Nothing could separate St Johnstone & Aberdeen with both sides cancelling each other out in an unenthusiastic 0-0 encounter.
Aberdeen suffered a blow in the opening exchanges of the game with Tommie Hoban forced off after a headed collision with teammate Ross McCrorie. In what was a tepid opening first period with very limited shots on goal, Aberdeen had the one real opportunity on goal with a ball from the left by Matthew Kennedy finding Sam Cosgrove.
The forward had a tame effort on goal with Zander Clark gathering with ease. St Johnstone had a chance of their own with a Craig Conway free kick finding Murray Davidson who headed over. The half was dominated with a series of tackles & missed bookings which irked both boss’.
Aberdeen had a good exchange of play on 51 minutes with Scott Wright finding Jonny Hayes who cut inside before seeing an initial effort blocked before the ball reached Cosgrove, who saw his effort blocked away by Shaun Rooney for a corner.
St Johnstone wasted an chance with 9 minutes left after St Johnstone debutant Glenn Middleton found Stevie May from the right who knocked it down for David Wotherspoon who blazed the ball over. Wright then found Lewis Ferguson who headed towards goal with Clark thwarting any Dons danger once again. Here are three things we learned from the game.
Aberdeen had the majority of opportunities, however, were wasteful with only 3 opportunities across the whole game, the visitors having 2 of them. Both teams tried to play a positive style of football but a lack of final product was the stumbling block with goalkeepers Clark & Joe Lewis having a quiet night.
It’s another clean sheet which is a positive for both managers but they will be looking to rectify things on the goal front.
Wright goes on
Govan-bound Wright has been a well-talked man around Aberdeen circles this week following a pre-contract agreement to Rangers on the horizon with this possibility of Wright being at Ibrox before Monday’s transfer deadline even.
Wright showed little threat in front of goal, however, he covered an attacking midfield role & certainly gave the St Johnstone defence a lot of problems including being on the wrong end of a Liam Gordon challenge after 81 minutes.
Viewing the result
Both teams will look at this draw as two points dropped with Aberdeen seeking an opportunity to stay in third whilst St Johnstone were looking to pull clear of their relegation rivals knowing Ross County & Motherwell were going head to head.
After the Ross County scenario, it’s a massive improvement for Derek McInnes & Aberdeen on the road whilst it’s something to build on from St Johnstone fresh from the League Cup semi-final victory over Hibs on Saturday.
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