Rangers took a wicked revenge for their three defeats at the hands of the Dons this season. As result of their 4-2 victory at Pittodrie it looks as it Aberdeen will have to abandon their hopes of the Scottish League flag. Rangers appear to have recovered some of their poise and confidence. They may not succeed in overtaking Hibs, but they may well finish a lot nearer the top than many people thought.
Hibernian have at last forced their way to the head of affairs and unless the Easier Road team suffers from a black-out they have a great chance of staying there.
THE Dons' defeat came as a disappointment, but the blow was softened by the richness the fare provided by the teams. It was a grand game and it wasn't for want of trying that the Pittodrie players failed to make the grade.
Rangers won because their forwards were more adept in the art of taking their chances than the Aberdeen five. This, combined with Willie Waddell's ability to provide the right type of crosses, was the salient difference between the teams.
The Dons had as much drive as their rivals and over the ninety minutes they had a greater share of the ball.
Saturday's game will not be a happy memory for Frank Watson, the Aberdeen goalkeeper. It is easy for the onlooker to criticise, but it certainly did look as if he was at fault when the first and third goals were scored. Watson appeared to lose confidence when he failed to cut out the ball that led to the opening goal.
it should also be remembered, however, that Paton was completely unmarked when he opened the scoring, and Simpson was unchallenged when he headed the third.
Shaw failed to get a firm grip of the irrepressible Waddell and Emery found Paton a trifle elusive. Simpson and Thornton often interchanged positions, but although Young must have found this disconcerting he fought with unremitting enthusiasm.
Anderson forced on the game in the first half, but Harris was the more powerful and consistent wing half-back.
The youthful Yorston showed any amount of dash and Pearson played intelligently on the left wing. The latter realised that it would not pay to hold the ball against the stalwart Young. His flicks to the inside and his accurate crosses made Pearson a real menace.
Delaney on the right, gave Shaw trouble, but both Hamilton and Baird found Woodburn and Cox too attentive to be really dangerous.