FC Aberdeen | Dumbarton | Pre-match press conferences
Following our open training session at Pittodrie earlier today, Jim Goodwin spoke to the media to preview Wednesday night’s Premier Sports Cup Group A match with Dumbarton.
To watch his press conference in full on RedTV, please click the red button.
“It was a great day in Pittodire. The weather was good for us and the turnout was fantastic. We thought it was a good time to do it with the kids who were out of school and got a decent result against Peterhead. We have a big game tomorrow night against Dumbarton at Pittodrie.
“It was also an opportunity for new players to get used to the environment. I didn’t want them showing up for Wednesday night’s game and it was their first time on the pitch. The gardener was very kind to us letting us use the facilities and the boys will be better off for it.
“The football club is fan-centric and we want to try and improve that togetherness. We want the fans to be with us and that gives everyone the opportunity to mingle and fit in and hopefully to make it a special day for some of the young supporters here today.
“Ylber Ramadani joined us yesterday and he was brilliant. The fans cheered and cheered when he scored goals and you can already see what he brings to the team. He is a very smart player, he also played at a very high level, he’s an Albanian international. He’s a very bubbly character and it didn’t take long for him to settle in. He’ll be a great addition to the team.
“He worked hard at his home in Kosovo. Graham Kirk, who is our Spot Science manager, has been in constant contact with him, making sure he sticks to his program and maintains his fitness. It arrived yesterday in fantastic shape. We wouldn’t risk him tomorrow if we thought anything negative might come of it, but it certainly looks like he’s ready and able to play at least 45 minutes tomorrow.
“Connor Barron trained today and finished the session for the first time in several weeks. He will return to the squad.
“We are expected to win every game in this group stage, we are the Premiership team at the end of the day, but we won’t underestimate the opposition. Would have liked three more or four goals on Sunday. We had one which I thought was a bit soft, McCrorie hit the crossbar and we should have had another penalty when McCrorie was fouled. 2-0 was satisfying but we didn’t celebrate too much.
“I would like more goals tomorrow night, I would like to get another clean sheet. I would like us to form good habits, to take pride in protecting our lens and to keep the sheets clean. Today’s session was all about being in the final third and how we’re going to break down the opposition. We would expect Dumbarton to have a similar game plan to Peterhead where there are 10/11 men behind the ball for long stretches trying to frustrate us.
“We have to be patient and disciplined and wait for those key moments when the gaps appear. I hope we can open them.
Dante Polvara also spoke to the media to preview Wednesday’s match at Pittodrie. To watch his press conference in its entirety on RedTV, please click here.
“It’s important for the team to have these competitive games. No matter how well you do in friendly it can build confidence, but it’s not the same knowing you can take points. There are benefits to having this schedule for league games, it’s an opportunity for the manager to try and learn some things about the players and get a good understanding of how people compete in a competitive environment.
“I had an injury when I signed which was an unfortunate event because it’s not easy when you move to a new place, you just want to go, chemistry is built on the pitch and when you not being able to be there with the guys makes it a lot harder.
“I have found my place in the team and that is important. As soon as you gain the respect and trust of these guys, it will show on the pitch. All I can hope for this year is that is that there will be more competition on the pitch because that’s the only way to improve. It pushes you to be better every day.
“It’s a big season for me. It’s a big season for the club to get back to where we want to be and for me to get back to where I want to be. I know I have so much more to show and I hope that with every game that confidence can start to break through.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to the season.”