Aberdeen may have suffered defeat against Al Wehdat- but there was one aspect of the performance that pleased Derek McInnes.
The Dons lost 1-0 to the Jordanian outfit in a game of fine margins. An opening at the back in the first half allowed their opponents to get in behind and score the only goal of the game.
Whilst a bit of sluggishness was present according to McInnes, his players’ fitness levels really impressed him.
“It was a good workout, and everyone came through unscathed,” he told the club’s website. “Clearly the players had a bit of rustiness, but I was really pleased with their fitness. I thought we controlled the game in large parts. We lost a poor goal giving the ball away on the halfway line.
“It is something that we have been guilty of in the first half of the season, losing the ball on that transition. We were disappointed with that. The result is important; you want to win every game you play but it isn’t the most important thing from this week’s work.
“The players have worked extremely hard.”
Back to business
After a week of warm weather training over in Dubai, McInnes is now looking ahead to the Scottish Cup. They’ll face League One Dumbarton at Pittodrie on Saturday.
The Sons are working with a tiny squad at the moment and that should make the Dons bigger favourites. Even if Jim Duffy had plenty of options to pick from, you’d still like to think Aberdeen will win this comfortably.
Last year though showed it isn’t as easy as it seems. They drew with Stenhousemuir at Pittodrie and had to travel to Ochilview to defeat the part-time side. McInnes will look to get this one over in 90 minutes.
It should be achievable as the Red Army look to go one further than their semi-final berth last season.