Aberdeen 0
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Aberdeen 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Tuesday, January 29th, 2002
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 11,027
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Ebbe Skovdahl Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Peter Kjaer
3. Derek Whyte
4. Cato Guntveit
6. Jamie McAllister
8. Darren Young
9. Robbie Winters
10. Derek Young
14. Philip McGuire
17. Kevin McNaughton
19. Eugene Dadi
25. Fergus Tiernan
Julian Speroni .12
Fan Zhiyi .31
Walter Del Rio .17
David Mackay .24
Massimo Beghetto .30
Barry Smith .2
Temur Ketsbaia .6
Gavin Rae .8
Kiko Torres .32
Steven Milne .15
Khaled Kemas .28

Bench
23. Ryan Esson
5. Thomas Solberg
12. Ben Thornley
18. Chris Clark
22. Darren Mackie
Jamie Langfield .1
Alessandro Romano .21
Beto Garrido .14
Gavin Beith .25
Fabian Caballero .7

Substitutions
Darren Mackie for Eugene Dadi (46) Fabian Caballero for Khaled Kemas (53)
Alessandro Romano for Steven Milne (62)
Gavin Beith for Massimo Beghetto (69)

Cautions
None. Temur Ketsbaia (53)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)



Match Report


Dundee inched nearer the top six while Aberdeen secured Ebbe Skovdahl's first point against the Dark Blues at Pittodrie. But that was about as much as either side could take from this stalemate.

Fourth-placed Dons had the better of the exchanges but were too elaborate around the box at times as they sought to find a way through a packed, well organised defence-and they've now gone five homes games against Dundee without scoring.

The visitors' best spell came early on, thereafter they were mostly on the back foot and seemingly content to soak up the pressure. The upshot was there is still a 10 point gap between the clubs, although Ivano Bonetti's side have home games in hand-against Dunfermline and Livvy-which may see them close the gap.

"At the end of the day I am satisfied because this is a good point," said Bonetti.

"If we win the extra two matches we have left then the chance of the top six is still there. I felt we played really, really well in the first-half and had three clear cut chances while they didn't have a shot on target.

"They came back strongly in the second-half but that did not surprise me because Aberdeen are a good team. However, we closed the space down, all the space. And when he was required to Julian Speroni pulled off two outstanding saves."

Dons midfielder Derek Young groaned, "It was a frustrating night the way Dundee were set up but it was up to us to break down their defence."

Aberdeen enjoyed the overwhelming majority of first-half possession and played some lovely passing football.

However, their lack of penetration was illustrated by the fact they mustered just one clear cut chance-and that was wasted by Robbie Winters, who having stolen in behind the Dark Blues rearguard to get on the end of a Kevin McNaughton through ball, dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Dundee, with far less of the ball, created many more clear cut scoring opportunities.

The best two came inside the opening couple of minutes and fell the way of Steven Milne.

A Temuri Ketsbaia pass left Milne bearing down on Peter Kjaer and seemingly odds on to net but a combination of the 21-year-old hitman over-running the ball and Kjaer timing his advance to perfection conspired to ensure the keeper came off best.

And it was a similar story seconds later when Milne tried to poke a snap chance wide of Kjaer only to be thwarted by the Dane's outstretched left leg.

For a long spell thereafter Bonetti's boys found themselves on the defensive but before half-time they'd still managed to carve out another terrific opening-Dave Mackay squaring a Milne cut-back for Kiki Torres, who ballooned a half volley over the bar from 16 yards.

It was early in the second-half before the Dons managed to test Julian Speroni and when they did the Argentinian displayed the talents which have consigned Jamie Langfield to the subs bench.

Speroni did well enough to push to one side a thundering effort from Fergus Tiernan-but he then went one better in beating Robbie Winters to the loose ball and knocking it away.

Midway through that second period the deadlock could conceivably have been broken when Gavin Rae burst past Derek Whyte and headed for goal only to be dispossessed by a fine sliding challenge from Jamie McAllister.

But an end product to that move would have been completely at odds with the flow of play, for Aberdeen were dominant and threatening.

Cross balls-which Dundee had defended so well prior to the interval-were far more of an issue following it.

Derek Young narrowly headed over a Winters corner, Cato Guntveit only just failed to connect his diving header with Winters' cross, Winters couldn't get quite enough head on a Darren Young centre to direct it and sub Darren Mackie wasn't far off nodding home a near post McNaughton cross.

The withdrawal of Milne in favour of Alessandro Romano was evidence of the Dark Blues increasing willingness to settle for the point.

Rae did engineer them an opportunity to take all three points but Ketsbaia's finish from 20 yards range was well off target. The Georgian picked up the game's only booking for downing McNaughton.

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at January 29th, 2002)


2001-02 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)22 6 - 6 -
Walter Del Rio25 27 - 36 -
Fan Zhiyi32 123123
Barry Smith27 31 - 2521
Massimo Beghetto33 15 - 15 -
David Mackay20 8181
Gavin Rae24 27416916
Temur Ketsbaia33 152152
Kiko Torres26 9191
Steven Milne21 274538
Khaled Kemas - 5151
Alessandro Romano (sub)32 22 - 41 -
Gavin Beith (sub)20 4 - 4 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)23 2654313






League Table (as at January 29th, 2002)


No league table has been added for this season.