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After a bright start from the Dark Blues, Dons captain Ryan Jack opened the scoring on 29 minutes with a header from close-range off McGinn’s cross. A brilliant second goal, volleyed home by McGinn just before the half-time whistle, put Aberdeen in control. The McGinn master-class continued as he nodded home a third on 80 minutes to cap an excellent individual performance. That meant the Dens men stayed in eighth spot at least for now, with the teams around them in the table still to play their matches. It also meant there wasn’t a confidence-boosting result to help ease the agony of the William Hill Scottish Cup exit at the hands of St Mirren last Saturday. Dundee, who were without captain Darren O’Dea through suspension, made a couple of changes to the side that lost to the Buddies. Kevin Holt missed out through injury, while Faissal El Bakhtaoui dropped down to the bench. Back into the side came central defender Kevin Gomis and midfielder Nick Ross. James Vincent had to call off because his wife had given birth. The Dons decided not to give an immediate start to Ryan Christie, with the Celtic loan signing named as a substitute. Both teams had a huge incentive to win the game: the hosts could go second top and the visitors could get into the top six. The Dark Blues, of course, had fond memories of their last Friday night football experience, storming back to beat Hearts 3-2 thanks to a stoppage-time winner at Dens just before Christmas. Nick Ross got the action started for Dundee and it was they who had the first real chance of the game on five minutes. A Cammy Kerr cross from the left was prodded goalwards by Marcus Haber but goalkeeper Joe Lewis got down to make the save. The away team then won a freekick just outside the Aberdeen box but Tom Hateley’s setpiece went past the far post without anyone touching it. It was a good start from Paul Hartley’s men and they almost stunned the home crowd on nine minutes when a Paul McGowan strike from 25 yards struck the bar with Lewis beaten. The Dons hit back, though, and on 15 minutes it needed a good block from Mark O’Hara to keep out a shot from Mark Reynolds off a McGinn corner. The hosts came even closer just seconds later when a drive from Johnny Hayes hit the far post and no man in red could reach the rebound. It was all action now and it was the turn of keeper Scott Bain to keep the Dons out, saving from McGinn on 18 minutes. Three minutes later the Dark Blues had the ball in the net after a fine move – all in vain. A terrific cross to the edge of the area from Cammy Kerr was nodded on by Haber and Wighton slotted the ball home only to see the flag already up for offside against his Canadian colleague. It was end-to-end stuff and Bain had to fly through the air to push a McGinn freekick over his own bar. The Dark Blues had done well thus far but, sadly, they fell behind on 29 minutes. Out on the Dons’ left, McGinn bamboozled Ross before crossing into the heart of the goalmouth and Jack was there to power his header past Bain from close range. Julen Etxabeguren was in the right place to head away another dangerous cross then Bain produced a fine stop to keep out a Kenny McLean shot as the Dons piled on the pressure. Dundee couldn’t hold out and they lost another goal bang on half-time to a brilliant strike from McGinn. There didn’t appear to be too much danger when Ash Taylor nodded the ball to the Northern Irishman 25 yards out but he flicked the ball up into the air then smashed a volley in off the post. It was a heck of a goal to round off a superb first-half display from McGinn. Ten minutes into the second half, Wighton got his head to a cross from Etxabeguren but could only nod past the post. Bain then came to the rescue to save brilliantly from McLean as the Aberdeen midfielder broke clean through on goal. Graeme Shinnie then had a go for the hosts before Adam Rooney fired over the bar. After Etxabeguren was booked for a foul on McGinn, the Dundee defence was cut open on 67 minutes by Hayes. He eventually played in McGinn but Bain got down well to save once again. The Dens men made an attacking switch on 69 minutes, bringing on El Bakhtaoui for Etxabeguren. Sub El Bakhtaoui showed he was in the mood by whizzing a shot just wide on 77 minutes but it was McGinn’s night as he grabbed a third with 10 minutes to go. Hayes tormented Dundee on the left again and when his cross reached McGinn near the penalty spot the ball flew off his forehead and past Bain. The Dons were home and dry now and that meant an introduction for Christie, who replaced Hayes, while Miles Storey replaced Rooney. Then to top off a good night for Aberdeen in general and McGinn in particular, he walked off to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Scott Wright with a couple of minutes to go. Attendance: 10,512. Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, Taylor, Reynolds, McLean, Rooney (Storey 83), McGinn (Wright 88), Hayes (Christie 82), Jack. Subs not used: Alexander, O’Connor, Pawlett, Stockley. Dundee: Bain, Hateley, O’Hara, Etxabeguren (El Bakhtaoui 69), Ross, McGowan, Haber, Gadzhalov, Kerr, Wighton, Gomis. Subs not used: Mitchell, Duffy, Williams, Waddell. Referee: Kevin Clancy.
