Stephen Glass | “I’m delighted for the players”
Stephen Glass was thrilled to see his Aberdeen side bounce back after last Sunday’s disappointment, defeating Livingston, sealing European football next term and taking the chase for third place into the last two games of the season.
“We knew at half-time that Hibs were losing, and that gave us a massive carrot to dangle in front of the players – can you set up a huge game at Pittodrie? After today, we know what we had to do in that game to set up an opportunity of grabbing third on the final day of the season.
“I’m delighted for the players to get their reward for the work they put in today. It was important to bounce back from last Sunday, and they did that. We know what that performance meant last week, we knew we’d missed an opportunity but once it’s gone, you can’t do anything about it. All you can do is go forward and win the next game and we’ve done that. We could see in training the reaction that was coming.
“It wasn’t the easiest game to have following a defeat. It’s a test of character throughout the 90 minutes when you come to Livingston, they’re well drilled, tough to play against. They’ve got good players and I’m not sure they get the credit they deserve. But our group stood up to it.”
Ryan Hedges made his return to the side after three months out with injury and it only took him five minutes to show the new manager what he can look forward to next term.
“Having Ryan coming back was like having a new player on board for next season already. The club has missed him, the team has missed him, he showed his obvious quality and with a couple of games to go, it’s a huge bonus. It’s a testament to how hard he has worked to get fit that we were able to use him today and credit goes to the medical staff too.”
Both Callum Hendry and Fraser Hornby had to limp out of the action but thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be any serious damage to either of them.
“Callum got a little knock but I don’t think it’s too significant. His work-rate was phenomenal and he got his reward with the goal. Fraser looked like a dead leg so we’re hopeful that’s nothing too serious but we felt we had to make the change quickly because of the pressure they were putting us under.”