Aberdeen suffered a 1-0 defeat against Jordanian side Al Wehdat SC in a friendly match over in Dubai.
Ahmed Samir struck first to put Aberdeen behind. The Dons defence was split open and the midfielder rifled a shot into the bottom corner.
The game descended into a scrappy affair but the Pittodrie side couldn’t find a way back into the game. It’s minutes out on the park so that Derek McInnes’ team have match sharpness ahead of the competitive restart this week. Here are three things we learned.
McGeouch makes his bow
There was a first appearance for Dylan McGeouch over in Dubai. The ex-Hibs midfielder recently joined the Dons on a deal until the summer of 2022.
Having not played since a substitute appearance in the FA Cup in November, McGeouch needs minutes to get him up to full speed. Playing for 45 minutes over in Dubai will do him the world of good.
During the match he made a few decent passes and tried to dictate play against the Jordanian opposition. The minutes out on the pitch with his new teammates is the key thing though.
McInnes goes for strong XI
McInnes could’ve opted for a makeshift XI in Dubai or one filled with those wanting to impress. Instead, Aberdeen’s full strength XI give or take was fielded from the start.
It seemed as if he was wanting to get minutes into his key star’s legs after weeks without action. It’ll have been a testing match fitness wise for the Dons as slowly but surely changes were made in the second half.
McInnes will be disappointed to lose but it should mean his players are closer to full match fitness heading into Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie with Dumbarton.
Aberdeen were punished for opening up at the back in the first half. Overall though their attack was unable to make up for that as Al Wehdat shut them out.
The likes of Sam Cosgrove and Niall McGinn were limited and the Dons were reduced to half chances. Not many clear cut chances were created, even in the second half when McInnes’ men were in the opposition half more often.