Maros Kimpl was handed his first team debut and Malcolm was given a midfield role in the starting line up which saw Porter and Murphy leading the line and Sutton placed on the bench. A rare first half attack
A rare first half attack
Neither team impressed in the first half. The ball spent a long time in the air and was the focus of few passing moves. Lasley managed a shot on target early on and later Porter delivered an inviting ball long the six yard line but Murphy was a yard away from making the telling connection.
We hoped for better in the second period but waited in vain. Missed passes, poor control, no link up play and a general lack of confidence seemed to sum up our lot for the day. Malcolm patrolled the centre circle and Hughes had nightmare. Only Smith rated pass marks.
Reynolds failed to deal with Aluko at the touchline and we paid the price. His dangerous cross was met with McDonald's head at the far post and we were one down. The goal scorer had just come off the bench when
Quinn tugged Miller at the six yard line and was sent off for his efforts. Miller converted the spot kick to snuff out any hope of a miracle.
Saunders was introduced to occupy the vacancy and Murphy was sacrificed. That was the only substitution - Sutton remained on the bench.
Smith produced a couple of fine saves to save further embarrassment and by the time the referee ended the misery the Dons has done enough to take all three points.
McGhee will have to work some special magic to turn today's sorry eleven into a team capable of competing with Hearts next week.