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Dundee United Preview

April 30, 2015 7:00 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Dundee United Preview

Derek McInnes spoke to the media at lunchtime on Thursday and was asked first of all about his nomination for Manager of the Year, an award he won last year.

“I am obviously delighted. I would rather be nominated than not but I think every manager will say the same, that it’s a reflection on everybody at the club. Every time there is an individual award like Adam Rooney being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year the spotlight falls on the team and it’s the same with my staff in particular for my nomination.  I think the manager of the year will come from one of the other three nominees but I am pleased to be in all the same. 

“It’s positive but I don’t think we need that endorsement, I see the improvement and you only need to look at the stats to see that this season has been really pleasing for so many reasons. 

“When we first came in I remember attending an awards dinner and Aberdeen was hardly mentioned, Niall McGinn was mentioned for his goal contribution but there was no players mentioned and the club itself hadn’t really done anything.

“So it is great for the club to be where we are now in terms of qualifying for Europe again, getting second spot and doing it so early with a bit of style, Adam getting nominated, I am sure we will have 2 or 3 in the SPFL team of the year and also have players being involved at international level. 

“That all shows the improvement. 

“There is a lot to like about the team at the minute but we still know that there is improvement to come, hopefully this time next year we are talking about further awards for players and future success and that is what we are working towards. 

“I do feel as if the players are giving everything for the Club, myself and Tony every time we play. There are acceptable ways of losing, we set out to win every game but even when we don’t we don’t want it to be through any lack of effort and I think the support see what the players give week in week out. 

“We never know when we are beat and we give everything, that should be a bare minimum but on top of that we are getting good performances more often than not and that’s why we have shown the consistency that we have this season. 

“We are taking over 3000 fans to Dundee on Saturday and they will be expecting us to go out and win the game, the players put that pressure on themselves to go and win the game too. We are in a good mood and we feel confident which we should after the result last week in a hard fought match. 

“Training has been good and the players are ready. Dundee United v Aberdeen games always provides a good atmosphere. 

“We have got Celtic next week so Tony and I will be at the game to watch them as they are our next opponent but Saturday’s preparation doesn’t change. The team will be named before it and we will pick a team to win the game and we will make sure that our real focus is on that. We think that it’s a big enough game for that to be the case so there won’t be any distraction. Regardless of the result at Celtic Park on Friday night we aim to go and win.

“Saturday is a big game and the game the following Sunday can only become bigger if we go and win on Saturday. 

“That would give us an opportunity to maybe sample that showcase game that people speak about. There has been a lot of progression this season and the supporters recognise that but not having the Cup Final has been a source of disappointment naturally. 

“Russell Anderson and I speak every other day and he is really well thought of at the club. He has played a couple of U20 games and has been in and around the first team squad for two to three weeks now. We will probably look to get him another game with 20s and then involve him in the first team squad. So he will not be in the squad on Saturday and Barry is still suspended. Everyone else is available for selection.”

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Rare defeat for Dons as title race ends

May 2, 2015 8:00 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Rare defeat for Dons as title race ends

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The Dons this afternoon went down to only their seventh defeat in the league this season. The fact Aberdeen did not win therefore means Celtic are the SPFL Premiership Champions with three games to go.

In front of a fantastic support, Aberdeen put in a decent enough performance and gave it everything but it was just one of those days when they did not get the break of the ball in the box. Taylor and Smith both had very good chances in the first half and Rooney had a couple of half chances in the second. The first goal was always going to be crucial, and so it proved. On 13 minutes a long ball from Souttar picked out an unmarked Robbie Muirhead in the area and he scored with a comfortable finish. With nothing at stake in the remaining fixtures manager Derek McInnes can now have one eye on next season.

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Derek McInnes made one change to the side that won last week in Inverness. Peter Pawlett came back into the side in place of Kenny McLean who dropped to the bench. So Aberdeen lined up with Brown in goal, Logan at right back, Considine at left back with Reynolds and Taylor in central defence. Flood and Jack were the central midfielders with McGinn wide on the right, Hayes wide left and Pawlett playing in behind Rooney. Andrew Considine was handed the captain’s armband as it was his 300th appearance for the Dons.

The game kicked off in cold and wet conditions on a decent surface. It was the usual lively start to an Aberdeen v United game. In the second minute Niall McGinn put over a cross from the left after a good move, Rooney flicked it on but his header just went past the far post. Then at the other end Muirhead picked out Spittal in the box who was unmarked but Considine managed to get over and make a great block.

