Memory match: Falkirk 0 Aberdeen 1, October 18, 2008

Lee Miller scores his goal during  the match at Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk.
Lee Miller scores his goal during the match at Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk.

This memory match appeared in Wednesday’s Evening Express Aberdonian supplement:

Aberdeen are currently level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership – at the opposite end of the top flight from where they were when they last played on an October 18.

In 2008, Jimmy Calderwood’s Dons played Falkirk away, attempting to lift themselves off the foot of the SPL.

It was an Aberdeen side whose play lacked the sheen or creativity of today’s team and they were forced to grind out a win against fellow strugglers the Bairns.

In a show of ambition, Calderwood packed his team with defensive players, leaving stars Jamie Smith and Sone Aluko on the bench.

A dire, windy first half ensued, with the Reds struggling to hold on to the ball and hoofing it long at every opportunity.

Falkirk, with Neil McCann on the wing, were more interested in playing and, fortunately for the Dons, missed the best chance of the half when ex-Red Steve Lovell headed wide. Things changed quickly after the break.

Aluko came on and, after three minutes, interplay between the Englishman, Mark Kerr and Andy Considine down the left saw Considine fire in a curling cross, which was headed in from six yards by Lee Miller.

Now in front, Aberdeen decided to shut up shop and, despite Falkirk throwing everything at them to try to salvage a draw, held on – with skipper Scott Severin defending like a man possessed.

Both Michael Higdon and Lovell missed gilt-edged chances as the Reds held on to secure the three points.