Aberdeen Preview

Last updated : 21 October 2004 By Firparkcorner

It promises to be a match of contrasts this weekend. Aberdeen’s success is largely based on a tight defence whilst we pick up points by out-scoring the opposition. However, when a similar encounter took place last week, we failed to break down the Rangers back line and shipped a couple ourselves. Will we fare better this week?

A free kick from Adams finds the net

There’s no reason to think we shouldn’t. Aberdeen are a good side but they do not have Boumsoung in their defence, nor Stefan Klos between the sticks. Scott McDonald looked very lively on Sunday and it would not be surprising if he bounced back with a goal. David Clarkson’s form is becoming somewhat of a concern though. Only two goals all season and his confidence seems to be rock bottom. He is still working hard but at the minute he does not seem to be playing the way he can. Terry may consider giving him a rest (he’s still only young!) and pushing Richie Foran up front. This could mean a return to the left wing for Stepover – who has not reclaimed his starting place since being injured at Cappielow.

We are fortunate that Stevie Craig is out injured – that’s one ghost we don’t have to worry about – but every ‘Well fan has already accepted the inevitability of Derek Adams scoring against us. It may be a penalty, a free kick, a screamer or just a jammy deflection, but as sure as night follows day, Del Boy will find the net on Saturday. Adams always struggled to win over the Fir Park crowd but in his last season he did show that he could play and do a job. He will have a point to prove on Saturday and we will need to watch him carefully.

We will get back on track with a solid display – but our defensive frailties will cost us in the North again, and we’ll only pick up a point in a 1-1 draw.