STEPHEN GLASS says the only way Aberdeen can stop the criticism being levelled at them is by winning games – starting tonight against Celtic.
Since earning a point at home to Rangers in the first game after the Premiership winter break with a hugely impressive performance, the Dons have been on a disappointing run.
They beat Edinburgh City comfortably in the Scottish Cup, however, they lost at St Mirren, drew at Ross County and then lost again, this time at Livingston. So away form has clearly been an issue.
Supporters were very critical of the team in the defeat to Livi, as their patience appeared to wear thin.
While Glass knows people are entitled to their opinions, the Pittodrie boss doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with his team. And he is confident they will turn their form around.
He said: “The performance levels and results at home in recent times have been pretty good. I think that’s what we need to focus on going into this one.
“There’s obviously a different situation coming up at the end of the week but we know what is coming up here and we know what the team is capable of at home.
“We know the sort of record we’re trying to defend here at the minute. That’s really the focus. But any time that you have setbacks, it’s important that you look to improve and I think that’s a given.
“People are entitled to say what they like when you don’t win games and people look for reasons. I don’t think there are glaring deficiencies in the team. I don’t think we’ve gone anywhere and been ran over the top of.
“Any time we’ve lost domestically by a couple of goals, it’s been against Motherwell, and in those two games they’ve had four shots in total. It’s not like we’ve been run over the top of. It’s concentration, it’s mentally from start to finish, it’s all things we know about.
“It’s putting it together on the pitch and that’s what players are judged on. And, ultimately, it’s what staffs get judged on after that.
“I think one thing about the lads is that they’re noticeably more buoyant when things are going well. But they don’t tend to get too down. They just crack on with their work and the spirit has been really good.
“It’s not like there’s zero difference here. It’s noticeable when you’re doing better. But there’s certainly no doom and gloom within the place.”
Glass refused to be drawn on transfer talk linking Aberdeen with a move for Robert Snodgrass.
Meanwhile, Matty Kennedy is delighted to be back in the first team frame after a painful and mentally draining first half of the season out injured.
The winger, 27, suffered a double stress fracture in his back during the summer after coming back to pre-season in good condition.
He was back involved at the weekend – and despite talks about a move away on loan, he is thrilled to be an Aberdeen player.
He said: “I was sent home for 12-weeks to recover. I wasn’t able to do anything during that time. I went down the road and spent time with my family.
“It’s difficult to watch the games when you’re going through a bad spell and not being able to help the team or the manager.
“It got to the point though when I couldn’t train as my back was too sore.
“I couldn’t dribble fast with the ball and I couldn’t take people on. I think it got to a point where people thought ‘he’s maybe not the player he was’.
“We started to play the European games and other teams saw that I wasn’t in the team, but nobody knew I was injured. So teams came for me on loan.
“It was a weird situation because the manager and I get on well – he’s been brilliant with me.
“I never ever wanted to leave, I want to stay here and I want to play.”