The 21-year-old doesn’t mince his words when he sums up the lack of quality in last weekend’s performance that saw the Dark Blues crash out of the Scottish Cup to St Mirren. But he also knows it’s time to push that defeat to one side and concentrate on maintaining the Premiership form that took Paul Hartley’s team to within a point of the top six at the winter break. “I think we all know ourselves last week wasn’t good enough and it’s not the way we really are,” said Kerr. “This is a perfect opportunity to go out there and show everyone what we’re made of. “Everyone is raring to go because we want to show we’re better than last week suggests. “We will go up to Pittodrie and be confident, play the way we were before the weekend and, hopefully, that gets us something. “We have to do that because, as disappointed as we were last week, we have a big game now and that’s what is important. “At training this week we’ve been bang at it and working hard. “We are just outside the top six and we want to show that’s where we should be.” As a right-back Kerr knows this game will see him coming up against two Dons who’ve been in the headlines a lot in this transfer window. Johnny Hayes has been the subject of two bids from Cardiff City, while Tuesday night saw Aberdeen add Ryan Christie on loan from Celtic. He rates both highly but the challenge of attempting to keep them quiet and preventing them providing a supply of crosses for centre-forward Adam Rooney is a task he is relishing. “Every week I play, I look at who I’ll be up against and every week I feel I’m learning because it’s good players. “Coming up against wingers like Hayes and Christie, it’s not about upping your game because you are also giving your best. It does make you more aware of what they can do when they’re on the ball. “I enjoy playing against good players, it’s a test and you learn from it. Every week I am just trying to go out and do my job for the team and help. “I maybe don’t have the goalscoring threat of others in the team but I know I can do my bit in terms of defending and that side of things. “If I help keep them quiet, I’ve done my job. “It won’t be easy. Hayes is a very good player and Christie played against us for Celtic at Parkhead when we got beat 2-1. “He looks a tricky and intelligent player on the ball, so he’s another one we have to watch but we feel we have players who can stop them.” Kerr reckons one of the best way of stopping those two will be to get on the ball and attack. Dundee sitting in their own half and hoping for a draw is not an option. “You can’t do that. We have to get forward as well and, especially with Marcus Haber here now and Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Craig Wighton, we are dangerous up there. “The things they can come out with are great. “We know if we can get the ball up to these players and they are on form, there’s very few who can cope with them. “That’s great, because when you can trust the boys in your team to do the things they can do, it makes it a lot easier.”
