Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has challenged veteran keeper Joe Lewis to get back to his best rather than trying to find “answers” to why he was dropped as the Pittodrie shotstopper get set to watch from the bench again this weekend when the Dons face Dundee.
Lewis lost his place to Gary Woods ahead of the defeat to Celtic before the international having previously been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Aberdeen for over five years.
Woods is set to keep his place for Saturday’s trip to Dundee and Glass was clear on what Lewis needs to do if he is to force his way back into the side and regain the number one jersey.
“Joe needs to get back to training and being the Joe Lewis that everybody knows he can be,” Glass said.
“Performances have not been what they should be. I was pretty clear to Joe that for him personally, not to make it more than that.
“Not to start searching for answers and being different. It is important that Joe gets back to what he can be during the training to dislodge Woodsy.”
While Glass admits there is more focus when changing goalkeepers than any other position, he insists that the competition between Woods and Lewis is no different than if they were challenging each other for an outfield berth.
The Aberdeen boss insists Lewis “understands” that he is in a fight to get his place back but it looks as though he is going to have to be patient if he is to get back into the starting XI.
“It does get magnified when you change your goalkeeper.
“However Joe and Woodsy are competing for a place the same as a number of players across the pitch. For ourselves and the goalkeepers, it is important it is not seen as more than that.
“Joe understands and knows he has been competing for a place with Woodsy.”
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