Dire, Dismal, Dons Disappoint Against St Johnstone

One step forward (of sorts) and two steps back, where do you start with this dismal display at Pittodrie against St Johnstone on Wednesday night?

The glimmer of light from Saturday’s performance against Rangers was completely extinguished in this gutless performance at Pittodrie, having now just taken three points from our last five Premiership games.

Derek McInnes made three changes to the starting line-up from the team that face Rangers last weekend.

New signing Ronald Hernandez made his Dons debut, with Ryan Hedges and Jon Gallagher returning to the starting XI.

Shay Logan, Funso Ojo and Niall McGinn were all dropped to the bench as a result.

Aberdeen had the opening chance in the third minute when Jon Gallagher fired a low 12 yard drive into the side netting after picking up a cross from Ryan Hedges.

But we went behind in the sixth minute when Ali McCann exploited the Aberdeen back-line, pushed forward at goal and lifted the ball above Joe Lewis and put the ball into the net..

Ash Taylor went off injured in the 20th minute and was replaced by Mikey Devlin.

In the 32nd minute we came close to scoring an equaliser when Scott McKenna picked up a corner from Matty Kennedy, but his header flashed wide of goal.

In the 43rd minute, Ryan Hedge’s shot was punched clear by Zander Clark. our first shot on target in the first half.

Niall McGinn came on at the start of the second half, replacing Jon Gallagher.

Matty Kennedy found Sam Cosgrove in the 50th minute with a pass but Sam’s effort was blocked by the foot of Zander Clark.

Niall McGinn put a cross along the face of goal but there was nobody to pick it up.

Ryan Hedges played a short free-kick to McGinn, who then picked up Scott McKenna in the box with a curling cross in the 77th minute, but his effort was saved by Clark and Sam Cosgrove failed to make the most of the rebound.

Our final effort came from Niall McGinn in injury time when his free kick went over the St Johnstone wall and cracked off the inside post.

The frustrated Red Army made their feelings known, as we look ahead to our Scottish Cup match against Kilmarnock at the weekend.  It’s difficult to see where the goals will come from if we continue like this.


Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
5th February 2020 7:45 pm Scottish Premiership 2019-20 90' 12,552


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
St Johnstone10141%Win


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender
5Scott McKenna Defender
6Michael Devlin 14 Defender
8Ronald Hernández 25 Defender
10Niall McGinn 21 Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor 6 Defender
16Sam Cosgrove Forward
17Dylan McGeouch Midfielder 62'
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 93'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Jon Gallagher 10 Forward
22Funso Ojo Midfielder
23Matty Kennedy Midfielder
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
25Bruce Anderson 8 Forward

St Johnstone

1Zander Clark Goalkeeper
2Wallace Duffy Defender
4Jamie McCart Defender
7Drey Wright 17 Midfielder
9Chris Kane 14 Forward
10David Wotherspoon Midfielder
12Elliott Parish Goalkeeper
14Stevie May 9 Forward
15Jason Kerr Defender
16Matt Butcher Midfielder
17Michael O’Halloran 7 Forward
18Alistair McCann Midfielder 6'
19Jason Holt Midfielder
20Isaiah Jones Midfielder
21Anthony Ralston Defender 60'
22Callum Hendry Forward
24Callum Booth Defender
26Liam Craig Midfielder