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Dons assistant tells players: Underestimate Caley Thistle at your peril

Tony Docherty
Tony Docherty

Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty has warned his players of the peril of underestimating Caley Thistle.

The Dons face the Highlanders at Caledonian Stadium and they go into the game aiming to consolidate second place in the Scottish Premiership.

However, doing so will be easier said than done against a Caley Jags side which took a point at Pittodrie earlier in the season and was unbeaten against the Reds in all three meetings in the previous campaign.

Docherty says his players need no reminding of the challenge they face.

He said: “Inverness are a team we have to give a lot of respect to. They have good players who know their system.

“We show them disrespect at our peril because we have to be at our best to win there.”

The 1-1 draw at Pittodrie on September 10 was a particularly sore one for Aberdeen as they dominated Richie Foran’s side only to slip up and concede an equaliser thanks to Iain Vigurs’ spectacular long-range strike.

Docherty hopes his players use the anger and frustration they felt at letting two points slip away to their advantage at Inverness.

He said: “Caley Thistle don’t feel like a bogy team but you can’t argue with the stats after picking up one point from nine last season.

“This year, we were angry when we played them because we went 1-0 up and should have gone on to win it. But we lost a goal and ended up drawing 1-1, so there was anger at ourselves after that.

“E need to go there and make sure we’re bang at it because we have great respect for Inverness. They have lost only two games from the last 10 and that was to Celtic and Rangers.”

The Dons have a full squad after the international break, with defender Ash Taylor rejoining the ranks after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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