Date: 22nd September 2015 at 7:05pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has previewed the League Cup third round tie tomorrow against Hibernian at Easter Road.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the match, McInnes said that he felt our tie was one of the games to relish at this stage of the competition and whilst he was expecting a tough challenge from Alan Stubbs’ men, he was confident we could keep our own 2015-16 form going.

‘There are some good ties in this round and a Hibs v Aberdeen game is always one to relish. It is a different focus on a different competition. As I have said before we want to try and do as well as we can in all competitions and we are looking forward to the game. When the draw was made we knew it would be a tough tie. We have work to do if we are going to get through. They have a level of player there who would not be out of place in the SPFL Premiership. We will treat this game like an away fixture in our league and will try and bring a performance that will allow us to get through the tie.’

With 2000 tickets sold for the game and more expected to travel and pay on the gate, McInnes knew the fans would be out in good numbers and in a good voice and the players had to give them something to shout about.

‘It shows the anticipation that is there amongst the supporters but the staff and the players are exactly the same as well, we are all looking forward to the game.’

Having done his homework on the opposition, he went on to say that he has been impressed by them and with their clean sheet record at home he knows it’ll be a tough game, but it should also make it an exciting game for the fans to watch.

As ever though knowing their strengths just keeps our eyes open, the focus is on what we can do in the game.

‘We have to go down there and try and impose ourselves on the game. It is going to be a tough match but as I say one we are looking forward to. I have always stated the importance of Aberdeen doing well in the cup competitions. In the last four seasons we have managed to get to three semi finals out of the four and obviously managed to win the League Cup a couple of seasons ago. We have seen the benefits of having a strong cup campaign. Not only financially for the club, but for the supporters and the players. It still gives a club like ourselves the best opportunity to win something so we want to be in and amongst it.’

As for team news ahead of the game he said that only Mark Reynolds was missing from the match, as he’s been ruled out but he is back running and was set to see a specialist today to see if he could step up his fitness work.

Other than that everyone is fit and he has a full group to pick from – so if changes are made to the regular line up they’ll be because he feels it’s best for the game and our hopes of winning.

‘The strength of the squad is needed when you have games coming think and fast. If changes are best for the team I will do that. But even though we have made changes to the side this season we have always still fielded what I believe to be the right team to go and win that game. So with that in mind tomorrow we will try and pick the right team.’


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