Aberdeen 5-1 Killie
Premiership Match 16 - Dec 6th 2016 - Pittodrie
Premiership Match 16 - Dec 6th 2016 - Pittodrie
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Hayes (37, 85)
Jamie MacDonald, Luke Hendrie, Will Boyle, Scott Boyd , Steven Smith, Rory McKenzie, Adam Frizzell (Iain Wilson* 46'), Greg Taylor, Gary Dicker, Jordan Jones (Nathan Tyson 46), Souleymane Coulibaly (Charlee Adams 73).
Subs Not Used: Devlin MacKay, Callum McFadzean, Flo Bojaj, Innes Cameron.
*First Team Debut
Attendance: 8,195, (111 Killie)
James Morrison @ Pittodrie
On a dreich dark December Tuesday I headed north once again to the Granite City in the hope that, eventually, Killie's awful recent record against The Reds would improve. Reading some media hype it sounded like the Dons were a team in crisis but on checking their results - excluding games against two Glasgow sides - they'd only actually lost one other league game which was at the Super Seal Stadium to Hamilton.
It was a wet miserable evening as I arrived at Pittodrie and having enjoyed the Dundee game I was strangely optimistic. I was concerned to see that Nathan Tyson was only on the bench - and then learned that Derek McInnes had won eleven out of eleven games against Ayrshire's top team in his time as Dons' boss. Surely that run had to come to an end and the 'bogey team' hoodoo also be set aside? Eh...well...the answer to that was an emphatic "NO".
As the night wore on I really felt for the hardy band of just over a hundred Killie fans as the away team were the better side for the first 18-19 minutes and we boldly chanted against former Chairman Johnston on the 18th minute. Frizzell had skimmed the bar with a fierce left foot shot, and another couple of attempts from Coulibaly and McKenzie went the wrong side of the posts. Aberdeen ventured forward just after the Johnston chant, Shinnie fired in a shot which looked to be heading wide when an unmarked Paulett deflected it past MacDonald's despairing dive- a goal out of nothing and against the run of play.
The second Dons goal came from a poorly defended corner - which seems to be a Killie habit against the Dons this season. Jamie Mac produced an excellent reaction save from Paulett but Dons central defender O'Connor was first to react and stabbed the ball home. Referee Finnie was infuriating both sets of fans- missing what seemed to be a blatant push on Coulibaly which should have been a penalty, booking Dons playmaker Maddison for diving and then pulling play back to award the Dons a free kick when they were on the break and playing advantage looked the correct option.
Killie were moving the ball patiently but Saturday's creator Jones was having an exasperating game - threatening and promising plenty but delivering little. The next goal would be critical - sadly it was the red shirted team who scored it when, following some careful passes, Hayes was released on the left, flew past McKenzie, cut inside and fired past MacDonald. The Dons had four shots on goal at that point - and amazingly had scored three of them.
Just before half time Maddison was through one on one with the Killie keeper with Jamie Mac producing a wonderful diving save turning the ball for a corner. The last action of the first half saw Dons stopper Considine rightly booked for a blatant foul on Lee Hendrie as he charged up the Killie right. As the half time whistle blew the Dons fans could scarcely believe their side were 3-0 ahead. Us Killie fans were simply shocked.
It was no surprise that Lee Clark made half time changes : Nathan Tyson and youngster Wilson replacing the ineffective Jones and Frizzell. Early in the second half Killie were unlucky when Scott Boyd’s downward header from Steven Smith’s corner bounced back up and over the Dons goal. I was critical of the side's performance in the 4-0 loss to the Dons at Rugby Park but Pittodrie saw the team plugging away, with varied tactics, and, like the first half, Killie looked the better side for the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Ironically - and just like the Dundee game - the 69th minute brought a goal but this time is was not for the side founded in 1869. The Dons seem to target the right side of the Killie rearguard for most of the second half with McGinn in particular giving young Hendrie a difficult evening. He cut inside, saw his shot blocked, the ball seemed to be handled by Rooney but broke back to the Northern Irishman who tucked it away in the bottom corner.
Nevertheless Killie kept trying to play football - as opposed to hoofball- and were eventually rewarded when the ever willing Tyson set up McKenzie who confidently struck the ball past Lewis for his 2nd goal in four days. The 4-1 scoreline still seemed to flatter the home side even though Jamie Mac did produce an excellent save when McGinn was through on goal. The final insult came in the 85th minute when a Dons free kick from just inside the Killie half broke to Hayes who scampered through to grabbed his second and the Dons fifth goal.
Some thoughts - the Dons had seven or eight shots on target and scored five goals. Of the nine goals we've lost to them in two games the majority have come from corners or free kicks - why? Oh...and St Johnstone are the Dons bogey side - apparently! A thoroughly disappointing result in a game where Killie started well and looked promising at times. The rest of the games this month could determine our season so, hopefully, the Dons bogey team hoodoo will not have dented confidence - much!
Finally,after the game I was actually introduced to Aberdeen "legend" and former Scotland 'keeper Jim Leighton who seemed a pleasant guy until he offered the view that Killie were the worst side in the league. Based on the results against his former team it may difficult to argue that point - but I really should just have telt him I always felt Goram was a better goalie than him!
Lee Clark: "I warned the players. I was not falling into the trap that Aberdeen had turned into a poor team because they had lost against Celtic and Rangers. I knew the threat they had and I saw the forward-thinking team they picked but I thought we started the game brightly. However, when you defend in the way we did at certain periods, it is not possible to win football matches against any team, certainly not the top teams. We have been playing well and in the last seven games, we have only conceded five goals and three of them were at Ibrox. But strangely enough, in a 5-1 defeat, there were players, who performed very well, although I am very angry with the outcome. It's important we bounce back against Motherwell, who we play at the weekend, but they will probably be rubbing their hands after this."
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