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McINNES UPBEAT AFTER 3-GOAL HAMMERING

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DEREK McINNES is confident his “calamitous” Aberdeen side will recover from their 3-0 Motherwell mauling as they prepare for Sunday’s Betfred League Cup Final against Celtic.

The Dons flopped spectacularly at Fir Park as their defence was shredded by Stephen Robinson’s outfit.

Pittodrie boss McInnes moaned: “We were well beaten all over the pitch, although two of the goals were calamitous from our point of view.

“It was an awful performance, in total contrast of late where we’ve been getting results, showing resilience and keeping clean sheets.

“We were looking for a response at half-time, but even our subs didn’t change the dynamics of the game.”

However, an upbeat McInnes added: “Regardless of whether we won or lost the game, it has no bearing on Hampden.

“If next Sunday night we’re celebrating on the back of picking the bones out of this or reflecting on this then it’ll be worth it.”

The Dons gaffer has already seen his side lose to the Hoops in Glasgow this season when a cute back-heel from Scott Sinclair proved to be the difference between the sides at Parkhead on September 29.

And McInnes will not need reminding he has witnessed his team going down twice in season 2016/17 in Cup Finals against Brendan Rodgers’ men at the national stadium.

Goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele (pen) handed the Glasgow giants the Betfred League Cup as they coasted to a 3-0 victory.

And the Aussie World Cup midfielder was on target again six months later to give Rodgers his third domestic trophy in his debut campaign.

Rogic, who had come on for the injured Kieran Tierney, waltzed through the Dons rearguard to claim the stoppage-time winner in the Scottish Cup Final in a dramatic finale to his team’s 2-1 win.

Now it’s all eyes on Hampden on Sunday as Aberdeen hope for third time lucky.

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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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