Miller Time Leaves Sour Taste

Last updated : 11 November 2006 By Firparkcorner

We actually made a reasonable start and Elliot was brought down on the edge of the box in the opening minutes. The free kick was hammered high into the stand though and that set the tone for our half. McGarry should have done better than blaze over from the edge of the box on the stroke of half time but between those half chances it was all Aberdeen.

A rare chance wasted
Craigan seemed unsure of himself and had a couple of mistakes before he was substituted in the second half. After the first one Lovell didn't realise he had enough time in the box to read the paper before shooting and he made a mess of an attempted diving header. Nicholson had two sights of goal at the back post in short succession but connected properly with neither. Then as Aberdeen turned the screw Miller headed off the post with Meldrum nowhere and we had the same up right to thank when it denied Severin's firm header from a corner.

Fair play to Malpas he recognised that changes were needed and he switched Fitzpatrick for Elliot and pushed Richie Foran up front. Foran was not great beside Clarkson but he occasionally looked interested which is more than can be said for the loanee. We lost the opening goal in 55 minutes when Smith was given the freedom of the box to shoot past Meldrum. Quite where Quinn was is a mystery but the goal came from our abysmal throw in on the left. Paterson was given no options at all and when he finally threw the ball in the static Fitzpatrick could only flick it in the air and Aberdeen gained possession.

But remarkably we were level within minutes. Foran played a nice pass through the defence and Lasley was only denied by a saving tackle from Hart. Langfield gathered the ball before inexplicably letting it slip through his legs and into the net. We then missed a great chance to take the lead when Clarkson struggled free of his marker at the side of the box but his cross needed to be firmer and was easily cleared. Jamie Smith then had a clear opportunity for Aberdeen but Meldrum triumphed on this occasion.

Aberdeen had run out of ideas and we looked good for a point when disaster struck. We couldn't clear a free kick and it was eventually switched to Maguire. His cross was cleared right to Clark at the edge of the box and although his shot was abysmal it bounced right into the path of Miller who had a tap in to win it. We were perhaps a little unlucky at the end but make no mistake this was another terrible showing and without McDonald in the team it is hard to see where our next win is coming from.