Derek Adams warns Aberdeen over changing fortunes

Memories: Derek Adams' side beat Dons. Picture: SNS
Memories: Derek Adams' side beat Dons. Picture: SNS
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DEREK Adams yesterday reminded festive opponents Aberdeen that mid-season heights in the table can still bring a low come May.

The Ross County manager is seeking to mastermind County’s first away victory since downing the Dons in their own backyard last February.

Before the Boxing Day setback against Motherwell, Derek McInnes’s side were soaring in form and confidence. But Adams wants his men to draw on the memory of that triumph in Aberdeen and a home victory against the Dons this season.

The former Pittodrie midfielder said: “I watched Aberdeen at Inverness and they scored four goals and played very well. They have done exceptionally well this season.

“But we do have a good record against Aberdeen. That is something we have to draw on when we go to Pittodrie. Our last away victory came with a 1-0 win through there last February – and it was a good one.

“Aberdeen have been down in the bottom four for the last four seasons and Dundee United, likewise, have had their struggles. They are having an up time just now, which is great. It is good for Scottish football because of the fanbase those clubs bring but things can change very quickly. Last season, Hibernian, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock were flying high in the top six for a period. Aberdeen were right up there last January, so there is a long way to go and we know that.

“OK, the gap between the top and bottom six is a wee bit bigger this year but there is still that opportunity to catch the likes of St Johnstone and look upwards in the table.”

Aberdeen were the team Adams supported as a boy, before he went on to play for them in both his early and later career. He added: “It is always nice to go there and we will look to take something from the match. We also beat them at home this season and we have to take confidence from that. We just have to turn the corner now and get that victory we need to take a wee bit of pressure off the team.

“Aberdeen have good attacking options, as well as good physical presence with Scott Vernon and Calvin Zola up front. But the second half against Inverness would suggest there is an opportunity to get at them, although Inverness are a good side going forward as well.”

Adams hopes to take a fully fit squad to the Granite City.