Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has fired a statement to his side’s doubters after their League Cup victory.
They didn’t make it easy for themselves, but goals from Andy Considine and Sam Cosgrove secured victory for the Dons against Dundee, following extra time.
McInnes believes the victory sent a message to the Aberdeen critics who were waiting on his side tripping up again.
He told the Daily Record: “We were not brilliant. It was all about digging deep and getting the result.
“A lot of people would have taken pleasure in seeing us go out of the cup and I have a lot of pleasure in seeing my team go through.
“I know we can improve, be far more slicker and more technical, and I know we’ll have more energy in our legs.”
McInnes has to improve Aberdeen to fully silence doubters
It’s more a sense of relief than happiness Aberdeen can take from getting past Dundee. For the opening 90 minutes of play, Dundee were the better team and will be hurting after this result.
Aberdeen were quite slow in possession with no real penetration in attack. The Dee were first to every ball and perhaps just lacked that little bit of star quality to kill the Dons off.
Against a Celtic, Rangers or even a team like Hibs, Aberdeen would have been well beaten with this performance. McInnes will know major improvements are needed.
It was only a few weeks ago the Red Army looked on top form against Chikhura Sachkhere, winning 5-0 at Pittodrie. They had attacking swagger and a steely defence that night.
A return to that level of performance will be hard, but they are capable of reaching those heights. McInnes has to make his side believe they can perform as well as that on a regular basis.