Aberdeen threw away a victory against St Mirren with some slack defending and not enough bite up front, despairs Voice’s Andrew Watson.
Well, this game went one better, if that’s the way to put it.
The initial frenetic pace, the hunger displayed by all in racing to be the first to every ball, befitted the five cautions shown in this outing.
There were plentiful chances from both teams early on in the first half, with St Mirren smashing one off the top of the crossbar. The Reds then had a corner.
David Goodwillie’s blocked effort found Mark Reynolds. Pittodrie’s sole current Scotland international buried it into the net seconds before the whistle for half time.
After the interval, 56 minutes into the game, Jonny Hayes’ cross more or less eluded Goodwillie but came to Peter Pawlett.
The shot was most unlike a lot of Dons goals. Instead of passing it into the net, it was hit from reasonable distance. A pleasure to watch.
Only a minute later St Mirren clawed one back.
Jamie Langfield really should have asserted himself and come out to grab the ball. His hesitation cost the Dons dearly.
Not that his defence exactly covered themselves in glory. Particularly Ashton Taylor, perhaps less so Hayes.
2-1 (Callum Ball).
Niall McGinn left the pitch on the 70 minute mark, with Andrew Considine coming on. Pawlett came off after 79 minutes; with Cammy Smith coming on.
Four minutes from normal time the Buddies got a penalty. Reynolds was the culprit, and in being so he undone the great work he did at the death of the first half.
2-2 (Kenny McLean).
Aberdeen will rue the chances missed throughout this game. Let’s hope they can shake off the frustration of this night and in the process become far more clinical in their finishing.
At the very least they really have to stop leaking goals, because at this rate doing so is the only way they’ll win games.
Final score: 2-2.