Date: 10th February 2006 at 11:56am
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Both sides came into this match on the back of 3-0 defeats against both Edinburgh club’s in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

With both teams and Manager’s under pressure change’s were made with the home side giving new Dutch signing
Ferne Snoyl his home debut and Scott Severin was in defence alongside Russell Anderson.

Both sides struggled to gain advantage in the early stages but it was the Dons who had the first chance of the match,when Jamie Smith headed over.

Rangers tried to get a grip on the match and almost took the lead when a Malcolm shot found it’s way into the path
of Prso who hit his shot straight at the legs of Langfield.

Prso was causing the Dons defence problems all night and flicked a header on to Boyd,who dragged his shot wide.
Soon after,the pair linked up again with a neat one,two but Prso was crowded out by the home defence.

Rangers then forced a corner but Andrews headed over and the chance was gone.

Aberdeen had to come into the match and started putting pressure on the Ibrox side with Jamie Smith causing them all sorts of problems.

The former Celtic player,who scored the winner the last times these two sides met at Pittodrie,was again the main man as the Dons took the lead !

Scott Severin broke up a Rangers attack and brought the ball forward,he played a neat pass to Snoyl and his run and cross found Jamie Smith,who hit a volley past Watereus in the Rangers goal to give the Dons a 1-0 lead.

If Rangers did not have their troubles to seek,they did now !

As the snow began to fall,the home team started to enjoy more possession and Rangers found it hard to get any joy
from their mid-field,Barry Ferguson was struggling as he gave the ball away time and again in a flustrating time for the Ibrox captain.

Ferguson must have been wondering if indeed it was Christmas as gifts were being given away by the Rangers defence.The second goal was one such gift !

A free kick from Severin,found Anderson,who beat Murray in the air and the ball landed at the feet of Steve Lovell,who poked the ball home to give the Dons a two goal lead before the break .
HT 2-0

The Manager,knew that his team could not continue as they did in the first half,so he introduced Buffel and Smith to give the Rangers team some much need bite in the second half.

Young Rangers winger Chris Burke,was now starting to show what he could do in a Rangers shirt and was,alongside Prso,was Rangers main threat of a goal.

Burke was creating chances for his team-mates but still they could not break this stubborn Dons defence down.
Ferguson missed two changes,one where he should have really scored when he shot wide from six yards.

It was Rangers who had more possession now and were the team on top in this match and they looked a different side from the side the strolled about in the first half as if they were 2-0 up !

Lovenkrands created a chance for Ferguson but the Ibrox skipper headed wide but it was the Dane who had the Ibrox side’s best chance when he put the ball past an open goal after good work from Prso and Buffel.

Prso then had a long range effort saved by Langfield as the Ibrox men tried in vain to get a goal back .
Lovenkrands then had a shot saved by Langfield as the clock ticked away and Prso tried to break on to a long ball but he was snubbed out by the captain fantastic Russell Anderson.
FT 2-0

The Dons go to Tynecastle on Saturday with revenge on their minds after defeat in the Scottish Cup,this is Saturday’s match of the day.

Player Ratings

Langfield 7
MacFarlane 7
Anderson 9
McNaughton 7
Snoyl 8
Nicholson 7
Griffen 7
Severin 8
Clark 7
Lovell 7
Smith 8
Diamond
Foster

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood 8
Great win for Jimmy and the Dons fans,now he needs to keep it going with a top six place.

Opponent Rating
Alex McLeish 7
The former Dons hero could have seen the end of his Rangers days as Manager at a place where he had so many happy memories.