All on for Aberdeen

Boss Derek McInnes is looking for Aberdeen to get back on the winning trail at the first attempt against Hearts on Sunday.

The Dons lost 2-0 at home to St Johnstone last week, albeit they still sit nine points ahead of third-placed Rangers with four fixtures remaining.

With a second-place finish not yet sealed and a William Hill Scottish Cup final against Celtic to look forward to on May 27, McInnes has more reasons than one to want his side to regain their form quickly, starting at Tynecastle.

He told Aberdeen’s official website: “We want to go into that cup final in good form. We have to make sure we try and get a few wins under our belt before then.

“We have some tough challenges to do that. Sunday will be a good game, it is one I am really looking forward to.

“We have sold out our allocation, their pitch is in brilliant condition and it has all the makings of a top-class game. We are eager and excited about going down there.

“It is always the case when you don’t win a game that you want to bounce back.

“It is important that you don’t take three weeks to win the next one.

“I think there were reasons for losing the game and reasons why we did not get ourselves in front so we have been looking at our attacking play in training.

“I thought we defended well for long periods of the game, so our attacking play is something we are looking to get more from.

“We want to work the goalkeeper more from some of the good areas we get into.

“Hopefully we can show that side of our game as well as still being a difficult team to play on Sunday.”

Ian Cathro has had a mixed time of it to say the least since taking over as head coach at Hearts in December.

However, McInnes is wary of a side unbeaten in three games and who are six points behind fourth-placed St Johnstone

“Hearts, like most teams in the league, are capable of beating any team,” he said.

“There has been a change in manager and a change in style as to how they play. I think the pitch is suiting them.

“There are trying to get a possession-based game and passing game going.

“Hearts have still got aspirations of trying to get that European spot so with four games to go the importance of this game is clear for both sides.”

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