Cor­mack won’t be a dis­trac­tion, says Lewis

Evening Times - - SPORT -

JOE LEWIS be­lieves the fu­ture is bright at Aberdeen but the goal­keeper in­sists he will not let Dave Cor­mack’s Pit­to­drie takeover blind him from the re­al­i­ties of the here and now.

Mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Cor­mack is to re­place Ste­wart Milne as chair­man next month and is fronting plans to plough a fur­ther £5m into the club having al­ready heav­ily in­vested in a new train­ing ground for Derek McInnes’ team.

The new Reds chief has de­clared he wants to see Aberdeen close the gap on the Old Firm, but for the mean­time Lewis is more con­cerned about mak­ing sure his side can take care of St Mir­ren to­day.

He said: “It is ex­cit­ing times for the foot­ball club. From a player’s point of view you see it, you read about it, you hear a few bits and pieces. Our im­me­di­ate job doesn’t change, our fo­cus has to be on Satur­day. The play­ers won’t be dis­tracted with what has hap­pened off the field.

“It is a pos­i­tive thing for the club. It is great for ev­ery­one in­volved in the club that we have got a new and en­thu­si­as­tic chair­man. But as a player our fo­cus has to be solely on Satur­day and win­ning the game.”

Aberdeen were caught out at St John­stone last week as they were held to a 1-1 draw, de­spite the hosts fin­ish­ing with nine men. And Lewis ad­mits his team can­not af­ford to let St Mir­ren off the hook like they did with Tommy Wright’s team.

“Credit to St John­stone but I think we con­trib­uted to our own down­fall by al­low­ing them to get a foothold in the game,” he said. “Even if we are not go­ing to put the game to bed and get two or three goals, we have to be strong enough as a de­fen­sive unit to grind out a 1-0 win. We didn’t do that and we need to address that.”

Ryan Flynn, mean­while, be­lieves St Mir­ren need to de­velop a ruth­less streak if they are to make life eas­ier for them­selves. The Bud­dies were frus­trated fol­low­ing a 2-1 de­feat to Hiber­nian mid­week af­ter pass­ing up on sev­eral chances.

The 31-year-old said: “It is all fine mar­gins. I just think we need to be more ruth­less at the top end of the pitch. We got into good po­si­tions but we just have to make sure we’re more ruth­less the way Hibs were ruth­less. They got two chances and made it 2-1. But I thought we played re­ally well. It’s not all doom and gloom.”

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