Date: 7th December 2006 at 11:13pm
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Dons Assistant Manager Jimmy Nicholl has suggested Aberdeen will be going into matches with a positive attitude despite the loss to Celtic at the weekend. He has taken onboard the quality of the attacking play recently produced and thinks this drive and approach will win games and fill seats.

Having won their last four games at home, Aberdeen are now only a couple of goals off second spot but are showing a level of consistency not seen at Pittodrie in decades.

This month pits the Dons against the best the SPL has to offer and everyone associated with the club will be hoping the new self belief in their forward play can get them points as the last time they faced this run of teams, Aberdeen lost to Celtic, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Hearts but it was the biggest defeat, 3-1 reverse at home to Hearts which has prompted the new mindset.

Nicholl said: ‘We were criticised for being negative against Celtic back then. A couple of games later, against Hearts, we pushed forward a lot more.

‘Although we did not win the game, a lot of people said it was the best they had seen Aberdeen playing in years, so we have stuck with it.

‘We told the players that if they kept playing as they did in the Hearts match, they would win more games than they would lose.

‘Since the Hearts game, we have been scoring late goals and have been getting our rewards for taking a different approach.

‘If we keep going about our job the way we have against the likes of Celtic, Rangers and Hearts, rather than drop back, I think we will take points from them.’

Nicholl added: ‘It has proved to be so satisfying because we hadn’t won four home games in a row before and now we have.

‘The standards in training had been so high, but there had been a lack of consistency when it came to playing on a Saturday.

‘It has always been one of the main criticisms of our team in the last couple of years – we haven’t been able to get a good run of results going.

‘But players such as Michael Hart and Richard Foster have stepped up, are enjoying playing and are doing it with confidence.

‘When you keep that going for a period of time, it really helps and everyone has done well.’

The Dons face a confident Falkirk side this Saturday, a club who have not won at Pittodrie in 48 years but who will be buzzing after defeating Rangers and will have SPL top scorer Anthony Stokes back after suspension. Interestingly, this match will throw Player of the Month Russell Anderson up against the young on-loan Arsenal star Stokes who won Young Player of the Month in a tussle that could determine the outcome of the match.

Russell gave his views ahead of the match, ‘We need to be really ready for Saturday’s game because Falkirk are a dangerous side, as they showed last Sunday when they beat Rangers. We need the points today to try to establish some kind of gap on the other sides before we go to Tynecastle, but it’ll be anything but straightforward. They gave us a tough time at their place before we won and I’d expect them to do just the same this week. But the way we’re playing at the moment, we feel we’re capable of taking points from any game if we maintain the standards we’ve set.’

Scotland B squad member Chris Clark also spoke of the importance of Saturday`s match. He said ‘It’s a huge game on Saturday because we could easily get sucked back into the pack if the result doesn’t go right for us. It’s a different kind of pressure to this time last year when we drew far too many games. We were always playing catch up on the top six. This year we’re in a strong position, but each game is massive because with the way things have gone at Rangers and Hearts, it is so tight up the top. It’s vital we win our home games. We’ve done well at Pittodrie this season, so to win again this weekend would put us in a very strong position.’