Aberdeen fans turn on Stephen Glass as Leigh Griffiths helps Dundee secure first win of season


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Dundee bandaged center-half Lee Ashcroft celebrates full-time after the 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Dens Park. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

The last thing the Dundonian wanted was to be assaulted in his own hometown, not far from where he grew up in the Fintry Estate. He will have noted with regret that the game’s outstanding player, returning Dundee skipper Charlie Adam, also grew up on these streets. Talk about being made by one of your own.

It was an uncomfortable evening for Glass, who walked into the Dens Park tunnel with a volley of boos. Owner Dave Cormack watched this game, apparently rescheduled at 6 p.m. for the benefit of those in the United States, from the directors’ lodge.

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Aberdeen’s next three games are against Hibs, Rangers and Hearts. There was some fighting evidence after they lost two goals shortly after the hour mark, but not enough. Christian Ramirez pulled one off for the visitors with a good finish from a tight angle after 67 minutes which meant there was plenty of time to equalize. Not that that alone would have satisfied the 2,800 people on the move, as Aberdeen’s winless streak has now reached double digits.

They haven’t won a football game since they beat Breidablik on August 12. This defeat may be the worst yet as Aberdeen usually just needs to show up and collect the points against Dundee, whom they had beaten in their last 13 straight meetings. It was the Dens Park team’s first success against Aberdeen since December 2004.

Leigh Griffiths finally found his shooting shoes for Dundee four minutes after the break – the forward had rushed to the sidelines to change shoes in the first half.

Aberdeen’s support had already started to backfire on the canoe’s occupant outside by the time Luke McCowan added a well-finished second 13 minutes later. Playing on the slope of Dens Park, Aberdeen reacted little in response except for Ramirez’s goal, past MacKenzie’s cross from the left.

Dundee has it all set, his first league win of the season. Center half Lee Ashcroft wore a head bandage at the end. There was then a long delay as Shaun Byrne was lying on a stretcher with a serious knee injury after a clash with Declan Gallagher.

That made up most of the nine minutes of added time, during which home manager James McPake was sent off for pushing MacKenzie as they battled for the ball. Every second counted by this step – at the end, more than 11 minutes have been added.

Aberdeen goalkeeper coach Gordon Marshall had previously been sent to the bar one evening when the tension manifested itself in the form of several outbursts of bad humor.

Griffiths snapped his duck off after knocking down a long, high ball from Paul McMullan. Aberdeen fans may have relaxed slightly when they saw the Celtic player aiming with his less favored right foot, but the forward expertly slid the ball under Gary Woods.

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