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Today's result further emphasises the desperate need to recruit in January. We are needing a striker and more defensive cover. If we can't keep Lowe till the end of the season, he is going to be bloody hard to replace. 

If our defence wasn't as solid this season, we'd be absolutely fucked. Between McKenna, Devlin and Lewis, they have kept scores down massively this season. If we lose McKenna in the window too, I really fear for us. 

Hopefully our form will encourage McInnes to adopt a different style of football, but i fear that his stubbornness will prevail. We need to change something drastically, and i'm not against that being the manager. 

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I think McKenna is our best player and I will be really disappointed to lose him, but I can understand from his perspective why a January move might be appealing at the moment. Devlin will hopefully be back soon, especially as I've never been totally convinced by Considine as a centre-back, but I'm fearing that "Devlin could be in contention for the next one" will be a line we will be hearing for more than a couple of weeks now. 

Our biggest and most pressing problems, however, are at the other end of the pitch. It isn't a good sign that we are in December and there is a case to say that Cosgrove is our least bad senior striker. We do desperately need a better striker, but we also need players that will create chances for him. Mackay-Steven being out exacerbates that lack of guile and creativity, and McGinn's form is even more variable than it has been previously. Whilst I'm all for giving opportunities to the younger players, Wright (who is 21 now) was dreadful against St Johnstone and McLennan is very much a work in progress.

Ball, Shinnie and Ferguson in midfield is very workmanlike, but Ferguson is almost certain to have dips in form because of his age, Ball is limited, and Shinnie isn't having a good season. It just doesn't have a particularly good balance to it, especially against stuffy opposition. So there is a lack of creativity and invention in that part of the pitch, too.

Unfortunately, looking at our recruitment from the last few windows, the fact that fewer players are available in the middle of the season and our scouting network is, um, narrow, our chances of successfully solving these problems in January seem pretty remote. 

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Hopefully we can get through December with  a few wins which keeps us in the hunt for European fitba. The January transfer window normally doesn't have the quality players available compared to the start of the season but I hope there is as we really need a creative midfielder first and then a striker. 

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The amount of folk that seem to want Wright to get a chance, and then what do we get..................a loon who spent his time on the park hiding, and when he did receive the ball, couldn't get rid of it quickly enough. It was similar last season when he got a start in the Sevco home defeat (when The Rat was red carded for halving May).....dreadful and feart.

Just not impressed at all by Wright - but then I missed the Partick Thistle and St Mirren spectaculars where he apparently excelled.  Maybe it's tough just being thrown in occasionally, but Maclennan looks like he'll handle it.

Ferguson most certainly has coped well for one so young, but rather than McInnes moaning about the 3-games in 6 days - maybe Saturday was a chance to rest him and ask Gleeson to show us what he could bring to the party.

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Saturday was the first time since the St Mirren victory in early October that Forrester has been in the matchday squad so I wonder if he's going to be playing more of a role in the coming weeks. Happened to be speaking to a Peterborough United suppporter last week who was initially very impressed by him but said he lost his way a bit after being made captain. I'd like to see him or Gleeson play more of a role soon if only so we can see what they can do. Saturday was a chance for Wright to really stake a claim, but it seems every time he gets a chance he puts in a non-performance. Suspect he's got the rest of the season to pull it out the bag or he'll be getting released come the summer.

The biggest issue, apart from our chronic lack of creativity, is Derek doesn't seem close to knowing his best starting XI and doesn't seem to know what formation to play going forward. I suspect May could possibly be quite effective with a partner but none of our other strikers suit playing alongside him. And I hope we're not contributing much, if anything, towards Wilson. It's hard to believe the sort of money he's allegedly on.

On the positive side our back 5 - when Devlin is fit - is a match for anyone in the league and I hope we can extend Lowe's contract. He's been one of our most effective attacking outlets and has really turned around my opinion on his defensive ability after a slightly shaky start.

Also, we're only six points off Hearts in fourth with two games in hand and some favourable games coming up. Vital we get full points out of the next three fixtures.

 

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The fixture list for December looks pretty good. I had thought we should be aiming at 15 points but wouldn't be disappointed with 13. In that scenario I had us losing or drawing at Ibrox though and getting at least a draw from St Johnstone. Livi twice, St Mirren and Dundee to come. I know Livingstone are doing better than expected but anything less than wins in those games would be a disappointment. Celtic and Hearts are both tougher prospects, but crucially both are at home. Get the 15 points this month (including the 3 we've already got in the bag) and we should go into the break in a very good position. A tricky but achievable task.

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15 hours ago, Jmothecat2 said:

The fixture list for December looks pretty good. I had thought we should be aiming at 15 points but wouldn't be disappointed with 13. In that scenario I had us losing or drawing at Ibrox though and getting at least a draw from St Johnstone. Livi twice, St Mirren and Dundee to come. I know Livingstone are doing better than expected but anything less than wins in those games would be a disappointment. Celtic and Hearts are both tougher prospects, but crucially both are at home. Get the 15 points this month (including the 3 we've already got in the bag) and we should go into the break in a very good position. A tricky but achievable task.

No way will Aberdeen fail to beat Livi, Dundee or St Mirren.

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20 hours ago, Jmothecat2 said:

Last night's goal puts Sam Cosgrove on 3 goals for the season, making him Aberdeen's top scoring striker.

Give the lad a Ballon d'Or

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On ‎09‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 00:20, AFCDannyFTH said:

Today's result further emphasises the desperate need to recruit in January. We are needing a striker and more defensive cover.

Move Cosgrove to centre back and McKenna to centre forward, it'd be like signing two new players and could transform Aberdeen's season.

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Fast Track Tribunal Update | Sam Cosgrove, Aberdeen FC

Thursday 13 December 2018

Player: Sam Cosgrove, Aberdeen FC

Match: Aberdeen FC v Livingston FC

Date: 11 December 2018

Competition: SPFL Premiership

Offence: B1k - Commits an act of simulation

Claim: Wrongful Caution

Fast Track Tribunal Hearing: Friday 14 December 2018

Outcome: Claim upheld. Caution rescinded.

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On 10/12/2018 at 13:04, tarapoa said:

The amount of folk that seem to want Wright to get a chance, and then what do we get..................a loon who spent his time on the park hiding, and when he did receive the ball, couldn't get rid of it quickly enough. It was similar last season when he got a start in the Sevco home defeat (when The Rat was red carded for halving May).....dreadful and feart.

Just not impressed at all by Wright - but then I missed the Partick Thistle and St Mirren spectaculars where he apparently excelled.  Maybe it's tough just being thrown in occasionally, but Maclennan looks like he'll handle it.

Ferguson most certainly has coped well for one so young, but rather than McInnes moaning about the 3-games in 6 days - maybe Saturday was a chance to rest him and ask Gleeson to show us what he could bring to the party.

The problem with Scotty Wright is that he needs regular game time. He should have been on loan for the past two seasons gradually moving up the leagues. As it is, he's had surely no more than about 15 full games total in his entire career. I definitely think he has potential and he should just be stuck in the team for the rest of the season. If he doesn't show any improvement by the end of the season, by all means move him on.

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