Aberdeen v Livingston Preview: Assistant Tony Docherty positive about Aberdeen saying the fundamentals are there to achieve objectives

Assistant manager Tony Docherty was whipped out in front of the media with Derek McInnes busy working up some magic in the last hours of transfer deadline day.

The Dons play Livingston again tomorrow evening having been held to a goalless draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Even though it was the second goalless draw in a row for Aberdeen the game was far from drab with an open encounter that created chances galore.

Connor McLennan was drafted in up-front as Sam Cosgrove completed his move to Birmingham City while Curtis Main didn’t recover in time from the injury he sustained in the warm-up against St Johnstone.

Having picked up five points from their last nine the Dons are allowing Hibs to creep back towards third place with the Hibees defeating United 2-0 at the weekend to move within one point of Aberdeen.

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More frustrating is Aberdeen are still unable to capitalise on Celtic’s woes. The Hoops lost for the first time in thirty years at home to St Mirren on Saturday and are on a dismal run having picked up six points in their last five games. But still Lennon’s side remain just out of reach five points ahead of the Dons.

“We want to get the goals for column up across the rest of the season, but the level of performance, the structure of the team and the way we’ve defended in those games has been very good.”

Docherty put forward a strong case to be positive about Aberdeen’s situation having won four of the last six at home and keeping three clean sheets on the bounce.

Docherty, who’s been by McInnes’ side during the Dons boss’ entire tenure at Pittodrie, said the team’s structure is good and that is proven in the fact Aberdeen have shut out both St Johnstone and Livingston, two teams high in confidence after reaching the League Cup final.

Docherty did acknowledge that Aberdeen need to start hitting the net at the other end and said the team had been working on how to score more goals.

Docherty told the Aberdeen FC website: “We want to get the goals for column up across the rest of the season and if we do that, we’ll give ourselves every chance of achieving our objectives.

“Connor came in and did a really good job for us up front, we got into good areas, we carried a real threat about us. Nine times out of ten, the boys would have put those chances away (against Livingston), but it didn’t happen.

“But the level of performance, the structure of the team and the way we’ve defended in those games has been very good.

“You need to be right defensively and we want to carry that side of things into tomorrow because getting another clean sheet would go a long way towards winning the game.”

It’s well documented Livingston’s rise under David Martindale and having been almost freewheeling in the scoring charts the Dons did well to keep Martindale’s rampant Lions at bay on Saturday.

On Livi, Docherty said: “They’ve got a strong collective attitude, they make life hard for every opponent, so our focus at present is entirely on them and ending that run.”

Docherty finished on a positive note saying Aberdeen’s record at Pittodrie suggests every chance the Dons will come away with three points tomorrow.

“We’ve had a good record at Pittodrie of late, we’ve won four of the last six so we feel positive when we’re playing here.”

Aberdeen vs Livingston, SPL, Tuesday, KO 6pm.

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