CRAIG Brown insists revenge is not underpinning Aberdeen’s desire to get three SPL points against St Mirren in Paisley today.
Danny Lennon’s men knocked the Dons out of the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final last week on penalties at Pittodrie following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
The Aberdeen manager, though, is more concerned with getting back on track in the SPL after a 2-1 defeat to Ross County last week, their first loss in the league since the opening day to Celtic.
Brown told the club’s official website: “I don’t think it’s a revenge situation. It’s a league game, it’s important for both of us. They’re needing points, we’re needing points for different reasons and hopefully it will stay that way throughout the season. So it is important we get a win.
“We’ve seen situations like Motherwell, who lost four in a row and didn’t score a goal then they bounced back brilliantly against St Johnstone, but we don’t want to wait four games, we are determined to get back to winning ways.
“St Mirren are a good team and they play well. It’s not a coincidence that they are very well coached by my wee pal Tommy Craig. He organises them exceptionally well and Danny Lennon manages them well. So it’s not surprising they have a good record but we did manage to beat them in the cup replay to get to the semi-final last season so hopefully we can get a result against them tomorrow.”
Brown will be without midfielder Stephen Hughes, who was substituted after just ten minutes last Saturday. The former Scotland manager said: “It is a blow that Stephen Hughes is going to be out for a few weeks but we think we can cope without him.”
Despite Aberdeen playing down notions of revenge, St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is still bracing himself for a Dons side still smarting over their cup exit. Lennon said: “They will still be bitter over the cup game and they lost on Saturday again after their unbeaten run. We are suffering from four defeats on the trot in the SPL, so both teams will want to get back on track as quickly as possible. It’s got the makings of a great game.
“We’ve done particularly well against Aberdeen in the last few meetings and we look for that to remain intact, and we look to bring our best out again on Saturday.”
The cup win over Aberdeen has been the only highlight in a run which has included losses to St Johnstone, Celtic, Dundee United and Hibernian.
Lennon added: “We are ever so close at this moment in time. Our level of performance has been decent but we are certainly suffering results-wise. There are a few things that haven’t been going in our favour.
“I’m not one for making excuses but we are missing one or two key players and big refereeing decisions are going against us at the moment. If we stick together and continue to work as hard as we have done, I’m sure those things will turn for us.”
Saints will be without suspended skipper Jim Goodwin following his red card in the 2-1 defeat to Hibs.