The Betfred Cup final may be looming but midfielder Dom Ball insists Aberdeen will not take their eye off the Premiership campaign.
In just eight days the Dons will face holders Celtic at Hampden.
Before that bid to secure a first trophy since the League Cup in 2014, Derek McInnes’ Reds will today travel to Motherwell on league duty.
An upsurge in form before the recent international break elevated the Reds back into the top six to a position just five points behind Premiership leaders Celtic.
Having re-ignited the league campaign, on-loan Rotherham midfielder Ball claimed all thoughts of final glory will be put on the back burner
Ball said: “We have the cup final coming up but the league is also very important and we need to push on in that.
“We have got ourselves into the position where we can really move up the league table now.
“That starts against Motherwell, which is always a tough game.
“We are focused on each game as it comes, which is Motherwell.
“That is what we did last month and we secured four straight wins.
“That is what we have to do again now.
“We were all very aware of how important the week of training during the international break was for the upcoming fixtures.”
It is perhaps fitting that the Dons travel to Fir Park in the last game before the final as the Steelmen inflicted punishing defeats in both cup competitions last season.
Aberdeen were dumped 3-0 at Fir Park in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and then lost by the same scoreline in the Scottish Cup semi at Hampden. In both games the Reds were out- muscled by Well.
But Ball is confident Aberdeen will more than hold their own in the physical battles and insists there will be no holding back for fear of sustaining an injury that could kill any cup final dream.
He said: “Everyone who is playing has to go out there and give everything they have – like we do in every game. It is always a tough, physical game against Motherwell. However, we have shown we can win games in all sorts of different styles of play.
“The coaches will prepare us in the best way they think we can win and we will go out and execute that at Motherwell.
“We need to carry on our form as we have a strong squad and we are starting to get momentum with our play.”
Aberdeen travel to Fir Park on the back of a four-game winning streak that secured a cup final slot and a return to the top six.
Prior to that upsurge in form, the Dons sat eighth in the table. But Ball reckons there were mitigating factors for that lowly position.
He said: “It was a mixture of a load of things as we had injuries, suspensions and new players had come into the club.
“It takes a bit of time but we have finally worked out each other and are now starting to show that.”
Having starred for the Dons last season, Ball returned for a second loan spell in the summer which is for the entire campaign.
Rotherham have the option to recall the 23-year-old in January should they require.
Ball has made 11 starts this season and featured four times off the bench.
Although happy with his form, he insists there remains room for improvement.
He said: “I have been very good this season. However, the last month was maybe not my best month. However, that is football.
“You have a really good run of form and sometimes you drop.
“For me it is just about picking it back up and pushing on this month.”
Today’s clash with Motherwell begins a congested fixture list where the Dons will pack in 10 games before the end of the year.
It is a pivotal period that could ultimately yield a trophy and will also have major influence on the Premiership bid.
He said: “We have 10 games coming up between now and the winter break and we need to get as many points as we can.
“Everyone in the squad is going to play a part in that time.”