THE Dons' recall of the "old brigade" produced a two points dividend at Dumfries. Perhaps it cannot be described as a long-term policy, but it put the brake on the Pittodrie team's slide down the league table.
To me the most notable feature of Saturday's game was the lack of fire power amongst the ten forwards. The number of top-grade saves made by the two keepers, Martin and Henderson, were surprisingly few.
I HAVE no doubt the Queen of the South supporters may consider their team was unlucky to lose both points.
If they have any complaint, however, it must be levelled at their own forwards. The fact of the matter is they did more attacking than the Dons and had less to show for it at the finish.
The Aberdeen forwards were by no means immune from criticism when it came to delivering the final blow, but they always looked a more polished quintet than their rivals.
In the outfield they played clever stuff, particularly Pearson, Hamilton and Delaney, but they weren't bold enough at close quarters.
I AM of the opinion that Hamilton and company would have been more successful had they received a better service from Harris and Lowrie.
The wing half-backs did a lot of useful work in defence, but if they cannot back up the men in front they are doing half a job.
Shaw made quite a confident come back to top grade soccer. His acute sense of positioning made him the best back on view and there was a marked improvement in his kicking.
Emery had none too happy a time against Johnston in the first half. The little winger is a tantalising opponent, but the Welshman was more successful against him after the interval.
Aberdeen's veterans acquitted themselves creditably. They improved on recent results and if they can carry on the good work against Third Lanark this week at Cathkin, the Pittodrie younger fry will have to produce sound credentials to oust them.
Source: Evening Express, 15th october 1951
Queen of the South Teamsheet Henderson, Sharpe, Binning, Rothera, Aird, McBain, Oakes, Paterson, Inglis, J. Brown, Johnstone