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Match Preview | Ross County v Aberdeen

January 31, 2022 3:46 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Match Preview | Ross County v Aberdeen


Competition: cinch Scottish Premiership
Match: Ross County v Aberdeen
Venue: Global Energy Stadium
Kick Off: 19:45
TV Coverage: RedTV: Video coverage – RedTV International. Audio commentary- GB & Ireland. PPV: Purchase from Ross County – please click here. Click on the ‘Away team’ option to watch our RedTV coverage.
Reaction Post Match:  Full match replay available from 10pm, highlights from midnight.

Stephen Glass carried out his usual pre match media duties on Monday lunchtime as he previewed Tuesday night’s game in Dingwall. To watch in full on RedTV, please click here.

Ryan Hedges

“A bid got accepted by the club and it felt like it was better for Ryan to move on, he is no longer an Aberdeen player and we wish him well at Blackburn.

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“I am very hopeful that we are sitting as we are or stronger come midnight. We are obviously hopeful, we would like to add but there are clubs that don’t want to loose good players and it is difficult. I will be at the training ground until midnight tonight, that is for certain.

“It is a day that you don’t control. You are hoping to get better during the day, it is difficult. It is my first experience of it as well, it is something that is new to me, it is a different situation but it is part of being a manager. There are a lot of good people doing a lot of good work. There will be a few people here staying late tonight and we are all trying to do the best for the club.

“We are trying to strengthen the group. It may or may not happen. It is frustrating when you think that you are quite far down the line with things then something falls through or the player decides to go somewhere else or stay put. It is the difficulty that every manager goes through every January. It is new to me, but it is nothing new. It is what it is in January and you have to deal with it.

“The club can decide what they accept or don’t accept for one of our players. We have said it for weeks that if someone comes in with ridiculous money at one minute to midnight, it probably happens. I am in no different a position to a huge number of managers across the country.

“All of our players were in at training on Sunday, as they would have been, they are all preparing for Tuesday night. There is nothing different because it is deadline day. We are preparing for the game tomorrow night, we can’t take our eye off of the ball or we will run into a Ross County team that is pretty determined to win.

Vicente Besuijen

“It is nice when he comes in and he looks the part. He is itching to go. He was disappointed that the game was off at the weekend. He has got an opportunity to play tomorrow night, if we choose to put him in from the start then brilliant but I think the fans will like what they see when they see him playing for us.

Team News

“We go as we were from the game the other night. Jonny will be available, he is good.

Ross County

“After their result with Rangers on Saturday, Ross County will be fairly buyout, believing they can win. They have obviously got a really good spirit about them to come back against a good Rangers team. I don’t think that is a surprise because of what Malky puts into his team, he managed to really drive his players on. That says a lot too. It will be a difficult task, we know they are really quick on the break, they have got really quick attacking forward players. As always I think how we handle things is what will dictate the game, as it was last week. We didn’t handle the game well at all and we suffered. In the main it is what we do that has been an issue.

“In terms of the wind, we couldn’t really train on Saturday. On Sunday we were able to train properly more specifically than we would have been if we had had the game on the Saturday. Apart from that nothing really changed with the game being called off. We know what we are up against, and we know what we need to do to win.

“I don’t know how Malky will tackle the game. They press generally pretty high, they are quite aggressive but we know how they play. For me I worry about Aberdeen and how we approach things and I think if we do our jobs right then we give ourselves a good opportunity to go and win.

Away Form

“If we don’t sort it out (our away form) we will find ourselves sliding down the table pretty quick. We know there are winnable games for us. The teams that are sitting at home believe the same thing but it is important that we go and tackle the game, be as positive as we can and be difficult to play against and be hard to beat. Fingers crossed we come out of this week with six points.

“The disappointment with the game being off on Saturday is the players didn’t get the chance to go and put things right. It is always coming round the corner and they get the chance tomorrow night up at Ross County and they are all looking forward to it. Watching the game at the weekend, the pitch looks nice up there, it is always a good atmosphere, there might not be as much travelling support as there was going to be over the new year period but I am sure there will be plenty of fans there on our side.”

Earlier This Season

We faced Malky Mackay’s side at the end of August at Pittodrie. In an entertaining game, The Dons dominated large spells of the game but could only come away with a 1-1 draw. Regan Charles-Cook put the away side in front in the first half when Aberdeen did not properly clear a Harry Paton ball into the box and Charles-Cook was on hand to drill the ball into the net. Aberdeen threw everything at The Highlanders in the second half and we finally found the breakthrough when County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw could only parry a Jonny Hayes’ shot and Christian Ramirez followed in, like all good strikers do, to slide the ball into the net.

Dons Line Up: Lewis, Ramsay, Campbell, Ferguson (Hayes), Gallagher, McCrorie, Ojo, Brown, Ramirez, Samuels (Watkins), Longstaff (JET).


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Report | Dons held in Dingwall

February 1, 2022 9:42 pm Author: Aberdeen FC
Report | Dons held in Dingwall


SPFL Premiership
Global Energy Arena
Tuesday 1st February 2022
Referee: Alan Muir

Honours were even between the Dons and Ross County for the second time this season, despite a much improved away performance from Aberdeen that was probably worth all three points.

