Motherwell Lose at Pittodrie

Last updated : 23 October 2004 By Firparkcorner

McBride scores from the spot
The first half produced little in the way of silky football and what little creative movement there was came from Aberdeen. The home side were unlucky not to be ahead in the thirteenth minute when Mackie found himself with a free shot on the six yard line. Marshall was in place though and forced the attacker to lift the ball against the crossbar.

Just before the half hour we took our chance. McDonald crossed into the box and McBride was fouled by McNaughton. Referee Richmond pointed to the spot and McBride dispatched the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

The Dons came at us in droves in the second half and we were unable to stop the flow. They had many shots off target and always looked the more likely team to score. We suffered a blow when McBride pulled up clutching his left knee. He was carried off the park and looked to be suffering. Paterson replaced him with half an hour remaining but made no contribution to the game.

The home side were growing in frustration but they got the equaliser in sixty eight minutes and it was no surprise that Adams was the goalscorer. His header gave Marshall no chance.

In reply we forced two corners and Craigan was unfortunate to see his powerful header directed straight at Preece.

Fagan replaced Foran but the pattern of play was unchanged. Marshall became the focus of attention when he mishandled on the edge of the box when under no pressure. He conceded a free kick inches outside the box but again the Aberdeen attack was off target.

The inevitable winner came a minute from the ninety when a Severin rocket beat Marshall from twenty five yards.

We deserved nothing from the game but given the lateness of their winning goal we might have sneaked a point. At least we have two home games to anticipate in the week ahead.