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October 30, 2018 6:53 pm Author: AFC Media Team

The Semi-final

“I’m just how I was on Sunday. It was a great moment when young Lewis scores the goal and I thought we were very confident when we got in front and assured with our work. It was huge relief at the final whistle because we know how important it is for the club to keep getting to finals. I was delighted for players work ethic, their togetherness, the amount they put into the game and they got their reward by getting themselves into another final. It’s fantastic. We all know the bounce you can have at a club.

“It’s five weeks away and we’re here to talk about Hamilton, but I’m getting asked about the cup final already and that’ll continue over the next few weeks. It’s difficult to ignore it and nor should we. I think we should really look forward to it, but in the meantime knuckle down and get on with league business and get as many points as possible so we’re going into the game in good form.

“Hopefully when the game comes around we are injury free, with plenty points on the board and good form individually as well and ready to try and go that extra step to bring the trophy back because ultimately when we go into the tournament that’s the aim. We’ve beaten three Premiership teams and had to do it the hard way. Playing St Mirren, going to Easter Road and winning and going to Hampden and beating Rangers. To not have conceded a goal shows you the resilience and determination of the team in the tournament so hopefully we can go the full way and be looking back at another important trophy in the club’s history.”

The League Campaign

“Regardless if we had a cup final to look forward to I think it’s important we recognise it’s been too stop/start this season in terms of team selection with injuries and suspensions, but the level of performance has got to be better than what it is on a more consistent basis.

“We’re looking for more from the players and we’ve spoke about that today and the importance of knuckling down and getting as many points as possible in the forthcoming fixtures. The first one being against Hamilton tomorrow night. It’s good to be back at Pittodrie and we enjoy playing here. The players take the confidence from Sunday and set about the task of beating Hamilton. Hamilton have been doing well of late and there’s no real surprise there because there’s loads to admire about Hamilton and the way they go about their business. It’s a game at home and it’s a game we’re looking to go and win and make sure we bring a performance that can help us do it.

“I’ve always felt we can be competitive and you’re finding out about your players all the time. I’ve said for the last few weeks now there’s reasons why there’s inconsistencies. I’ve certainly not been able to put the same team out too often with injuries and suspensions, so we’ve been dealt some blows.

“That normally comes around with most teams at some point and there’s other clubs having to deal with that side of it. You get that even break throughout the course of the campaign. For me you bring players here, you look to integrate them quickly and get used to our way of working. I trust how we work as a club to get performances on a consistent basis over the course of a campaign. We just want to be competitive and it’s good to know we can get to cup finals and beat good teams like Rangers while we’re working to find our best form. There’s no doubt we all need to take responsibility for that. The players need to take responsibility for their own game and try being the best they can be. Hopefully by doing that, and I’m confident it will be that, we can keep winning enough games that keeps us in the hunt to be successful as we normally do.”

Andrew Considine

“He’s fine Andy. We got the text when we got back into the dressing room and it was a huge relief. We have treated it as a concussion-type injury even though he wasn’t concussed. It’s just in light of the previous injury that Andy had at the start of the season when he missed the Burnley game after the Cove Rangers game in pre-season. He is ruled out for tomorrow night and he’ll be back all being well in full training by the end of the week and available for Kilmarnock. It’s just a precaution but we quickly got work from Andy and the doctors at the hospital that’s he was good to go. He travelled back up on Monday with his family.”

Max Lowe

“I think Max was itching to get on anyway and he was unlucky not to be involved. I thought that out of all my back four he was my best performer at Tynecastle, but everything’s about balance and Andy has been a key player for us with experience that you need for that type of game. We were already starting with young Lewis and Scott Wright so it’s important in any team and certainly in a game like that you can’t be too young.

“We also needed Andy’s size as I thought that was going to be important for us at set plays. My biggest concern with Andy coming off was dealing with set plays and no concern about Max going on because he’s trained brilliant all of last week. He’s been very impressive since he’s came here so he was unlucky not to start the game. I had no doubts he’d be ready to go on and got up to the speed of the game well and I thought he played his part in a number of good things.”

Lewis Ferguson

“All of a sudden people might start looking more from him all the time, but from our point of view I’m delighted with how he’s coming along. He’s got to enjoy the moment in terms of scoring a winning goal at Hampden in a Semi-Final, it’s a big deal so it’s natural there’s a lot more interest in him the last couple of days. I want him to add more goals to his game and he’s kept them for the big occasion, but it’s someone I’m onto him all the time to score more goals. He’s strong, he’s a calm finisher and you seen his heading ability on Sunday. He’s alright and there’s no concerns about Lewis and if they were all Lewis Ferguson my job would be far easier.”

Tickets for the final

“It’s something I’m quite reluctant to get involved in because again for us whatever tickets we get I’m sure we’ll sell out this time around. Cup finals are different, and they are special as everybody makes a huge effort to get there. Hopefully as many Aberdeen supporters can get to see the team in the cup final and that’s all I would hope for. I hope it’s fair and I think we deserve the opportunity to sell as many as we can and hopefully that will be the case.”

Team News

“Andy’s out. Some of the younger ones played in the reserve game yesterday, but as it stands everybody from Sunday’s game is good to go other than Andy. For Greg Tansey it was just another step on his rehabilitation. He’s been great in terms of knuckling down and keeping his fitness well, which is a credit to him. He’s never really been fully fit as an Aberdeen player. He came here with an injury and he tried to protect himself and never really flagged it up too soon. It developed into something a lot more sinister so for his point of view it’s good now that he’s totally injury and pain free and the game yesterday is another step to where he wants to be. It’s great to have him back available and I’ve no doubt he’ll play his part for us.”

The defence

“I think if you look at all my teams in the last five years, or any team that’s relatively successful, it’s normally based on a familiarity and strength at the back. We’ve had Logan, Devlin and McKenna all suspended and Hoban, Reynolds and Considine injured this season so we’ve not really had the chance to put a settled back four in place. The defensive part of the game isn’t just Joe and the back four. McGinn, Mackay-Steven and midfielders all matching runs and strikers filling in. It was a complete team effort on Sunday to get the job done and it should always be that. Everybody’s got a responsibility to get a clean sheet in the team, but I’m really pleased with the back four and how they performed at the weekend.”

 

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