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O?Connor out to erase memories of Dons Scottish Cup heartache

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O?Connor out to erase memories of Dons Scottish Cup heartache O?Connor out to erase memories of Dons Scottish Cup heartache

O?Connor out to erase memories of Dons Scottish Cup heartache






Dons defender Anthony O?Connor is determined to go one step further in the Scottish Cup after suffering Hampden heartache last season.
The 25-year-old insists the Reds are focused on erasing painful memories of the 2-1 final defeat to Celtic where the Reds cup dream was killed by an injury-time Tom Rogic goal.
Aberdeen tonight face a tough quarter-final replay against in-form Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Killie are undefeated at home since November and have beaten Celtic and Rangers on their own patch.
Awaiting the winners of tonight?s replay are Motherwell in the semi-final at Hampden next month.
The Dons go into the clash having suffered a dip in form that has extended to a four-game winless run.
O?Connor reckons there is no better time to return to winning ways.
He said: ?It is the biggest cup competition and the chance to get to a semi-final at Hampden ? what more motivation do you need"
?We will dust ourselves down and be ready to go against Kilmarnock.
?Reaching Hampden is massive.
?We were unlucky not to win the cup last season as Celtic pipped us to it with the last-minute goal.
?The motivation is there to get back again and try to put things right.
?We have tough games ahead of us so there is no point talking about the final yet. We have the quarter-final first and that is all we are concentrating on. ?We haven?t won a game in a while but what better way than to get into the semi-final of the Scottish Cup"?
Aberdeen?s slump continued at the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw at relegation battlers Partick Thistle. In contrast, Kilmarnock are undefeated in nine games ? since a 3-1 reverse to the Dons in January.
O?Connor said: ?Kilmarnock won again at the weekend and are in form, there is no doubting that.
?However, if we play to the level we are capable of we can win.
?We have had good results down there in the past so why not do it again"
?It will not be an easy game so we have to make sure we are right.
?We will go down there with the right attitude and right mentality and go to win the game.
?Against Partick we started well and were the better team in the first half.
?We had a couple of chances and probably should have gone ahead but it wasn?t to be.
?The second half was a bit more even although it was a bit scrappy at times.
?Although we were disappointed not to win there were still some positives to take. We kept a clean sheet which we hadn?t done in a while.
?The will to win was there and no one can doubt that.
?It wasn?t as if we sat off. You have to take those positives into tonight.?

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Fecha de publicación: 13-03-2018 12:53
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