Aberdeen’s new defender, Max Lowe, has called on his side to match the intensity of their opponents.
The Dons hit back from behind to earn a point at St Johnstone on Saturday in their third draw from six league matches.
Lowe, who made his second appearance for the club following his loan move from Derby County, believes the Dons are now 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.
“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 at Perth.”
Lowe is still adjusting to his move to Scotland but the left-back has learned quickly the Dons are now a target for opposing teams due to their consistent previous campaigns.
He said: “Aberdeen are a massive club. I knew there were high expectations.
“It is a lot tougher than I expected. It is proper man’s football. I respect that from the first game I played, against Kilmarnock.
“The lads around the dressing-room have been fantastic with me and made me feel at home.
“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, along with Andy Considine as well.
“I am sure they can help me improve my game. We have healthy competition. 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.”