On 6 minutes Aberdeen somehow failed to take the lead. Hayes played over a free kick which was headed goalwards by an unmarked Rooney. Cierzniak made a decent save but the ball landed at the feet of Ash Taylor. For all the world it looked like the centre half would stick the ball into the empty net but the ball got tangled up in his feet and the keeper was able to get back and grab it. After 8 minutes the first corner went to Aberdeen after United were forced to scramble the ball clear when Rooney almost picked out Pawlett in the six yard box.

It was a good start from Aberdeen who were playing at a good tempo.

But then on 13 minutes against the run of play United took the lead. A long ball from John Souttar picked out Robbie Muirhead. The ex Killie man was completely unmarked and onside and had all the time in the world to take a touch and hammer it past Brown. A poor goal from the Dons point of view. Up to that point United’s confidence had looked a bit fragile so the first goal in this game was always going to be important.

Aberdeen had a good chance to equalise from a corner straight away. The ball was cleared to the edge of the area. Pawlett knocked it back in at pace and Taylor’s glancing header had Cierzniak scrambling. On 22 minutes more joy down the left wing for the Dons. Hayes played the ball in but it was just too high for Rooney and Cierzniak gathered. Then Peter Pawlett was forced to go off after failing to recover from an earlier knock. Cammy Smith, who was maybe a bit unlucky not to start the game, came on. With Smith’s arrival, the Dons changed to more of a 4-3-3 formation.

On 27 minutes the Dons won a free kick wide on the left. Hayes put over a good ball which picked out Considine but the skipper could not get a touch. With half an hour gone the Dons would have been frustrated to have been behind as they had plenty of the ball in the final third but were unable to create any clear openings.  On 32 minutes a Ciftci shot from an angle was on target but Brown was well positioned and was able to make an easy save. On 37 minutes a pre-rehearsed corner move very nearly came off. Smith made a late run into the box towards the near post and McGinn was only inches away from picking him out.  

On the stroke of half time Aberdeen had another wonderful chance. Considine first of all swung over a great ball from the left which was actually well defended by United. Reynolds then played an intelligent first time header wide for Logan. Shay from the by-line put over a good ball which fell to Cammy Smith at the back of the six yard box but just when it looked like he would score Ryan McGowan got across to make a great block.

HT 1-0

United started the second half strongly. On 48 minutes Jack inadvertently played the ball into the path of Muirhead. He again had time to pick his spot, instead he decided to hammer in a shot with his left foot and Brown was forced to make a good block. On 55 minutes another great chance for the Dons. The ball was played wide to Hayes who put over a driven cross. McGinn then Smith appeared close to scoring but again the ball would just not fall for a white shirt in the box. This was the story of the day. Then Rooney hit a powerful shot that the United keeper knew little about. The ball hit his knee and rebounded back into the danger area but again frustratingly no Aberdeen player could get on the end of it.

On 62 minutes there was a double change for the Dons. Jack and Considine went off and Goodwillie and McLean came on. Hayes slotted in at left back as Derek McInnes went for it. Aberdeen had to win this game so they had nothing to lose. At times it looked like a 4-2-4 formation. On 63 minutes a Smith volley just went over. It was a good effort from Cammy but the ball would just not come down for him in time. On 65 minutes Goodwillie played a neat threated ball through to Rooney. For a second it looked like Adam had an opening but Cierzniak did well to get out and make a block at the striker’s feet.

It was then all Aberdeen as they pushed for an equaliser but the United defence did a good job. Paul Dixon and Ryan McGowan, both brought in in January, both impressed. All the United players worked hard to protect their lead.

On 82 minutes there was a stramash in the box. Again the ball would not fall for a white jersey so Rooney tried an overhead kick but he could not make good enough contact.  United broke quickly and had a one on one. Ciftci for a moment got the better of Logan but the Dons defender, named in the SPFL team of the year, got back to make a brilliant tackle. The danger was not over though so Scott Brown elected to come out of his area and also made a great tackle.

In the final stages the Dons huffed and puffed but never really looked like scoring and were made to regret not taking some of their earlier chances.  On 89 minutes they did have a free kick in a good area which Hayes and McGinn left to Taylor who hammered it wide.

Not the worst performance of the season, but just no breaks in front of goal.


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