Kilmarnock 1-3 Aberdeen Rugby Park 26 November 2017
Another disappointing afternoon at Rugby Park saw us fall to Aberdeen on a bitterly cold Sunday in November. An early goal from Kenny McLean, after just 55 seconds, followed swiftly after by a Stevie May header gave us a mountain to climb. We rallied after this initial shock and probably had the better of the chances in the second half, but couldn’t find that cutting edge in the final third. After the break, Aberdeen had several chances to make it three, but the linesman and Jamie MacDonald came to our rescue. As with the first half, we had the better of the ball and the better chances and eventually got a goal back midway through the half. Jordan Jones cut inside and hit a shot which Joe Lewis failed to deal with and it bounced over him and into the net. As we pressed forward in search of an equaliser, Stevie May found space up the other end to drill in his second of the game after some poor defending. And to rub salt in the wounds, JJ was sent off a few minutes before the end for a second yellow card.
With all that in mind, here are four things to note from today’s game…
ALAN ‘THE POWER’ POWER
Another fantastic performance from the Irishman, who has really come into his own in the past few months. He bossed the midfield, breaking up play and setting up attacks. With another great player alongside him such as Gary Dicker, then he could go on to be one of our most important players this season. Another man-of-the-match performance from him, despite the loss.
DICKER IS BACK!
Midfield maestro Gary Dicker finally returned from injury after months out, and it was like a breath of fresh air in the team. Although we still lost the game, he had a fantastic second half after he came on. If he and Power can link up well, then that could be the centre-midfield pairing that we have been missing for years. All we need now is for Greg Kiltie to be fit again and our midfield will be in pretty good nick.
BATTLE OF THE STRIKERS
This was a match won by the effectiveness of the strikers. Even though we had just as many chances as Aberdeen did, we were not able to test Joe Lewis too often, unlike Stevie May, who gave our defenders and Jamie MacDonald a torrid time. Our strike force is something which Steve Clarke will want to look at as we go into the January transfer window.
WE NEVER GAVE UP
This has been a real factor ever since Steve Clarke came in last month. Even when we were two goals down today, the team never gave up and kept driving forward in an attempt to bring a goal back. This is a desire and a belief that we have not seen in the team in a number of years, and so it is great to see and is a real positive for the future.
MAN OF THE MATCH: ALAN POWER