Evening Express

McInnes: ‘I could do with more in the team expecting to score’

Derek McInnes

DONS boss Derek McInnes may have bolstered his attack with striker James Wilson but he wants the other Dons to pitch in with goals.

Manchester United centre-forward Wilson moved to Aberdeen on a season-long deal from the Premier League giants.

The 22-year-old goes straight into contention to start against St Mirren in the League Cup at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Former England U21 international Wilson made an immediate impact at Manchester United when scoring twice on his senior debut in 2014 at just 18 years old.

Since then Wilson has suffered a cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for 10 months and a number of loan spells.

McInnes is confident Wilson will be a major player for the Dons this season and score goals.

However, he has also called for others throughout the team to hit the back of the net – from the defence to attack.

He said: “I could do with more in the team expecting to score.

“That goes throughout – whether it is centre-halves coming up for corners, midfielders.

“I need more of that intent of ‘I am going to score today’, rather than hoping to score.

“If you just hope to score you don’t normally get that.”

McInnes had been hunting all summer to sign a striker to add fire-power and a different option to his attack.

He also attempted to land a defender in time for the 1-0 win at Dundee due to a rearguard crisis with four players ruled out through suspension or injury.

Scotland international centre-back Scott McKenna is out for six weeks with a hamstring tear, while Shaleum Logan is suspended.

On-loan defender Tommie Hogan is out with a knee injury, while centre-back Mark Reynolds is out for six months following knee surgery.

However, with players set to return McInnes has admitted he could hang fire with signing cover defensively.

Right-back Logan will be back for next week’s trip to Hibs, while Hoban could be back a week or two after that.

McKenna is set to miss only the next three games as there is an international break following the home clash with Kilmarnock on September 1.

Despite the defensive crisis, a makeshift rearguard secured a clean sheet – with keeper Joe Lewis producing a vital save late on at Dens Park.

McInnes praised Lewis‘ high levels so far this season.

He said: “We have as good a goalie as there in the premiership and Joe has shown that time and time again.

“Against Dundee it was a save Joe should be making, and it was a save that had to be made and he did.

“Joe’s level of performances since he came in have been different class.

“He has started the season very well and I am pleased for him to get the clean sheet.

“The level of opponent we have had, he’s lost a penalty to Rangers and lost a couple of goals to Burnley.

“But his performances have been good.

“It is good for Joe to get that clean sheet because that is what he sets out to do.”