Aberdeen defender Mikey Devlin has pleaded with the Dons support to stick with the team and their fortunes will improve.
The Dons failed to score for the fifth game in a row as they were held to their third goalless draw in 2020 by Kilmarnock in Saturday’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie at Pittodrie.
The result means the teams will meet again on Wednesday February 19 at Rugby Park for a place in the quarter-final.
Dons fans were quick to show their patience is wearing thin. Some fans again called on manager Derek McInnes to go while the team was also booed off.
The unrest is fast becoming the norm since the winter break but Devlin has urged fans to stick with the team.
He said: “We’ve got strong characters, boys who are internationals and who have played at a high level. The fans are venting their frustration but as professionals we will work it out. The Red Shed was brilliant again and we need to give them something to shout about. It’s frustrating for everyone, we know that better than anybody.
“It’s up to us to give them something to shout about. I think a few players’ confidence is suffering at the minute but we’re not conceding goals. We’re in a situation where we’re not scoring as freely as we once were but the only thing we can do is work day to day.
“The overriding emotion is frustration. It was another opportunity to get to a major final and we’ve come up short again. We’ve got another opportunity in the replay but it’s frustrating we haven’t got that goal.
“It’s not quite there for us just now and it’s not for the lack of trying. Conditions were very difficult but as a team we have to take more responsibility as defenders, midfielders and strikers. We need to do more to get the goals we need.”
The need for a goal has become desperate as the Dons continue to struggle in the final third and Devlin believes all the players need to step up and play their part.
He said: “We need a goal, whether it’s luck or one from distance, but unfortunately it’s not quite there. We have to stick together and it will turn for us.
“There were aspects of our performance which were pleasing. Dean Campbell was very good and defensively things are looking okay but it’s the top end of the pitch we have to address.
“It’s been the same for a few games. Defensively we’ve been excellent and restricted teams to very little. Joe Lewis has had very few saves to make but we need to find answers quickly, get three points and progress in the cup.”