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Offline A llad insane

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #40 on: July 12, 2019, 09:15:11 AM »
Decent enough performance, although we looked a bit rusty.
Lewis never had a save to make all night but was picking the ball out the net, at the very end, unbelievable :dunno:
   Very impressed with the lad Gallagher (looks very like Jamie Smith the way he moves), & Hedges looks okay.

Thought McKenna was a rock last night & Logan looked good up till his costly error at the end :hammer:


Scott Wright has to do more imo! big chance for him last night, the boy Sissoko looked decent for them last night i thought & their keeper played a blinder.   Surprised D.M never hooked Cosgrove & replaced him with Main, especially as he was on a yellow, Cosgrove really should have bulged the net on about 5 occasions, missing 3 or 4 sitters.

I can still see us scoring & winning over there though, but we dont half make life hard for ourselves. :confused:

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #41 on: July 12, 2019, 09:25:34 AM »
inability to score continues to be an issue, this isnt done and dusted

Sadly I concur. Inability to score may well come back to haunt us over in Finland. We had enough chances last night to have scored 6 or 7 but some dreadful finishing.....Cosgrove being the main offender...…..allied to an utter brainfart by Logan has given RoPS a more than decent chance of pamping us out. I don't think it will happen but we will need to score over there.

On the plus side, Gallagher looks a real find. Problem being if he keeps that kind of form up, with us only having him till January, other clubs will start to also show an interest. If we can do a deal with Atlanta now to get him in permanent he shouldn't cost too much.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #42 on: July 12, 2019, 09:26:35 AM »
Not impressed with Hedges at all.

Early days though.

I thought Logan was a contender for man of the match until that dreadful mistake at the end.

If we try to hold them to 0-0 over there then we may well be out, have a go at them and we're through comfortably.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #43 on: July 12, 2019, 11:08:26 AM »
I thought we played quite well, Gallagher was immense, running constantly and looked a threat whenever he was on the ball.  Mckenna I though was solid throughout, looked more like the player that was attracting the big money bids the season before last. Gutted that we conceded right at the end, the defence just switched off.

Cosgrove should have been pulled for Main. I know he got on the scoresheet but he missed 3 or 4 cracking opportunities as well, chances that I actually think it was harder to miss!!

We need to attack this team in the away leg, they had no answer for Gallagher and McGinn and everytime we attacked them down the flanks we were creating chances.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #44 on: July 12, 2019, 11:09:24 AM »
Also the lack of experienced CM showed last night, hopefully Bryson is fit for the second leg.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #45 on: July 12, 2019, 11:43:35 AM »
Thought Hedges was decent on another night would have had a brace.
Gallagher is lightning. Sometimes rushed his final ball though, that may have been due to him not expecting to be where he was (he was often starting 5 yards behind the defender and still getting to a the ball first)/no-one being able to keep up with him.
Did we switch to a back 3 with Logan playing CDM for a bit?
Hopefully Wilson with another weeks fitness starts next week.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #46 on: July 12, 2019, 09:15:12 PM »
Surprised by the concerns regarding hedges, I thought it was an impressive debut. Gallagher looks a find and gives us competition at right back, as well as depth in multiple positions. I know it’s only one game but would be a good permanent signing. Disappointed in Cosgrove, should have finished the tie for us, and despite last years goals I’m not a fan. Would like to see Main for the second leg. Still rely too much on Ferguson, would like to see two more central mids signed.

Not a bad performance and their goal was certainly deflating but I expect 2-0, 3-0 us next week.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #47 on: July 12, 2019, 09:48:04 PM »
I really wish I shared your optimism. RoPS showed on a few occasions that they are lightning fast on the break. If our new left back is still out next week, they could pose us a big threat utilising that pace. A good number of our fans are writing RoPS off as total shyte. They aint.

I take no pleasure in saying that my score prediction and how that scoreline would be achieved was eerily accurate. I have also predicted we will need to score in Finland to progress....possibly more than once. I think we will do and progress but we cannot afford to be as profligate again in any match going forward. I'd be dropping Cosgrove and starting Main in Rovaniemi as he will contribute more to a team effort.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #48 on: July 12, 2019, 09:56:27 PM »
TC, i was staggered that D.M never hooked Cosgrove last night, especially as he was on a yellow

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #49 on: July 13, 2019, 08:00:06 AM »
Maybe I'm easily pleased either that or very simple but I thoroughly enjoyed Thursday evening watching my team playing on a European stage for eighteenth time. Guess after spending four hours on public transport just to attend and not getting home til following day around 8.15pm one is always aware how much any victory at Pittodrie does mean to me personally speaking especially now given we ain't far away from the old place being knocked down plus private life struggle with anxiety/depression experienced since February 2018.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #50 on: July 13, 2019, 11:36:14 AM »
Although it felt like a loss leaving the stadium the other night having conceded late, it was an encouraging performance overall.  Looked like we will try to play much more of a passing game this season where we were trying to just lump it for most of last season.

We had SO many chances it was crazy. 36 attempts on goal, 15 on target is some going and their keeper played well plus big Sam's finishing let him down numerous times (tap in miss at Merkland end looked ridiculous).

New signings had decent debuts and will get better. Hedges looking to take too many touches for me.  Scott Wright worries me and beginning to think he cannot cut it at this level.  The team must work harder at winning the ball back though because we were opened up too easily at times.

Gallagher looks a real find.


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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #51 on: July 13, 2019, 10:00:18 PM »
Anybody got a proper angle of Niall's goal rather than the musical montage club put out earlier??

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #52 on: July 16, 2019, 09:31:49 AM »


Gallagher looks a real find.

Anyone know the ins and outs of his contract situation in the States ?
Is it pie in the sky to think we might be able to get him on a permanent deal if he keeps impressing until his loan period is up ?
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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #53 on: July 16, 2019, 01:37:56 PM »
US season restarts in March. It seems a bit of a stretch to think that Atlanta wouldn't be open to doing a deal with us right now given he never figured at all for their first team. Probably fairly cheaply too...….pure guesswork but I think £100k would get him.

However if he were to shine here over the next couple of months? It would certainly alert other clubs down south maybe top end EFL1 possibly even up to mid table Championship that there might be a player worth taking a punt on. Atlanta would encourage a bidding war and we might find that by the time his loan is up that we might need to offer £300k upwards to get him onboard. Even if we could afford that....he might fancy an English club more. I honestly think we have to take a gamble now and make the offer, otherwise we will miss the boat

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #54 on: July 16, 2019, 08:10:58 PM »
US season restarts in March. It seems a bit of a stretch to think that Atlanta wouldn't be open to doing a deal with us right now given he never figured at all for their first team. Probably fairly cheaply too...….pure guesswork but I think £100k would get him.

However if he were to shine here over the next couple of months? It would certainly alert other clubs down south maybe top end EFL1 possibly even up to mid table Championship that there might be a player worth taking a punt on. Atlanta would encourage a bidding war and we might find that by the time his loan is up that we might need to offer £300k upwards to get him onboard. Even if we could afford that....he might fancy an English club more. I honestly think we have to take a gamble now and make the offer, otherwise we will miss the boat

I'd probably agree with this, well, probably before the window shuts anyway, so we've got a few more games to assess him.  He's certainly impressed, good to see someone with some drive. Just need him to find his shooting boots, but at least he was in the right positions to take shots last week.

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Re: Dons v RoPS 1st Leg
« Reply #55 on: July 16, 2019, 08:13:34 PM »
Just a reminder that this game is at 5PM UK time  :thumbsup: