By CHRIS DOYLE
Kilmarnock skipper Stevie Smith has asked his team for consistency as they prepare to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.
With a victory on Tuesday, Killie could cement their place in the top half of the table, but with only three points between sixth and last position, they could also easily see themselves looking in the opposite direction.
However, the skipper feels his side can go into the match full of confidence after his team’s great performance against Dundee on Saturday where they came out 2-0 winners:
“They’re growing up quickly, but we need to be consistent. You can’t turn it on one week, we know it’s going to be a difficult game on Tuesday night, we can’t go there and hide we need to keep performing and keep working and I’m sure we’ll do that”
Despite Aberdeen’s poor results against Rangers and Celtic in the past week, Smith thinks that it will help their opponents going into the game on Tuesday night:
“They’ll be looking for a big reaction. We spoke about similar things when we went to Ibrox last time and we came away on the end of a 3-0 defeat so we know what to expect off a big team with poor performances in their last two games, but we go in with confidence after today which is a big thing.”
Smith knows how difficult an opponent The Dons are and how challenging a trip up north to Pittodrie can be for teams as he learned during his time at Rangers:
“The crowds are very demanding so it takes big players to take the ball and play. Aberdeen are a really good side and they came here at the beginning of the season and turned us over quite convincingly so we know it’s going to be a really tough game”
In that first meeting between the sides, Aberdeen ran out 4-0 winners back in October and Smith feels his side have a point to prove after that disappointing loss:
“They beat us well on the day and probably one of their better performances of the season. We were poor, but it’s something we have to rectify on Tuesday night or it will be the same again.”
With fixtures piling up for everyone in the upcoming festive period, Smith knows it is crucial for his side to build on the performance against Dundee to make sure they climb that packed league table during December:
“It’s something that we spoke about and how crucial this month is going to be. We had a few weeks to prepare so it’s the perfect start for us and it is exactly what we were looking for.
“We are just taking every game as it comes, but the seven games are winnable if we prepare right and recover right. The club are doing everything they can to help us do that so we need to repay them with performances on the pitch and I think we did that today.”