The pitch beat the both of us
Feb 11 2013
by Paul Behan, Paisley Daily Express
Danny Lennon was suffering from mixed emotions as he watched his side pass up a good opportunity to extend their winning sequence in all competitions to four at Pittodrie.
Lennon’s side battled out a 0-0 SPL draw on a day when the beautiful game was kicked into touch due to Aberdeen’s poor playing surface.
Wednesday night’s Scotland fixture at the same venue did the Paisley Buddies no favours in their attempts to register a precious SPL victory in the Granite City.
But Saints boss Lennon remained philosophical in his post-match assessment against the Dons.
He said: “The pitch won today.
“It made it so difficult for either side to play football and was more suited to teams that played in the 70s.
“In fact, I looked around me for men who could play on it and I was tempted to try and throw on Tommy Craig and Craig Brown to see what they could do!
“But we can’t be too downhearted.
“Aberdeen is always a very difficult venue to come to and we have come away with a valuable point.”
On loan forward Esmael Goncalves saw a great chance to seal a narrow win thwarted by a brilliant save from Paisley- born Jamie Langfield towards the end.
And the Dons were forced to play out the last 17 minutes with 10 men after Mark Reynolds was red-carded for a second bookable offence.
But in the end Saints could not make their numerical advantage count.
Lennon said: “We had to fight for the point and we’re disappointed in terms of our opportunities that we didn’t snatch all three points.
“Having said that, Aberdeen did dominate us. But we showed a different side to our game today.
“We enjoy possession in most games that we play but we showed great spirit and togetherness when we didn’t have it.
“We matched Aberdeen’s energy, so it’s a very valuable point for us.”