Fer­gu­son is Aberdeen’s Mr Re­li­able – McInnes

AFC: Young­ster’s bat­tling qual­i­ties have ren­dered him ir­re­place­able

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - Sport ed­i­tor: Danny Law 01224 343373 e-mail: [email protected] BY PAUL THIRD

Aberdeen man­ager Derek McInnes in­sists Lewis Fer­gu­son is one player he sim­ply can­not leave out of his side.

The Dons mid­fielder high­lighted his im­por­tance to the side with a manof-the-match dis­play in Satur­day’s 3-0 win against Kil­marnock.

The 2 0 - y e a r - o l d ’s per­for­mance came days af­ter he scored the only goal of the game in his side’s 1-0 win at Hamil­ton fol­low­ing his re­turn from sus­pen­sion.

The Dons con­tinue their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from a con­fi­dence-drain­ing 4-0 home de­feat to Celtic a week ago, which Fer­gu­son missed due to his ban, and his man­ager be­lieves his ab­sence was a ma­jor fac­tor in the man­ner of the loss to the Hoops.

McInnes said: “Lewis plays ev­ery game when avail­able for me as I can’t leave him out and I don’t in­tend to. You for­get his age at times but he keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“I don’t think we lose in the man­ner we did to Celtic if he is in the team. He is ag­gres­sive, cares and makes tack­les.

“Lewis had to pick and choose his bat­tles against Kil­marnock’s three man mid­field but when we went 4-3-3 you could see his power, drive and tenac­ity which is key for me and the team.”

Fer­gu­son’s all- ac­tion dis­play against Kil­lie keeps the Dons in fourth place in the Premier­ship, one point be­hind third-placed Mother­well and McInnes has backed his side to prove they are best of the rest by claim­ing third spot this sea­son.

He said: “We can’t ig­nore the Celtic game but we have beaten the two teams around us, Mother­well and Kil­marnock, 3-0 and won at Hamil­ton which is nor­mally a dif­fi­cult venue for us.

“We are a de­cent side. I still think we are a good bit off Celtic and Rangers at the minute but we are ca­pa­ble of win­ning games in this league and hope­fully we can go on a win­ning run.”

Ross County stand be­tween the Dons and a max­i­mum re­turn of nine points from their three games fol­low­ing the Celtic loss and the Aberdeen man­ager be­lieves his side can head to Vic­to­ria Park with con­fi­dence this week­end.

He said: “It won’t be easy at County. If we can go into the next break with nine points, and we still have a lot to do to get that, it will give us a lot of sat­is­fac­tion af­ter the Celtic game.”

KEY MAN: Aberdeen mid­fielder Lewis Fer­gu­son

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