Andrew Considine feels Hamilton caught Aberdeen off guard in their recent meeting but the Dons defender says his side will be more than ready for the League Cup quarter-final against Accies at Pittodrie tonight.
Hamilton ran out 3-0 winners a fortnight ago when the teams met in the league at New Douglas Park. Alex Neil’s men have been the surprise package in the Scottish Premiership this season but Considine says the Dons will know exactly what to expect in tonight’s tie.
He said: “I think we maybe underestimated them but a lot of teams have this year.
“The amount of energy they had, especially in the first half of the game, blew us away.
“The way their full backs bombed forward, it felt like waves of attack and was hard to deal with.
“Fair play to them, that’s why they’re top of the league and are playing cracking football.
“But we’ll go into this game with a completely different attitude.
“After that experience we know what to expect from them.
“We’ll be ready.”
The defeat by the New Douglas Park outfit is Aberdeen’s only loss in seven matches and they bounced back from the 3-0 reverse by beating Motherwell 1-0 last Friday thanks to an early goal from Jonny Hayes.
So Considine reckons there is plenty of reason for the Dons to feel optimistic. He added: “I think there has been an over-reaction to the Hamilton game.
“It was a sore one to take but we are on a good run. We’ve only lost one game in seven.
“Because of the manner we lost that one game people are looking at it saying ‘what’s going on here’?
“But you get those games in football. You see it with every team from time to time.
“In the long run we’ve had a great run and got back to business last week against Motherwell.
“The way we set up against Motherwell, after losing quite a few goals recently, was to keep a clean sheet and get the confidence back up.
“With Jonny Hayes, Peter Pawlett, Niall McGinn and David Goodwillie up front we still have plenty of attacking options.
“We wanted to get back to basics and start from there again.”