Source: The Scotsman, 30th November 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily
An Unexpected Result.Aberdeen enthusiasts got a rude shake on Saturday afternoon, when they saw their favourites routed by 3-1. Right under their very eyes the "black and gold" were treating their supporters to one of those displays which every team is liable to come under in the shape of an "off day." In our opinion, their want, of success lay in their failing to adapt themselves to the conditions of the ground and ball. We have never seen three softer goals scored at Pittodrie as those which fell to Motherwell, and here let us say that Mutch was not a patch on his usual form. He lacked the usual resource and agility in the first instance, and lack of nerve in the second accounted for the two goals, While the third was a very doubtful affair altogether. All the same, the blame must not be thrown wholly on the goalkeeper. Even with his mistakes, the forwards diddled away so many chances by adopting the wrong method of making progress on a heavy pitch with a greasy ball. Over and over again McLean dashed across to the left to assist Rattray leaving his own wing unmarked, still the ball was never sent over, but always amongst the crowd, when it was intercepted by heads or feet. There was no diddling with the Motherwell vanguard, who lashed the ball well ahead, and, having good speed, invariably got there first, or nearly so. Their backs and goalkeeper took their gruelling in good part, and never wavered a bit, hard pressed though they were. Shouting for offsides on every occasion they were beat led the referee into giving several curious decisions on that point, which were not correct, though he meant them to be so. The only satisfactory point in Aberdeen's play on Saturday was Lennie's goal, and for the rest a good touching up for their failure is what is required.
The Players.Motherwell have a fine defence, who work well together, know each other's moves, and are always ready to cover a mistake. McLean was the best back of the two, while Young was safe in goal. Sneddon was the best in the middle line, with Stewart and Hill the most dangerous forward. Mutch was only fair, along with Colman, Hume being the best of Aberdeen's defence. Low and Macintosh were the pick of the halves, while the heavy ground did not suit Halkett so well as we have seen him do. The forwards were at sixes and sevens, the play being unequal all through. There was a preponderance of left wing play in the first half, and they were starved in the second. McNair did well an centre, and seldom wasted the ball in his endeavour to keep the wings going. We cannot say the better side won, but we can safely repeat Aberdeen deserved to lose.
Chatty BitsAberdeen had their off-day on Saturday. We hope this does not occur again for a long time. There were plenty at Pittodrie on Saturday attributing Aberdeen's weak display to the hard game they played at Dundee on the Wednesday ? previous. This may or may not have had the effect of putting them off their game, but we can hardly expect the team not to have an off day once in a while. The gate at Pittodrie on Saturday only touched £100, which is the lowest Motherwell have got at Aberdeen. Early starts and dull weather affects the football "gates" considerably during the months of November and December. The Dundee game last Wednesday was full of interesting incidents, the most amusing being the duel between Hume and Lee. Aberdeen's left back run a narrow shave of marching orders, but there was justification for his action, which the referee plainly saw. How Lee kept out of Hume's reach after that. We hope Aberdeen will do as well at Dens park on Saturday week, when they have more serious business on hand. By the way, is there to be a special on the 12th. The Reserves furnished the Aberdeen management with the only crumb of comfort on Saturday. There was a general impression that Dunfermline would prove too much for them, but the Reserves have now got into their stride. Though it is admitted that Edgar did nothing great himself on Saturday, the ground being too heavy to suit him, his aid in coaching the idlers was most valuable.
Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd December 1908