There may be trouble ahead

Last updated : 09 March 2003 By Firparkcorner

Faddy takes the free kick, Anderson takes lehmann!
Last week against Hearts we played well but missed chances and lost.  This week we played poorly, missed chances and lost.  We should have had four points out of the last six but instead we have zero and our inability to make pressure count surely makes us favourites for the drop.


Aberdeen took the lead early on when Paul Sheerin dispatched a penalty.  David Partridge had hauled down Phil McGuire when he looked certain to head home at the back post. 


The game was mainly played in the midfield with both sides struggling to create openings.  Aberdeen never looked like increasing their lead in the first half, while we could only test Kjaer from long range, McFadden having the best effort.


The only goal
The second half was much of the same although Aberdeen probably had the edge in terms of possession and territory.  David Clarkson might have done better when he fired a right footed drive past the post but our best chance was yet to come.  Fagan flicked his way past his marker and his cut back eventually broke to Pearson.  The equaliser was there to be had but he couldn’t avoid the mass of Aberdeen defenders on the goal line.


As the game wore on, Aberdeen began to threaten and it took some good defending and goalkeeping to keep us in with a chance.  A McFadden free kick caused Kjaer to scramble across his line but when Lehmann’s penalty claims for a pull in the box were turned away, it was game over.


There was enough time left for Pearson to be red carded for lashing out at Darren Young and he became our ninth red card of the season.  With our next two league games being away to Rangers and Dunfermline, we may live to rue the missed chances in the last two matches.