Adam Rooney who as usual had put in a lot of work off the ball.
That should have been that.

But it was to be a nervy finish to the match as Partick Thistle got themselves a lifeline as the board went up for stoppage time. Substitute Chris Erskine lashed the ball home from inside the box with a delightful finish. The Dons sat deep with a couple of minutes left to play. Could they hold on?

Fortunately, they could. Thistle won a couple of corners that gave keeper Cerny the chance to come forward. The first effort nearly snuck into the goal after taking a deflection off McLean. The midfielder in the end did well to deflect the ball wide. The second effort was cleared by Shay Logan who took a knock in the process of clearing.
John Beaton blew for full time which was certainly a relief. A deserved three points for Aberdeen, their first win of the season. Despite the nervy finish, again more positives for the manager to be happy with at this stage of the season.



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