Derek McInnes hopes Aberdeen can pick up some consistency after their Scottish Cup success over St Mirren.
The Dons put in a workmanlike performance to beat the Buddies 2-0. A terrific first half goal from Lewis Ferguson set them on their way before a stoppage time penalty courtesy of Sam Cosgrove wrapped things up.
It has set up a semi-final tie with Celtic at Hampden on the weekend of April 11th. McInnes met the Hoops at this stage in the competition last year, ending in a 3-0 defeat for the Red Army.
Speaking after the 2-0 win in Paisley, McInnes says he hopes progression to the Scottish Cup last four can bring some focus to his side – as the inconsistency from his side this season has made him far from happy at times.
“We know the importance of the cups,” said McInnes. “I knew from day one here how important they are to the club and to the supporters. We have been in umpteen semi-finals and finals. We showed a lot of spirit today although with the conditions we weren’t at our best.
“The spirit we had at Rugby Park was on show to get the job done. Sometimes you can win the games through brilliance, which Fergie showed, and sometimes you can win through sheer tenacity and will. I thought my team were very good.
“To come here and get a clean sheet and beat a very good team, a team who I have got a high regard for- It is a brilliant result for us.
“Hopefully we can go into the semi-final in good form. The inconsistency at times has been driving me mad. Hopefully the performances of the players can be good going into it. Having that focus of a semi-final normally allows our league form to improve.
“Whenever we have had that semi-final to look forward to our league form normally improves, hopefully that continues.”