Aberdeen’s worst away form since 1999/2000 is proving detrimental to European ambitions


They dominated possession with 68 percent. They completed 320 more passes than their opponents. They had 11 shots. However, Jak Alnwick wasn’t really worried.

The most difficult moment for the goalkeeper was a Calvin Ramsay cross that went wide.

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Aberdeen fans had every right to express their discontent during the second half. A goal did not come.

It was another road test exhibit. The large visiting contingent that follows the Dons across the country has had to endure sub-par performances at Dundee, Hibs, Dundee United and now St Mirren.

With a current points per game ratio of 0.73 away from home, only Dundee’s record is worse.

When you compare it to recent seasons, it’s a damning number. The last time he fell below a point per game from Pittodrie was in the 2011/12 campaign.

You have to go back to the infamous 1999/2000 season to see a worse away record. That was 0.61 points per game.

Aberdeen have not been well away from home this season. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

‘brain strength’

Aberdeen’s results and performances outside the North East are proving highly detrimental to the club’s European ambitions.

After the loss to St Mirren, Dons boss Stephen Glass spoke about a “certain amount of mental toughness”.

Captain Scott Brown spoke of bravery on the ball in difficult conditions and tricky places.

Scott Brown has called on his Aberdeen teammates to earn the right to play. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

“We have been way behind this season and we always hit back and created chances and scored goals,” he said. “Tuesday was not one of those days. We came here last time, we were fantastic in the first half and I thought it was going to be a good easy game.

“The pitch started to get cut off and I think it just didn’t suit us because it wasn’t perfect. Sometimes we’re going to have to deal with that in January and February and even March and all the time when the pitches aren’t going to be great.

“It’s not just that mental toughness, but that toughness on the field, when to take the ball when it’s moving and be brave and put your body on the line.”

From the moment Grant Irvine gave the signal to start the game at the SMiSA Stadium, Aberdeen faced a well-organized St Mirren out of possession, pressing intelligently and displaying energy and intensity in possession. It was not matched by the visitors.

Earn the right to play

“Just a little urgency further up the park,” Brown said when asked what was missing from the performance.

“They gave us a lot of time on the ball and they let us have the ball at the back, but sometimes you need to mix and match a little bit, sometimes you need to give it to the forwards, and it’s that fighting spirit as well.” the park. We didn’t have that.

“I think we thought we could show up and if we won the game we’d be sitting in a good position in the league. It doesn’t work like that, you have to earn the right to play, earn the right to go and win games.

“St Mirren defended very well, they had a shot on goal and scored a fantastic goal. For us, it wasn’t good enough, a shot on goal, either at home or away.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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