Aberdeen are sitting in European places once again this season. The Dons had a poor start to the season, but they have picked up their form, which has seen them win seven away games on the spin. Despite this, defender Max Lowe believes they have one major improvement to make.
Whilst Aberdeen have been good on the road, their Pittodrie performances have left a lot to be desired. Their convincing victory over Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup was the only win in the last six attempts at home for Derek McInnes’ men.
Aberdeen face a crucial league match at home to Hamilton before the chance to win a trip to Hampden, with a home tie in the Scottish Cup quarter finals against Rangers.
Lowe insists that he and his teammates will do all they can to get Pittodrie rocking.
Speaking to the Press and Journal, the defender said: “On Saturday, we were on the front foot from the first whistle and we need to do that at Pittodrie.
“Teams have sat back and let us have the ball but we have to go for it straight away rather than waiting for the last half hour when it can sometimes be too late. When we play at home, I sense a lot of teams are waiting for us to make mistakes.
“We have got to do that with the home games we have remaining. Against St Mirren (when Aberdeen drew 2-2) we left it too late and it has been a problem for us. If we play like we have away from home then there will be no problems. We know that as a team.”
A massive four days at Pittodrie
Whilst it may not be a spectacular prospect to play Accies on a Wednesday night, it’s a big one in the race for European competition. This will be seen as a massive opportunity to break away from Kilmarnock and Hearts in fourth and fifth place.
Killie have a tough test at home to Motherwell, whilst Hearts host a Celtic side hurting from the loss of Brendan Rodgers. These are games in which their rivals could drop points. Three points in a game against Accies are vital for the likes of Aberdeen. Should they succeed, the Dons could be seven points clear in third place.
Sunday’s encounter provides a chance to return to Hampden and get revenge over rivals Rangers. McInnes has often been the subject of criticism for his lack of success in the big games. Beating Rangers in a massive cup game could change that.
It’s imperative that the Dons pick up their home form for these fixtures. Anything less than two decent results could be a huge hit for the Dons’ confidence and ambitions moving into the final stages of the season.