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Match Preview | Aberdeen v Hamilton Accies
Competition: Scottish Premiership
Match: Aberdeen v Hamilton Accies
Kick Off: 19:00
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The manager spoke to the media via Zoom this afternoon as he previewed our game with Hamilton Accies on Tuesday evening.
Fans Back in Stadiums
“The club are working hard to be on the front foot and are looking for a plan going forward. The test fixture against Kilmarnock, it was unanimously received as a success and the club are looking for a bit more guidance in what the future may well hold for us in terms of planning. The situation nationwide outside of football is really challenging so we understand that there has to be balance. It maybe wasn’t a huge surprise that it was rejected. We have had a plan in place to cope with a thousand supporters inside Pittodrie for a while now and the club is keen to see that through.
“If we cannot get supporters in then the consequences for clubs are pretty drastic. There will be a consequence both financially and safeguarding jobs. The chairman is looking for the opportunity to try and progress things, but we respect the situation going on in the country.
“We are totally confident that we can provide a safe place for supporters to come and watch their team. We are confident that in an outdoor space in our stadium that we can provide that safety for anyone that wants to come along. We are keen to get that game played as quickly as possible. I have to safeguard the performance of the team on the pitch while the chairman has to safeguard the future of the club.
“The performance on Saturday was good but we are disappointed that we didn’t get the three points. We anticipated Dundee United’s team, their shape, and the way that they would play. I think if we get one goal then the game opens up and Dundee Utd would have to come out of their shape to try and get something from the game. We felt we had missed opportunities in the first half, and we had a missed opportunity with the penalty claim.
“There was a lot to be pleased with the performance both from the team and individually and sometimes you just don’t get the result. If the players keep doing what they are doing, then we will get the result more often than not. It was another clean sheet on the road, and we have not conceded a goal away from home this season.
Games in Hand
“Trying to get this game played was very important to us. You can see what is happening to teams in terms of fixtures needing played. Tomorrow is a chance for us to catch up on our games in hand, but it is also a chance to get three points. We are glad to be back at home, but we are looking to put a bit more polish on the performance from Saturday.
“We have just had to knuckle down and get on with it. We have won some very important games. It has not been perfect because we have lost some games but the players approach to it has been exactly what we wanted, it has been measured, it has been quiet and we have just got on with our business and let our football do the talking.
“Things are sometimes never as bad as people make out and also things are sometimes never as good as people make out. It is about keeping that balance. We have an experienced staff and players. In those times of adversity, you just have to trust the way you work, trust your staff and players and trust that things will get better.
“When the games have been open, we have enjoyed that as we have a lot of speed in the team. When teams defend their box as United did on Saturday, we could have done with that penalty box striker, someone who makes their presence felt, like big Sam. We got into so many good positions, it isn’t down to just not having our main striker there, we are looking for everybody to contribute.
“Hamilton have got an unbreakable spirit. I cannot be more glowing in my praise for them as a club. Every year they are tipped to go down they stay up, every time they are predicted to take a sore one, they come up with a big result. They were 3-0 down on Saturday but they never thought that they were out of the game and I love that about them.
“Brian Rice normally goes with a front two and his attention is always to carry a threat. Just because Hamilton find themselves at the bottom of the table now doesn’t mean that they will be there come the end of the season and I don’t expect them to be there. We have a tough game on our hands, and we know they produce results. We just have to do all that we can to produce the result that we know that we are capable of and deal with a tough opponent.
“We set ourselves a target of winning both the Dundee Utd and Hamilton Accies games, having only drawn on Saturday it puts more emphasises on winning tomorrow. Looking at the league table, before we even played the first round of fixtures is maybe not the best idea at the minute. We just have to try and find that consistency of performance and the league table will look how you want it to look if you take each game as it comes.
“We are totally focused on tomorrow night. We are well aware of their threat. We had a tough home game last time out against St Mirren that took until the last minute to win. We know how tough it will be. We need to be prepared to get our hands dirty, we need to do so much right in the game, and we need to set about the task of imposing ourselves on the game and picking up all three points.”
Head to Head at Pittodrie
Played 55, Won 40, Drawn 7, Lost 8, Goals Scored 127, Goals Conceded 42.
The Last Time…
The last time that we faced Hamilton at Pittodrie was back in the middle of December last year as we won a close game 1-0. The only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute when Sam Cosgrove connected with a Niall McGinn cross at the back post to give Aberdeen all three points.
Dons Line Up: Lewis, Logan, Leigh (Considine), Ojo (Gallagher), Taylor, McKenna, Hedges (Campbell), Ferguson, Cosgrove, Wilson, McGinn.
Unused Subs: Cerny, Anderson, Main, McLennan.
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Report | Raining goals at Pittodrie
ABERDEEN 4 HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 2
Tuesday 20th October 2020
Ref – Nick Walsh
An opening half an hour of electrifying football from the Dons was too much for Hamilton Accies to handle as Aberdeen blew their visitors away on their way to three points and third place in the league table.
Following Saturday’s goalless draw with Dundee United at Tannadice, Derek McInnes made two changes to his starting XI for the visit of Hamilton Accies. In came Dylan McGeouch and Ryan Edmondson, making his first senior start, with Connor McLennan and Ross McCrorie dropping to the bench. Joining them on the bench were the returning Sam Cosgrove, Matty Kennedy and Greg Leigh.
