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We are ready to bounce back with victory at Firhill says Dons skipper Shinnie

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We are ready to bounce back with victory at Firhill says Dons skipper Shinnie We are ready to bounce back with victory at Firhill says Dons skipper Shinnie

We are ready to bounce back with victory at Firhill says Dons skipper Shinnie






Skipper Graeme Shinnie accepts the pressure is on Aberdeen to end their recent slump in form – but insists the Reds can handle the heat.
Aberdeen are now three games without a win as the season moves into the business end where there is little room for error.
A 1-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final draw with Kilmarnock at Pittodrie followed successive Premiership defeats to both Celtic and Hibs.
As a result of the winless run the Reds have slipped six points behind second placed Rangers and now face a tricky Scottish Cup replay at Kilmarnock on Tuesday.
The Reds? status in recent years as Scotland?s second force is under attack and the club?s target of securing the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1990 is in the balance.
For Shinnie, pressure comes with the territory of playing for a club like Aberdeen.
It is constantly there from the need to win, the expectation of fans and also from the desire of players themselves to secure success.
Shinnie, 26, aims to prove the Dons are a side that do not buckle by seeing off Partick in Glasgow before reaching the Scottish Cup semi-final.
He said: ?There is always pressure no matter if it is the first game (of the season) or a cup game.
?Especially at a club this size and with the supporters.
?The players also put pressure on themselves. We are a good team and all the players are at Aberdeen for a reason.
?We know we have that bounce-back ability.
?We need to go and show it and Partick is a game where we need to get three points on the board to gain a bit of momentum again? Shinnie missed the defeats to both Celtic and Hibs having served a two-game suspension for going beyond the points threshold for bookings.
He returned for the cup tie and had an immediate impact with the opening goal in the ninth minute.
As we talked at Pittodrie Shinnie sported a large, bruised lump on his temple.
?I don?t know if it was a boot or an elbow,?he said.
?Ach,? he continued, ?Run it off and get on with it.?
The weekend could open up the opportunity to narrow the gap on second placed Rangers as the Ibrox club are not in action until Sunday when they host defending champions and league leaders Celtic.
?We don?t look at it that way,? said Shinnie.
?We just want to win every game that comes round and the biggest game is the next one coming ? at Partick.
?We have had a couple of frustrating defeats in the league and want to get points back on the board again.
?It is important to get back to winning ways in the league.
?The Motherwell game being off (due to heavy snow last Wednesday) was disappointing as we wanted to bounce back as quickly as we can.
?We have had a week to prepare for Partick and are looking forward to it.?
Aberdeen were on course to set up a Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Motherwell for the weekend of April 14 – 15 until a defensive blunder between Shaleum Logan and Kari Arnason led to a penalty.
The spot kick was converted by Kris Boyd.
Shinnie said: ?I thought it was soft when I saw it, but it co...


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