in Match Reports October 1, 2016
Kilmarnock 0 Aberdeen 4
Alan Cochrane@ Rugby Park
Despite being only one goal behind at the interval, and that to, from my seat in the press box, a dubious looking penalty, Aberdeen ran out comfortable and emphatic winners. The game was ably summed up by the two managers at the end.
“We’ve now won ten in a row against Kilmarnock. The pitch was shorter, narrower and drier, and we had to fight and work harder to get the space to operate. Kilmarnock are a very competitive team, and have only lost to Celtic in the last four games, but our tenacity right from the first whistle showed an almost perfect performance. We were ruthless. Once we got the second goal it makes it difficult for Kilmarnock as the home team.I have to be pleased with four goals away from home, and that was possibly our best display of the season.’
“The penalty was a strange decision, but I don’t believe that it particularly changed the game. In the second half we didn’t perform at all, and I take full responsibility for that. We’ve been on the end of a heavy defeat at home, and that is never nice. For the second game in a row, it’s been men against boys. In the first half we were toe to toe with Aberdeen, and created some chances, but in the end, it was too easy for the visitors.We are very disappointed. We need to do a lot of hard work during the international break, and there needs to be a strong response at St Johnstone. A couple of positives were getting Miles Addison on the pitch [for the last 15 minutes] after just two days training, and Greg Kiltie getting an hour, which was always the maximum we could get out of him [at this stage].”
If there were few positives for the home support, the noisy and colourful Aberdeen fans had a great day out in the sun. Early in the game, Hayes, O’Connor and McGinn twice all made MacDonald work, while for Killie, Kris Boyd had a cross/shot well cut out by Lewis, and a free kick blocked by a big Aberdeen wall. With a quarter of the game gone, Aberdeen were awarded that penalty. Rooney appeared to impede Jamie MacDonald, but Mr Collum saw it the other way, and pointed to the spot. Rooney took the kick, sent MacDonald the wrong way, and put the visitors ahead. Before the interval, Rooney headed over and Coulibaly hit a free kick over the bar, so the teams changed round at Kilmarnock 0 Aberdeen 1.
Five minutes after the restart, Aberdeen added to their lead. A long corner from the right fell to the unmarked Considine who volleyed a shot high into the net. In the 66th minute Taylor repeated the trick in mirror image, this time the long corner coming from the left, and the big number five stealing in, again unmarked, to volley in from the right hand side. Between these two, Rooney had a shot touched over by MacDonald, and at three nil, missed a couple of easy chances within a couple of minutes, which would have compounded Killie’s misery. In 71 minutes though he did get his second goal and Aberdeen’s fourth when he slipped through the home defence far too easily and rolled the ball into the net.
As the boss said later, it was all too easy.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, McKenzie, Dicker, K Boyd, Kiltie (Jones), S Boyd, Burn (Addison), Adams (Tyson), Coulibaly, Taylor, Hendrie
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Taylor, O’Connor, Considine, Shinnie, McLean, Hayes (Storey), McGinn (Burns), Maddison, Rooney (Stockley
Referee: William Collum
Sandy Ferguson's match pictures.