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Dons need goalscorers

By August 19, 2016No Comments

Andrew Considine admits it is time the rest of the Aberdeen line-up chipped in to help take the pressure off the Dons’ shot-shy strikers.

After ending last season with back-to-back blanks, Derek McInnes’ men have not managed to score a goal in their opening two Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures this campaign.

They also crashed out of the Europa League after failing to make the most of their chances against Slovenians Maribor, going down 2-1 on aggregate.

But defender Considine believes it is not only the likes of Adam Rooney, Niall McGinn and Jayden Stockley who should be shouldering the burden of scoring the Reds’ goals.

He told the club’s official website: “The goals will come. Seeing the quality of the forward players we have, it is only a matter of time.

“In training there are goals going in left right and centre. Not just from the forwards.

“It is important to remember that we all need to chip in with goals. We have to try and do our bit when we are up for corners or free kicks.”

Thankfully for McInnes, his back-line has proved to be just as effective as the defences his strikers have been coming up against.

They have opened their league campaign with goalless draws against St Johnstone and Hearts and Considine is taking heart from those clean sheets.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit of Partick Thistle, he said: “Whoever has had to play in defence, whether it be Shay Logan, Ash Taylor, Mark Reynolds and myself or whether Anthony O’Connor is in the middle with Graeme Shinnie at left back, we have still managed to work well together as a defensive unit.

“During the pre-season training we worked hard on our defending and have done a few things differently on the training field to hopefully make us better defensively.

“Everyone at the back looks really confident. Everyone’s game looks to be where it needs to be.

“I have been asked to play left-back again which is absolutely fine. I am quite happy to player there, I am quite happy at centre half, I will play wherever the manager wants to me to do a job.”

Considine also praised new goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who joined the club on a two-year deal during the summer.

“Joe Lewis has helped the defence,” Considine added.

“He has been sensational since he arrived. Big Joe is constantly talking to the back four and he is very commanding of his box which is what every defender wants from their keeper.

“He has been outstanding and he is a good lad in the dressing room. An important player to have on and off the park.”

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