Aberdeen v Dundee Utd

Dons Draw Against Dundee Utd In New Year Opener

The Dons started 2021 with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Dundee Utd at Pittodrie.

Derek McInnes made two changes to the side that beat St Johnstone on Boxing Day.

Sam Cosgrove dropped to be bench, alongside Dean Campbell. Niall McGinn started and Ross McCrorie returned from his one-game suspension.

Scott Wright was also back in the squad after returning from his hernia surgery, making it to the bench.

Ahead of the match starting, respects were made to former Aberdeen player Chic McLelland and former Dundee Utd manager Jim McLean who passed away recently.

We dominated possession in the first half, but lacked anything in the final third.

Ryan Hedges had a couple of efforts in the first half, and a penalty claim denied by Kevin Clancy after going down under challenge from Mark Connolly.

In the final minutes of the first half, a Hedges inswinging corner was picked up by Andy Considine, but Andy’s header went over.

After the break, Lawrence Shankland went close for Utd, firing a low drive towards goal, by Considine was on hand to block the shot.

Jonny Hayes delivered a cross deep into the box for Ross McCrorie to pick up in the 71st minute, but his header went wide of goal.

Nicky Clark had an opportunity for the opposition after his 80th minute volley  was saved by Joe Lewis.

And in the final minute of the ninety, Lawrence Shankland had another effort at goal, but Joe tipped the effort wide.

Unfortunately, our attacking problem was at the expense of losing the momentum of moving ahead of Hibs, who lost 3-0 against Livingston.

We can have all the possession we like, but we can’t seem to do anything with it.


Date Time League Season Full Time
2nd January 2021 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2020-21 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
Dundee Utd00042%Draw


Fourth OfficialRefereeAssistant Referees
Steven ReidKevin ClancyDougie Potter
Frank Connor


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
3Tommie Hoban Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender
8Funso Ojo Midfielder
9Curtis Main 32 Forward
10Niall McGinn 25 Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor Defender
16Sam Cosgrove 33 Forward
17Jonny Hayes Midfielder 66'
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
24Dean Campbell 40 Midfielder
25Scott Wright 10 Forward
32Ryan Edmondson 9 Forward
33Matty Kennedy 16 Midfielder
37Kieran Ngwenya Defender
40Ross McCrorie 24 Midfielder
43Gary Woods Goalkeeper
46Ryan Duncan Midfielder

Dundee Utd

1Benjamin Siegrist Goalkeeper
2Liam Smith Defender
3Adrián Spörle Defender
4Dillon Powers 8 Midfielder
5Mark Connolly Defender
6Mark Reynolds Defender
7Paul McMullan Midfielder
8Peter Pawlett 4 Midfielder
10Nicky Clark Forward
12Ryan Edwards Defender
17Jamie Robson Defender
19Deniz Mehmet Goalkeeper
20Luke Bolton Midfielder
23Ian Harkes Midfielder
24Lawrence Shankland Forward
25Kai Fotheringham Midfielder
27Louis Appéré Forward 80'
28Jake Davidson Defender
30Lewis Neilson Defender
43Kerr Smith Defender

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