Dons boss Derek McInnes today set his sights on another League Cup final.
Aberdeen beat Hamilton Academical 1-0 last night in the Betfred Cup last-16 at the Superseal Stadium courtesy of a Kenny McLean goal.
The Reds will face Motherwell at Fir Park in the quarter-finals after they beat Ross County 3-2 in Dingwall after extra-time.
After leading his side to the League and Scottish Cup finals last season, McInnes is aiming to reward the Red Army with another day out at Hampden after so many of them travelled to Lanarkshire to roar on the Dons.
A total of 1,956 fans were inside the ground, well over half the attendance. McInnes was overwhelmed by the support and wants to repay them.
He said: “It was a brilliant turn-out from the supporters.
“I wasn’t expecting so many to come but it was brilliant to see them get behind the team and hopefully we can reward them with getting to another final and giving ourselves a shot at bringing a trophy back to Aberdeen.”
McInnes was happy to get through after a tough evening against Martin Canning’s Accies.
He added: “I’m delighted to get through, the reaction when the draw was made was that Hamilton away was going to be so tough.
“And it was exactly that and I think you’ve got to credit Hamilton.
“I thought Steven Boyd was excellent and kept us on our toes for the whole game and unless we get that second goal you are never going to be comfortable because you are away from home against a Premiership team.
“Hamilton are brilliant at what they do and never give it up they ask questions of you and I thought we just about kept them at arms length and then we got the all- important first goal. “Scott Wright did well on one of the few times he managed to get away from Grant Gillespie in the first half.
“That stretched them and they got a wee bit disjointed and then it was a lovely finish from Kenny on his right foot.
“I’m pleased for him to get a goal because one or two of the other midfielders have joined in already this year in Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie.
“We want more goals from Kenny this season and hopefully he can take the confidence from that goal.
“Once we went in front it was all about trying to manage the game and it wasn’t great to watch to be honest.
“It’s the cup, it’s all about getting through and I think Joe has had a couple of saves that you would expect him to make.
“I think Hamilton got into a couple of good areas but never exploited those opportunities.
“I thought, by and large, we just about deserved the win.”
With Motherwell the next opposition in the League Cup, McInnes also hopes his side can draw on previous experiences in the competition at Fir Park.
When Aberdeen won the competition during his first season in charge they faced the Steelmen in Lanarkshire in the quarter-finals on October 30, 2013.
After going down to 10 men when Joe Shaughnessy was sent off, goals from Andrew Considine and Jonny Hayes saw Aberdeen through.
McInnes added: “It will be tough again in the next round against another Premiership team.
“We would much rather be at home but we beat Motherwell the year we won it in the quarter- finals down there.
“We went down to 10 men after about 10 minutes and managed to dig out a result.
“I hope we can go into it in good form through the league.”
Hamilton boss Canning said: “It is small margins as they got a ricochet and a break for their winning goal.
“Am I happy after it? No, because we lost the game. Am I encouraged by what I am seeing? Yes, I am.”