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1 hour ago, Merkland Red said:

To be honest we can say they were in better condition than us etc but there was no excuse for passing to a white shirt under no pressure or shanking long passes out of play.

It wasn't so much physical sharpness, it was the mental aspect. 

Rangers looked sharp and up for it (more 1st half than 2nd), whereas we looked like we'd just stumbled out of bed and pulled on red shirts. Rangers had a proper pre-season, and we just had a couple of kickarounds in the park. 

It showed. 

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3 hours ago, Merkland Red said:

Where to start with this?

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Might as well assume the position & take what's coming to you, with an attitude like that. 

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2 hours ago, Highlandmagyar 2nd Tier said:

Well, Aberdeen have been doing that for years.

The Joe's chip shop forum for you me lad. What are you doing with the big boys ?

 

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I'm sure it's all been said but we looked so far off the pace on Saturday. I had a slight feeling Rangers might come too soon for us, particularly as they'd had an actual pre season relative to ours. Saying that, they weren't all that great themselves.

In isolation I'd probably try and not read too much into it but in the context of Mcinnes the perception is so bad for him. Yet another OF game where we don't turn up until it's too late and even then it was pretty meek. 

Edmondson looked pretty handy and to be honest I doubt it'll be too long before Anderson sees himself back on the bench. 

Struggling to think of any other positives. We'll just pretend the season starts on Saturday.

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4 minutes ago, Dons_1988 said:

I'm sure it's all been said but we looked so far off the pace on Saturday. I had a slight feeling Rangers might come too soon for us, particularly as they'd had an actual pre season relative to ours. Saying that, they weren't all that great themselves.

In isolation I'd probably try and not read too much into it but in the context of Mcinnes the perception is so bad for him. Yet another OF game where we don't turn up until it's too late and even then it was pretty meek. 

Edmondson looked pretty handy and to be honest I doubt it'll be too long before Anderson sees himself back on the bench. 

Struggling to think of any other positives. We'll just pretend the season starts on Saturday.

I thought that first half especially, Jack and Aribo were excellent. Their movement made our midfield look they were wearing concrete boots. 

Rangers problem, and it looks to be a recurring issue for them, is that they don't create as many chances or score as many goals as their midfield dominance probably deserves. There have been several games against them in the last few years where they've walloped us but we've still managed a draw.....I was hoping for it to happen on Saturday again, but alas.

frankly, I'm just looking upon Saturday as a pre-season game and keeping my fingers crossed that we're a bit sharper against the Fermers this coming week. 

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1 minute ago, Bob Mahelp said:

I thought that first half especially, Jack and Aribo were excellent. Their movement made our midfield look they were wearing concrete boots. 

Rangers problem, and it looks to be a recurring issue for them, is that they don't create as many chances or score as many goals as their midfield dominance probably deserves. There have been several games against them in the last few years where they've walloped us but we've still managed a draw.....I was hoping for it to happen on Saturday again, but alas.

frankly, I'm just looking upon Saturday as a pre-season game and keeping my fingers crossed that we're a bit sharper against the Fermers this coming week. 

Yes it was similar to the first half of the 2-2 draw last season where we simply couldn't get anywhere near them. Jack was excellent that night too.

As you say, as bad as we were we could still have fluked a point out of that game in the end. Would've been entirely undeserved but they refused to put us away.

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46 minutes ago, Dons_1988 said:

Yes it was similar to the first half of the 2-2 draw last season where we simply couldn't get anywhere near them. Jack was excellent that night too.

As you say, as bad as we were we could still have fluked a point out of that game in the end. Would've been entirely undeserved but they refused to put us away.

The game was a carbon copy of the first half in the 2-2 match last season, the one crucial difference being that we sneaked a goal just before half time to lift things fir the second half. On Saturday we did nothing to lift ourselves, and the one moment when we came so close to scoring in the goalmouth scramble should have given us a lift to really go after their defence, but there was no real reaction. The game turned out exactly as I feared it would when I saw that we had Rangers at home first game with no crowd.

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4 hours ago, Highlandmagyar 2nd Tier said:

Well, Aberdeen have been doing that for years.

