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Match Preview & Red Army Info | St Mirren v Aberdeen
Competition: cinch Scottish Premiership
Match: St Mirren v Aberdeen
Venue: The SMISA Stadium
Kick Off: 12:00
TV Coverage: RedTV International & Sky Sports Main Event. Audio Commentary is available to RedTV UK subscribers. Please note that there is no PPV available for this match as it is live on Sky Sports.
Stephen Glass spoke to the media, via Zoom, to preview Sunday’s trip to Paisley. To watch in full on RedTV, please click here.
“Ryan trained with us fully this week, he looks good. The decision we have is if we start him or to bring him off the bench. We will consult with the fitness and the medical staff towards the end of the week. We are happy he is back out on the pitch.
“It is a big positive for us to have him. You can see how much we have missed him. He has good imagination and is a little bit different. Everyone is looking forward to having him back in the group. Anytime you are not creating or scoring as much as you should, an attacking player coming back is a huge positive.
“The addition of Ryan will definitely help. There are a lot of boys who are so close to creating a lot of things. It is important to continue to focus on what we have been doing and we are not a million miles away from where we should be.
“It doesn’t take much to start climbing the league and it doesn’t take much to start winning games. The performance level needs to stay high, the work rate for the team needs to stay high and I think we will be okay.
“We are focused on our performance level which brings results and that is the key for us. We continue to perform to a good level, we continue working. We have not been cut open by teams, it has been our own situations as a group rather than other teams. It is important that we focus on that and how we can fix it and how we can focus on winning games.
“Us as a staff have a belief in what we are doing and we have belief in a great group of players. The players have got belief in the information they have got from us and everyone can feel it is not a million miles away. Talk is cheap and you can say it as long as you want. Performances on the pitch are what end up on results. If you don’t get results you give people opportunities to talk about you. It is important that we start to turn the corner and get results which I am sure we will. The process is a little bit longer than we would have liked but it is happening at a lot of places and it is not always straight forward and everybody knows there are a few bumps on the road.
“David Bates has been training so far this week and everything has looked good. The average age of the back four last week was 21 or 22 that started the game which was pretty young. I don’t think there are too many back fours at the top end of the Premiership that are that age. We also have a Scotland international there who didn’t start the game in Declan. It is important to recognise that we have a lot of good players in there. We are looking forward to having everybody fit and available.
“There is patience but there is also a recognition that we are not doing a whole lot wrong. There are a few mistakes here and there that have been pretty heavily punished. If you look at the amount of shots that teams have had on our goal in recent games then it has not been a lot. If we can take the weight off of that by scoring goals at the other end, I think we will be in a good situation. It is important that when you have young players involved in the defence, it is important that they have that belief that one goal won’t cost us a game.
“Everybody is saying how tough a league it is this year and that is because there are teams throughout the league who are capable of beating everybody. You never go into a game at the weekend thinking it is going to be easy.
“Jim’s teams are very organised, the players work hard for him, you can see that they love playing for him. He has got a lot of good players in there as well. It will be difficult but it is the same difficulty level as you have every week. Our focus is on what we are going to do and how we can affect the game and that will always be the case.
“We believe in what we have got here. If we keep having a large amount of the ball then we will score goals. There is not a concern in amongst us here. Both ends of the pitch are as important. If you don’t keep a clean sheet it is important that you are managing to score a couple of goals. We have got the people in here who can take care of business at both ends of the park and I think it will come together.
“You change your thinking based on the opposition at times. We believe in what we do. We brought players to the club to play a certain way. I think people are enjoying watching the way we are playing. If you stick a couple of goals on the end of it, it is a different matter but that is what should be happening. People don’t want to come and watch us playing 50/50 stuff where we chip the ball into the box and hope something falls for us. There is a different way that we believe will work, we think its right, we think we have the players who can do it, we think we have the players who will do it and we think that it will come to fruition.
“You can chop and change and not believe in what you do, and it looks like you don’t know what you are doing. We believe in how we work and people will see that come to fruition.
