Source: The Scotsman, 2nd January 1932
Source: Glasgow Herald, 2nd January 1932
GOALLESS DUEL AT DENS PARK.
Players Injured in Drab "Derby."
DONS MISS CHANCE IN LAST MINUTES.Aberdeen and Dundee had a goalless duel at Dens Fark, where there were about 14,000 spectators. It was a poor game, not worthy of recalling when the history of the clubs comes to be written up. In the first half Aberdeen had the assistance of a fairly strong breeze, and the Dundee defenders were further handicapped by a bright sun. A thaw that followed frost and snow left the pitch soft and greasy, and it early cut up. Aberdeen made the running at the start, but they were early handicapped when Love sustained an injury to his ribs. Shortly afterwards Ballantyne was hurt, and had to be carried off, but he made a quick recovery and soon resumed. Aberdeen made most the running, but they were weak in shooting. McLean being the only forward who appeared able to apply a finishing touch, and his efforts lacked sting. Marsh did well to gather from the Aberdeen inside left and Love, and several times the Dundee goalkeeper ran out and picked up when either Armstrong or McLean had burst through. Dundee occasionally raided on the wings and Symon took the eye with clever forcing play, but Smith's charge was not seriously endangered.
Player's Injury.In tackling Armstrong, Brown, the Dundee right back, was injured, and was carried off. It was first thought his leg had been broken but later it was discovered the trouble was a displaced cartilage. He able to resume after about ten minutes' absence, and went to inside right. Until the interval Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges, but with Love unable to do himself justice, owing to his Injury, their attack was weakened and with Marsh well supported by McNab and Gilmour, the Pittodrie forwards got few chances.
Dundee's Attacks.In the second half Dundee made the most of their advantage of having the wind in their favour. They repeatedly attacked, but just as Aberdeen had been in the first period, they were weak when it came to finishing. Cooper, McGill, and Falloon, and especially the last named, excelled in spoiling tactics. Time and again the diminutive Aberdeen centre-half nipped in to clear when success for Dundee appeared to be imminent. The little Irishman was the outstanding player on the field, and at centre-half repeated a triumph previously achieved at right back on the same field last season.
"First Time" Tackles.Troup and Robertson, well plied by Symon, did their best to draw the Aberdeen defence, but what with first time' tackling and methodical covering up, Smith had an anxious but comparatively easy time. Although defending for the most part, Aberdeen never lost an opportunity of making ground. McLean and Warnock being mostly responsible for these offensives. Near the close Armstrong had a good chance in a movement that could have given his team the lead, but instead of passing to McLean who waiting he elected to shoot, and sent against the outside of the net. It was one the best and one of the few chances offered in the game. Taking the game all over the result did justice to both teams, but where Rangers and Celtic were both beaten it was to Aberdeen's credit that a draw resulted. For Aberdeen Falloon was outstanding - in fact, he was the best destructive player on the field. Others who played to reputation were Cooper, McGill, and Warnock. Dundee were best served by Marsh, Gilmour, McNab, Symon, Robertson and Campbell.
Source: Press & Journal, 2nd January 1932