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SCSF Build Up | Derek McInnes on RedTV

April 8, 2019 10:01 pm Author: AFC Media Team

All week we will be building up to the big game on Sunday. As ever afc media will have the best coverage accross all our channels. We start with the gaffer, who spoke to Dave Macdermid for RedTV:


As Derek McInnes leads his Aberdeen squad to its eighth national semi-final under his tenure this Sunday, with all but one being staged here at the National Stadium, it’s not so much a case of familiarity breeding contempt but more of an acceptance of where Aberdeen Football Club belongs according to the manager himself.

“There’s still an excitement about it and its something to look forward to and it does feel a bit more normal for us a club preparing for occasion such as today, the logistics of it and certainly on the day when the players are really familiar with the whole Hampden set-up.

“We’re coming back here again with the intention, as was the case last time, of getting the club into a final. Last time, against Rangers, probably nobody gave us any real chance, the fact it was down in Glasgow, our supporters were outnumbered, Rangers were in good form, but we found a way to win the game with a strong and disciplined performance and it will take that again, and a bit more maybe against Celtic to get the job done but we said at the start of the tournament that we’re in it to win it and nothing has changed.

“We’re looking forward to it and, as I said, the supporters get used to days like Sunday.

“There’s nothing wrong with that, and the players get used to it and are familiar with the surroundings and I do think all that helps deal with the game on the day but ultimately we still need big performances from individuals and a strong team performance to get the job done but we have a right good chance of getting to the final and we’re determined to take it.”

“So far in the competition it’s been a bit of a mixed bag in terms of performance and what’s expected of us.

“When we’ve been expected to win, like in the home game against Stenhousemuir, we weren’t quite convincing enough but we go down there and win and score four, we score four against Queen of the South at Pittodrie, I thought we were very good against Rangers in the first game but didn’t manage to win and had to do it the hard way but whatever it takes to win, whether we play at our best or not, it’s just all about getting to that final and giving us another shot at bringing a trophy back to the north east.”

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