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Match Preview | Aberdeen v Hibernian

March 6, 2020 7:15 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Match Preview | Aberdeen v Hibernian

 

Competition: Ladbrokes Premiership
Match: Aberdeen v Hibernian
Venue: Pittodrie
Kick Off: 15:00
TV Coverage: Red TV International

The manager sat down with the media this morning to preview tomorrow’s match against Hibernian.

 

Kilmarnock Game

“We are disappointed that we haven’t won the game. We are at the stage of the season now where wins are vitally important as we start to run out of games. There is still a bit of frustration from that from myself. The two goals that we lost, the second one was self-inflicted and we have got to do better on the build up to that and the first one I feel is very harsh, for Ash to get booked and for us to lose a penalty and ultimately a goal was harsh.

“From middle to front I felt that we were okay. It was pleasing to see us come back from two goals behind and show our fighting spirit and also with the quality of the two goals. We take our point. It becomes a better point if we win tomorrow. We have been doing well on the road of late, far more than what we normally do, if we can win our home form on the back of that then you are going the right way.

“The important part is winning our home games which we have not been doing of late. We have got a tough opponent tomorrow trying to stop us doing exactly that.

“We are still looking for that bit more quality at times. By and large that spirit and the work rate and that effort from everybody has been there. We are needing everything thrown into the mix now for these remaining games. We are looking for that determination not to concede poor goals and not putting it down to a refereeing decision, we are looking to strive for even more quality.

“If we can keep raising standards and get the individual performances up then we will get our chance. With nine league games to go the onus is on us to step up and finish the season strongly.

“We are still in charge of our own destiny. A lot of the times when you come into the post-split fixtures, we have been over the course of it before. There is a good chance that we will play Livingston, Hibs and Motherwell twice, the teams that are in and around us. Everybody will be seeing it as being in their own hands.

“If we can find the form that I feel we are capable of, if we can get that consistency of performance, consistency of results and that motivation to finish third then hopefully we can give ourselves a chance to finish third.

Hibernian Game

“It is going to be a tough game. Jack has got a really good squad of players there. They carry a threat. Boyle is such an important and key player for them. Doidge is scoring goals and they have got good midfield options. Whatever team comes up to play against us, they have good players who we will be coming up against.

“Aberdeen v Hibs has always been a good fixture; we have had a decent record against them. We took a sore one down there last time out. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow with a victory. If we can beat a good team like Hibs that will help with the quest to get more victories between now and the end of the season.

Team News

“We will give Sam up until tomorrow morning. He is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. He probably needs to feel much better tomorrow morning than he does today. He is certainly going the right way.

“Being such a key player, we will give him every chance to be available.

“Bryson and Campbell come back into contention and hopefully Sam joins them.

Coronavirus Concerns

“You just have to do all that you can to try and prevent a spread within your club. All we are doing is carrying out the advice that we are getting and making the players aware of it. Hopefully we can avoid it.

“It is natural to shake hands with players and to hug players especially if you are in a confined area like a dressing room. People are far more aware, and we have got certain measures in place such as anybody from the club who has been abroad over the last while we make sure they are not coming into contact with the first team players.

“We want to make sure that we do all we can to follow the advice that has been given and follow the advice that has been given.”

So Far This Season

Aberdeen have yet to taste victory against the Edinburgh outfit this season with The Dons drawing one match and losing the other. In the first meeting of the season, the sides played out an eventful draw at Pittodrie. Ryan Porteous gave the Leith side the lead just after half time and The Dons were given a mountain to climb a few minutes later when Curtis Main was shown a straight red card for a heavy tackle on Stevie Mallan. Despite playing with a man down, Sam Cosgrove headed The Dons level with five minutes remaining when he connected with a McGinn header. Aberdeen finished the game with nine men when Lewis Ferguson was shown a late red card.

The second meeting came in December at Easter Road. Despite a strong first half performance from The Dons, second half goals from Florain Kamberi and a Martin Boyle double gave Hibs the victory.

