Date: 19th March 2015 at 5:24pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has previewed the upcoming trip to Dens Park, and the club have confirmed the new date for the Dundee United game.

With Dundee taking place earlier than expected following the late change to the fixture calender, McInnes speaking to the Official Site admitted it was far from ideal and had certainly disrupted our preparations for the match.

‘It has not been ideal preparation ahead of the game. I think it is unnecessary to have it changed so late in the day in terms of the supporters. We should not take our supporters for granted. Myself and the players certainly don’t do that. I think the change so late could have been avoided. I think we can all learn from the incident. Why schedule an SPFL game on a Monday night for TV on an international week? Also if the new date was so readily available why were we not given that option as well?’

McInnes goes on to say that in general the Saturday slot would’ve probably have been preferred by all, but this should have been known weeks ago – and as above – given it could’ve taken place on the Saturday originally why wasn’t it just set for then to begin with so people could adequately plan their weekends.

‘We have to deal with it. The message now to my players and the supporters is now to look forward to the game. It is not about dwelling on the fixture change. Dundee have always given us good games. They have beaten us in the cup and we drew the last league game at Pittodrie. They have always caused us problems and have an attacking threat. Ironically our best performance against them was the game we lost. Probably our worst performance against them was the game we won. They are a tough opponent and they have good players. Paul has assembled a very good squad.’

The gaffer goes on to say that this is just an opportunity for three points and that’s exactly how we have to approach it and of course at this stage of the season results are more important than performances – but he’d prefer both if we can.

‘We have a good squad of players here and it is important we look for performance between now and the season from each and every one of them. They have to train well when they get the opportunity, they have to play well when they get the opportunity and play to a standard. If you bring a strong performance you are more likely to stay in the team.’

As for team news, McInnes admits we have three doubts. Willo Flood, Jonny Hayes and Peter Pawlett.

At the time of giving the interview, he was hoping they would have taken part in training today as that would dictate their being in contention for the match, but he also appreciated with the game being brought forward a few days as it has done it might count against them in terms of time.

We’ll have to see whether they pass the late tests at the weekend.

As for the previously postponed Dundee United clash, that was set to take place on January 31 but had to be moved owing to the League Cup semi final.

It has now been arranged for Saturday April 18 and will kick off at 3pm.

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