Look­ing for­ward to fight night with Hibs

Evening Express (City Final) - - Joe harper -

I WATCHED Aberdeen play Kil­marnock at Rugby Park over the week­end, and it wasn’t a great game.

I think ev­ery­one knows it wasn’t the Dons’ best per­for­mance, cer­tainly in the first half when they were sec­ond to ev­ery ball.

De­spite a few Kil­lie chances, Steve Clarke’s team only went in at half­time with a one-goal ad­van­tage – Kris Boyd’s penalty af­ter Shay Lo­gan clum­sily and need­lessly brought down Chris Burke.

How­ever, in a more com­pet­i­tive sec­ond half – and es­pe­cially af­ter Bruce An­der­son’s in­stinc­tive 73rd­minute equaliser – it was Derek Mcinnes’ side who were try­ing to win the game.

And they de­served it. How­ever, Mcinnes’ men are show­ing a bit of a ten­dency to start slow this term and it was, as the boss recog­nised, a very sim­i­lar game to the 2-1 loss to Hearts at Tynecas­tle a few weeks ago with the way Aberdeen came back into things in the sec­ond half.

Still, it’s fan­tas­tic, de­spite not hit­ting the heights of a game like the 4-1 win over St Mir­ren last month – al­beit against the worst team in the coun­try – that the Reds are still win­ning.

They recorded two cru­cial league wins and reached the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal last week. That’s all you can re­ally ask for and if they keep man­ag­ing to win by hook or by crook it’ll be a suc­cess­ful sea­son – and there might just be sil­ver­ware.

Hiber­nian are next on Fri­day at Pit­to­drie, and it’ll be a tough one.

If the Dons beat them, they climb into the top six at Hibs’ ex­pense.

As it’s quite rightly often stated, you need to beat the teams around you.

Ahead of games with Kil­lie or Hamil­ton, you ex­pect a dull match.

How­ever, games be­tween Aberdeen and Hibs are al­ways crack­ing. so roll on Fri­day night.

The Dons were try­ing to win against Kil­lie un­til Lewis Fer­gu­son made sure

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