Date: 31st July 2008 at 9:53am
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Good points: A win against a decent top level Dutch club. Excellent defensive performance. Good show from Duff in midfield. Nice wee ground, full house, great weather, cheap beer, friendly people.

Bad points: Sod all attacking oomph. No coordination between midfield and attack. Forever lacking that spark.

Hold on to yer hats folks…The Slug seems determined to torment us with a 3-5-2 formation (until it all goes tits up of course) as this is the 2nd game in a row we’ve started like that.

Of course, it instantly reverted to 5-3-2 as both JDV and Duff were pushed back on their heels 1st half and rarely ventured near the opponents goal…in fact Miller and Mackie barely made it over the half-way line as the Dons practised their European catenaccio formation.

This restricted Vitesse to one chance with a header, which Bossu saved spectacularly even though it was going over the bar anyway.

2nd half was once again better as we pushed forward a bit more and Vitesse visibly tired.

We had a lot more possession without threatening but then got a goal out of nowhere. McDonald nodded a deep cross back across the box, Miller missed his kick/flicked it on, and Considine buried it from about 10 yards.

Game was finished after that and we held on comfortably despite a load of substitutions.

It wasn’t great, it wasn’t pretty…but it was organised and hard working. The defence looked like they knew each other, Bossu kept well, McDonald was tidy again, and as I said Duff had a very good game…he doesn’t look like a footballer but he can be surprisingly efficient in midfield. We just need to get goals from somewhere.

Written by Schapenneuker on AFC Chat. Published with permission.

Aberdeen: Bossu, Mair, Davids (S Smith 14), Duff (Camero 74), Considine, Severin, J Smith, McDonald, Mackie (Maguire 51), Miller (Paton 84), de Visscher (Pawlett 84).

Goals

Considine 70′