Dons' Attack, Not Defence, Disappoints
By NORMAN MACDONALD
BILLY STEEL, the Scottish and former Derby County inside left, proved a real box-office attraction at Dens Park on Saturday. Over 30,000 turned out for the Aberdeen-Dundee match.
Steel laid the foundation of Dundee's 2-0 victory with the opening goal eighteen minutes from the end, but he was only a shadow of the Steel I have seen star for Scotland.
The fact that there were only occasional flashes of real brilliance from the inside left may be because it was his first game of the season.
Over the ninety minutes Dundee deserved their victory. In this game they did not impress as a championship-winning side, but with a thoroughly fit Steel they may develop a better technique.
Considering that they held the balance of play on Saturday they took too long to score. Some of their forward play was neat and clever, but the attackers were hardly incisive enough.
The Dons can offer as an excuse for their failure the fact that of their regular defence only Martin and Shaw were on duty.
In point of fact it was the forwards who really disappointed. The line never got going as a cohesive force. There was a time in the second half when they might have done damage had they shown anything like their best form.
It must be admitted that they did not receive a good service from the men behind, but that does not entirely exonerate them.
Aberdeen's best players were in defence, and chief honours go to Shaw and Thomson.
I doubt if Shaw has played better since coming to Pittodrie. If the Dundee match is used as a yardstick the Dons have a ready-made centre-half in Thomson. He gave a first-rate display.
McKenna played soundly enough at right back, although he seemed to tire a bit in the closing stages.
Bruce and Bakie were too busy in defence to lend the forwards much assistance. The right half had Steel under almost constant surveillance. The only time the Dundee inside left eluded him was when he scored.
Steel repaid part of the record fee for his transfer seventy-two minutes from the start. He gathered a pass from Gunn, evaded Bruce and sent the ball into the net with his left foot.
With six minutes left for play Toner, a smart little inside forward, had the ball in the net a second time from a lob from Andrews.
Emery, Anderson, Young and Harris were missing from the lineup at Dens Park, but all four are expected to be fit for this week's League game against Hibs at Pittodrie.
Source: Press & Journal, 25th September 1950