Ebene News – GB – Column by Willie Miller: Aberdeen well placed as the new year approaches

Aberdeen play their final game of 2020 against Livingston tomorrow night and, in a year like no other on the pitch, it has been a good year for the Dons

In the Premiership over the past 12 months and especially since the start of the 2020-21 campaign, Aberdeen has been very consistent

I know there has been some dissatisfaction with some results and points performances this season

However, you watch a team like Hibs – who are below the Reds in the league – a lot of observers are quick to say that Jack Ross’s side are having a magnificent season

Meanwhile, Aberdeen is above them and also has a very good campaign, but does not receive the same applause

This is the odd way football can be at times, but at this point it is shaping up to be another good season for Derek McInnes’s men

The only negative point in the first half of this campaign was coming out of two cup competitions in November

If the Dons hadn’t lost to Celtic in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final and to St Mirren in the last 16 of this season’s League Cup, it might have – be given a slightly different perspective

It’s all about consistency in a Championship campaign and over the first half of this season Aberdeen has been pretty consistent in terms of the level of performance they’ve produced and the results they’ve achieved

The Dons are well prepared for 2021 – especially if they can win at Almondvale tomorrow night Finishing third is within their grasp and the opportunity is still there to put sustained pressure on second-placed Celtic

In the league, things are going well for the Reds and it is only these defeats in the cup that have been the main drawbacks of the first part of this season

Despite everything that has happened off the pitch with the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on Aberdeen and other clubs, McInnes has always been able to make his squad stronger

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The manager was well supported by the board and was able to make a number of good additions this summer

Although the Dons team have been tested at times due to injuries and missing from Covid-19, there is a lot of strength in depth and good coverage in every position

Up front, Marley Watkins was an influential player, failed since his injury in early November, and it remains to be seen whether his Bristol City loan will be extended

But, while he was away, Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main are back and Ryan Edmondson is also a good option in the lead.

In the other offensive positions Ryan Hedges had a very good first half of the campaign, Scott Wright was doing well before his injury, Connor McLennan also played his part and you have Jonny Hayes and Matty Kennedy as well

In the central midfielder Lewis Ferguson and Ross McCrorie have been very good and there are also Dean Campbell, Funso Ojo and Dylan McGeoch – who was again hampered by injury – able to do a job

At the back are Andy Considine, Ash Taylor and Tommie Hoban, who have managed not to get injured since returning to the club

Greg Leigh’s return to Pittodrie offers another good option at left-back or center-back Mikey Devlin’s involvement was limited by injury, while Shay Logan and Ronald Hernandez did not played too much, which shows how strong a team is

They are a very strong team from Aberdeen and I think that has been reflected in the performance of the league From 2021 they will want to improve in the cups

Boxing Day, the Dons did well to come from behind to defeat St Johnstone
When the Perth team got the first goal the question was put to the Dons and if they could answer and they answered it

But after the Reds got back on their feet before Cosgrove’s penalty break, they produced a better performance in the second half and showed conviction and character to take the points

The matches that St Mirren and Kilmarnock were unable to complete due to Covid-19 issues could still be played with both clubs appealing the SPFL decision to award 3-0 wins to their opponents

But, from a football point of view, you would still prefer to see matches played rather than awarding 3-0 wins

The SPFL was concerned that they would not have space in the calendar to play these matches, but, if the dates are there, they should be played

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Ebene News – GB – Column by Willie Miller: Aberdeen well placed for the new year

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