It Just Gets Better and Better

Last updated : 01 November 2003 By Firparkcorner

The team’s present to new chairman Dickie was a thoroughly deserved three points. More importantly, it seems we have now learned how to play the game when we go ahead. There was no loss of composure and no lack of concentration.

The familiar 4-4-2 line up headed by Craig and Clarkson faced the kick off at chilly Pittodrie in front of a 10 000 crowd. Leitch (in the white away strip) won the toss and elected to attack the city end.

The opening few minutes saw action at both ends of the park. Marshall saved in forty seconds then Adams fed Pearson. His cross to Lasley ended with a header on target. We then had to take ten minutes of pressure before Craig got to the end of a Leitch cross to flick over Preece for the opener. One up against the run of play but the ‘Well fans were not too busy celebrating to notice.

For the rest of the half we managed to put together a few passing moves but there was plenty of effort and determination in the way we fought off the Aberdeen attempts to find an equaliser. The Dons had several attempts on our goal but though they had most of the ball they never really threatened. There were times though when our possession looked good and controlled.

Dair replaced Clarkson at half time but the early flow remained unchanged. Marshall had to stretch to get a finger to a shot and Tosh found himself clean though but Marshall's legs saved the day.

On the hour Craig sneaked in between the Dons' central defenders and found himself in a race with the keeper - he needed treatment after the collision. We were more than holding our own and soon were rewarded with our first corner.

Pearson then showed why he is the centre of so much interest. He produced several of his trademark charges in the opposition half and two of them produced goals.

With fifteen minutes remaining he picked up a loose ball, ran twenty yards, past a couple of defenders, into the box and fired a peach into the net off of Preece's left hand post. The game was won and the Dons looked a beaten side. We commanded the rest of the game but there was more to come.

As the few hundred 'Well fans urged the referee to blow the final whistle Pearo came up with another run up the left wing and his cut back found Lasley twenty yards out. Keith's strong shot was on target and found the back of the net. Three nil for the Mighty 'Well!

Terry said after the game, “I didn't expect to come up here and win three nil, but the crucial difference was the confidence we had compared to them.”.

Roll on next Saturday.