Rooney: Dons must stay focused

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney insists they need only look across the city to be reminded of the penalty for complacency.

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Adam Rooney: Hoping to maintain standards

Adam Rooney: Hoping to maintain standards

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Aberdeen are favourites to win their first trophy in 19 years against Inverness in the Scottish League Cup final at Celtic Park on Sunday, but striker Adam Rooney insists they need only look across the city to be reminded of the penalty for complacency.

Derek McInnes' side travelled to Partick Thistle last month looking in unstoppable form after knocking Celtic out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Parkhead and on the back of a victory at St Mirren, but were brought crashing back down to earth by the Jags, whose shock 3-1 win was their first at home in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The Dons bounced back from the unlikely Firhill loss by handing Celtic their first defeat in the league and followed it up with victories over St Johnstone and Dumbarton, which has helped fuel expectations of Granite City glory.

However, Rooney, 25, believes the Thistle defeat should be a salutary lesson.

"It is really important that you don't get carried away because that's when you tend to drop your standards and that's when you get caught," said the Irishman, who made his name, ironically, at Inverness.

"You saw that against Partick Thistle a couple of weeks back. We had been on a good run, we were going well, but we had a bit of an off-day. We didn't perform the way we were capable of, so it was a bit of

a wake-up call.

"The gaffer is always on at us, saying that regardless of who we play, we have to give 100 per cent. And every player has to do that because if you don't, that's when you can lose the games.

"So he will be on at us to make sure we don't lose our concentration.

"If we do that and we all stick to the game plan, work as hard as we are capable of, then hopefully that will be enough to win the game."

Nonetheless, the 40,000 Aberdeen fans who will make their way to Glasgow are expecting to see their team win their first trophy since their Coca Cola League Cup final victory over Dundee in 1995.

The former Birmingham and Oldham player, who returned to Scottish football

in January when he signed for the Pittodrie club, insists the "incredible" travelling support does not add pressure.

"The only pressure we feel is what we demand in each game," said Rooney.

"The gaffer and the team want to put on a good performance every game regardless of who it is against or what competition it is.

"The fans have been brilliant since I came here. We have taken a lot of fans to the away games but to have 40,000 odd is incredible, it shows the backing that is there in the city.

"It will be a great occasion and hopefully they stay behind us, as they do every game."

Rooney could be the key player for the Dons against his former club.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 player "hit the ground running" at Pittodrie with six goals in eight games and is looking for that form going against John Hughes' side.

He said: "I have been in a good little bit of form in terms of goals, so I can't complain.

"It has been a great start but that is mainly down to the creativity we have in the team.

"We have a lot of lads who are creating a lot of chances and hopefully that continues."


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