There were three changes for the Dons for the midweek trip to Dingwall, with fit again Jonny Hayes and Dylan McGeouch back in the side and Vicente Besuijen making his debut after signing last week. They replaced Teddy Jenks and Dean Campbell, who both start from the bench, and Ryan Hedges. Jack Mackenzie, Adam Montgomery and Michael Ruth were added to the substitutes.

Ross County 3-3 drew at home to Rangers on Saturday, up to 10th and clear of the relegation places. There were three changes to that team, Ross Laidlaw, Dominic Samuel and Keith Watson replacing Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Jack Baldwin and Harry Paton.

Thankfully the weekend storms had settled somewhat before the game and the Dons started well at Dingwall, a Calvin Ramsay free-kick on four minutes producing a good header at the near post from Lewis Ferguson, Laidlaw doing well to get down to his left to scramble the ball away at the foot of the post.

A Hayes free-kick from the left was the next real incident on 15 minutes. The ball was headed clear, McGeouch coming onto it from 20 yards but volleying the ball into the ground and up into Laidlaw’s arms.

Funso Ojo was the next instigator on 20 minutes, a crossfield pass picking out Ramsay. He came inside but was always falling away on his left foot shot which swung well wide of goal.

Samuel was the first yellow card of the evening on 26 minutes, dragging McCrorie back by the collar as he charged forward through midfield. Two minutes later, a neat pass from McGeouch found Ojo 25 yards out but his dipping drive was pushed away to his right by Laidlaw.

Besuijen was enjoying a promising debut and he showed great control and speed to create space on the right to spear in a dangerous cross on the half hour, County just able to clear their lines.

Ferguson collected a loose ball on halfway a minute later. He advanced half a dozen paces and then unleashed a fierce drive that swerved just the wrong side of the post. The hosts finally threatened on 35 minutes, Scott Brown clearing White’s shot from inside the six yard box after good work by Charles-Cook.

Tillson was next in the book, hauling Ferguson down as he was on the run in the 42nd minute, but the resulting free-kick came to nothing.


The Staggies made one change at the break, Randall on for Ramsay at right-back.

That channel was the source of an Aberdeen lead on 48 minutes. Brown looped a long ball down the left wing, Hayes accelerating on to it. He chested it down just inside the box and then drilled a low shot across Laidlaw and into the far corner, a lovely, crisp finish.

Aberdeen weren’t far from doubling the advantage two minutes later, Besuijen’s shot cannoning into Christian Ramirez, Laidlaw clawing the ball to safety low to his right. Hungbo was then into the book, a bit harshly it seemed, for diving on 52 minutes.

There was better news for County a minute later as they squared up the game. Callachan fed Charles-Cook on the left. His cross was deflected back into the path of Callachan who had time to pick his spot from the edge of the area, firing the ball through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner.

Hayes was the first Aberdeen man to be cautioned on 58 minutes after a foul on Hungbo. Charles-Cook followed him into the book seconds later after flattening Besuijen.

A great break from Aberdeen should have ended in a goal on the hour. A lovely pass from McGeouch set Ramirez on his way and he slid the ball wide to Ojo, a little too wide as it turned out. Ojo lost the momentum as a result and his shot was turned wide by Laidlaw.

Brown was next to get into a good position, a curling ball in from Hayes reaching him 15 yards out, but he put his header wide of goal. The skipper then went in the book for a slight nudge on White before Hungbo was replaced by Paton on 67 minutes. Jenks was Aberdeen’s first change two minutes later, McGeouch going off. He was immediately clobbered by Paton who became County’s fifth booking of the night.

Good possession play from Aberdeen down the right resulted in Hayes having a decent crack at the target from 30 yards out, the ball flashing just over the bar on 74 minutes. Hayes came close again four minutes later, David Bates bringing the ball forward and squeezing a pass into the Irishman who jabbed a shot goalwards from a tight angle, Laidlaw grabbing it at the second attempt.

Ramirez was next to try his luck, a short backlift and a stabbed shot at goal from the edge of the area, Laidlaw scrambling it wide. Laidlaw missed the corner, the ball finding Ojo at the back post. He manufactured a backheel at goal that hit Laidlaw and bounced to safety, not that the goalkeeper knew much about it. That was Ojo’s last involvement, replaced by MacKenzie on 81.

Joe Lewis was called into sharp action with five minutes to go, Paton found around the penalty spot by a low cross. His shot looked goalbound but Lewis was down smartly to smother the ball, an important save. Ferguson was booked a minute later for obstruction.

A quick ball out from Lewis as we went into added time set Besuijen and Hayes away down the right, Hayes’ cross going just behind Ramirez but he could only scoop the ball over from 20 yards.

ROSS COUNTY: Laidlaw, Ramsay (Randall 46), Watson, Iacovitti, Vokins, Charles-Cook, Tillson, Callachan, Hungbo (H. Paton 67), D. Samuel, White.
Subs not used: Munro, A. Samuel, Drysdale, Wright, Mackinnon.

GOAL: Callachan (53)
BOOKED: D. Samuel, Tillson, Hungbo, Charles-Cook, H. Paton

ABERDEEN: Lewis, Ramsay, McCrorie, Bates, Hayes, McGeouch (Jenks 68), Brown, Ojo (MacKenzie 81), Ferguson, Besuijen, Ramirez.
Subs not used: Woods, Montgomery, Kennedy, Emmanuel-Thomas, Gallagher, Campbell, Ruth.

GOAL: Hayes (48)
BOOKED: Hayes, Brown, Ferguson


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