Aberdeen 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


2 - 0


League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 10,425
3:00 PM Kick-off

Niall McGinn (14)
Jonny Hayes (74)

Team Managers
Craig Brown Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
3. Clark Robertson
4. Russell Anderson
22. Mark Reynolds
5. Gavin Rae
7. Chris Clark
16. Isaac Osbourne
18. Stephen Hughes
20. Ryan Fraser
9. Scott Vernon
10. Niall McGinn
Robert Douglas .1
Declan Gallagher .18
Gary Irvine .2
Brian Easton .26
Kyle Benedictus .17
Nicky Riley .7
Ryan Conroy .11
Kevin McBride .8
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Colin Nish .24

30. Danny Rogers
23. Joe Shaughnessy
17. Gary Naysmith
24. Jordon Brown
11. Jonny Hayes
38. Cammy Smith
21. Josh Magennis
Alex Baird .36
Lewis Toshney .25
Neil McGregor .5
Matt Lockwood .3
John Baird .10
Martin Boyle .23
Steven Milne .15

Jonny Hayes for Chris Clark (65)
Josh Magennis for Stephen Hughes (78)
Cammy Smith for Ryan Fraser (80)
Matt Lockwood for Brian Easton (4)
Steven Milne for Colin Nish (60)
John Baird for Nicky Riley (70)

Stephen Hughes (64) Gary Irvine (26)
Iain Davidson (38)
Kevin McBride (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & Gavin Harris (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee's bleak autumn continued with a 2-0 defeat at Pittodrie, the Dons first home league victory against the Dee in 19 years. The Dons were on top for nearly all of the match and fully deserved their victory with goals in each half from Niall McGinn and a Jim McAlister own goal.

Dundee made five changes from last week's game. Easton, Benedictus, McBride and Conroy returned, while Declan Gallagher made his league debut. However, the same old patterns were evident as Dundee conceded cheap goals, were overrun in midfield and offered little penetration up front.

Sadly Brian Easton's return from injury lasted only two minutes. While chasing a Gavin Rae pass down the wing he collapsed, clutching his hamstring. He was clearly in pain and distress, and after a brief period of treatment he was replaced by Matt Lockwood.

The Dee conceded two dreadful goals in the first five minutes last week. Today they lasted only till the 14th minute before giving away an awful, avoidable goal.

Douglas's miscued kick from a passback left Matt Lockwood helpless. Ryan Fraser stepped in to nick the ball and race down the wing. Hughes stepped over his hard, low cross allowing Niall McGINN to sweep the ball high into the net from 12 yards.

It might have been a terrible goal to concede, but Aberdeen fully deserved the break. The Dons dominated the midfield and had a constant threat down either flanks with 18 year old Ryan Fraser switching wings constantly and causing danger wherever he went. In fairness to Dundee's young central defenders they handled the pressure well and prevented the Dons creating clear chances even though most of the play was within 30 yards of the Dundee goal.

Dundee couldn't offer anything like the same pace or penetration that Aberdeen enjoyed, and the Dee were glad to reach the changing room at half time only one goal adrift.

After half time the game opened up and Dundee came forward with more conviction. Nicky Riley looked the player most likely to create something, but Dundee's greater attacking efforts didn't actually translate into serious danger to Jamie Langfield's goal.

As Dundee tried in vain to chase an equaliser it always looked likely that the extra space would allow Aberdeen to sew the game up. Ryan Fraser's 18 yard curler shaved the outside of the post. The killer second goal soon followed. Dons substitute Jonny Hayes struck a low free kick from wide on the right. Jim McAlister swiped at the ball, diverting it through Douglas's legs and into the net.

To their credit the Dundee players didn't give up and had their best spell of the game as the Dons grew sloppy, confident that the points were safe. Ryan Conroy should have scored, but he curled a 12 yard shot too high after Davidson's shot had been charged down.

Jim McAlister did get the ball into the net after seeming to time his run well to go clear on the end of a Conroy through pass, but the linesman's flag surprisingly went up for offside.

Nevertheless it was the Dons who finished the game on top, coming close to a third goal in injury time. Scott Vernon ran clear, but Benedictus chased back to make a great penalty box tackle. Dundee survived a scramble from the resulting corner, but very nearly conceded a goal from another corner. Clark Robertson's shot was surely heading for the back of the net, but Gavin Rae running across goal did his old club a favour by getting in the way.

That was the only favour Gavin did Dundee today. He was outstanding; his vast experience and superb fitness is a huge asset to Aberdeen. As he strode around Pittodrie, never wasting a ball, and always keeping the Dons driving forward it was hard to believe he is only a few weeks from his 35th birthday.

If there was anything to cheer up the Dundee fans today it was the performance of the 20 year old centre backs. Gallagher and Benedictus stuck to their guns and at no stage looked out of their depth. In fact they had a more assured game than the far more experienced full backs who were given a hard afternoon by the raiding Fraser.

This was Dundee's sixth consecutive defeat, and that outcome always looked likely after giving away that soft early goal. The Dee simply aren't playing well enough and offering enough goal threat to cope with allowing the opposition a goal's start. Aberdeen's dominance was such that they would probably have won anyway, but it is disheartening to see the match drift away from the Dee so early and so unnecessarily.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 13 - 284 -
Declan Gallagher21 3 - 3 -
Kyle Benedictus20 10 - 60 -
Brian Easton24 2 - 2 -
Gary Irvine27 13 - 922
Nicky Riley26 6 - 729
Jim McAlister26 12 - 12 -
Iain Davidson28 12 - 12 -
Kevin McBride31 4 - 15 -
Ryan Conroy25 1325514
Colin Nish31 8282
Matt Lockwood (sub)36 11 - 879
Steven Milne (sub)32 6116042
John Baird (sub)27 12 - 12 -

League Table (as at October 27th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.