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McInnes uneasy

By February 18, 2017No Comments

Boss Derek McInnes is wary of a potential “slap in the face” ahead of Aberdeen’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Kilmarnock on Sunday.

The second-place Dons have lost only to runaway leaders Celtic in their last nine outings and travel to Rugby Park on the back of a 7-2 thrashing of Motherwell at Pittodrie on Wednesday night.

To further bolster confidence, the Granite City men have won their last 12 meetings with Killie, scoring four times in their previous two games on the artificial surface of Rugby Park with a 5-1 home win in December to boot.

In addition, they face a Kilmarnock side who have assistant Lee McCulloch in charge following the departure of Lee Clark to Bury this week.

However, McInnes is taking nothing for granted.

He told the club’s official website: “You find certain teams you have good records against and with Kilmarnock the stats back that up.

“We’ve got a good record against them and it’s never been an issue playing on their surface either, we’ve actually produced a lot of good football and scored plenty of goals down there.

“But just because we are playing well and because we have got a very good record against Kilmarnock, it doesn’t give you any guarantees.

“There’s always another challenge around the corner and a slap in the face is always just around the corner so we’ve got to make sure the focus is on this one. ”

McInnes insists Aberdeen’s approach to the game will not change despite the upheaval at Rugby Park.

He said: “Lee [Clark] was a popular manager with the players and was a guy I personally liked as well and I’m sorry to see him leave Scottish football. .

“Lee McCulloch will just be trying to prepare the team as best he can as part of his role anyway as an assistant manager so you never know how teams are going to react.

“Again, though, my concentration is on us and it’s what we do that we feel will win the game or not.

“We are on a good run and we want that to continue and to do that we are going to have to play well.

“Lee [Clark] prior to leaving, had left his mark on this squad of players at Kilmarnock and there’s always a different challenge.

“They’ve picked a couple of decent results and I think they will be closer to the top six than the relegation spots this season with the players they have brought in.

“They carry a goal threat with the options they’ve got. We’ve got a tough game on our hands but equally with those stats and the way we are, we expect it be tough for them.”