I can do better on that, I need to progress on that. I want to play the second part of the season better.”
County return to action in next week’s Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Dundee United at Victoria Park.
After ending 2016 promisingly with just two defeats from nine games, Routis is eager to carry momentum into both cup and Premiership campaigns. He added: “It’s an important game because it is the last cup for us. We will be ready. “We want to stay in the top six. That is the target. In the first part of the season we had one month when we lost a lot of points.
“Itwas abad time for theteam butwestill focusedonthe target. We have played better and better.
“From the last couple of games we did well and I think we are progressing.” Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock will decide tomorrow whether to increase the club’s offer for Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes.
The Bluebirds had a £ 500,000 bid for the 29-year-old knocked back by the Dons on Thursday.
Warnock will play a waiting game – he has several other targets in his search for a wide player to spark an escape from the danger of relegation from the English Championship – and said: “They’ve turned the bid down, that’s as far as it’s gone. We’ve made what we think is a realistic offer. I don’t know if we’ll go back in.”
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is determined to do all he can to keep one of his bestplayers, who still has 18 months remaining on his contract.
McInnessaid:“£500,000 can get a club an average player in the Championshipandif clubshave the same opinion of Jonny as I do then it falls way short of where we see him.”
PROMISE: Christopher Routis wants to demonstrate how much better he can play