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Dundee 3 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dundee 3 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Dundee scorers: Stott 11, Gunn 28, Ewen 40

21/08/1948 | KO: 15:00

Aberdeen Beaten by All-round Superiority

Dundee Won as They Liked

ANY notions that Aberdeen's victory over Celtic was the first step in the Dons' recovery, programme were swiftly dispelled at Dens Park.
Dundee won as they liked, and the score might have been much more than 3-0 but for another grand display by Johnstone.

Aberdeen have no alibi. They were beaten by a team superior in all phases of the game, and it must have been one of the worst-ever displays by an Aberdeen side at Dens Park.
There are glaring weaknesses in the Pittodrie line-up, and changes for the game against Motherwell seem certain.
There was a lack of solidity in defence, and the forwards were seldom seen as constructive force.
A sound defensive formation cannot be built round a hesitant centre half, and Roy was never at ease against Stott.
He found it difficult to get the ball in the air, and his clear-at-any price tactics contrasted sharply with those of Gray, who mastered first Williams and then Harris and seldom wasted a ball.

Too Much Room

McLaughlm made the initial error of giving Andrews too much room to work in, and after the success of his early ventures the wee Invergordon winger called the tune. McKenna found it difficult to keep Gunn subdued.
In the midst of all this defensive turmoil Stenhouse and Waddell had little time to assist their forwards, but it is to their credit that they tried hard, Stenhouse particularly so, to get the game to swing in the Dons' favour.
The lack of support does not altogether explain the ineptitude of the Dons attack, in which Pearson was again the best. There was a spell after Hamilton and Baird changed places when the left wing looked like being dangerous, but it was only a spasm. Hamilton is still a long way off his best form.
Baird simply could do nothing right in either of the inside forward positions, and Williams and Harris, who figured in a second-half switch, usually found Gray and Ancell too much for them.

Not Brilliant

Dundee are not a brilliant side, but they look like being difficult to beat, especially at home. Their defence was never seriously tested, and Gallacher and Boyd were able to go up in close support of the attackers, all of whom were on their toes.
Stott was a useful leader and scored a good goal in eleven minutes after Andrews had put the ball through. Gunn got the second seventeen minutes later when he took advantage of a misunderstanding in defence and ran on unchallenged to beat Johnstone.
Ewen snapped a chance to score a third goal five minutes from the interval, and in the second half it really looked as if the Dark Blues were content to maintain their lead. Stott missed one great chance when he got clean through and shot past.

Source: Press & Journal, 23rd August 1948

Dundee Teamsheet
Lynch, Fallon, Ancell, Gallacher, Gray, Boyd, Gunn, Pattillo, Stott, Ewen, Andrews
Attendance: 30,000
Venue: Dens Park, Dundee
Referee: W. G. Livingtstone
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