Anthony O’Connor targets return to Scottish Cup final

Anthony O’Connor is determined to help drive Aberdeen past Kilmarnock and into the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Dons drew 0-0 with Partick Thistle in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday to leave them four games without win then turned their attention to their quarter-final replay at Rugby Park on Tuesday night.

The winners take on Motherwell in the semi-final and after losing the final to Celtic last season, O’Connor is desperate for a showpiece finale return.

O’Connor told REDTV:  “We need to forget about this game quickly and move onto the next game. We have to be positive and try and do the business at Rugby Park.

“We understand how big a game it is in terms of our season. As footballers you have to handle that pressure.

“People are maybe writing us off because we have not won a game in a while.

“We have had some disappointing results so people will be doubting us. All the talk is about other teams but we just try and get on with our own business quietly.

“Trying to get to a final, what more motivation do you need, especially after the way we lost in the final last season. The motivation is definitely there to try and get back to Hampden.

“It will be very tough. Since Steve Clarke came in he has done an unbelievable job. They are playing good football.

“We are going to have to be at our best and hopefully if we are then we can come away with the win and come away with a place in the semi-final.”

Midfielder Chris Erskine believes the goalless draw can help Partick Thistle kick on to safety.

Alan Archibald’s side came off the pitch to discover bottom side Ross County had lost 3-2 at Kilmarnock which left them four points adrift of the Maryhill men.

Erskine, captain on his 250th appearance for the Jags, said: “We need to go and build on it now, that’s what the manager has said.

“It’s a  good point against a top team.

“We have hard games as well before the split so we have to be dogged like that game, not concede goals and hopefully on other days, not like against Aberdeen, we will out the ball in the net.”

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