Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Aberdeen 2, Dundee 1, Pittodrie, Ladbrokes Premiership, 19-August-17

Dundee were very unlucky to leave the granite city with no points, after they matched Aberdeen all the way. They should have taken the lead in the second half when they pushed the dons back.

Manager Neil McCann made three changes following last week’s defeat at Hamilton. Kerr Waddell, James Vincent and Roarie Deacon all started. 18 year old midfielder Jack Lambert was on the bench for the first time. Dundee started well enough and looked dangerous early on. A mistake by the dons defence let Vincent in on goal, but the midfielder lost control and the chance was gone. 

Aberdeen striker Stevie May headed home from a corner to put the home side ahead, it was a poor goal to lose with the marking too slack. Dundee came back soon after and Haber hit the bar with a header which was a good chance.

Dundee worked hard to close Aberdeen down and they lost the ball a lot because of this. Both teams did not create any clear cut chances in the rest of the first half.

Second half and Dundee started really well attacking the dons defence at every opportunity which was good to see, it was no surprise when they levelled on 53 minute. A great run from Roarie Deacon through the middle and he fired a unstoppable shot past Lewis to level the game at 1-1. 

Dundee then missed the chance of the game a sweeping move Deacon and El Bakhtaoui ripped open Aberdeen’s defence with fast movement and passing, setting up Scott Allan, who should have scored but shot wide from 10 yards. 

Aberdeen made chances with former Dee Greg Stewart coming on to replace McKay-Steven. In another move Haber got put clear wide out but his cross was too high and deep for Dundee to take advantage.

Aberdeen then took the lead when with Dundee were down to nine men due to injuries and unable to get the subs on. Stevie May fired home after Dundee has blocked two efforts on goal. Then Scott Bain saved well from Greg Stewart as the dons tried to finish the game. 

A blow for the team as they had played so well today, a big thing l noticed today that for the first time in awhile. Aberdeen were not able to bully the Dundee players.

Next up is Hibernian at home a game where we need to take points, I'm sure they will if they keep this kind of performance up.

Dundee: Bain, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell, Holt, Vincent, Kamara (O’Hara 84), Deacon, El Bakhtaoui (McGowan 79), Allan, Haber (Williams 79). Unused Subs: Parish, Hateley, Spence, Lambert.
Att: 15,646.

Ref: Kevin Clancy.