The Game That Was

29/04/2006: Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen 4 v 0 Hibernian – Pittodrie, Aberdeen

Aberdeen kept their European chances alive as they hammered Hibs at Pittodrie. Stevie Crawford opened the scoring after 15 minutes and Steve Lovell grabbed a second before the break. Lovell scored his second of the game just 10 minutes into the second half before Ricky Foster rounded off the scoring.

Dons Line Up: Langfield, Diamond, McNaughton, Severin, Anderson, Nicholson, Smith (Macaulay), Dempsey (Snoyl), Lovell (Stewart), Crawford, Foster.

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Report | Dons enjoy some home comforts after another strong comeback

March 7, 2020 5:07 pm Author: Malcolm Panton
Report | Dons enjoy some home comforts after another strong comeback

 

ABERDEEN 3 HIBERNIAN 1
SPFL Premiership
Saturday 7th March 2020
Pittodrie
Ref – John Beaton
Att – 14,388

A strong second half showing from Aberdeen saw them dismantle Hibs’ 10 men to come from behind to win comprehensively, ensuring they stay in the thick of the race for European qualification.
After Aberdeen’s 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock on Wednesday, Derek McInnes made just the one change to his starting XI, Michael Devlin moving to the bench and making way for the return of Dylan

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McGeouch as the Dons went with a back three. Dean Campbell also returned to the bench after being suspended in midweek.

Jack Ross made two changes to his Hibs side after they lost 3-1 to Hearts in the Edinburgh derby at Easter Road on Tuesday night. Marc McNulty was unavailable through suspension while Stephane Omeonga dropped to the bench, Steven Whittaker and Jamie Gullan replacing them, Gullan’s first start for the Hibees.

Aberdeen were the first to threaten, McGeouch picking a nice pass inside to Niall McGinn in the area. His low cross was just behind Curtis Main who tried to fashion a backheel goalwards, the ball skidding across the face of the box. Gullan then had the visitors’ first crack at goal in the fifth minute, a low 25 yarder that had Lewis down sharply to his left to save.

Lewis had to make a better save a minute later, Doidge darting in at the back post to get on the end of a deep McGinn cross, the skipper scrambling across goal to shovel the ball to safety just inside the post. It was a frenetic start to the fixture, the most open game we’d seen at Pittodrie in some time.

Good play between Matty Kennedy and Funso Ojo set Lewis Ferguson away in the 15th minute, racing deep into Hibs territory, but he didn’t get enough on a 20 yarder to test Marciano. Ferguson was in with a chance again a minute later, Connor McLennan charging down the right and picking out Ferguson in the box, the midfielder trying to turn the ball round the corner and in, but being defeated by the angle.

Kennedy was inches away from finding the net in the 18th minute, stretching to get on the end of a McGinn cross but nudging it just wide – the offside flag was already up in any case. Gullan got a good break of the ball on halfway a minute later before charging goalwards, Lewis quickly off his line to make a very sharp save, forcing the striker to take his shot earlier than he would have wanted.

The Dons had the game’s first corner in the 26th minute, a short corner routine that found Ferguson’s head, the ball blocked away, allowing Hibs to get on the counter, McGeouch chasing back with Boyle to find a perfectly timed tackle in the penalty area to deny him.

McGeouch found some quality in the opposite direction a minute later, releasing Kennedy with a nicely weighted pass. His cross was half cleared, McLennan coming onto it, but his effort from the edge of the box was off target. On the half hour, McLennan was in his more usual role down the right, doing well to get a cross in, Main unable to get a clean contact on an acrobatic effort.

A dangerous corner from McGinn in the 35th minute almost drifted straight into the net, Marciano, flapping at it to push the ball over. Two minutes later, Aberdeen carved out their best chance, McLennan driving to the byline and drilling in a good, low cross, Main onto it at the near post with a deft touch, Marciano clutching the ball low down.

On 39 minutes though, the Dons were behind, Allan threading a good ball through to Doidge from around the centre circle. Doidge looked to have taken the ball too wide but managed to drag the ball across goal and into the far corner from a tight angle as the Aberdeen defence appealed in vain for an offside flag – Doidge did look suspiciously in advance of the back line as the ball was played. TV footage seemed to back this up.

