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 Saturday, 21 December, 2002, 16:51 GMT
Dons and Livi fight out drab draw
Marvin Andrews challenges Darren Young
Marvin Andrews challenges Darren Young
Aberdeen 0-0 Livingston

Aberdeen and Livingston produced 90 minutes of uninspiring football leaving new Dons boss Steve Paterson under no illusions about the task he faces to turn the Pittodrie side into a winning outfit.

Livi can consider themselves somewhat unfortunate not to have taken all three points.

They appeared to have scored through Marvin Andrews but neither the referee nor his assistant awarded a goal, much to the disgust of the visitors.

Aberdeen created the first chance of the match after eight minutes but Derek Young's effort lacked power and Javier Sanchez Broto was able to dive and save.

Livingston should have opened the scoring after 11 minutes when Dadi found himself unmarked in the Dons penalty area, but his header was fairly weak and David Preece was able to palm the ball away.

Andrews and Anderson contest a high ball
Andrews and Russell Anderson contest a high ball
Laurent D'Jaffo should have done better than to shoot wide after latching onto a short backpass from Quino.

But it was Livingston who wasted the best opportunity of the half when Barry Wilson shot wide after being played in on goal by Quino.

Livingston were incensed four minutes into the second half when a header by Marvin Andrews beat Preece and appeared to cross the line.

Darren Young was standing behind the goal line when the ball came in and the ball bounced off him before appearing to cross the line further, but still the referee's assistant refused to raise his flag and award the goal.

Aberdeen hit back through Chris Clark who found space 25 yards from goal and unleashed a powerful effort only for Broto to save.

Livingston threatened after 65 minutes when Wilson found space on the left and delivered a teasing cross into the area for Dadi.

Eugene Dadi and Russell Anderson give chase
Eugene Dadi and Russell Anderson give chase
The Ivory Coast striker showed a decent burst of pace to get into the box, but was unable to connect as the ball flew past him.

Aberdeen created their best chance of the match after 75 minutes, but Michie was unable to take advantage.

He latched onto a through ball from Russell Anderson and had plenty of space to run at the exposed Broto, but he struggled to get the ball fully under his control Broto deflected the ball away from him.

Livi substitute Colin McMenamin had the ball in the net with 10 minutes remaining, but the assistant referee flagged for offside.

Livi created another chance a minute later when Wilson's high ball to the back post caught the wind and fooled Preece.

The goalkeeper flapped at the cross, under pressure from Davide Xausa, but was relieved when Anderson cleared the ball from the six-yard line.


Aberdeen: Preece, Anderson, McGuire, Rutkiewicz, McNaughton, Deloumeaux, Darren Young (Tiernan 89), McAllister, Clark, Derek Young (Mackie 74), D'Jaffo (Michie 55).

Subs Not Used: Esson, Mike.

Booked: Deloumeaux.

Livingston: Broto, Brinquin, Andrews, Bollan, Hart (Rubio 90), Makel, Quino, Wilson, Bingham, Zarate (McMenamin 65), Dadi (Xausa 65).

Subs Not Used: McEwan, O'Brien.

Booked: Makel, Wilson.

Att: 11,253

Ref: Kenny Clark

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