You do realise that Rangers have only won 4 of the 12 matches between the clubs since Gerrard took over? 

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12 minutes ago, kingjoey said:

You do realise that Rangers have only won 4 of the 12 matches between the clubs since Gerrard took 

Yours, WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

 

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, kingjoey said:

You do realise that Rangers have only won 4 of the 12 matches between the clubs since Gerrard took over? 

Don't let the facts get in the way of a good old conspiracy theory Joey

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15 minutes ago, kingjoey said:

You do realise that Rangers have only won 4 of the 12 matches between the clubs since Gerrard took over? 

Yes, in Gerrard's first season, Aberdeen assumed the position and pumped 'class above' Rangers out of both cups, both in Glasgow.

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18 minutes ago, Dons_1988 said:

Yes, in Gerrard's first season, Aberdeen assumed the position and pumped 'class above' Rangers out of both cups, both in Glasgow.

Not to mention throwing in a nice mid week league victory at the then Sports Direct Arena for good measure

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The problem we have, which won't change with fitness and sharpness, is that we have midfielders who are static and don't take any responsibility.

In McInnes' first season, we had Jack and Robson who wanted possession and would go looking for it if it wasn't coming. Then we added McLean, who was the same, and then Shinnie who did a great job in carrying the ball forward and moving us up the park. 

At the moment, we've got a load of players who go hiding unless they're in acres of space. Only Ferguson ever goes looking for the ball to get things moving. Combine that with defenders who refuse to even attempt to pass it into midfield, and you get the aimless nonsense we saw yesterday and for most of last season.

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58 minutes ago, Carl Cort's Hamstring said:

The problem we have, which won't change with fitness and sharpness, is that we have midfielders who are static and don't take any responsibility.

In McInnes' first season, we had Jack and Robson who wanted possession and would go looking for it if it wasn't coming. Then we added McLean, who was the same, and then Shinnie who did a great job in carrying the ball forward and moving us up the park. 

At the moment, we've got a load of players who go hiding unless they're in acres of space. Only Ferguson ever goes looking for the ball to get things moving. Combine that with defenders who refuse to even attempt to pass it into midfield, and you get the aimless nonsense we saw yesterday and for most of last season.

Yes, we're very flat footed in midfield and are yet to replace Shinnie. It's hard not to think that McInnes puts a lot of emphasis on maintaining a defensive shape, but doesn't seem to be instructing the players well in terms of movement, to provide the opportunity to move the ball up the pitch.

We were lucky insofar that Rangers'* movement allowed them to retain possession without creating many goalscoring chances, much like Celtic in Rodgers' last season. 

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I will be interested to see how different our approach is against the other teams in the league. I could see McInnes just writing Saturday off due to the differences in preparation from the teams and his own innate negativity v the OF. 

Considine being out injured could force his hand, hayes at fullback. Id like to see how a front 4 of Kennedy Mcginn Anderson and hedges did with a midfield 2 behind

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6 minutes ago, RussellAnderson said:

I will be interested to see how different our approach is against the other teams in the league. I could see McInnes just writing Saturday off due to the differences in preparation from the teams and his own innate negativity v the OF. 

Considine being out injured could force his hand, hayes at fullback. Id like to see how a front 4 of Kennedy Mcginn Anderson and hedges did with a midfield 2 behind

I felt that we seemed quite unbalanced with Considine at LB, his distribution & hurry to get rid of the ball showed in comparison to Hernandez.  Hopefully will have more joy finding the midfield with Hayes at LB.  I'm not convinced by Kennedy.  Doesn't appear to have a great deal of confidence, doesn't release the ball quickly enough & runs into dead ends.  I would have Campbell starting next weekend, seemed to be one of the few amongst our CMs on Saturday with vision & the ability to pick out a pass, when he came on.  Wouldn't be surprised if Edmondson started as the lone striker too. 

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Looks and sounds like it’s going to take a while until the best starting 11 is ‘stumbled’ upon.

Been some praise for Hernandez but I felt he gave the ball away far too often. Crosses are weak and several hopeful high balls up the line or just inside, basically just playing it safe.

I still have no idea at all what Bryson brings to the game.

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