Mark Gillespie reports on the midweek defeat at Pittodrie
Wednesday 31st October 2018 7.45 pm
Aberdeen 3 Hamilton Academical 0
We drop down to tenth spot as three long range strikes gave the hosts a convincing scoreline to build on their weekend cup success. First half goals from Graeme Shinnie and the pick of the bunch from James Wilson had the Dons in command by the break.
Former Accies skipper Mikey Devlin made sure of the three points in the second half with his first Dons goal.
We lost Dougie Imrie with just 20 seconds remaining after his dismissal for two bookable offences. He will sit out Saturday’s visit from Livingston, alongside skipper Darian MacKinnnon who serves the second game of his two match ban.
Post-match Martin Canning said; “It’s disappointing that it’s three goals from distance. The space we allowed Shinnie for the opener is something that shouldn’t happen. We switched off and it cost us. The second goal is just a fantastic finish, and the third is a mistake from Woodsy, which is rare from him.”
“Our plan tonight was to sit in our shape, and when we got chances to counter and make them count. Tonight we had three or four chances to do that. We created opportunities, but the quality just wasn’t there.”
“Dougie’s apologised after the match. I thought he had been really excellent for us in the game. He’s so competitive, but has made a split second decision and been punished for it. Obviously to lose both him and Darian now for Saturday is a blow.”
“We know we can come to places like here and win, but the result tonight will have zero impact on Saturday. The games coming up are massive and we need to take points, starting at home to Livingston.”
With Darian MacKinnon and Steven Boyd suspended we reshuffled our line up from Saturday. In came Scott McMann for his 75th Accies start, with Rakish Bingham returning up front in place of James Keatings.
The Dons made one enforced change from their cup semi-final win at Hampden. Max Lowe started in place of the injured Andrew Considine. Four former Accies featured in Derek McIness’s squad as they hoped to build some league form on the back of Sunday’s cup success.
And they were out of the traps early to take the lead on just seven minutes. Aaron McGowan back heeled a dangerous Shay Logan cross past his own post.
From the resulting corner Scott Wright picked out Shinnie on the edge of the box with a cut back delivery catching the Accies defence napping. It allowed the Dons captain time to find Gary Woods’ left hand corner with a well-placed left foot shot.
Accies responded positively to going behind, and almost levelled things up on 12 minutes. Mickel Miller picked out McGowan with a diagonal ball, but the wing back’s shot caught the outside of Lewis’s far post. Imrie was then in behind the Dons defence two minutes later from a McMann through ball, with Scott McKenna just back to clear the Dons’ lines.
We were made to rue missed opportunities as we fell two behind on 22 minutes. Wilson picked a Wright pass up in midfield, advancing to power a goal of the season contender high past Woods from 25 yards.
Aberdeen only grew in confidence from there, with Wright almost finishing off a flowing attack, but firing just over Woods’ bar on 40 minutes.
We knew the next goal would be vital. Miller and Bingham had a couple of efforts blocked in the run up to half time. We brought James Keatings into the fray just before half time to try and establish more of a platform up front for the second half.
Aberdeen kept their foot on the gas though, as chances fell to Wilson and Wright after the interval. Mickel Miller then forced Joe Lewis into action on 58 minutes, with a left foot effort from the edge of the box beaten away by the Dons keeper.
It was a night for the long range efforts, and a minute later the Dons had all but wrapped up the points. Devlin picked up a Logan pass 35 yards out and decided to have a pop himself. The ball may have moved in mid air but Woods was unable to keep what looked a routine effort out of the net.
It would only encourage further shots from distance, but the Accies ‘keeper made some amends eight minutes later, palming away a Shay Logan 30 yarder. He mopped up further danger on 70 minutes, as sub Stevie May pounced on a Kilgallon error to advance on goal, to block the ex Accies’ close range effort.
We brought on Lewis Smith for his first team debut on 79 minutes. Imrie then saw two yellows in swift succession for fouls on Graham Shinnie, with Accies forced to see the game out with 10 men.
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Devlin, McKenna, Lowe, Ferguson, Shinnie, Mackay-Steven (May, 65), Wright (Anderson, 80), McGinn, Wilson (McLennan, 74); Subs Unused: Gleeson, Cosgrove, Cerny, Ball
Accies: Woods, McGowan, McMann, Gordon, Tshiembe, Kilgallon, Imrie (c), Bingham (L Smith 79), Miller, Martin (Penny 67), Brustad (Keatings 41). Unused subs – Marsden, Want, Kelly, Sowah
Aberdeen Goals: Shinnie, 7, Wilson, 22, Devlin, 59
Accies Cautions: McGowan, Kilgallon,Imrie,
Red Card: Imrie, 2nd yellow
Referee: Greg Aitken, Assistants: Ralph Gordon, Anthony Cooper 4th Official: Mike Roncone