The race for Europe is heating up. Aberdeen were the only side in the European places, aside from Celtic, to gain points this weekend. What must annoy Aberdeen though is the fact that it was just the one against St Mirren at Pittodrie.
The Buddies had lost six league games on the spin before travelling north. This was just the second time in 13 away fixtures they’d scored two goals or more. Upon reflection, Oran Kearney’s side did well to frustrate the Dons to a 2-2 draw.
An annoying afternoon for Aberdeen
Aberdeen have scored four against Saints on each of their last three meetings at Pittodrie. They fell behind to a Duckens Nazon penalty before responding thanks to a Lewis Ferguson header. A shocking Niall McGinn miss would be punished by a great Kyle McAllister strike.
Sam Cosgrove bailed Derek McInnes’ side out with his volley to tie the game at 2-2. But that certainly can’t satisfy Aberdeen given their league standing.
Points dropped all round
Above them, Rangers dropped two points thanks to their stalemate with St Johnstone at Ibrox. Below them, Kilmarnock and Hearts were robbed with late winners for Celtic and Motherwell respectively.
So why can they not take advantage when playing at Pittodrie? The Dons have conceded first in three of their last four home league matches. It appears they can’t help but make things tricky for themselves.
However, there’s two sides to every coin. Whilst their home form is good, their away form is outstanding. They have the best away record in the Premiership having taken 23 points from 12 matches.
If they can get their home form sorted, they can go on and cement third place. What remains to be seen is whether they can push higher than that. They’ll also want to get it sorted for the visit of either Rangers or Kilmarnock in their Scottish Cup quarter final.