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Lewis hungry for Dons success

By September 21, 2016No Comments

Joe Lewis knows all too well about the significance of the Betfred Cup to Aberdeen as he prepares for the quarter-final tie against St Johnstone on Thursday night.

The Dons penalty shoot-out win over Inverness in the final at Celtic Park in March 2014 brought a major trophy to the Granite City for the first time in 19 years.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper, who signed from Cardiff in the summer, is regularly reminded of that day and insists it has given him the desire for a repeat.

He said: “The lads have spoken about that. It gets mentioned every now and then and there are plenty of photos around the place reminding you of that win.

“It does make you hungry to get a bit of that and we have an opportunity on Thursday night to get into the semi-final, if we can win, and something we will relish.

“Before I signed that is one of the things the manager said, that when you come to Aberdeen there is that expectation on the players from the fans, from the city, from the press, from everyone around the place, and the pressure that you need to do well.

“To progress in the cup competitions is great for the club and you see from a couple of years ago, winning the cup like they did, the memories they have got around the place and the players they have got are fantastic so I would love be part of something like that in the future.

“We are confident and will do everything we can to win the game but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We are playing against a good team.

“The biggest challenge for us is Thursday night and we know that St Johnstone are in good form, on the back of a good win themselves (against Hearts) so we need to be on our game to make sure we get through to the next round.”

Aberdeen go into the match on the back of a 3-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park at the weekend which moved them into fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The home side went ahead through Kevin Holt before James Maddison, the 19-year-old midfielder on loan from Norwich, levelled.

Substitute Jayden Stockley put the Dons ahead with a close-range header three minutes after coming on and midfielder Kenny McLean added a late penalty.

Lewis is happy with what he has seen so far at Aberdeen.

The former England Under-21 international said: “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came but I was pleasantly surprised.

“James Maddison adds to that as well, we are lucky to have someone of his quality at the club at the moment, he showed his quality at the weekend.

“We have a lot of quality. Even when you look at our bench you have players who can come on and make an impact.

“Jayden came on and scored, Wes Burns was unlucky not to start the game.

“He had a good game the week before, he came on and affected the game and won the penalty.

“So we have enough strength throughout the squad, people are missing out on starting places and are really unlucky to do that.

“It is a good problem for the manager to have.”

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