Hibs’ Whittaker became the first to go in the book a minute later for barging into Ferguson. The referee got that one right, but then missed Docherty rugby tackling Ferguson to the ground in the Hibs box in the 41st minute, a blatant penalty. The near side linesman had a good view of the incident but kept his flag down. It did look a stonewall penalty on first viewing.

There was another very good shout for a penalty two minutes later at a Dons corner, Andrew Considine shoved to the floor by McGinn. Aberdeen were having no luck with the decisions, the whistler incurring more wrath from the home supporton the brink of the interval, penalising McLennan for barely making contact with a Hibs defender.

HALF-TIME: ABERDEEN 0 HIBERNIAN 1

The second half started scrappily as the wind began to pick up and swirl around Pittodrie, the rain starting to fall too.

Things livened up in the 55th minute though, a hack from Whittaker on Ferguson earning him his second yellow card of the afternoon, Whittaker walking towards the tunnel before the referee even had time to get his cards out. Hibs reacted by bringing on Hallberg in place of Gullan.

The Dons were almost on terms on the hour, good feet from Kennedy creating space to bend in a cross from the left, the ball eluding everyone and drifting inches past the far post. Bruce Anderson joined the action a couple of minutes later, replacing Shay Logan as the Dons threw caution to the wind in the search for an equaliser.

They hosts were back on terms on the 64th minute, a horrible slice from Jackson turning the ball past his own goalkeeper at the near post as McGinn speared in a dangerous looking cross with Aberdeen really looking to increase the tempo.

Ferguson was in the wars again in the 65th minute, dragged over by Hallberg who was punished with a yellow card. A minute later, Aberdeen were in front, McGinn’s left wing corner reaching Ferguson at the back post. Marciano managed to get his hand to Lewis’ header but Considine was on the spot, poaching from three yards out to turn the rebound over the line. In the aftermath of the goal, Hibs coach John Potter was cautioned by the referee.

Hibs brought on Omeonga in the 69th minute to try to turn the tide, Allan being replaced, Aberdeen introducing Devlin for McLennan after 73 minutes. Anderson almost made it three soon after, chasing onto the end of a long clearance from Lewis, Jackson doing extremely well to get back and make a crucial block in the box as Anderson looked ready to pull the trigger. Hibs took their last throw of the dice with the introduction of Horgan in place of Stevenson in the 82nd minute.

It mattered little, for almost immediately, Aberdeen were 3-1 up. It came from a clever backheel on the right wing from Ferguson that sent McGinn off into the box. His cross reached Anderson.

His first shot was blocked and as he tried to get onto the rebound, he succeeded in nudging the ball across to Main who hit the ball through Marciano on the turn, the goalkeeper not making his finest effort to save.

The Dons took the opportunity to give Ronald Hernández a run out when he replaced McGinn straight after the goal. Main then wasn’t far off from grabbing another goal in the 85th minute, a first time strike on the turn flying just over the bar from a tight angle. Hibs’ frustration was showing now, McGinn flying into Kennedy and getting a yellow card in the 87th minute, the last meaningful action of the afternoon as the Dons saw out the added time with ease.

FULL-TIME: ABERDEEN 3 HIBERNIAN

ABERDEEN: Lewis, Logan (Anderson 62), Taylor, Considine, McLennan (Devlin 73), Ojo, Ferguson, McGeouch, Kennedy, McGinn (Hernández 84), Main
Subs not used: Cerny, Hedges, Campbell, Gallagher

GOAL: Jackson (og) (64), Considine (66), Main (82)

HIBERNIAN: Marciano, McGinn, Jackson, Hanlon, Boyle, Whittaker, Docherty, Stevenson (Horgan 82), Allan (Omeonga 69), Gullan (Hallberg 59), Doidge
Subs not used: Bogdan, McGregor, Murray, Gray

GOAL: Doidge (39)

BOOKED: Whittaker, Hallberg, McGinn

SENT OFF: Whittaker

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