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‘THIS COULD BE OUR YEAR FOR CUP GLORY,’ McINNES

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DEREK McINNES admitted he will be disappointed if Aberdeen do not win the Scottish Cup this season.

The Dons boss watched as two goals from Gary Mackay-Steven helped ease the team to a 4-2 win over Dundee United at Pittodrie yesterday.

Last season’s beaten finalists now face Kilmarnock in the quarter-final in another home tie and McInnes said: “A lot of teams will have thought this might be their year – and we are one of a few who will be very disappointed if they don’t win it.

“We’ve been to Hampden four times in the past year and by the last time it felt as though we belonged there. We’re used to the surroundings.”

McInnes looked back at the victory over the Tannadice side and added: “I thought we came out of the blocks really well and showed a fantastic approach to the game in difficult conditions.

“The pitch isn’t playing great at all and the wind made it hard for the players.

“But I thought we provided a lot of real quality, our pressing of the game was good and we robbed them in good areas and were really clinical in front of goal.

“There were some fantastic finishes and our reaction to losing the first goal was instant with a fantastic bit of skill from Ryan Christie and a good finish from Kenny McLean.

“You think the games done after our fourth goal, but United deserve a lot of credit as they never gave it up and showed some good passages of play, but we are delighted to get through.”

United gaffer Csaba Laszlo said: “I’m very disappointed, especially in the first-half as we get back in the game then immediately give away a gift goal.

“In the second-half, we played a little bit better and tried to dominate the game.

“We scored a second goal and near the end we had a big possibility to score another one.

“But I recognise that Aberdeen were the better team, but, generally, with the spirit of the team I was very pleased.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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