140928 aberdeen celeb 001Aberdeen 3 v 2 Inverness CT

In what is always a fixture to look forward to, John Hughes kept faith with the side that dispatched St. Johnstone with some ease last week. James Vincent is back to full fitness but might have to be content with a place on the bench, such is the settled look of Hughes current side. Aberdeen’s injury concerns were worsened by a nasty one to Jack at last week’s League Cup tie at Livingston, and Hughes must have hoped for a hangover on the Don’s part. In fact, such was the volume of boring 0-0 predictions in the media, a hangover might have been anticipated by all sides. Not a bit of it.

140928 aberdeen meekings 001Aberdeen roared into life in this game, and Goodwillie found the net after only 10 minutes but his overhead kick was for nothing as Aberdeen were caught offside. Next up was Pawlett, who sped up the majority of the pitch to be halted by the indomitable Meekings and Warren. In 17 minutes the central defender (no, not that one) decided that this was the perfect day to score his first senior goal. Aberdeen obviously agreed, and decided not to mark Meekings at a Tansey free kick. Instead they concentrated on Warren, who has a track record of this kind of thing and that simply allowed Meekings to steal in and bury the header past Langfield and leave Aberdeen looking sheepish. Meekings has scored a better goal against another team in red, but that was a pre-season friendly, so it’s always good to see a slightly bewildered goal celebration from someone who just hasn’t rehearsed that possibility.

140928 aberdeen meekings 002Aberdeen were always liable to be stirred into even more frenetic behaviour as their fans howled at the injustice of it all and when they did equalise it was down to the unlikely circumstance of Adam Rooney making himself as invisible as you can be for a gigantic red haired Irishman. By the time Warren had located the ball that had spun off his head, Rooney was round Brill celebrating and Mr. reliable was left aghast. In fact, so annoyed was Warren that his next contribution was to smash a header off Langfield’s post as he charged in for a Doran corner. It’s doubtful his run could have been stopped by a brick wall. Just as Inverness settled in to accepting parity with Aberdeen, the Dons scored again. This time Logan finished after Hayes and Goodwillie created space for a thundering drive.

140928 aberdeen shinnie 001Into the second half, and a sequence of Shinnie, Watkins, Doran, Christie, and Mckay again restored parity after the Welshman had sprinted to anticipate where Mckay’s squeezed effort would land if Aberdeen had managed to snuff him out. Such is Watkin’s form this year that he must be making inroads to being Caley Thistle’s second Welsh international after OTJ. Inverness is a lovely place to visit in autumn Mr. Coleman. However, if this all sounds grand (and it was) Aberdeen pulled ahead again. It’s well known that Aberdonians have a language all of their own and Ross Draper, in their words, made a bit of a “fash” of a clearance that allowed Goodwillie to test Brill, who parried his shot. Unfortunately, Hayes had the same prescience as Watkins to be in the right place at the right time and that as they say was that.

Yogi Hughes was philosophical: “I am not pointing the finger of blame at anyone," he said. "That's the way we play. We have an open, expansive style of football and I ask the boys to get on the ball and play football and I've no doubt we are going to make mistakes. I take full responsibility because I want my boys to be brave. I am just proud at the way they took the game to Aberdeen and for long periods of the game played real good football. We could be a little bit more clinical and defend a bit better, but let's give Aberdeen respect - they are a good side. But we love being underdogs and coming to places like Pittodrie and giving it a right good go."

We certainly did that John.

 

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