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‘WE’LL PROVE WE’RE SECOND BEST,’ REYNOLDS

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ABERDEEN defender Mark Reynolds believes that the Dons are good enough to finish second in the Scottish Premiership and insists his side’s display in the 2-1 defeat from Rangers at Ibrox proves his team are not big-game bottlers.

The Dons star said: “It was a a sore one to take, but we put a lot more into it and gave a better account of ourselves.
“It was a lot more like us and there is a lot more to come.
“We defended pretty solidly and, in fits and starts, we were positive going forward. We can certainly take some things and learn and improve on them for the game against Kilmarnock at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.”Asked if the criticism over the 3-0 Betfred League Cup Final loss to Celtic and their big-game record is a source of irritation to the players, Reynolds answered: “We’ve never really bothered with it.

“We answered it last season when all the talk was Aberdeen can’t beat Celtic . But we beat them twice. We just need to go out and do it and we’ve answered that more times than not now.

“But this is a big game that we’ve let slip again. We feel that more times than not, we’ve given a good account of ourselves.

“Last week, the Cup Final was a massive disappointment, but we’ve tried to bounce back from that and we acquitted ourselves well at Ibrox, albeit we missed the result to go with the performance.

“We limited them to few chances and the first goal takes a deflection and Kenny Miller does what he does. He gets on the end of it and scores from a half-chance.

“It goes in the back of the net and changes the game. The second one is sloppy defending, but we had chances, as well.”

Giant striker Jayden Stockley missed a sitter just after half-time with the game still goalless.

Reynolds added: “Jayden knows himself that in games like this one, they need to go in. If it does, it changes the game, so we are disappointed.

“He knows it was and he has held his hand up to it. A chance like that has to go in the back of the net. It was hard to take.

“But mistakes are made – we can give away bad goals and he can miss open goals like that. It’s swings and roundabouts and we still had other chances.

“We move on and we go again on Tuesday. We’ve got games in hand and we still need to get points on the board.”
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