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SPL 
20/12/2003
 
Aberdeen 2 - 2 Dundee
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Anderson 43, Wilkie (OG) 58.       Hutchinson (45), Novo (52)  
Attendance: 10,354 (Visitors: 500)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Honours even at rain soaked Pittodrie
Match programmeAberdeen and Dundee had to battle each other and the elements today on a sodden Pittodrie pitch. The game ended all square and nobody could argue with the outcome of what was an entertaining match. The Dons took the lead two minutes before the break, but only held the advantage for a couple of minutes when Dundee equalised. Dundee grabbed the lead early in the second half before a Wilkie own goal earned a draw. Both sides had chances to find a winner, but a draw was probably a fair outcome.

Aberdeen got the game underway in torrential rain, but Dundee created the first chance when Novo was released on the left and fired a decent effort wide of Preece's right hand post. The conditions were proving to be tricky and the ball was getting held up in the sodden pitch giving the players additional problems. Novo almost capitalised on such a situation in the third minute. Fortunately Rutkiewicz was on hand to clear the danger.

The Dons had a penalty claim turned down in the 5th minute when Booth went down under a Hutchinson challenge. McCurry waved play on and three minutes later Alexander Diamond was booked for a challenge on Hernandez. Unfortunately McCurry failed to take the horrendous conditions into this decision. Players were struggling with the slippery surface and Preece had to look sharp in the 14th minute to deny Novo. A minute later Foster was one-on-one with Speroni but the keeper spread himself well to block the effort.

 
Aberdeen were starting to gain the upper hand and carved out several chances. After winning a free kick 30 yards out Rutkiewicz fired wide then in the 19th minute Speroni was at full stretch to turn a Chris Clark effort round the post. The resulting corner saw the keeper deny Anderson and tip his effort on to the woodwork. Speroni was keeping the Dark Blues in the game at this stage and once again showed a safe pair of hands as he held on to a Booth shot in the 22nd minute.

Dundee showed they were still a threat when a well worked move in the 26th minute ended with Mackay firing over the bar. In the 34th minute Clark swung in a dangerous cross that deceived Speroni. Unfortunately it also eluded the Dons attack and the ball was cleared. Novo almost capitalised on the conditions again in the 36th minute when the ball looked to be running harmlessly out of play it suddenly held up in the heavy pitch. The Dundee man beat Anderson and Preece was forced to turn the ball round the post .

With four minutes of the half remaining Diamond almost caught out Speroni with a speculative lob from the halfway line. Speroni scurried back to his line to prevent the goal but he could do nothing two minutes later when Anderson headed home a wicked free kick from Morrison. As the Dons celebrated Diamond was replaced by Sheerin and seconds later Dundee drew level after a free kick was floated in and Hutchison poked the ball into the net.

 
Aberdeen lost a second goal in the 52nd minute and once again it was a free kick that the defence failed to deal with. As the defence dithered Novo stepped in and steered the ball past Preece. Foster went close to supplying an equaliser in the 56th minute when his shot was deflected wide. Aberdeen drew level again in the 58th minute when Hinds broke on the right and fired in a low shot that was turned into the Dundee net by the unfortunate Lee Wilkie. Mackie was introduced in the 67th minute in place of Foster.

The game could have went either way at this stage and the visitors were dangerous when they went forward. Sancho took a tumble in the Aberdeen box in the 71st minute and ended up with a yellow card for his troubles. With 14 minutes remaining Zdrilic replaced Leigh Hinds as the Dons looked for a winner. Sheerin went close in the 77th minute when a 25-yard shot scraped past Speroni's post. Two minutes later the keeper collected a low Zdrilic shot.

Tosh should have grabbed a winner in the 83rd minute when he latched on to the ball inside the Dundee area, but once more Speroni blocked the effort. Then with two minutes remaining Zdrilic went close when his shot was deflected wide with Speroni scurrying across his line. Dundee then won a couple of corners deep into injury time but the Dons defence held firm to make it four SPL games in a row unbeaten.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, Rutkiewicz, Morrison, Tosh, Anderson, Diamond (Sheerin 45), Clark, Heikkinen, Booth, Hinds (Zdrilic 76), Foster (Mackie 67).

Unused Subs:

Bookings: Caution Diamond (10).

Dundee Teamsheet:  Speroni, Mackay, Mair, Hernandez, Smith, Wilkie, Brady, Sancho, Fotheringham, Novo, Hutchinson.

Bookings: Caution Fotheringham (52), Caution  Sancho (71)

Referee: T. M. McCurry, Glasgow

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