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Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen

Gary Mackay-Steven's penalty was enough to give Aberdeen all three points against Dundee at Dens Park.

Dundee's Josh Meekings failed to connect with a cross when he had the goal gaping, while Aberdeen's Bruce Anderson volleyed off the crossbar.

Genseric Kusunga conceded the spot-kick when Dominic Ball's header hit his arm, and Mackay-Steven sent Dundee goalkeeper Jack Hamilton the wrong way.

The hosts had chances and Adil Nabi forced a fine save from inside the box.

Neil McCann's side put plenty into the game, but it is two defeats out of two for them so far in the Premiership, while Aberdeen earned their first league win after last week's home draw with Rangers.

Aberdeen get the job done

It was not the prettiest of games, but Aberdeen probably just about deserved the win, if only because Dundee were guilty of missing three clear-cut chances.

Moussa and Jean Alassane Mendy were the men who saw glorious chances wasted.

The fine line between being happy at your team creating chances but failing to convert was definitely on show at Dens this afternoon. Just ask Dundee manager Neil McCann and the home support.

Aberdeen had their frustrations, too. They won the game, but with the creativity they possess there's an argument that they should be scoring more goals, or at least testing the opposition goalkeepers more.

Manager Derek McInnes says they hope to bring in a new player this week. There's been talk of a defender, but I wonder if a striker - a target man - would be more valuable.

Gary Mackay-Steven scores his penalty
Gary Mackay-Steven scored from the spot, his second successful penalty this season

'A sore one to take' - reaction

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "It's a sore one to take. In this match we had our opportunities to put ourselves in front, so we've only got ourselves to blame. The biggest disappointment for me is that I don't mind keepers making saves, but not to hit the target is poor. Aberdeen are a good side so you have to take those chances when they come along.

"Moussa's in the first half when he skies it over the bar then Mendy's, with some good play, when they don't hit the target from those opportunities - that's the frustrating part.

"It annoys you because you just want the boys to have a wee bit of composure, I cant give them composure. We haven't done that today, and we paid the price."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "I thought we could have been brighter in the wider areas at times, but when you keep giving [Niall] McGinn and Gary MacKay-Steven enough of the ball we always feel something is going to happen for us.

"Although we're disappointed we haven't worked the goalkeeper more and it's clear where we need to improve, for me I felt there was belief in the team that the goal was coming. On the balance of play we probably deserved the three points.

"I want more people in the team to believe they can score and if we can get a bit more devilment, more determination and more intent to some of our play I think we will start to score more goals."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 27Curran
  • 5KusungaBooked at 74mins
  • 24Meekings
  • 3RalphSubstituted forKerrat 67'minutes
  • 28SpenceSubstituted forNabiat 45'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 22Madianga
  • 10Ngwatala
  • 9Moussa
  • 11MendySubstituted forWightonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 4Caulker
  • 12Parish
  • 14Nabi
  • 33Wighton
  • 45Moore
  • 46Henvey

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 21Ball
  • 18DevlinBooked at 33mins
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8GleesonBooked at 50minsSubstituted forForresterat 74'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 19FergusonBooked at 24mins
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 17MaySubstituted forWrightat 80'minutes
  • 16CosgroveSubstituted forAndersonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forrester
  • 15Wright
  • 20Cerny
  • 23Ross
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Anderson
  • 36Harrington
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
7,581

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Aberdeen 1.

Foul by Bruce Anderson (Aberdeen).

Genséric Kusunga (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Bruce Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Dundee).

Foul by Elton Ngwatala (Dundee).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Adil Nabi (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Wright replaces Stevie May.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt blocked. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Aberdeen 1. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Genséric Kusunga (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Genséric Kusunga (Dundee) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Chris Forrester replaces Stephen Gleeson.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Attempt blocked. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Aberdeen).

Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Jean Alassane Mendy.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Cammy Kerr replaces Nathan Ralph.

Attempt blocked. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Bruce Anderson (Aberdeen) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jean Alassane Mendy (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Bruce Anderson replaces Sam Cosgrove.

Attempt missed. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22005146
2Kilmarnock21102024
3Aberdeen21102114
4Hibernian11003033
5Celtic21013213
6St Mirren11002113
7Hamilton210124-23
8Rangers10101101
9Livingston201113-21
10Dundee200213-20
11St Johnstone100102-20
12Motherwell200204-40
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