Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson has branded travelling Dons fans ‘quality’, after the club edged past St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.
Derek McInnes’ side ran out 2-0 winners in Paisley, with goals coming from Ferguson and then Sam Cosgrove from the penalty spot in injury time.
It is the fifth time the Dons have reached the semi-final stage under the stewardship of McInnes and a place in the final will await if they can topple Celtic.
It was a robust performance at the Simple Digital Arena from the visitors, who got men behind the ball following Ferguson’s early strike.
McInnes’ side were to be commended for their solidity at the back, especially after losing Scott McKenna to what the manager has confirmed as a hamstring injury.
In the eyes of Ferguson, Aberdeen were worthy victors.
He told the club’s official website: “I can’t remember them having too many clear cut chances. We probably had the clearer of the chances. They had a wee bit more possession than us.
“I did not think that we were at our best today but in cup football the main thing is getting into the next round and in this case, getting to Hampden.
“I thought the fans were quality. It was brilliant they were all grabbing us at the end. Celebrating with the fans was really good. That is what it is all about.
“They came down in really good numbers after selling out the away end. Hopefully we repaid them by getting the win.”
Aberdeen get the job done
Aberdeen can be particularly pleased with this result given some recent dogged and determined displays from St. Mirren.
Jim Goodwin’s side had found themselves in losing positions four times in February and managed to salvage something.
Aberdeen’s previous two results against the Saints this season saw them fail to score, so this was a satisfactory result.
Up next for McInnes and co is Celtic, with the winner of the encounter to take on either Hearts of Hibernian in the final at Hampden Park in May.