“If you look after your performance level then the results will come. Anyone who comes to the games with a fair mind will see we are pushing in the right direction. We have got into a lot of opportunities that where with a little bit of different quality or a little bit of different decision making there would be a totally different outcome both offensively and defensively. There is a belief here that is not misguided that this group of players can start to win games pretty soon. No one was under illusions that you are going to walk in the door and win every week. It is important how you handle that when that happens. We have got a staff here that can do it and we are calm about the situation. We are calm about the situation, we are delighted with the group of players that we have got, we wouldn’t swap them for anybody and we are looking forward to seeing some results.
“I see the players everyday and they are upbeat. You talk about the expectation of the fans at this club and that is part of the reason why a lot of players come here. Players want to play for clubs where there is a big demand for how you play and the results that you get. The players that are here are here for a reason. They want to be successful, they want to play for a big club, and they cherish the demand that gets put on you. That level of expectation you don’t get at every club but it is 100% something you get here. Players that are here know it and they come here for it and they grow into it as well. It is nothing that anybody is going to hide from. Everybody knows the demand to get results and we are pretty confident that they will come.”
“Marley won’t make this weekend. His hamstring is taking a little bit longer than we thought. He will be okay pretty quickly. It is important that we manage him for the long term and that is part of the reason he won’t play this week.”
The Dons will come up against a couple of familiar faces on our trip to Paisley this weekend with former players Joe Shaughnessy and Curtis Main in the St Mirren squad. Joe, who captains Jim Goodwin’s side, progressed from the U19 side at Pittodrie and made 59 appearances for The Dons while Curtis played 48 times for Aberdeen before departing for Shrewsbury Town in February earlier this year. Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield is also part of Jim Goodwin’s backroom staff in Paisley as a Goalkeeping Coach.
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Aberdeen supporters attending the match should make regular checks with Traffic Scotland if they are travelling by road. They should also listen to traffic updates on the radio.
The Aberdeen Support will be accommodated in the North Stand and will enter via the Away Support Turnstiles 17-20. There will a kiosk available which takes cash and contactless. Contactless is preferred. Tickets are for allocated seating. Supporters are kindly asked not to congregate on the concourse or in the vomitories.
Parking for Aberdeen Supporter’s Buses is in Clark Street (North side). Enter Clark Street at Greenhill Road – BEFORE LOW BRIDGE
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Report | 10 Man Aberdeen Defeated in Paisley
ST MIRREN 3 ABERDEEN 2
The SMISA Stadium
Sunday September 26th 2021
Ref: Willie Collum
A red card for Teddy Jenks early in the second half changed the course of a game after the Dons had been ahead at the break but the hosts came from behind to claim the three points.
Stephen Glass made three changes to the side beaten last week by St Johnstone as the Dons looked to return to winning ways in Paisley. Jonny Hayes, Teddy Jenks and fit again Ryan Hedges were all recalled to the starting line-up. Austin Samuels, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas were on the bench, Funso Ojo missing out altogether. Dylan McGeouch and Gary Woods returned to the matchday squad on the bench in place of Niall McGinn and Tom Ritchie.
There was just one change for St Mirren after their 2-2 draw at Hibs last weekend, Ethan Erhahon replacing Dylan Reid in midfield.
With Aberdeen playing into a stiff breeze, the hosts won a first minute corner, Joe Lewis coming through a clutch of bodies to punch decisively clear.
Aberdeen were on the attack on seven minutes, a great ball out from the back from David Bates getting Jenks away down the right. Christian Ramirez, a couple of defenders and Alnwick all converged on the low cross but with Hayes swooping down on the loose ball, Alnwick was quick to recover and smother it.
Lewis was alert again when a ball over the top beat the offside line, the goalkeeper swiftly off his line to snuff out the danger. On 14 minutes though, the Buddies were ahead. Lewis’ clearance was cut out on halfway, Erhahon able to play a diagonal ball to Ronan who got away from Bates and fired in an angled drive that took a deflection off the centre-half to see it sneak inside the near post.
It took just four minutes for Aberdeen to level it up. Calvin Ramsay curled in a free-kick from the right. Ramirez got up to win the header that was going back across the face of goal, but it clipped Scott Brown’s heel and rebounded into the net, the skipper’s first goal for the Dons and a timely one too, however little he knew about it.
