Aberdeen played out a 0-0 draw with Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads in Cork recently. New faces like Curtis Main, Ryan Hedges, Ash Taylor, Greg Leigh and Jon Gallagher all featured for the Dons.
Their opponents proved to be tough opposition. The Welsh side will face off against another Scottish outfit in a few weeks time. They play Kilmarnock in the Europa League first qualifying round.
Killie should get through this, however, the Nomads’ Dons display shows it’ll not be a simple task.
Nomads play similar to Kilmarnock if Aberdeen and Ross County tests are anything to go by
The Ayrshire side’s style under Steve Clarke was primarily a defensive one. They sucked up pressure, pressed teams in the midfield, before hitting their opponents on the counter.
Whether this will change under new boss Angelo Alessio remains to be seen. The Nomads showed though that they play a similar brand of football.
It was just a friendly so who knows what their game plans will be when they face Killie. Their two recent outings against Scottish sides though show they play similar to their Ayrshire opposition.
Against the Dons they sat in deep, quite happy to let Aberdeen have possession. When they had the opportunity, they would break up the park quickly to find a route to goal.
They done the same against Ross County in the Challenge Cup last season. It almost worked, eventually going down 3-1 to the Highland team, having took the lead through this exact style.
On the basis of these two performances, Alessio’s men are likely to have much of the ball. If they can penetrate the Welsh defence early on they could go on to get a few.
If Nomads get comfortable though and see out the first 20 minutes or so, it could become a scrappy game as they settle into their seemingly usual routine.
Whatever the situation, it seems like Nomads will have a clear game plan for when they take on the team from Ayrshire in European competition.