DONS boss Derek McInnes today praised the defenders who have helped them cope without the injured Mark Reynolds.
Aberdeen have conceded just one goal on the way to racking up four straight wins at the start of their league campaign.
That’s despite the fact Reynolds, who hardly missed a game for two years, has been sidelined by a shoulder injury.
McInnes gave the bulk of the credit to central defensive trio Andrew Considine, Paul Quinn and Ash Taylor, who have featured in all four Premiership games played so far.
He said: “They deserve full credit for us having handled being without Mark.
“He has always been a big player for us and we would obviously rather Mark was fit.
“But the blow of him being out has been softened by the contributions made so far by Andy, Ash and Paul.
“Andy and Ash were excellent again on Saturday against Dundee.
“Paul has also performed at high levels when he has played.
“Being so solid at the back has helped spread confidence through the side.
“It’s certainly very pleasing that we have conceded just one goal in the league so far.
“If we could continue that, lose only one every four games, I would be delighted.”
Reynolds won’t return to action until October.
But McInnes is hopeful midfield duo Willo Flood and Peter Pawlett – who missed the 2-0 win over the Dark Blues because of ankle injuries – will be fit for Saturday’s league visit to Partick Thistle.