Ste­wart seeks re­demp­tion

AFC: Dons mid­fielder de­ter­mined to im­prove af­ter medi­ocre start at Pit­to­drie

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shown and said: “I didn’t ex­pect to play every week but I thought I’d get a bet­ter chance here. It’s not worked out as I’d have liked so far but there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion in this squad.

“I’ve got a lot more to bring to the ta­ble but it just hasn’t hap­pened yet. There are a lot of new faces try­ing to find their feet and I wouldn’t say we’ve played our best yet, al­though we’ve man­aged to win games.

“I feel like I’m get­ting there. I’m not far away but the more games I play, the bet­ter I’ll get. I’ll keep work­ing hard in train­ing and try to take my chance when it comes.”

Ste­wart, who came off the bench in the 1-0 win at Mother­well on Sun­day, hopes to get an­other chance to press his claim for a reg­u­lar start­ing berth when the Dons host St John­stone to­day.

Aberdeen go into the game hop­ing to bounce back from drop­ping two points at home to Kil­marnock in their last home game.

Ste­wart said: “We were to­tally in con­trol of the first half-hour against Kil­marnock but we needed to be ruth­less and pun­ish them. There was only one goal in it and be­cause they were still in the game they thrived on it. We have to try to get the goals to kill teams off.

“We are at the stage now where they have to win every home game. That’s the ex­pec­ta­tion now and we need to ap­ply our­selves bet­ter in games.

“The sup­port­ers will back us no mat­ter what but they get frus­trated at times and that’s why we have to win our home games.”

The Dons can move six points clear of the Perth men with vic­tory to­day but Ste­wart knows Tommy Wright’s Saints, the only team to take points off Celtic so far this sea­son, will be de­ter­mined to get a re­sult from their first trip to Pit­to­drie this term.

He said: “St John­stone is al­ways a tricky game. They have got ex­pe­ri­ence, good play­ers and every sea­son they seem to click and do well. We know we are fac­ing a dif­fi­cult game.

“I don’t know if an­other team is bet­ter suited to play­ing away from home. They are hard to beat and have a few play­ers in the team who are good on the counter-at­tack. They are hard to score against and have goals in their team.

“I ex­pect them to be in the top six now with the squad and ex­pe­ri­ence they have, so I never un­der­es­ti­mate them.

“Peo­ple think St John­stone over­achieve but we know how hard they are to play against. What­ever Tommy Wright does seems to work.” The English FA has con­firmed it is send­ing a quar­tet of of­fi­cials to face ques­tions from a panel of MPs on its han­dling of the var­i­ous crises sur­round­ing for­mer Eng­land Women’s man­ager Mark Samp­son. Chair­man Greg Clarke, chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Dan Ash­worth and hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor Rachel Brace will all ap­pear be­fore the dig­i­tal, cul­ture, me­dia and sport com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 18. Ch­ester­field have an­nounced the ap­point­ment of for­mer for­ward Jack Lester as their new man­ager. The 41-year-old, who scored 94 goals for the club dur­ing a six-year spell as a player, re­places for­mer Hibs and Celtic player Gary Cald­well and takes up his first role in man­age­ment, hav­ing left his po­si­tion as Not­ting­ham For­est’s un­der-23s man­ager. Raith Rovers yes­ter­day an­nounced the res­ig­na­tions of three di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing one of the club’s for­mer ma­jor share­hold­ers and long­est-stand­ing di­rec­tor Mario Caira.

Caira has been joined by Tom Phillips and David Wann – both for­mer sup­port­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives – in leav­ing the Kirk­caldy out­fit’s board. The moves come a few weeks af­ter John Sim’s Stark’s Park Prop­er­ties, which al­ready owned Rovers’ sta­dium, com­pleted a takeover of the foot­ball club.

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