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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Partick Thistle

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Partick Thistle

Div 1 (Old)

15/11/1913 | KO:

Aberdeen's Forward Weakness

At Aberdeen, before 5000 spectators. Aberdeen had much the better of the exchanges in the first half, and although the Partick defence was none too reliable, the home forwards failed to improve on their numerous chances. McLeod, Travers, and Walker all had good tries, but the line finished weakly, and there was no scoring at the interval. So far as the run of play was concerned, Aberdeen again held the upper hand in the second period, but the same failing in front of goal was their undoing. Partick only seldom attacked, and such times as they did, the Aberdeen defence easily proved equal to holding them. Result:- A draw - no scoring.

Source: The Scotsman, 17th November 1913

Patrons of the Aberdeen Club were once again disappointed on Saturday, when they had to be content to see their team only share in a division of the points with Partick Thistle at Pittodrie, neither side obtaining a goal. Only 5000 spectators turned out, and these so a game in which the class of football was always poor and in accordance with a lowly position which both clubs occupy in the League competition. For once in a way Aberdeen deserved to win, but and respect that they failed to improve upon a draw they had to thank the wretched finishing of their forwards. They deserved to win, not because of any great superiority they possessed, was simply that they were the aggressors for a good three-fifths of the game, and on the reasoning that the spoils should go to the team doing the most work. Their outfield work was always a mixture of cleverness and bad execution, with the latter quantity particularly in evidence near goal, where Aberdeen invariably beat themselves. There were some quite good shots sent in, but others, which were not the outcome of palpable misjudgment, led by their high or wide of the mark by exasperatingly narrow margins. The fault lay as much in the misdirected effort as in the lack of shooting when favourable opportunity presented itself. In the same respect the Partick attack was also at fault, since they utilized badly the few chances that did come their way of pulling the brand from the burning. The play on both sides was elves sustained, and they were as badly balanced sides as could be conceived in first-class football. On the up's and downs of the game Aberdeen should have one, and to spare, but they failed not so much through frittering away their chances as through their shortsightedness in the outfield, and lack of confidence at close quarters. It was fortunate circumstances for Partick that they had a player of the calibre of Raisbeck on their side. He repeatedly came to the rescue of his side when the backs faltered and miskicked, and he was no less of force in attack than he was in defence. All over Aberdeen played a better defensive game and Partick thistle, but Raisbeck's form for the visitors fully compensated for the collective disadvantage of his side. Aberdeen's attack was much more active than that of the visitors, and usually muddled along well until reaching the scoring zone, when, although they tested the visitors' custodian with some creditable efforts, he generally failed to do themselves justice. The same weakness was also apparent in the Partick attack, but there was one good effort near the close which almost turned the match in their favour - this was when Greig just managed to turn a ball from Marshall round the post. The disappointing play of the Aberdeen side was a great disappointment to the home spectators, many of whom openly expressed their displeasure and left aground long before the finish of the game.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 17th November 1913

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Hannah, Hume, Wilson, Wyllie, Low, Soye, Travers, McLeod, Walker, Green.
Partick Thistle Teamsheet
Colquhoun; Mackenzie, Bulloch; McCaig, Raisbeck, Harris; Rae, McTavish, Marshall, Gettens, Branscombe
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. J. Anderson, Dunfermline
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