Sitting bottom of the table on seven points along with St Mirren, Accies were involved in a thriller at home to St Johnstone on Saturday, eventually losing 5-3. Manager Brian Rice made two changes to his team, Will Collar and Ronan Hughes replacing David Templeton and Kyle Munro, both missing from the matchday squad.
The game started with the rain hosing down, Accies making the brighter start without creating anything to unduly worry Joe Lewis. The Dons gradually got going and started to pen Accies in, but the first real action didn’t come until the seventh minute with a nasty clash of heads between Jonny Hayes and Hodson, both needing lengthy treatment before being able to resume.
The Dons were in front on 13 minutes though, from the first corner of the game. Ryan Hedges whipped the ball in from the Aberdeen right towards the near post, Tommie Hoban running free of his marker to bury his header past Fulton from six yards out. It was nearly two three minutes later, Lewis Ferguson’s free-kick from 25 yards out arcing just wide of goal.
Aberdeen were full of confidence now, fizzing the ball around and pulling Accies all over the field. The second that they deserved came in the 21st minute and a wonderful goal it was, Edmondson rolling the ball across the top of the box, a lovely dummy from Hedges allowing it to find Ferguson, running onto it on the right edge of the box. As the ball ran across him, without breaking his stride, he laced a right foot shot first time across goal and into the top corner. A foot like a traction engine…
A minute later, Edmondson shimmied into the box and looked to have curled the ball inside the far post, a faint deflection just edging it wide. From the corner, Wright and Hedges worked space for the Welsh international to flash a shot across goal and just inches wide of goal.
The Dons were running riot now though and the third duly came in the 24th minute, Edmondson getting his first senior goal following more slick play. Watkins found Hayes inside the box with a cute reverse pass, Hayes pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot and Edmondson was on hand to clip the ball past Fulton with the minimum of fuss.
On the half hour, Hayes limped off but despite the Dons being down to ten men, it was quickly 4-0. Edmondson picked up the pieces from a deflection 25 yards out, drove into the box, showing pace and power, before drawing the goalkeeper towards him and lifting his shot over him.
Accies got one back almost immediately though, Moyo nipping in between Hoban and Ash Taylor at the back post to tap in from three yards after a neat cross from the right from Hodson. The Dons were then finally able to bring on Hayes’ replacement, Connor McLennan.
Credit to Accies, they kept trying to play their football with no thought of damage limitation and for a spell they pushed Aberdeen back into their own half. Even so, Aberdeen almost ended the half on a high, lovely football from Hedges and Wright opening up the Accies defence, Watkins trying a clever backheel on the run that almost drew a fifth goal, Fulton happy to fall on the ball on the line.
Accies still found time in a breathless half to respond with an incisive break, Callachan looking set to score, Andy Considine somehow managing to turn the ball over the bar from pretty much on the line.
HALF-TIME: ABERDEEN 4 HAMILTON ACCIES 1
Accies were first to threaten after the break, Ogkmpoe driving a shot at goal from 25 yards out in the 49th minute, Lewis doing well to get down to his left to push the ball away to safety as it skidded through to him.
Wright looked to have threaded Edmondson through in the 54th minute, but he couldn’t get onto the ball, the big striker limping after it after taking a knock a few minutes earlier when he went falling into the Accies dugout when trying to make a tackle on halfway. He was quickly replaced by McCrorie, McGeouch also making way for Funso Ojo. A minute later, Accies brought on Trafford for Martin. Collar then made way for Mimnaugh in the 63rd minute.
Accies began to worm their way back in the game as they won a penalty in the 68th minute after a driven cross smacked into Considine’s arm – a rather less intentional hand ball than Shankland’s at Tannadice last Saturday. Callachan stepped up and drilled his shot to Lewis’ right, the pace taking it past the goalkeeper who got a touch on it but couldn’t keep it out.
The visitors took plenty of encouragement from that and continued to press forward, life suddenly a little more difficult for the Dons than it had looked like being. Aberdeen might have sealed it in the 76th minute though, Watkins driving into the box in the inside-left position before crossing, the ball neatly bisecting Hedges and Wright, Accies somehow scrambling the ball behind as the hosts picked up the pace again.
With the game drifting away and Aberdeen re-establishing control, Brian Rice tried one last throw of the dice, Stirling and Smith coming on in the 80th minute in place of Callachan and Hughes. McLennan collected a pretty harsh yellow card in the 85th minute and the Dons then introduced Niall McGinn for Wright as the game started to peter out, Odoffin shown a yellow card in the final minute for a challenge on McGinn, the last significant action of the game.
ABERDEEN: Lewis, Hoban, Taylor, Considine, Hedges, McGeouch (Ojo 56), Ferguson, Hayes (McLennan 33), Wright (McGinn 87), Watkins, Edmondson (McCrorie 56).
Subs not used: Woods, Logan, Cosgrove, Leigh, Kennedy.
GOAL: Hoban (13), Ferguson (21), Edmondson (24, 31)
HAMILTON ACADEMICAL: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann, Want, Hodson, Martin (Trafford 57), Collar (Mimnaugh 63), Callachan (Stirling 80), Ogkmpoe, Moyo, Hughes (Smith 80).
Subs not used: Gourlay, Easton, Stanger, Owolabi, Johnson.
GOAL: Moyo (32), Callachan (pen) (68)