Lewis Ferguson made his Aberdeen return from a red card suspension against boyhood club Hamilton, however, he insists that Derek McInnes won’t allow the bite in his game to fade.
The Dons midfielder scored the only goal of the game as McInnes’ side beat Accies 1-0. It was a pivotal goal from Ferguson, as his effort lifted the Red Army up into fourth.
Speaking after the match, Ferguson says it was good to return home: “It’s always good to get on the scoresheet and it’s good to be back at Hamilton where I started my career.
“It’s a bit more emotional than normal games but we’ll take the three points. They are a good team, every team in this league is going to make things awkward for you.
“Hamilton are good at what they do, they know what they are.”
McInnes doesn’t want Ferguson to lose his grit
In his Aberdeen career, Ferguson has picked up two red cards and 16 bookings, 14 of which came last season. With his high tempo style of play, that’s not entirely surprising.
Whilst some may say he needs to lose some of the aggression in his game, the 20-year-old insists it’ll remain a key part of his work ethic.
Ferguson says that whilst it is disappointing to miss games through suspension, his manager wants him to keep showing his nasty side.
The midfielder said: “There are slight moments in football when you can mistime a tackle and then you are out, I think it was three weeks I never played for.
“It’s tough to sit and watch and even in training when you’re not involved. You just need to keep digging away, it’s going to happen in football.
“I think in that area of the pitch, and the amount of tackles you’re going to put in, I am going to mistime a few in my career. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and stuff about it.
“They don’t want to take that side of my game away, but that’s what comes with that. If you make a slight mistake and mistime it you can see red. I’ve always been pretty aggressive, I’ve always had it in me.
“I think you need it because it can be tough at times, especially in this league when you come up against good players.”