McInnes drops Wright in surprise team selection and comes away satisfied with chances created as Aberdeen draw 0-0 at Livingston: Reaction

Livingston 0-0 Aberdeen
SPL
30/01/21

Aberdeen and Livingston cancelled each other out in a goalless draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

The closest there was to a goal was Connor McLennan hitting the bar with a header in the first half.

Today’s game was finally played after being cancelled on two previous occasions.

For Aberdeen their form has been sketchy so far this year with only one win in January while Livingston remain undefeated under David Martindale.

McInnes satisfied with chances created

Derek McInnes said after the match he was delighted with the Dons defending and considering Aberdeen’s lack of attacking options at the moment – last season’s top goalscorer Sam Cosgrove was out the side completeing his £2m move to Birmingham City – McInnes was satisfied with the chances his side created.

McInnes told BBC Scotland: “Considering we had no recognised number nine, I think if we were told we would have those chances that we had in the game we would have been happy with that, but unfortunately for us we didn’t take those chances.

“Defensively as a team out of possession we were brilliant today. Livi constantly asked the question but we stood up to it.”

Livi boss David Martindale teased the media hinting at a new signing at the club from abroad but refused to confirm who it was.

Martindale told the BBC after the game: “I thought we stood up to the test today. We can match teams in the top six so there’s no reason why we can’t be in the top six.

“It’s another clean sheet, that’s nine clean sheets in 13 games which is brilliant, phenomenal.”

With Cosgrove away and Wright on the bench Connor McLennan started upfront after signing a 2 year extension earlier in the week

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Exciting 0-0 draw as McLennan rewarded and Wright out

Derek McInnes’ selection said a lot about the last week for Aberdeen.

Cosgrove was out the squad entirely completing his move to Birmingham City so Connor McLennan, having committed to two more years with the Dons, was rewarded with the vacant striker’s role. That role is desperate to be filled after Cosgrove’s move and with Curtis Main out injured.

The Dons’ scoring woes continued today with this their fourth goalless draw in eight games.

After McInnes backed his player, Scott Wright, who’s agreed to join Rangers next season, was dropped to the bench.

Whether Wright was dropped after being distracted by recent criticism he’s received from sections of the supporters in choosing to go to the Gers and whether McInnes was caving in to the Red Army’s demands is something to be seen.

The draw wasn’t as drab as it looks and might be considered a good result considering the astonishing form Livingston are in under David Martindale (undefeated in thirteen).

The closest the Dons came to a goal was McLennan hitting the cross bar midway through the first half.

The draw means Aberdeen remain in third but are only a point ahead of Hibs who won 2-0 whilst St Mirren won at Parkhead for the first time in 30 years beating a beleaguered Celtic 2-1.

Up next: Livingston, Home
Aberdeen play Livingston again on Tuesday night at Pittodrie in the SPL, kick-off 6pm.

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