Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has spoken after the Dons’ League Cup exit, saying the club have a team of potential history makers.

They were eliminated from the League Cup after a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat to Hearts. The Red Army were leading the game 2-1 in normal time, but Craig Halkett’s last gasp header prolonged the game for an extra 30 minutes.

Halkett scored a header. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nothing could separate them and the Dons failed to convert any of the penalties in the shootout.

McInnes is disappointed with the result but insists his team are on the cusp of something great.

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He told the Herald (Page 5, 26/09/19): “We came here to get the club into the semi-final and I thought we were good enough to do that.

McInnes thinks Aberdeen were good for the victory. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“We should keep the ball better. I felt Keena handled the ball in the lead-up [to Hearts’ second] but in saying that, we have one more cross to defend.

“We are always a team that cups are there to be won. I feel we have the squad to do that and it’s up to the new players to go out and make new history.”

Aberdeen have to improve under McInnes for that to happen

Some Aberdeen fans were furious with their League Cup elimination. It wasn’t just the disappointment of a cup exit that was the problem, it was the tactics McInnes deployed.

A frustrating night. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He was very cautious and didn’t throw much of it to the wind, instead opting to sit deep while Hearts piled the pressure on.

It didn’t work and eventually the Jambos managed to break down the door with minutes to spare, allowing them to go on to win on spot kicks.

Overall under McInnes, the Pittodrie faithful seem to be a bit bored. They’ll never be struggling down the bottom, but they don’t look likely to challenge for trophies.

Aberdeen are in a tricky predicament. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInnes seems to believe though that they have a squad good enough to challenge for domestic prizes. It’s up to him to get the potential he sees in these players out of them.

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