ABERDEEN now stand second in the League table to Rangers. With the same number games played they are only two points behind the Ibrox team. Hibs are equal with the Dons, but they have played a match more. Three victories in a row have lifted Aberdeen from sixth to second rung on the ladder.
There was quite an upheaval in "A" Division on Saturday. Rangers dropped point at Ibrox to Hearts, who, the previous week were beaten at home by Aberdeen. The greatest surprise of all, however, was the defeat of Motherwell by Third Lanark at Fir Park, while Celtic unexpectedly fell to Kilmarnock on the latter's ground.
The Dons' 4-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at Pittodrie was not a convincing one. They certainly deserved to win, but had the Hamilton forwards been able to shoot with accuracy they would have had three goals in the second half.
Aberdeen made the mistake of treating the opposition too lightly. There was a slackness in defence. The half-backs were much below form, while the forwards, mainly through lack of proper support, could not be put down as an impressive line. All over, there was a lack of devil in the play of the Aberdeen team.
Had the Dons shown the same form against Hearts at Tynecastle, they would have beaten the Accies by double the score.
If Aberdeen are to remain challengers to Rangers there will have be a big all-round improvement.
Johnstone was not severely tested in goal. Cooper was the better back, but it was not until the last twenty minutes that the half-backs worked with any degree of sucoess.
New Winger Suits
All eyes were on McCall at outside-left. The new winger did sufficiently well to prove that he will be an asset. Two of the goals came from his crosses, and his ball control was always clever.
Of the other forwards, Pattillo and Williams were hard workers, and Armstrong kept the opposing defence going, while A. A. Kiddie, although still too prone to hug the touch-line, did some good work on the right.
Matt Armstrong had two of the four goals. Williams and Pattillo petting the others.
Source: Press & Journal, 19th November 1945