Aberdeen vs. Dundee Friday, Jan 27th 2017 KO: 19:45 Pittodrie Stadium Ladbrokes premiership Referee: The Dark Blues suffered what was a pretty embarrassing 2-0 defeat in front of a low home crowd, to the hands of the Championship division basement team St Mirren. It was understandable that there were a few fans who let it be known after the game that they were not happy with the teams performance, something that was also echo'd by Manager Paul Hartley in the press after the game. While The Dark Blues have now vacated both Cups in the early stages, it will be back to league business on Friday night with a visit to the granite city and third place Aberdeen. Previous Meetings Our record against Aberdeen over the last few seasons hasn't seen much success. In the last three years alone, we have only won once and that was when we dumped the Dons out of the Scottish Cup 4th round, when the then in form Clarkson struck in the 90th minute after it looked like a replay could have been on the cards. Since then, we have drawn twice and lost three times. Dundee had made two changes to the line up, Julen Etxabeguren replaced suspended Kevin Gomis, and Danny Williams for Craig Wighton down the left. Aberdeen only change which was James Maddison replacing Wes Burns. The last encounter with Aberdeen at Dens had a dream start when Kevin Holt fired past Lewis in the 13th minute, however the jubilation from the Dark Blues fans was short lived. Aberdeen piled on the pressure and quickly equalised in the 19th minute when Maddison scored from 22 yards, Bain did manage to get his hands to the ball but that wasn't enough to stop it going into the back of the net. The game then became one way traffic, with Aberdeen piling on attack after attack however The Dark Blues defending deep into their own half conceding much of the possession to a strong Aberdeen side, and El Bakhtaoui found himself isolated as a lone striker for pretty much most of the game. The Dark Blues did have a few chances to make go back on top, McGowan had space in the box and found O'Hara, but his shot was blocked by the Aberdeen defence. Dundee kept hitting the Don's on the break and this nearly paid off when a El Bakhtaoui curling a shot narrowly past the post from 20 yards. yet, Aberdeen were finding it hard to break down a well organised Dee defence. Aberdeen came close to a second after the Dundee defence decided to give the ball away and Graeme Shinnie smashed a 25 yard shot off Scott Bain crossbar. McInnes made a few changes to the line up and tactics during the second half, Wes Burns and Jayden Stockley replaced Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney and Hayes switched from the left to the right after being kept quiet by Cammy Kerr for most of the game. Hayes got the better of Holt down the left-hand side and his cross found the head of Aberdeen new boy Stockley who's header bulleted past Bain. Bain produced to fine saves to keep the Dark Blues in the game at this point. Aberdeen were to make it three after Julen Etxabeguren was judged (unfairly) to have taken down Wes Burns in the box and McLean pointed to the spot for a Don's Penalty kick. Mcleans spot kick rattled off the top bar a few times and finally found it's way into the back of the net to make it 3 - 1 to the visitors. The game ended on more disappointment after O'Hara was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Team News Dundee will be without Darren O'Dea as he is still serving a two match ban. This game might be to early for Nicky Low who has been hampered with a string of Injuries since joining the club last season, he did however take part in the friendly with Arbroath and missed out in last Saturdays cup defeat. James McPake will definitely miss this game as he is still a long way from match fitness after that horrific injury last year. Kevin Gomis should be back in the squad. Form Dundee - Last Five Results: Dundee 0-2 St. Mirren Dundee 3-0 St Johnstone Partick Thistle 2-0 Dundee Dundee 3-2 Hearts Celtic 2-1 Dundee Aberdeen - Last Five Results: Aberdeen 4-0 Stranraer Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen Aberdeen 2-1 Hamilton Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen Managers View: One to Watch: Number: 11 Born in Dublin, Hayes is a 29-year old Ireland international winger. Hayes started his career at readings youth before joining Leicester City in 2007. He then joined Northampton Town and Chelenham on loan before making the switch to the Scotland and Inverness in 2009 after being on trial. Ironically, it was Hayes who set up Adam Rooney and Nauris Bulvitis goals against Dundee in the Challenge Cup final which Inverness finally lost 3-2 to Dundee. Hayes signed a two year deal with Aberdeen in 2012 after rejecting a new one year contract from Inverness. In 2014, Hayes announced that he has signed an extension keeping him at Aberdeen until 2018. Reports over the transfer window suggest that Cardiff are about to make a £500,000 bid for the Aberdeen winger during the transfer window. Game Information Pittodrie Stadium 27th Jan 2017 Kick Off: 19:45 (7.45pm) This game is pay at the gate. Prices: Adult: £25 Over 65: £19 Over 75/Student: £15 Under 18: £10 Under 12: £6 This game will be live on BT Sports.
Pittordrie Stadium is the home to Aberdeen FC and in 1978, became the second all-seater stadium in Britain, after Clydebank. The club have played here from day one but earlier this year, the club were granted approval to move to a new 21,000 seated stadium at a site in Kingsford. It’s yet unknown when work will begin and when they will leave Pittordrie. The main stand was constructed in 1925 and then in 1968, further investment seen the stand become all-seater. It was at this time that the name of the stadium was changed from Pittordire Park to Pittordrie Stadium. The stadium became an all-seater in 1978 and the last major redevelopment came in 1993 when a two-tier stand was built at the Beach end.