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match report 1946-47 fixture list
League Cup Quarter Final First Leg 
Dundee 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM         Millar 51.  
Attendance: 28,300
Venue: Dens Park, Dundee
Dons Outplay Dundee At Dens: Dice Now Loaded in Their Favour
WILLIE MILLER, the Don with the gilt-edged goal touch. He may not be of international class, but he certainly appears to have developed the invaluable knack of being in the right spot at the right time.

Against Morton in the Scottish Cup he got Aberdeen's only goal, and be repeated the performance at Dens Park on Saturday in the League Cup. Not bad for a lad newly promoted to the first team!
While giving credit to Miller, let me add that it was far from being a one-man triumph at Dundee. Rather was it a team success. Every Pittodrie player put everything he had into the game. That's the road that leads to success.
It's odds on the Dons now reaching the semi-final. By winning 1-0 at Dens Park they dealt Dundee a lusty blow and they should deliver the coup de grace in the second game at Pittodrie on Wednesday.

Dundee Still Hopeful

Director-manager George Anderson and his players won't agree with me. They still think they can pull it off. They will have to play a lot better than they did on Saturday.
On an ice-bound pitch the man in possession was the master. The Aberdeen inside trio were more adept at holding and controlling the ball than Pattillo, Turnbull and Ewen. That, to my idea, is where the Dons held the advantage.
Dundee in the first half favoured the long lob and the quick follow-up. The Aberdeen defenders soon got wise to these tactics. The Dons kept the ball on the floor, and if not so often in attack as Dundee, they were as dangerous.

Williams's Slick Flicks,/p. The Dons forced the pace in the second half. Williams, small and light, seemed to be happier than most on the treacherous surface and he and Hamilton struck up a happy combination. The South African's slick flicks and shrewd up-the-middle passes almost always found Hamilton the alert, and this pair gave the Dundee defence many anxious moments.
Once before and once after Miller scored, Hamilton, with a little luck, would have netted. Just after the restart he raced through from a Williams slip, and Bennett, on his knees, was lucky to stop the inside right's shot.
On the second occasion, too, it was a Williams pass that gave Hamilton the scoring chance. The Dons' internationalist outpaced the Dens Park defence, but in attempting to place the ball out of the 'keeper's reach sent inches past.
Miller's goal came after fifty-one minutes' play. McCall got possession from a throw-in, and crossed a dangerous ball. Bennett and Hamilton went for it. Both missed, and while Hamilton went down and "out." Miller, unmarked, took his time and tapped the ball Into the net.

Defence Played Well

The whole Aberdeen defence played well. I thought Dunlop was particularly effective in the middle. Waddell, too, deserves credit for a sound display.
The Dundee half backs never got a real grip of the Pittodrie inside forwards. It was part of the Aberdeen plan to confuse the Dundee defence when Hamilton and Harris switched positions in the closing stages. It might well pay to work this manoeuvre once or twice during a game.
Dundee made a desperate rally in the last ten minutes in an effort snatch the equaliser. Joyner, who had a poor day, almost did the trick with a header from a flag kick from Gunn.
The men I liked best in the Dundee team were Ancell, a clean-kicking back; Follon, his partner, who played stoutly throughout; Gray at half back, and Gunn on the right wing. Turnbull gave the impression that he would have been dangerous had he received better support. Attendance, 28,300.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd March 1947

Condition: Very cold, snow covred, ice-bound pitch
Dundee Teamsheet:  Bennett; Fallon, Ancell; McKenzie, Gray, Smith; Gunn, Pattillo, Turnbull, Ewen, Joyner


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

Unused Subs:


Referee: R. G. Benzie, Irvine

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