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match report 1946-47 fixture list
League Cup Group D 
Motherwell 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Brown 9, Brown 47, Kilmarnock 71 (pen)        
Attendance: 8,500
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Poor Day for The Dons
THE- Dons had a poor day at Fir Park. Motherwell won 3-0 and. as was the case at Pittodrie, they won deservedly. The form of the Aberdeen team was too bad to be true.

The Pittodrie defence was never confident against the quick-moving home attackers. The Motherwell forwards did not hold the ball. They favoured the quick transfer and as a result made ground rapidly.
These tactics did not suit the Aberdeen defenders, who were often caught out of position.
The Dons' forwards might well have taken a leaf from Motherwell's book. They indulged in too much close passing. Fatal tactics against a Fir Park defence which, although perhaps lacking in finesse, sailed in and cleared their lines first-time.
Yet, this game might well have run a different course. In the first minute Miller broke clear on the right and sent the ball into the middle. Harris, lying unmarked a yard or two from goal, completely failed to make contact with the ball.
All three goals can be traced directly to defensive lapses. Bremner put Brown through to score, the first. The centre was unchallenged. The Aberdeen defenders hesitated, evidently expecting the whistle to go for offside.
The second saw a race between Dunlop and Brown for a clearance. Johnstone joined in, and the incident finished with the ball trundling into an untenanted goal.
Dunlop brought Brown dawn inside the penalty area, and Kilmarnock made the Motherwell total three.
Cooper was the sounder Aberdeen back. McKenna was never comfortable against Humphries, a strong and determined raider. Dunlop failed to cope with the energetic Brown, and Cowie also played below his best form.
McLaughlin was the best Aberdeen half-back. He tackled strongly and there was a pleasing crispness about his passes.
McCall was the most active forward particularly in the first half. Hamilton worked hard without meeting with any great success. Harris was not an effective leader and was switched to the right wing ten minutes after the start of the second half. Williams took over the leadership and Miller was transferred to the left wing.
Williams was well held by Kilmarnock while on the wing, and suffered from lack of support when he went into the middle. Miller was keen on the wing, but didn't get enough of the ball.

Soure: Press& Journal, 28th October 1946

Motherwell Teamsheet:  Johnston; Kilmarnock, Shaw; McLeod, Paton, Russell; Humphries, Watson, Brown, Bremner, Barclay


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, McKenna, Cowie, Dunlop, McLaughlin, Millar, Hamilton, Harris, McCall, Williams.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W. M. Crawford, Glasgow

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