Hamilton result will be down to performance, not the pitch, Aberdeen manager McInnes insists

Scott Wright is fit to play a part.
Scott Wright is fit to play a part.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today insisted he has no problems with playing on Hamilton’s controversial artificial pitch.

The Dons lost both Premiership games on the SuperSeal surface last season and will return there on Premiership action tomorrow.

Hamilton have had an artificial surface installed since 2004 and relaid the pitch as part of a £300,000 summer overhaul in 2015.

That losing streak at Hamilton ended earlier this season when the Reds triumphed over Accies in the League Cup.

McInnes has called for his squad to go into the upcoming international break on a high with a victory.

However, he insists the outcome will have nothing to do with the surface.

McInnes said: “Of course we would rather play on grass, but we are more than used to it (artificial surface).

“Games in different venues throw up different circumstances.

“Sometimes it is the weather that can impact on it.

“If we win the game at Hamilton tomorrow, or whether we lose, it will not be down to the pitch.

“It will be down to performance.”

Aberdeen sit just one point behind Premiership leaders and defending champions Celtic.

McInnes today confirmed three key attackers who picked up knocks in the recent 2-1 win over Ross County are set to be fit to face Accies.

He said: “We picked up a couple of wee knocks with Ryan Christie, Stevie May and Scott Wright.

“All three didn’t train early in the week but were back (yesterday)so they will travel for tomorrow.”

On-loan Celtic attacker Christie received a knock to his knee during the victory over the Staggies, where he scored a sensational equaliser.

Christie required an injection to his knee in the build-up to the Ross County game, but McInnes insists there is no concern over his fitness.

He said: “Ryan’s knee is functional, it is absolutely fine.

“He has a sore spot if he gets a bang on it and unfortunately that happened on Saturday against Ross County, and he felt it.

“However, it is nothing too concerning.

“We were just trying to monitor Ryan’s training this week so he is available and ready to be at his best again.”

Hamilton ended an eight-game winless streak last weekend by overcoming Dundee 3-1 at Dens Park.

Despite that victory, Accies are only three points off bottom spot.

But McInnes, especially with the recent defeats at the SuperSeal last season, will have his squad on red alert about the dangers of facing Hamilton tomorrow.

He said: “Hamilton are as competitive as any team in the league and there is lots to admire about them.

“Every season people write off Hamilton and every season they hang about, stick together and get the results.

“Playing them down there in Hamilton is always more difficult.

“Although we won the League Cup tie earlier this season it was a very tight game.

“They had a good result last weekend at Dens Park.

“I have watched that game and Hamilton hung in there and got their reward for their perseverance and persistence.

“They scored some good goals.

“Whenever you play Hamilton it is always a tough game, even if they are on a bad run.

“Obviously they stopped the flow of that last week with the win over Dundee.

“I always find them a tough opposition and tomorrow will be no different.”

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