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Niall McGinn on RedTV

December 2, 2019 12:11 am Author: AFC Media Team
Niall McGinn on RedTV

Niall is set to make his 300th appearance for the Dons if he takes to the field on Wednesday night.

“I’ve been here a long time.

“It’s where I have enjoyed my football the most and playing for Aberdeen has enhanced my career massively. I’ve always played with a smile on my face and it has always been down to me to create chances for others and then chip in with goals when I can, so 82 of them isn’t bad!

“I’m happy to be here. Hopefully I can keep chipping away with assists and goals and make many more appearances yet. 300 games will be a nice milestone to reach. I have enjoyed my football immensely here and I feel that I have contributed a lot to the club. If I do play, it would make it a bit more special if we can come away with the victory too.

“We’ve had some good wins against Rangers in the past but the performance against them, and Celtic, this season wasn’t good enough.

“We have to try and make it a hostile environment and get after them and work hard. We know they are going to have periods when they have possession, but we need to defend well as a team then take our chances when they come along at the other end.

“I wouldn’t say that we have a point to prove, we just have to go out there and compete. We need to bring a strong performance and let them know that they are in a game by knocking them off their stride.

“The plus is we go into the game with momentum after winning on Saturday and being five games unbeaten. Saturday’s game meant a massive three points. Credit has to go to St Mirren, they came here with a good game plan and created good chances early on.

“Sam then tucked his chance away with a nice finish and I thought there were periods in the game when we played really well, then other periods when we had to defend. That’s credit to St Mirren, they went from defence to attack very well, playing off the front man and they created a few good chances. They pressed us at the right times.

“We did miss some good chances. Fergie had a chance and I had a chance blocked in the first half as well when we put over some good crosses. We were getting the balls into the right areas and on another day, we could have gone on and scored a few more goals in the first half instead of it being a tight game.

“But we were just delighted we got the three points and a lot of credit has to go to Joe for pulling us out of a hole at the end. Yes, he gave the penalty away but we should not get beat by a straight ball over the top. Joe is so important to us and wins us at least 12 points a season.

“We wanted to get after them in the second half and we did that. My goal came along at the right time and I thought we saw the game out well.”

As well as being an important goal, it was a milestone one too, the 500th under Derek McInnes. It was ionic too that goal number one also came courtesy of Niall McGinn!

“It is a nice milestone, but I was just pleased to get on the score sheet and help the team win the three points. I remember that first one too – we were playing Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. We had drawn his first game at Easter Road 0-0 so this was the first home game. The ball was played out wide and when the defender came out, I nutmegged him and then curled the ball into the top corner.

“I have been one of the players who has been here for a long time. I have scored a lot of goals under him and played a lot of football. It’s a good tally to have under this manager but we have always had attacking players who try and get crosses into the box.

“Craig Brown brought me here and he helped me get my career back on track again. Since the current manager has come in, I feel that I have played consistently well, whether it has been playing wide left or right or just off the striker. I have really enjoyed my time under him and he has shown a lot of faith in me, which is always pleasing.

“When he is playing me week in week out, it is then up to me to repay that faith by chipping in with goals and also assists when I can. I have enjoyed every minute of it immensely. That was one of the main attractions coming back here – working under a manager who I have really enjoyed working under. Let’s hope there are lots more games and goals to come.”