PETER PAWLETT is determined to prove Aberdeen are Scotland’s second force in the New Year.
The Dons suffered a double setback with their 3-0 defeat to Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final which was followed by the 2-1 loss against Rangers at Ibrox last weekend.
Pawlett said: “If we come to New Year and we’re sitting second and we have also made a Cup Final – although it wasn’t the result we wanted – you could rate that a decent first half of the season.
“No fixture is easy, but you are looking at the Hearts and Rangers’ results hoping they have dropped points and they will be hoping we do the same.“We just have to concentrate on ourselves and we will see where it takes us.“Games come thick and fast in December, but the boys will keep fresh, recover the right way and we’ll be ready to go every game.
“It was disappointing losing twice in Glasgow, so to go on and score five goals in the Kilmarnock game was a good response.
“We want to win our games in hand. We know if we win our next one we could go back up to second. We are on the right track.”
Pawlett marked his 200th Dons appearance – not to mention his first start since September – against Killie with a goal and hopes he can convince Derek McInnes to give him an extended place in the top side.
He added: “I have enjoyed my time here. There have been ups and downs, but, hopefully, there will be a lot more positives.
“I was delighted to get a start and a goal and it would be good to get a run in the team. The manager’s pleased with the way I have been training so, hopefully, I’ll play again at the weekend.”