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Mark McGhee urges Dons to build on win over Hibernian

A 4-2 win has helped to relieve the pressure on Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee
A 4-2 win has helped to relieve the pressure on McGhee

Manager Mark McGhee warned his Aberdeen players that they must build on their 4-2 win over Hibernian if they are to keep the critics at bay.

The Dons play Falkirk in the last eight of the Co-operative Insurance Cup in midweek, mindful of previous cup exits.

"It's only one game. If we don't win on Tuesday night, the critics will have ammunition again," said McGhee.

"We've taken four points from 21. That's the statistic. We've got to build on that."

Prior to Saturday's match against Hibs, McGhee was annoyed at what he saw as the failure of the media to report the difficulties facing his team by their lengthy injury list.

Defender Andrew Considine joined that list when he reported pain in his knee in the pre-match warm-up, Jerel Ifil taking his place in the starting 11.

But the Reds established a four-goal lead against the Easter Road side thanks to a Chris Maguire strike, a double from Scott Vernon and a Paul Hartley penalty. Colin Nish and Sol Bamba scored with back-post headers to give Hibs a more respectable scoreline.

"It's progression from last week," said McGhee.

"We had a great week's training, they looked the part all week and we were hopeful that today, with the players back (Hartley and Sone Aluko), they would make a difference. That's what happened.

"Some of the potential that I think is in this team was shown today."

The Aberdeen manager then defended his own record as a manager, stating: "Go and look me up on Wikipedia. I've got a track record.

"I know how to manage a football team but I need the players out there to do it and at times I think people have been a bit hard on us.

"I said when I came here I would need three or four transfer windows to build the team that I wanted.

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"We have been crippled by the injuries that we've had, which has stalled our season. I've said that when we get these people back we will be better.

"I've been rock solid in the belief in this group of players if I've got my best team out there."

With Peter Pawlett and Fraser Fyvie out long term with knee injuries, McGhee was heartened by the performance of 16-year-old Ryan Fraser, who came on as a late substitute for Aluko.

"He's a game wee lad, he goes at people," said the manager.

"He won a header against the lad (Chris) Hogg. He's not great in stature but he's great in ability."



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see also
Aberdeen 4-2 Hibernian
23 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier
McGhee irked by 'blinkered' media
22 Oct 10 |  Aberdeen


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