MARK Reynolds and Ryan Jack were today praised for showing commitment to the cause in Aberdeen’s 1-0 win over Hearts.
Dons manager Derek McInnes confirmed defender Reynolds was determined to play on after suffering a broken nose during the first half.
When it became clear that wasn’t possible, skipper Jack – who was on the bench because he still isn’t 100% after suffering an ankle injury – agreed to step up to the plate.
McInnes said: “Mark was willing to carry on even though he was in a lot of pain because he had broken his nose.
“The problem was, no matter what we did, we just couldn’t stop the bleeding.
“It left us with a tough decision.
“We couldn’t afford to maybe start the second half then have to make a change if Mark continued to have problems.
“We made the change so that we could have a settled back four for the remainder of the game.
“We were fortunate to have someone like Ryan to step in.
“He isn’t fully fit yet because of his ankle problem, which is why Ryan has been on the bench.
“Credit to him, though – he put himself forward immediately and I felt he had a great second half.”
Reynolds will be fit for Saturday’s visit to Kilmarnock.
Niall McGinn remains doubtful because of a groin strain.