Aberdeen legend Willie Miller believes that Dons fans have to lay off the team at this point in the season.
They came away 2-0 victors from their clash with Livingston, but fans were generally displeased with the performance and style of play. It does leave McInnes’ men third in the table.
Miller believes fans need to be patient and that it’s too early to ‘grumble’ about the season.
He told the Sunday Post (22/09/2019, page 11): “Aberdeen have been fourth in the league and are aiming to reach yet another semi-final, of which there have been a healthy number under Derek McInnes.
“So I think the grumbles from Aberdeen fans will be a wee bit perplexing for the manager, especially when you look at the levels of consistency he has managed to wring from his teams over the years.
“I understand it’s Aberdeen. There is a level of expectation from the support. That makes the club what it is. But, at present, I think it’s a wee bit too early in the season to grumble too much.”
McInnes is doing ok on paper at Aberdeen
Miller knows all about achieving success at Aberdeen. A serial winner with the club, he is also well aware of the high demands the fans place on the team and their manager.
Fans may disagree with the Dons legend though. Overall, whilst they are in third place, the standard of football itself just hasn’t been great.
The Livi match for example was not a game of footballing excellence. They are heavily reliant on Sam Cosgrove, who rose from the bench to give the Dons a precious win. He has scored 10 of their 21 goals so far this term.
There’s a lack of threat from open play, with McInnes’ men looking most likely to score from set plays. Their play also consists of long balls up to the solo striker, whether that be Cosgrove or Curtis Main.
Football is a results driven business though. Aberdeen are third in the league and one cup game away from another trip to Hampden. That is now a regular routine for the club, now Dons supporters want their side to play well too.
Whilst results in the league have been ok, Aberdeen really need to pick up their overall performances.