Thursday, 3 November 2011

Aberdeen's TV Curse

'Through my T.V, through my T.V, all my problems come..'.

The lyrics are supplied by 90's Britpop forgotten men Mansun (worth a listen by the way), the 'problems' in question come from Aberdeen Football Club. My status as a Don abroad, unfortunately means that I am largely confined to watching Aberdeen in televised matches, with my only other exposure coming through radio and BBC highlights. In recent years there have of course been peaks (1-0 vs rangers, 4-3 and 4-2 vs Celtic), but unfortunately they have been sandwiched between a number of insipid performances. Aberdeen's televised appearances are beginning to carry an air of inevitability, with their last T.V victory (to the best of my knowledge) being the enjoyable 4-2 victory over an admittedly shoddy Hibs side last October.

Sandwiched between that and Monday nights match against St Johnstone include a pair of spirited but ultimately fruitless Old Firm defeats this season, and dour draws against Hamilton and Hearts at the back end of last season. For a Don who uses such televised encounters as attempts to convert his housemates to Scottish Football, the results and performances have not made for comfortable viewing.

A visit to a St Johnstone side currently occupying fourth place in the SPL may be a difficult propoisiton for Craig Brown's men, who will nonetheless by buoyed by encouraging recent performances before the recent Old Firm double header. With Scott Vernon injured and Rory Fallon suspended, the big question for Brown will perhaps be who to start up front, with Mo Chalali having pressed his claim for a start with a hat trick in a behind closed doors friendly against Dundee United this week. Josh Magennis struck twice in the same fixture, and it will potentially be a battle between the two young strikers for a starting spot if Brown opts for 4-5-1. Jamie Langfield made his return to action after a five month lay off in the friendly, but on loan goalkeeper David Gonzalez is likely to retain his place between the sticks.