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Joe Miller upstaged Britain's most lethal strike-force to spare Aberdeen's blushes against struggling Raith.

The little winger scored a wonder goal to clinch the win which sustained the Dons' title challenge.

With just 12 minutes left Miller picked up a short corner from Bulgarian Ilie Kiriakov, then unleashed a 25-yard drive into the roof of the net.

That goal made up for a frustrating day in which the Dons dominated but could not find the cutting edge in attack.

But don't blame Billy Dodds and Dean Windass. The strikers with 27 goals between them this season never got any good passes.

Aberdeen controlled the entire game, and were furious that they didn't have it wrapped up earlier.

On 64 minutes Raith defender Graeme Mitchell handled a fierce shot from youngster David Rowson as he cleared off the line.

When boss Roy Aitken brought on Scotland star Scott Booth for Windass the switch injected fresh life into his attack.

For Raith had no answer to his pace and penetrating runs on the flanks.

Aberdeen were in charge from the kick-off but could not find the killer touch in front of goal.

And whenever the Dons broke through they found ex-Gers keeper Colin Scott in inspired form.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Broadley, Ian
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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