If you were to compile a Premiership table based on solely away fixtures, Aberdeen would be riding high at the top of the league. Perhaps what separates them from the rest, just how is their away form so good?
The Dons have lost just three times on their travels this season, two of which came in just a matter of weeks. The 1-0 loss at Parkhead to reigning champions Celtic in September was met a few weeks later by a 2-1 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle. Aberdeen’s last away defeat came in November in a 3-0 collapse away to Motherwell at Fir Park.
St Johnstone on Saturday
The weekend was another example of a stellar away performance. Club captain Graeme Shinnie grabbed a brace with two great goals in a 2-0 win. St Johnstone weren’t in the best run of form. However, Tommy Wright’s side had taken a point at Ibrox in order to halt a run of five straight league defeats.
That shouldn’t take the gloss off Aberdeen’s victory, however. It’s now seven straight away wins for the Dons. The hosts had a few early opportunities. Matty Kennedy and Liam Craig both passed up good chances but would be punished just after a quarter of an hour. Shinnie received possession from Dominic Ball before shifting onto his right foot and coolly slotting past Cammy Bell in the Saints goal.
The captain was at the heart of everything, always chasing a lost cause. He should’ve grabbed an assist had youngster Connor McLennan not blazed over from inside the area. The hosts would hit the post in search of an equaliser. The visitors would later punish them, again through Shinnie.
The first brace of his career capped off with a superb left-footed drive which nestled into the bottom corner. Another example of a fine Aberdeen counter attack saw the captain take matters into his own hands and bury beyond Bell.
What’s to come
Eight wins in 13 on the road is very impressive, most notable wins being at Rugby Park, Ibrox, the Tony Macaroni and Easter Road. Out of interest, the other dropped points being draws at both Hibs and St Johnstone, again in just a matter of weeks.
Three more away league fixtures sees them go back to two previous haunting grounds in Celtic Park and Tynecastle. They also travel to Dens Park to take on Dundee.
Derek McInnes’ side are also battling away for a Scottish Cup semi-final spot.
They’ll just be gutted they take Rangers on at Pittodrie rather than Ibrox if this season is anything to go by.