'Robson can ill afford another slip in momentous clash'

Behind the mic
Behind the mic

Liam McLeod, BBC Sport Scotland

Aberdeen play one of their three remaining rearranged matches on Tuesday evening and it could scarcely be bigger for manager Barry Robson as their hopes of a consecutive third place finish received an almighty - and probably mortal -blow at the weekend.

Whilst many Dons fans are calling for immediate change, the club’s board have stood firm in the face of the 2-0 defeat at Hearts and, in fairness, they have won five of their last nine games with the loss at Tynecastle a third defeat in that run.

Amongst the successes have been home wins over Steven Naismith’s side and the 2022 Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in the Conference League.

Furthermore, the outcome on Saturday could have been very different had Bojan Miovski’s excellent goal not been ruled out for a foul by the striker on Beni Baningime in the build-up.

However, those in the corridors of power at Pittodrie are fully aware of the morale and angst amongst the support and are concerned about the lowly league position that has left them with their lowest points tally after 20 matches in 12 years. The feeling is that their current predicament is not good enough and that things need to improve very quickly. Hence the momentousness of Tuesday.

Dundee are Aberdeen’s opponents in that game, a side that is fresh from a resounding 4-1 victory at Livingston with Michael Mellon, on loan from Burnley, producing a man of the match performance on his debut with a goal and two assists.

This will be a dangerous game for Robson, and with Celtic and Rangers in the two fixtures that follow, he can ill afford another slip as the backing he is getting will only go so far.

The Pittodrie board had little choice but to give Robson the job after that superb run of victories that propelled them up the table last season in the wake of Jim Goodwin’s removal.

However, with just six wins in the league after the halfway stage, the man in the dugout is running out of credit as one of his coaching mentors, Tony Docherty, tries to pile the pressure on his former charge at Pittodrie this week.