It should have been 2-1 on 20 minutes, Jenks played through and in on goal. As he looked to pull the trigger, Fraser came across to get in a fine block to deny him. Seven minutes later, Jenks was in the book for a late challenge on Fraser.
A dangerous cross from Hayes on 28 was well defended by Shaughnessy, extending a long leg to take the ball away from Ramirez, on the prowl in the six yard box. Fraser was then booked on 33 minutes, hauling down Hayes with a rugby tackle.
From the free-kick, the Dons were in front with a brilliant diving header from Ramirez, getting himself into space away from Fraser as Brown blocked off the defender. From there, he bulleted his header back across goal and into the far corner from Ramsay’s well placed delivery.
It was nearly three on 36, Jack MacKenzie floating a cross to the back post, Lewis Ferguson looping a header back across goal, Hedges not quite able to get the finishing touch as he slid in.
Half Time: St Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen
St Mirren made a good start to the second half, Tanser whipping in a low free-kick from the right, Lewis reacting superbly to bat the ball away to safety at the near post, a terrific save. From there, Aberdeen were back in the groove, slicking the passes around nicely and dragging St Mirren all over the pitch. Ferguson was unlucky to be booked on 50 minutes as he jumped with Shaughnessy.
Within a minute of that, the complexion of the game changed, Jenks fractionally late on a tackle and collecting his second yellow as a consequence, the Dons down to ten for the last 40 minutes of the game. St Mirren reacted by bringing on Main for Erhahon on 56 minutes.
The equaliser wasn’t long coming. McGrath played the ball into Ronan on the edge of the box. He dummied to shoot, won himself space away from Bates as a result and laced a ferocious shot across goal and into the far corner.
On 61, the Buddies were in front. Hayes’ clearance was charged down and found Fraser. He looped a cross into the box, Main running in front of Lewis a dozen yards out, both of them missing it, the ball nestling just inside the far post.
Ramsay showed the Dons were still in it on 63 minutes, cutting inside from the right and sending a searing shot across goal and just inches wide of the target with Alnwick beaten.
Brown was next in the book on 66 minutes for pulling Brophy down. It could have been four from the free-kick, Ronan ghosting away from Ramsay and getting in at the back post to get on the end of Tanser’s ball, Lewis making a brilliant save at point blank range.
Samuels and Emmanuel-Thomas replaced Hedges and Ramirez on 72 minutes, McAllister coming on for the home side in place of Millar at the same time. Two minutes later, Fraser was replaced by Flynn.
St Mirren were close again, Tanser slinging a cross through the six yard box from the left, Brophy poking the ball wide at the back post on 77. Within two minutes Ferguson volleyed the ball a fraction wide from the edge of the box with Alnwick having long since given up on getting anywhere near it.
Brophy was the fourth St Mirren player to be replaced on 83 minutes, Dennis coming onto the field. Five minutes from time Main had a chance to seal it, up to a header at the back post but he put it well over the bar from a great position.
Ramsay was next to get booked after a tug on Main’s shirt on halfway, Hayes then carded for a lunge, underlining Aberdeen’s frustration as another game slipped away from the Dons.
Full Time: St Mirren 3-2 Aberdeen
ST MIRREN: Alnwick, Fraser (Flynn 74), McCarthy, Shaughnessy, Erhahon (Main 56), Millar (McAllister 72), Ronan, Power, Tanser, McGrath, Brophy (Dennis 83).
Subs not used: Lyness, Tait, Erwin.
GOAL: Ronan (14, 58), Fraser (61)
ABERDEEN: Lewis, Ramsay, Bates, McCrorie, MacKenzie, Jenks, Brown, Ferguson, Hayes, Hedges (Samuels 72), Ramirez (Emmanuel-Thomas 72).
Subs not used: Woods, McGeouch, Gallagher, Longstaff, Campbell.
GOAL: Brown (18), Ramirez (34)
SENT OFF: Jenks
BOOKED: Jenks, Ferguson, Brown, Ramsay, Hayes