Aberdeen defender Max Lowe has called on his side to match the intensity of their opponents.
The Dons came from behind to earn a point at St Johnstone on Saturday in what was their third draw from six league matches so far.
Lowe, who made his second appearance for the club following his loan move from Derby County, believes the Dons have become a scalp for opposing clubs after establishing themselves as the second-best team in the country under Derek McInnes.
He said: “Everyone is up for it when they play us. You saw that against St Johnstone, they were up for the first-half and we weren’t.
“You always want to win, especially in games like Saturday where the points were there for us to take. Against St Johnstone we started off quite slowly.
“We were sloppy and lethargic but in the second half we showed what we are really about. We were aggressive and could have taken the three points but we took the one and we have to be happy.
“We have to move on and play better than we showed in the first half in Perth.”
Lowe is still adjusting to his move to Scotland but the left-back has learned quickly that the Dons are now a target for opposing teams due to their consistent previous campaigns.
He said: “Aberdeen are a massive club and that was one of the first things I knew. I knew there were high expectations are what the boys achieved last year.
“It is a lot tougher than I expected. Everyone says it is not proper football but it is proper man’s football. I respect that from the first game I played against Kilmarnock but the lads around the dressing room have been fantastic with me and made me feel at home.
“I just have to keep learning and hopefully playing games. I knew I would have to play well to hold my place in the team and hopefully I can help the team get the three points every week.”
Lowe’s loan expires in January and he is determined to make the most of his time at Pittodrie regardless of whether his deal ends in January or is extended for the rest of the campaign.
He said: “I have taken coming here as a positive to get some games and experience from the likes of Graeme Shinnie who has been fantastic with me in the left back position, along with Andy Considine as well.
“I am sure they can help me improve my game. We have healthy competition and I know Shinnie can fill in that role as well.
“I have to keep myself going every game and training session I play in. Shinnie pulls me aside telling me about what runs to make and maybe advice on set-pieces. I have a lot to improve on.”