However, we were given a warning that our defence was not up to scratch. Several errors, a couple of which were identical to last week, allowed an Aberdeen attacker to head wide from six yards when it looked easier to score.
That was the visitors only chance of an opening period they spent camped in their own half. For all our possession, we struggled to create chances but when Lasley was hauled down in the box after an excellent move we had an opportunity from the penalty spot. McFadden took the responsibility and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way to give us the lead at the interval.
The equaliser was the equivalent of us jumping on the self-destruct button. For the next twenty minutes Aberdeen ran riot through the middle of the park and our defending was little short of abysmal. Aberdeen were unable to take advantage of our poor play and failed to put us to the sword. We rearranged things when Sengewald replaced Leitch and this managed to halt Aberdeen’s dominance.
The turning point came when Lehmann failed to convert a glorious chance with ten minutes to go. He was at full stretch though and it wasn’t his fault he couldn’t control his shot but had he capped off the good move with a goal, we would probably have won. Instead, Aberdeen flew through the midfield moments later, were given acres of space to cross and Deloumeaux out-muscled the defender to prod into the corner of the net.
We tried to force ourselves back into the match but our best chance was easily saved when Russell could only poke the ball into the ‘keepers arms. Aberdeen almost sealed the win when a great effort rebounded off the underside of the bar.
So, another disappointing loss and with a trip to Ibrox looming, Terry Butcher will have his work cut out in the coming weeks. It’s one thing being in charge when things are going well, will El Tel be up to the challenge when we’re struggling?