By Tyrone Smith
BBC Scotland Sport at Pittodrie
Aberdeen maintain now gone five video games with out scoring after being held by top-flight competitors Kilmarnock in the final 16 of the Scottish Cup.
In a scrappy game marred by excessive winds, midfielder Lewis Ferguson came closest for the dwelling side, who maintain gained valid as soon as this three hundred and sixty five days.
Eamonn Brophy threatened for the visitors nevertheless Joe Lewis was as soon as largely untested in the Aberdeen map.
The perimeters will replay at Rugby Park on 19 February.
And the tactic for the quarter-finals takes region on Sunday after Clyde’s tie with Celtic.
Kilmarnock had been with out two of their key males – Chris Burke and Stuart Findlay – nevertheless had been the first to threaten. Alan Energy dilemma up Brophy down the left, and he fired a unhealthy low shot valid huge.
Aberdeen, too, had been recast from their midweek defeat by St Johnstone, with Shay Logan, Mikey Devlin, Funso Ojo, Dean Campbell and Niall McGinn all restored to the starting 11. And the latter came shut early on when he curled an free-kick valid previous Laurentiu Branescu’s left-hand post.
Derek McInnes’ side loved loads of possession, nevertheless as has been the case so on the total of unhurried, they lacked the guile and reducing edge needed to procure a advance by approach to a resolute and properly-organised opponent.
Basically, it was as soon as a extraordinarily disappointing opening 45 minutes where the howling wind was as soon as the finest staunch winner at a bitterly frigid Pittodrie.
Aberdeen made a appealing originate as a lot as the 2d half, with Ferguson bursting in to the box from the left, and Branescu producing a daring effect to dam his map-certain shot and purchase the scoreline at 0-0.
The hosts introduced Curtis Foremost on the hour, in a characterize to beef things up on the close give up of the pitch, nevertheless it was as soon as Kilmarnock who had been subsequent to threaten, a prolonged-vary shot stinging the fingers of Lewis.
Aberdeen persisted to revel in the bulk of the possession, nevertheless probabilities had been scarce. With 10 minutes to head, McGinn’s free-kick caught in the wind nevertheless Branescu was as soon as alert to the hazard, then Foremost spun and fired a highly efficient shot valid over.
And that was as soon as that. No longer a extraordinarily memorable afternoon at Pittodrie, and the perimeters will create it all all over again at Rugby Park.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “It be my job to take a perceive at and support my avid gamers be better in the closing third. It be now not something I’ve came all the tactic by approach to too considerable. For many who’re now not scoring you originate yourself as a lot as criticism so I impress it.
“Now we maintain tried a front two, now we maintain tried all the pieces in spite of all the pieces, we’re searching for to procure as many avid gamers forward in toughen of Sam Cosgrove. We’ll purchase attempting going into Tuesday.”
Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer: “I know each teams potentially didn’t desire a replay nevertheless we’re overjoyed with the . It was as soon as tough, the wind was as soon as solid, nevertheless the boys handled the climate.
“It be three video games [unbeaten], three tough video games, three valid outcomes. We’re overjoyed and it be determining properly in the intervening time – the boys are working for every other.”
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