Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has called on his players to respond to the heavy criticism they have recently faced. The 5-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox has not gone down well at all with the Dons fans.
Now Aberdeen have a chance to respond to the critics when they take on Hibs on Saturday. McInnes has called on his players to show that ‘we care’.
“Everybody is giving us a kicking”
“Everybody is giving us a kicking at the minute. It’s important that we throw a few punches back” he said, as reported by the Press and Journal.
“We’ve got to demonstrate that we care and not take things lying down. We’ve got to fight back.”
Those are certainly fighting words from the Dons boss. It is understandable that he would be so annoyed though. He is trying to motivate his players to recover from what was a truly poor result.
Dons have chance to bounce back
Now they have the chance to bounce back against a Hibs side which has struggled for most of the season. A win for the Dons would mean that they go into the international break on a high.
A defeat though would only increase the pressure on the Dons players and on McInnes. That could be why McInnes has been so vehement in his comments. The Dons need to arrest the slide that has seen them lose to Hearts and Rangers. Should they defeat Hibs, McInnes’ strong comments will have paid off.