I caught a bit of Radio Scotland at halftime during the Aberdeen-Celtic game on Saturday. Former Aberdeen captain and manager Willie Miller was scathing about the tactics deployed by Jim Goodwin. Post-match, it felt as though Willie’s early intervention had given the rest of the media a line they were happy to run with. I’ve been in press rooms and seen this happen. “What’s our take?” conversations, where a strong line is agreed upon that several will get behind, providing cover for all.
Willie doesn’t need this cover, his credentials provide that, but although Aberdeen’s 88-minute attempt to secure a 0-0 draw was dire, it was certainly not a new innovation, even for Aberdeen. What was new is the uniform post-match reaction. Where club hero goes, media follows and many fans are easily persuaded. Goodwin is now under more pressure than he would want to be ahead of tonight’s home fixture against Newco.
If he leaves Pittodrie tonight having taken no points from two home games and made little effort to attack, he will face serious questions. If he parks the bus and gets a point, a local oil sheik might ask him to wear a chiffon cape. Results are all in football.