Dons aim­ing to do Well

Pre­mier­ship: Aberdeen boss hopes to leave Well with fi­nal headache

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANNY LAW

Aberdeen man­ager Derek Mcinnes hopes to send Mother­well into next week’s Bet­fred Cup fi­nal on a low note by beat­ing them at Pit­to­drie this week­end.

Aberdeen man­ager Derek McInnes hopes to send Mother­well into next week’s Bet­fred Cup fi­nal on a low note by beat­ing them at Pit­to­drie this week­end.

The Dons reached both cup fi­nals last sea­son but their hopes of a quick­fire Ham­p­den re­turn ended with a sur­prise 3-0 de­feat by the Steel­men at Fir Park in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber.

Stephen Robin­son’s play­ers earned a place in their first League Cup fi­nal since 2005 by de­feat­ing Rangers 2-0 in last month’s semi-fi­nals. Mother­well take on cup favourites Celtic at Ham­p­den a week on Sun­day. How­ever, the Steel­men’s early-sea­son mo­men­tum has stalled and they head to Pit­to­drie on the back of de­feats by Hiber­nian and Ross County.

But Dons man­ager McInnes has been im­pressed by the Fir Park men, who are fifth in the Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship with a game in hand.

He said: “Mother­well have been do­ing re­mark­ably well this sea­son.

“They gave us a belt in the mouth in the League Cup and then when we man­aged to win the league game there wasn’t much in it.

“They make the game a cer­tain way, they make it about in­di­vid­ual bat­tles and that’s what suits them.

“They have been get­ting some fan­tas­tic re­sults and de­serve all the credit they’re get­ting.

“Hav­ing watched them play sev­eral times I’m not sur­prised they are where they are in the league.”

The Dons are also look­ing for a pos­i­tive re­sult this week­end af­ter drop­ping points on their last out­ing be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

McInnes’ play­ers were held to a 2-2 draw by Hamil­ton Ac­cies to fall three points be­hind Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship lead­ers Celtic.

But, with 10 matches be­tween now and the end of the year – in­clud­ing an ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated dou­ble­header against Rangers – the Dons are now en­ter­ing a pe­riod that could de­fine their sea­son.

McInnes added: “We have eight games be­tween Novem­ber 29 and De­cem­ber 30.

“We are play­ing a game ev­ery three-and-a-half days.

“With that in mind, it was im­por­tant to get the play­ers rested dur­ing the break as there won’t be much time for that when we roll into De­cem­ber.

“We were dis­ap­pointed with the way the Hamil­ton game panned out.

“We went there with high hopes be­cause we had been on a good run.

“When you don’t win and the play­ers put so much ef­fort into the game then you are al­ways dis­ap­pointed.”

“I am not sur­prised Well are where they are in the Pre­mier­ship”

UPS AND DOWNS: It’s mis­ery for the Repub­lic of Ire­land as the Den­mark play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter book­ing a place at next year’s World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia with a com­pre­hen­sive 5-1 play-off sec­ond leg vic­tory at the Aviva Sta­dium in Dublin last night. Ir­ish hopes had been high af­ter a goal­less first leg. ALL THE AC­TION ON PAGE 53

Derek McInnes: Well have been get­ting some fan­tas­tic re­sults

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