Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock
Aberdeen’s goalscoring drought has come to an end after Callum Hendry got his debut goal for the club with his first touch when he was subbed on for the injured Fraser Hornby.
Hendry’s goal came after Aberdeen hadn’t found the net for a total of 573 minutes – 9 and half hours of football.
Hendry scored with a header off a Niall McGinn cross after 21 minutes.
The downside to this historic goal – it ended a club record barren run for the Dons – was Fraser Hornby had to be replaced for his fellow loanee, the big forward injuring himself taking a shot which curled just wide moments before Hendry’s goal.
Derek McInnes on Callum Hendry’s debut goal: “What a brilliant ball from McGinn. He has done that for me and this team for years but Hendry has still got to keep his eye on it. Fantastic header. He is fantastic in the air. I’m delighted for him.“
McInnes on Hornby injury: “My heart sank when he came off. It looks like a bad one. Hopefully he is not out too long. But it looks like he will be out for a period of time with that.“
McInnes on Kamberi who was subject to abuse before the game: “He is brilliant for us. For him to play 90 minutes and he has to run and keep harrying.“
McInnes on the race for third: “In light of where we have been it is such an important three points. We still feel we have more in us. I believe we can be (third). We have Hibs to play again at Pittodrie so we can reduce the gap.“
Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright who has now led Killie to 5 straight defeats, speaking to BBC: “Disappointed we didn’t get something. We deserved a draw, but contributed to our own downfall again and gave Callum Hendry a free header. Second half we had a lot of possession and one or two opportunities.“
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The game against Kilmarnock had eyes on it for all the wrong reasons.
Before kick-off the contest could have been billed as the team with the worst scoring run in Europe (Aberdeen) versus the team with the worst form in Europe (Kilmarnock).
Aberdeen hadn’t scored in six games after losing one-nil to Celtic on Wednesday setting a 118 year club record.
The defeat gave the sport’s hacks 72 hours to pull out every stat on football side’s famous for shooting blanks – the best stat came from Aberdeen’s P&J which highlighted on the morning of the Killie game that in fact the Dons longest barren spell in the league came in 1999 under the late Ebbe Skovdahl.
The Dane oversaw Aberdeen open their final campaign of the 20th century not scoring in all six opening fixtures. Add to that the amount of time they hadn’t scored in the final game of the previous campaign the grand total came to 619 minutes.
This record though didn’t count because wedged in the middle of it was a 1-0 victory over Livingston in the Scottish Cup.
To give Dons supporters some perspective on their current plight, that winless run continued until match ten – and ended in quite dramatic fashion, a 6-5 win over Motherwell.
Kilmarnock are now the side with all eyes on them. Killie are two games away from equalling their own 152-year-old record of six games without a goal.
The loss to Aberdeen continues Killie’s losing streak which now extends to eight games.
For Aberdeen it’s a second win of the year – first in seven.
The Dons stay four points behind Hibs in third. The Hibees beat Hamilton 2-0.
Aberdeen extend their lead over Livi who, after a 14 game unbeaten run, have now gone two losses and a draw in their last three, being held 1-1 by St Mirren.
Up next: Celtic, Away
Aberdeen go to Parkhead again for the second time in three games. Saturday 27th, KO 3pm.