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February 9, 2018 4:57 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“Looking forward to it.

“I love cup football. Winning the cup with Inverness is something I will never forget.

“it was an unforgettable day. To get my hands on the trophy and then everything that came with it, all the celebrations were very special.

“Whatever round it is, it is always big game because it is the Scottish Cup. It is a game the whole squad is looking forward to. We are looking to try and get into the hat for the next round.

“Now though my focus is just on Sunday.

“We cannot look beyond that or there will be trouble. Dundee United will be a very tough game we know that. But it is one we know that if we play to our potential we can win and get through.

“Although Dundee United are maybe going through a sticky patch in the league, the cup is always something to distract them from that. Especially when they are coming up against a team like us. They will be underdogs so there will not be as much pressure on them. So it is probably a game they are looking forward to. We will need to be on top of that.

Friday 9th February 2018, Aberdeen, Scotland – Aberdeen Football Club press conference ahead of William Hill Scottish Cup match against Dundee United on Sunday afternoon.
Pictured: Graeme Shinnie
(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

“There is always a bit of pressure in football to go out and do well and not let yourself down, but it is a different sort of pressure for them. There is more pressure on them to go out and win games in the league. I am sure they will be up for it and doing their best to come up here and cause an upset.

“Likewise for us it is a different occasion from the league as well.

“We have had a good week’s training and everyone is looking forward to the game.

 “It was disappointing at Ibrox but the from after that with three wins in a week was good. We went into the week looking to take maximum points and we have done that. We have also done that by scoring quite a lot of goals and doing well defensively so we will look to take that into Sunday. If we can replicate that then hopefully we will be in the next round.

“Home advantage is always an advantage if you use it the right way. The crowd will get behind us but it is up to us to give the crowd something to cheer about. Dundee United will take a good number of fans up and the Aberdeen fans will be well up for it, so it will be a good occasion.

“It will be a battle. We have had that the last couple of games. The pitch is not overly great for nice silky soccer at the moment. I think we have shown that we can do that side of the game as well. On top of that we hope the quality will shine through like it has been in the last couple of games.

“We have always felt we have goals in the side. It is good to have Niall back and he always seems to contribute is some sort of way, with a goal or an assist. We go into every game looking to score. But it also means a lot to us if we can keep a clean sheet as well. If we can get a clean sheet it gives us a platform to build on.

“If we play to our full potential then we know we can get the job done.”

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